What's New at NGA?

August 10, 2020
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!

NGA Contractor Workshop to Be Held August 20
On August 20, NGA will hold a virtual Contractor Workshop. Topics to be addressed include PSMS, training and qualification, and an open roundtable discussion. Look for further information online: https://www.northeastgas.org/2020_contractors_workshop.php

NGA Continues to Monitor Coronavirus Situation
The Northeast Gas Association (NGA) continues to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Our priority remains the health of our staff, our industry partners and members, and the general public. NGA's update on its activities in response to the pandemic can be found here: https://www.northeastgas.org/covid_19.php

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is maintaining the latest information on this disease on its web site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Liberty Utilities Announces New Solution to Achieve Greater Capacity in NH
On July 31, Liberty Utilities filed supplemental testimony with the NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC), replacing the company's Granite Bridge proposal with a request to approve a 20-year contract for capacity on the existing gas transmission pipeline known as the Concord Lateral, serving Liberty's New Hampshire customers. By making use of newly-available capacity on existing infrastructure, Liberty Utilities would be able to allow New Hampshire families and businesses to choose clean, low-cost natural gas into the future, without the need to construct the Granite Bridge project. With more than 1,000 customers annually signing up for gas service in recent years, new customer load has been outpacing the gas system's capacity to meet peak demand. If approved, the solution Liberty announced today is expected to relieve the near-term system constraints threatening to cut off access to natural gas service for thousands of Granite Staters.

EIA Notes Partial In-Service of "Empire North Expansion Project"
On July 30, the U.S. EIA reported that "The United States added approximately 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of pipeline capacity in 2020 through early July," according to EIA's recently updated Natural Gas Pipeline Project Tracker.
Most of the new capacity is in the southwest U.S. but among the projects cited by EIA as coming online was an Empire Pipeline project in New York State: "The 0.3 Bcf/d Empire North Expansion Project, which increases deliverability to western New York consumers on the Empire Pipeline, entered partial service in late June."

Tom Kiley Op-Ed on Beneficial Role of Natural Gas Appears in "Commonwealth Magazine"
On May 29, an op-ed by Tom Kiley of NGA appeared in "Commonwealth Magazine," highlighting the value of natural gas to the economy and environment of Massachusetts. Kiley stated in his opening paragraph: "Natural gas remains the preferred energy choice of homeowners and businesses across the Commonwealth. It is the most affordable, reliable and flexible energy choice, and it has played an important role in meeting our region's aggressive carbon reduction goals. Especially at this time of economic uncertainty, it remains the most economical and stable option that helps keep energy bills low." The article is posted online:
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/dont-knock-natural-gas/