What's New at NGA?

May 23, 2022
Registration Underway for NGA's Gas Operations School, June 7-10
NGA's 2022 Gas Operations School will be held this June in person, at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. It will run from June 7 to 10, with the exhibit on Tuesday, June 7 and the classes on June 8 through 10. The 2022 curriculum includes seven tracks - Innovation & Management, Corrosion, Customer Service, Distribution, Construction, Gas Supply, Storage & Transmission, and System Design - offering dozens of courses. Student and exhibitor registration are now underway. We hope you can join us at this year's event! Look for more details online: https://www.northeastgas.org/eve-gas-ops-school.php

NGA's Annual Public Awareness Media Campaign Underway
NGA's annual Spring media campaign is underway to communicate the importance of public awareness of natural gas safety. Over the next month, television and radio ads will run throughout the Northeast media market highlighting natural gas safety messages (e.g., if you smell gas, leave immediately, call 911 or your local gas utility). As well there is a digital campaign with ads on Google, Facebook, etc, which runs until mid-June. Some examples of the media messaging, including links to our You Tube safety messaging videos, can be found on the NGA website here: https://www.northeastgas.org/be_nosey.php

FERC Approves Tennessee Gas Pipeline's "East 300 Upgrade Project"
On April 21, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order authorizing Tennessee Gas Pipeline to construct and operate the East 300 Upgrade Project in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, and Sussex and Passaic counties, New Jersey. The project is designed to provide 115,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service on Tennessee's existing 300 Line system to meet demand in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.'s service territory in Westchester County, New York.

FERC Releases Summer Energy Market Outlook
On May 19, the FERC released its "Summer Energy Market and Reliability Assessment." The report notes "that electric markets are expected to have sufficient capacity to maintain reliable operations this summer under normal conditions but that extreme weather events could pose operational challenges." Among the observations were the following:

  • "Natural gas prices for summer 2022 are expected to rise at major trading hubs across the U.S. Specifically, the Henry Hub futures contract price is averaging $7.06 per a million British thermal units (MMBtu) for June 2022 through September 2022, up 88% from last summer's settled price average of $3.75/MMBtu. Dry natural gas production is forecast to increase 3.4% above summer 2021 levels to 96.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) as higher crude oil and natural gas prices continue to spur domestic production. Summer 2022 demand for natural gas is expected to increase 4.8% over summer 2021 levels to 89.8 Bcfd which can be attributed to a predicted rise in Industrial, Residential/Commercial, Power Burn, and Net Export natural gas demand. The greater volume of natural gas exports is primarily due to the increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction capacity which may lead to additional LNG exports serving international markets this summer."
  • "Wholesale electric markets expect to see higher prices this summer because of hotter temperatures, slightly increased demand, and higher natural gas prices. As of May 13, futures prices for some major U.S. electric price points are up over last year's settled prices by between 77% to 233%. Despite higher demand, NERC forecasts that all regions will have sufficient resources to meet demand and planning reserve margins during normal conditions. Despite having planning reserve margins that exceed reference margin levels, all regions may face energy shortfalls during extreme operating conditions, although these risks are more acute in parts of MISO, SPP, ERCOT and the West."
  • "Shale gas production reflected over 75% of total natural gas production in the U.S. in summer 2021 and 2020. Marcellus and Permian basin natural gas production represent the largest shares of shale natural gas production."
  • "NYISO and ISO-NE are the most natural gas dependent RTO/ISOs with over 50% of their respective electricity generation output forecast tied to natural gas-fired power plants this summer."
  • "Across the RTOs/ISOs, natural gas-fired generation provides 44% of net summer capacity. Natural gas capacity as a percentage of all summer capacity will be highest in NYISO (59%), ISO-NE (50%), and ERCOT (47%)."

Look for further details on FERC's web site:

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 the call centers in the Northeast region here: https://www.northeastgas.org/call_centers.php

Utilize these important resources - be aware - and be safe!