What's New at NGA?

February 15, 2019
Important Gas Safety Awareness Information
NGA has an extensive information section on its web site addressing the important issue of natural gas safety. Learn more here about safe operations of natural gas: https://www.northeastgas.org/gas_public_awareness.php

U.S. EPA Releases Draft Annual U.S. GHG Data; Natural Gas-Related Methane Emissions in U.S. in 2017 were 14.3% Lower than in 1990
On February 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft inventory of its latest annual data estimates on U.S. anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission trends, from 1990 through 2017. Among the trends noted by EPA were the following:
  • "In 2017, total gross U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 6,472.3 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2 Eq. Total U.S. emissions have increased by 1.6 percent from 1990 to 2017, and emissions decreased from 2016 to 2017 by 0.3 percent (21.1 MMT CO2 Eq.)."
  • "Natural gas systems were the second largest anthropogenic source category of CH4 emissions in the United States in 2017 with 166.2 MMT CO2 Eq. of CH4 emitted into the atmosphere. Those emissions have decreased by 27.7 MMT CO2 Eq. (14.3 percent) since 1990. The decrease in CH4 emissions is largely due to a decrease in emissions from transmission, storage and distribution. The decrease in transmission and storage emissions is largely due to reduced compressor station emissions (including emissions form compressors and fugitives)...Distribution system emissions, which account for 7 percent of CH4 emissions from natural gas systems and less than 1 percent of non-combustion CO2 emissions, result mainly from leak emissions from pipelines and stations. An increased use of plastic piping, which has lower emissions than other pipe materials, has reduced both CH4 and CO2 emissions from this stage, as have station upgrades at metering and regulating (M&R) stations. Distribution system CH4 emissions in 2017 were 73 percent lower than 1990 levels."

Look for further details on EPA's web site: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/draft-inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-1990-2017

Everett LNG Imported Almost 80% of U.S. LNG Imports in 2018
According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Natural Gas Import and Export Activities, Everett LNG imported 56.3 Bcf of LNG in 2018, compared to 64 Bcf in 2017. The Everett imports represented 78% of all U.S. LNG imports in 2018 (which were 71.7 Bcf). The U.S. exported just over 1 Tcf of LNG by vessel in 2018. New England also receives supplies from the Canaport LNG facility in Saint John, New Brunswick. In 2018 Canaport made available approximately 21 Bcf to the market, according to data from Canada's National Energy Board.

Canadian Natural Gas Pipeline Exports to U.S. Declined Slightly in 2018 - But Exports to Eastern U.S. Slightly Higher
Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) has reported that Canada's natural gas pipeline exports to the U.S. slightly decreased in 2018, from 3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2017 to 2.8 Tcf in 2018. Exports to the eastern U.S. rose from 254 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in 2017 to 310 Bcf in 2018. Look for more information here: https://apps.neb-one.gc.ca/CommodityStatistics/Statistics.aspx?language=english

NY Department of Public Service to Review Natural Gas Supply and Demand Situation in Westchester County
On January 28, the New York Public Service Commission Chairman John Rhodes announced that the "Department of Public Service (DPS) staff will lead a comprehensive analysis and develop a report to review the changing market conditions that gave rise to Con Edison's decision and to develop recommendations to make certain that utilities across the state are able to meet customer needs in a manner consistent with the State's energy goals. As part of this analysis, the staff will focus on Westchester County and other areas of the state that may have issues related to natural gas supply and demand. To facilitate that process, DPS will arrange for and host public hearings in Westchester beginning the week of February 11, 2019 to ensure that the report's analysis and recommendations include robust feedback and input from all impacted stakeholders." Look for the full statement here: http://www3.dps.ny.gov/pscweb/WebFileRoom.nsf/ArticlesByCategory/3C7D8C6B68ECD4588525839000553443/$File/pr19006.pdf?OpenElement

Con Edison Announces Moratorium on New Gas Service in Parts of Westchester County Due to Pipeline Constraints
On January 17, Con Edison Co. of NY announced "we will no longer be accepting applications for new natural gas connections in most of our Westchester service area. We will accept applications for new gas service until March 15, 2019. Customers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis unless it becomes necessary to stop accepting new requests before the end of the enrollment period." The company said that "the demand for natural gas... is outpacing its availability due to pipeline constraints in a portion of our service area." Look for further details here:
https://www.coned.com/en/save-money/convert-to-natural-gas/westchester-natural-gas-moratorium/about-the-westchester-natural-gas-moratorium

NGA's Sales & Marketing Conference to Be Held March 28 in Providence
NGA's Annual Sales & Marketing Conference will be held March 28, 2019 in Providence, RI. Rick Murphy of AGA will provide an opening keynote address on residential electrification, and the rest of the program will focus on successful sales training techniques. Registration is underway. Further information is posted on NGA's web site: http://www.northeastgas.org/eve-sales-mktg.php

Gas System Performs Well During Recent Cold Weather Period
The region's natural gas system operated well during the recent cold weather period. Pipelines report high utilization and demand and deliveries. LNG volumes into the region were strong, from the Everett LNG, Exelon Generation facility, Canaport LNG in New Brunswick, and the offshore Northeast Gateway facility. Several natural gas utilities report record sendouts on January 21, and top sendouts on other days. Gas power generation provided strong inputs to power system operations regionally.

ISO-NE Announces Capacity Auction Results
On February 6, ISO New England (ISO-NE) announced that New England's annual capacity auction for power system resources recently concluded with sufficient resources identified to meet peak demand in 2022-2023; preliminary results indicate the clearing price was the lowest in six years. The auction is run by ISO New England Inc. to procure the resources that will be needed to meet consumer demand for electricity in three years' time. Resources totaling 43,641 megawatts (MW), including 34,925 MW of existing capacity and 238 new resources totaling 8,716 MW, qualified to participate in the FCM, while the regional capacity target for 2022-2023 is 33,750 MW. More than 2,600 MW of new resources secured obligations during the primary and substitution auctions, including the Killingly Energy Center, a 650 MW natural gas plant under development in Connecticut, new energy efficiency and demand response resources, and imports. Following procedures approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), ISO New England retained two units, Mystic 8 and 9, needed for fuel security in the 2022-2023 capacity year.

Registration Underway for NGA's 63rd Annual Gas Operations School
NGA's 63rd Annual Gas Operations School & Exhibit will be held June 4-7, 2019 at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Registration is underway for sponsors and students; the exhibit is now fully subscribed. Look for more information on NGA's web site: https://www.northeastgas.org/eve-gas-ops-school.php