What's New at NGA?

July 18, 2019
Call Before You Dig - Dig Safely!
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and its stakeholders remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. More information is at: https://call811.com/

In addition to the national 811 service, NGA reminds its members - and the general public - that each of the Northeast states has a local "One Call Center." NGA has links to all the sites linked through the "Public Awareness" section of its web site, at www.northeastgas.org. Utilize these important resources - be aware - and be safe!

EIA: "Summer Natural Gas Prices on Track to be Lowest in More than 20 Years"
On July 18, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that its latest forecast projects that "Henry Hub natural gas spot prices for June, July, and August this year will average $2.37 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). If realized, this price would be the lowest summer average Henry Hub natural gas price since 1998. EIA expects Henry Hub natural gas prices will be 55 cents/MMBtu, about 19%, lower than last summer's average. In the July STEO, EIA revised its forecast for 2019 Henry Hub natural gas prices down from the June STEO following three consecutive months of price declines. Prices in June averaged $2.40/MMBtu and have declined by 19% since March." Look for further details here:

TC Energy Enters Agreement to Sell Columbia Midstream Assets to UGI Energy Services for US$1.275 Billion
On July 2, TC Energy Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TC Energy) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its U.S. midstream assets held by its subsidiary, Columbia Midstream Group, to UGI Energy Services, LLC, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI), for approximately US$1.275 billion (Cdn$1.7 billion). The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019 subject to closing adjustments and customary regulatory approvals. Columbia Midstream Group, which operates in the Appalachian Basin, owns four natural gas gathering systems and an interest in a company with gathering, processing and liquids assets. These assets connect production to markets throughout western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. This sale does not include any interest in Columbia Energy Ventures. Look for further details here: https://www.tcenergy.com/announcements/2019-07-02tc-energy-enters-agreement-to-sell-columbia-midstream-assets-for-us$1.275-billion/

NY State Natural Gas Production in 2018 was 11.8 Bcf, up 3% over 2017
On July 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its annual production data for oil and natural gas in the state, for calendar year 2018. DEC reports: "Total reported gas production was 11.8 billion cubic feet (bcf), an increase of over 3% from 2017. Gas production was primarily driven by wells in the Medina formation (6.3 bcf). Significant 2018 production was also reported for the Trenton-Black River formation (2.6 bcf) and Queenston (1.1 bcf) formations." Look for more information here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/36159.html

Renewable Natural Gas Now Available in New York City as Clean Energy Opens Fueling Station in The South Bronx
On July 10, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE), the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America, welcomed city officials, community leaders, and environmental advocates to the opening of its newest natural gas fueling station in Hunts Point-the first station in New York City to exclusively offer renewable natural gas (RNG) for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets. The Hunts Point station will exclusively offer Clean Energy's Redeem™, the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel derived from capturing biogenic methane emitted from decomposing organic materials at dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. Redeem enables at least 70 percent reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline, according to California Air Resources Board estimates. In addition to Hunts Point, Clean Energy operates four natural gas stations in New York City, consisting of stations at LaGuardia and JFK Airports, and two stations in Brooklyn. Look for further details here:

New Natural Gas Power Plants Enter the Grid in New England, Adding about 1,000 MWs
Three new power plants running primarily on natural gas have begun operating on grid in New England this month. They are:
  • PSEG's Bridgeport Harbor Station Unit #5 Project in Bridgeport, CT adds approximately 485 megawatts (MWs) of highly efficient generating capacity to Connecticut's southwestern region to ensure electric system reliability. The new station will run primarily on natural gas, but also can run on ultra-low sulfur distillate (ULSD) as a back-up fuel, ensuring exceptional dependability.
  • Exelon's Medway peaker project in Medway, MA adds 200 MW of electricity to the local electric grid during times of peak demand. It has two GE LMS100 combustion turbine-generators fueled by natural gas, with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) as a backup for no more than 30 days per year.
  • NRG's Canal 3 Generating Station in Sandwich, MA is a GE 7HA.02 simple cycle combustion turbine power generating facility. The Canal modernization projects include a state-of-the-art simple cycle combustion turbine for peaking service (Canal 3) and a ground-mounted solar farm (Edmund Freeman Solar Farm). These projects will leverage existing infrastructure and industrial space, improve the reliability of the regional electrical system, and help Massachusetts meet its sustainability goal of 1600 MW of solar facilities by 2020. The Canal 3 project will primarily use natural gas to provide up to 333 megawatts of new generating capacity for the "SEMA/RI zone," an area of the ISO New England grid that is currently underserved.

NGA Unveils Web Site on NYC & Westchester Plumbers Qualified in Specific OQ Tasks
In May, the Northeast Gas Association (NGA) launched a web site that provides ready access to OQ-related information on master and licensed plumbers in New York City and Westchester County, NY. Developed in conjunction with The Plumbing Foundation of New York City, the Master Plumbers Council, Independent Master Plumbers of Westchester, and Hudson Valley Mechanical Contractors, this web site is designed to assist consumers in identifying Licensed Master Plumbers servicing NYC and Licensed Plumbers serving Westchester County, that meet State and Federal requirements for Operator Qualification (OQ) Task 86/87 (Interior Gas Piping Safety Inspections & Above Ground Gas Piping Construction, Maintenance and Connections). The web page contains pdf listings provided by the plumber organizations. The web sites can be found online with two URLs at this time; the information is the same on both pages: