What's New at NGA?

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!

U.S. Is Now Leading Exporter of Global LNG
On July 25, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that "the United States became the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter during the first half of 2022." EIA notes: "U.S. LNG exports increased by 12% in the first half of 2022, averaging 11.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). U.S. LNG exports continued to grow for three reasons-increased LNG export capacity, increased international natural gas and LNG prices, and increased global demand, particularly in Europe. Most U.S. LNG exports went to the EU and the UK during the first five months of this year, accounting for 64%, or 7.3 Bcf/d, of the total U.S. LNG exports."
Look for further details online:
https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=53159

Summit & Peaks Renewables Break Ground on Maine's First Community Renewable Natural Gas Dairy Digester
On July 6, Peaks Renewables (Peaks), a subsidiary of Summit Utilities, Inc. (Summit) focused on investing in innovative technologies to decarbonize thermal energy, broke ground on Maine's first renewable natural gas (RNG) dairy digester in Clinton, Maine. Located at Flood Brothers' farm in Clinton, the project will receive dairy manure from the Floods and from Gold Top Farm, Somerset Farm, Wright Place Farm, Taylor Dairy Farm, Heifer Haven Farm, and other farms. Once in the digester, the manure will be heated and decomposed, creating biogas. The gas will then be cleaned to make it pipeline quality.
Renewable energy credits will be sold to third parties who need them for their own decarbonization requirements. The gas itself will be purchased by Peaks' affiliate company, Summit Natural Gas of Maine (SNGME), and used to provide reliable gas service to its thousands of customers throughout the state. To put the project into perspective, it will produce the equivalent of about 45 percent of SNGME's residential demand.
Look for further details online:
https://summitnaturalgasmaine.com/Article/274/summit-peaks-renewables-break-ground-on-maine-s-first-community-renewable-natural-gas-dairy-digester

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Receives FERC Approval for Producer Certified Gas Pooling Service Proposal
On July 1, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) announced it received approval for its producer certified gas (PCG), or responsibly sourced gas (RSG), aggregation pooling service from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The PCG aggregation pooling service is now available at all pooling points across the TGP system. PCG is conventional natural gas sourced from production facilities that have been certified by a qualified third party to meet certain environmental, social and governance standards that typically focus on management practices for methane emissions, water usage and community relations. The service is designed to enable shippers on TGP to purchase and sell PCG supply at non-physical pooling locations, ultimately serving end-users, utilities, power plants and LNG facilities connected to the TGP system.
"After working closely with producers and customers, we are pleased to offer a PCG aggregation pooling service that meets their needs as they exist today," said TGP's Vice President of Commercial Ernesto Ochoa. "We believe this positions TGP as a leader in the energy transition because this service facilitates greater transparency and liquidity into markets for this important, lower-emissions energy source."
Parties who have obtained certifications from qualified third-party organizations are supplying the PCG needed for the pooling service, and the supply is expected to grow as PCG becomes the fuel of choice among customers. TGP plans to continue working with producers and customers to refine this service as regulations and markets evolve.

FERC to Convene "New England Winter Gas-Electric Forum" in September in VT
In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced it will convene a "New England Winter Gas-Electric Forum" on September 8, 2022 in Burlington, VT. The meeting will be open to the public and will be available via webcast. The FERC said that "The purpose of this forum is to discuss the electricity and natural gas challenges facing the New England Region. The objective of the forum is to achieve greater understanding among stakeholders in defining the electric and natural gas system challenges in the New England Region."
On July 21, the FERC issued further information regarding the September Forum, including the preliminary agenda. Further information regarding the agenda and registration can be found on this page:
https://www.ferc.gov/news-events/news/ferc-staff-issues-supplemental-notice-attendee-registration-new-england-winter-gas

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:
https://ferc.gov/news-events/news/ferc-staff-issues-2022-summer-assessment