What's New at NGA?

July 19, 2017
Call Before You Dig!
NGA and its member companies remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. The main link for information is: http://call811.com. As well, each of the Northeast states has a local "One Call Center." They range from "Call Before You Dig" in Connecticut to "Dig Safely New York" to "One Call New Jersey" to "Dig Safe"a in five New England states to "Pennsylvania811". NGA has links to all the sites linked through the "Public Awareness" section of its web site, at http://www.northeastgas.org/call_centers.php
Utilize these important resources - be aware - and be safe!

U.S. Natural Gas Resource Base at Record Levels, Reports PGC
On July 19, the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) released its year-end 2016 biennial report: Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States. The new assessment finds that the United States possesses a technically recoverable natural gas resource potential of 2,817 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). This is the highest resource evaluation in the PGC's 52 year history-exceeding by 302 Tcf the previous record-high assessment from year-end 2014. The PGC notes that shale gas accounts for 64% of the country's total potential resources, at 1,797 Tcf. Furthermore, "the Atlantic area ranks again as the country's richest resource area with 39% of total U.S. Traditional resources." Look for further details here: http://potentialgas.org/press-release

NGA Sales & Marketing Summer Seminar to be Held Aug. 17
NGA's Sales & Marketing Committee will convene the "Summer Seminar" on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Devens, MA. This year's program will cover the following timely topics presented by a panel of experts:
  • Session I: A Market Research Update on Consumer Receptiveness to Gas Conversions
  • Session 2: The Northeast Gas Supply Situation and a Status of Planned Supply Projects
  • Session 3: Sales Success Stories

Registration is now underway. Look for program and registration info online at: http://www.northeastgas.org/2017_sales_mkt_summer_seminar.php

NGA Invites Members to Attend 2017-18 Professional Development Program
NGA is pleased to invite member companies to participate in its year-long professional development program, "Leadership in Tomorrow's Utility." The program is scheduled to begin in early October, and will have three subsequent 2-day sessions, in December 2017, March 2018 and the concluding session in May 2018. It includes interactive sessions on such key leadership skills as communications, project management and negotiations, as well as updates on industry trends. The program is geared to managers and individuals who have been involved in the utility business from 5 to 15 years. Registration information is available on NGA's web site at: http://www.northeastgas.org/professional_development.php
The registration deadline is September 5.

U.S. EIA Releases Updated Short-Term Energy Outlook
On July 11, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its "Winter Fuels Outlook." Among the observations are:
  • "Dry natural gas production is forecast to average 73.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, a 1.0 Bcf/d increase from the 2016 level. Forecast dry natural gas production increases by an average of 3.1 Bcf/d in 2018."
  • "Henry Hub natural gas spot prices are forecast to average $3.10 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in 2017 and $3.40/MMBtu in 2018, compared with a 2016 average of $2.51/MMBtu, which was the lowest annual average price since 1999."

Look for further details online: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/

NY State Gas Production in 2016 was 13 Bcf, down 25% from 2015 Levels
On July 5, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation released data on annual natural gas production and oil in the state last year. For the 2016 calendar year, total reported gas production was 13.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf), a 25% decrease from 2015's posted production of 18 Bcf. More information can be found here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/36159.html

NGA Releases "Natural Gas in Massachusetts" Report, Citing Economic & Environmental Progress
On June 20, the Northeast Gas Association (NGA) released "2017 State of the Industry Report: The Economic Benefits of Natural Gas in Massachusetts." The 32-page report is intended as a synopsis of the natural gas economy in Massachusetts and is based on macroeconomic data derived from various consumer, infrastructure, environmental, and industry reports. The report, part of the Association's Massachusetts Energy Reliability Awareness Campaign launched earlier this year, summarizes publicly available information to highlight the role of natural gas within Massachusetts' economy. The report notes among other findings that Massachusetts' natural gas distribution companies have added 200,000 residential customers since 2000, employ 4,000 workers directly, pay over $100 million annually in city and town property taxes, and have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds since 1990. NGA president & CEO Thomas Kiley said, "This report documents and reaffirms an important reality: Natural gas is good for Massachusetts. Every day natural gas delivers enormous benefits to our state's economy and environment." Look for further information here: http://www.northeastgas.org/reliability_awareness.php

New Web Site on Natural Gas in MA Online
On June 28, NGA and its member gas utilities from MA launched a new web site on natural gas as a sustaining force in Massachusetts. The web site can be found at: https://www.gasformass.org/

CT PURA Releases Report on Lost and Unaccounted for Gas
On June 21, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved a report to the General Assembly on lost and unaccounted for gas. The report's conclusion is: "The LDCs' largest component contributing to LAUF gas is measurement sources which include non registering meters, pressure variations, billing factors and temperature variations. Most of the causes for LAUF gas are attributed to mathematical or measurement error and not actual lost gas into the atmosphere. For the calendar year 2016 and the five-year average, each LDC reported a LAUF gas percentage below the statutory maximum of three percent for which further investigation would be initiated. The Authority has required the LDCs to provide an annual report to the Authority concerning the LAUF in their respective service areas." The report states further that the Authority finds that the "contribution of methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems within Connecticut is less than one percent (0.03%) of all GHG emissions." The report can be found online: http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/dockcurr.nsf/8e6fc37a54110e3e852576190052b64d/09c71a765d56f9808525814600512512?OpenDocument