Planning

Among the initiatives in the area of planning are the following:

Gas and Power Generation Interface

NGA Gas Supply Task Force.

Gas Control Committee

Gas and Power Generation Interface

NGA continues its long-standing involvement in monitoring issues relating to the greater use of natural gas in power generation in the region. This includes:
  • Liaison with ISO New England, New York ISO and PJM
  • Outreach to state agencies, power generators, and other groups on gas & power generation issues
  • Convening periodic workshops on gas & power issues.

In 2004, NGA established a joint Electric and Gas Operations Committee (EGOC) with ISO-NE, to enhance communication on publicly-available informational items relating to system operations on both the electric and natural gas systems.

NGA and ISO-NE hold periodic meetings, workshops and conference calls to help each industry gain a better understanding of the other's system operations. NY ISO and PJM also now regularly participate in the EGOC. NGA provides regular updates on its Gas Supply Task Force initiatives to the three ISOs in the region.

The goal of the EGOC is to not only promote greater reliability of the regional electric and natural gas systems through improved education, understanding, communications, and coordination, but also to help prevent future energy emergencies.

In May 2016, the EGOC marked a special milestone: its 50th meeting since the group was created 12 years ago by ISO New England and the Northeast Gas Association. The committee met at ISO-NE headquarters in Holyoke, MA.

For posted information on EGOC Committee meetings, please visit the ISO-NE website here:

http://www.iso-ne.com/committees/industry-collaborations/electric-gas-operations

Gas Supply Task Force: NGA's Gas Supply Task Force was established to coordinate the activities of regional natural gas industry participants with regard to issues relating to regional gas supply and deliverability, particularly during the winter heating season. The Task Force has been expanded under NGA to include New York and New Jersey member LDCs and transmission companies. The companies in the Task Force adhere to NGA's anti-trust guidelines.

The membership of the Task Force includes the interstate transmission companies serving the region, liquefied natural gas (LNG) importers and trucking companies, and the largest of the region's local distribution companies (LDCs). The Task Force generally meets once in the fall via teleconference, prior to the winter heating season, to confirm communication protocols and to provide updates on the status of company transmission and storage systems. The Task Force is then convened by phone several times during the winter to monitor system operations.

NGA informs state regulators any time that the Task Force meets. NGA also provides updates to state regulators and to the region's electric grid operators [ISO-NE, NY ISO, PJM]) regarding Task Force deliberations.



Gas Control Committee: NGA's Gas Control Committee is comprised of gas transmission and distribution companies who meet periodically to discuss industry developments in the area of gas control, and to review protocols for emergency coordination.

Each spring, the committee conducts a communications drill; each fall, the committee conducts a supply delivery drill.