What's New at NGA?

ACEEE Releases Report on States' Achievements in Energy Efficiency; 46% of Gas Efficiency Program Investments Nationwide Are Made by the 9 Northeast States
On December 6, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its latest State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Available online at https://www.aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard, the ACEEE's "2022 State Scorecard" provides updates on efficiency investments by U.S. states in both natural gas and electric efficiency programs in 2021 (the most recent data year). In 2021, $1.7 billion was invested in natural gas efficiency programs nationwide. Of that, 46% of the national total ($787.6 million) was invested by the nine Northeast states (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT).

NGA Holds Pre-Winter Webinar
On November 17, NGA held its annual pre-winter webinar, with updates from several interstate pipelines and LNG import operators. Topics addressed included status of maintenance and storage, role of gas in power generation, and international market trends (Russia's war against Ukraine and the impact on LNG and global energy markets). Our thanks to our panelists from Enbridge, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Iroquois Gas Transmission, TC Energy, Repsol, and Excelerate Energy. The speaker presentations can be found here: https://www.northeastgas.org/2022_prewinter_briefing_presentations.php

Managing Winter Heating Bills
Energy bills will be higher this winter for all energy sources, including natural gas, given multiple market factors, including the impact of Russia's war against Ukraine, inflation, lingering supply chain issues, and infrastructure constraints at certain points on the system. The local gas utilities work throughout the year to purchase a reliable, diverse and cost-effective supply of natural gas in advance of the winter heating season.

There are steps that customers can take to help manage their winter heating bills. Please contact your local gas utility for suggestions on:

  • Budget billing;
  • Efficiency and conservation tips;
  • Eligibility for low-income assistance.

Look on NGA's web site for links to the gas utilities in the region:
https://www.northeastgas.org/ldc_members.php

Important Winter Safety Tips
It's important to be safe all year regarding natural gas.

If you smell gas in your home or building, please move to a safe location and call your local gas company.
More information can be found here:
https://www.northeastgas.org/leak_recognition.php#suspect

In case of a snowstorm, be sure to clear snow and ice from external natural gas equipment at your home or building.
More information can be found here:
https://www.northeastgas.org/snow_ice_removal.php

Finally, be aware of carbon monoxide risks. More information can be found here:
https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Carbon-monoxide

LIHEAP Funds Released to States
On November 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance (DEA), announced the release of more than $4.5 billion of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. The Northeast states collectively received $1.17 billion of this allotment.

The shares by state are: CT, $86.3 million; ME, $42.4 million; MA, $158.9 million; NH, $33.9 million; NJ, $153.3 million; NY, $412.4 million; PA, $228.1 million; RI, $29.4 million; and VT, $25.4 million.

Look for details on the HHS website:
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/policy-guidance/dcl-liheap-first-funding-release-fy23

NERC Issues Winter Outlook for Nation's Power Grid; Concerns Raised about Regional Markets such as New England
On November 17, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) released its 2022-2023 Winter Reliability Assessment. The report "warns that a large portion of the North American bulk power system is at risk of having insufficient energy supplies during severe winter weather. NERC advises industry to be ready to implement operating plans to manage potential supply shortfalls and to ensure fuel supplies are secured, and generators and natural gas facilities are weatherized. The assessment finds high peak-demand projections, inadequate generator weatherization, fuel supply risks, and limited natural gas infrastructure are contributory factors to reliability risk."

Regarding New England, the NERC assessment reports: "New England has limited natural gas transportation capacity and relies on liquefied natural gas and oil-fired generators on peak demand days. Potential constraints on the fuel delivery systems, coupled with the limited inventory of liquid fuels, may exacerbate the risks for fuel-based generator outages and output reductions that result in energy emergencies during extreme weather."

The report can be found online here:

https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/NERC-Warns-Generation-Resources-Tight-in-Large-Portion-of-North-America-this-Winter.aspx

Natural Gas Represents 54% of Northeast Home Heating Market, according to Latest Annual Census Data
On September 15, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest American Community Survey with data for 2021. The survey includes data on home heating fuels by state. The 2021 data indicates that natural gas represents 54% (53.8%) of the total home heating market in the nine Northeast states.

The natural gas share of home heating by Northeast states is as follows:
CT, 35%; ME, 8%; MA, 51%; NH, 22%; NJ, 73%; NY, 59%; PA, 51%; RI, 53%; and VT, 19%. The Census data can be found online here:
https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=House%20Heating%20Fuel&g=0400000US36&d=ACS%201-Year%20Estimates%20Detailed%20Tables&tid=ACSDT1Y2021.B25040