What's New at NGA?

April 19, 2021
April is Safe Digging Month
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and its stakeholders have designated April 2021 as National Safe Digging Month. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of safe digging practices across the country and of 811, the national call-before-you-dig number. Throughout the month of April, CGA and its members are encouraging homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. NGA has links to the call centers in the Northeast region here: https://www.northeastgas.org/call_centers.php

NGA's "Regional Market Trends Forum" Webinar Will Be Held on April 29
On April 29, NGA will convene a webinar to address current issues impacting the regional natural gas market. This annual meeting is usually held in Hartford, CT but this year it will be held as a webinar from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Among the speakers are NYS PSC Commissioner Diane Burman; and Paul Hibbard of The Analysis Group. Look for more information online: http://www.northeastgas.org/eve-regional.php

NGA's Annual Public Awareness Media Campaign Underway
Starting April 12, NGA's annual Spring media campaign to communicate the importance of public awareness of natural gas safety officially commences. Over the next month, television and radio ads will run throughout the Northeast media market highlighting natural gas safety. As well there will be digital campaign with ads on Google, Facebook, etc. 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

Student Registration Underway for NGA's Gas Operations School, June 8-11
NGA's 2021 Gas Operations School will be held this June as a webinar, in light of COVID-19 restrictions. It will be run from June 8 to 11, with the exhibit on June 8 and the classes on June 9 through 11. The 2021 curriculum includes seven tracks - Innovation & Management, Corrosion, Customer Service, Distribution, Construction, Gas Supply and System Design - offering 50 courses in all. Student registration is now underway. We hope you can join us at our virtual event! Look for more details online: https://www.northeastgas.org/gasops_student_reg.php

U.S. EPA Releases Annual GHG Data; Natural Gas-Related Methane Emissions in U.S. in 2019 were 15.7% Lower than in 1990
On April 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the inventory of its latest annual data estimates on U.S. anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission trends, from 1990 through 2019. Among the trends noted by EPA were the following:

  • "In 2019, total gross U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 6,558.3million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMT CO2Eq). Total U.S. emissions have increased by 1.8 percent from 1990 to 2019, down from a high of 15.6 percent above 1990 levels in 2007. Emissions decreased from 2018 to 2019 by 1.7 percent (113.1MMT CO2Eq.). Net emissions (including sinks) were 5,769.1 MMT CO2Eq. Overall, net emissions decreased 1.7 percent from 2018 to 2019 and decreased 13.0 percent from 2005 levels as shown in Table ES-2. The decline reflects the combined impacts of many long-term trends, including population, economic growth, energy market trends, technological changes including energy efficiency, and carbon intensity of energy fuel choices. Between 2018 and 2019, the decrease in total greenhouse gas emissions was largely driven by the decrease in CO2emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The decrease in CO2emissions from fossil fuel combustion was a result of a 1 percent decrease in total energy use and reflects a continued shift from coal to less carbon intensive natural gas and renewables in the electric power sector."
  • "Natural gas systems were the second largest anthropogenic source category of CH4 emissions in the United States in 2019 with 157.6MMT CO2Eq. of CH4 emitted into the atmosphere. Those emissions have decreased by 29.3MMT CO2 Eq. (15.7 percent) since 1990. The decrease in CH4 emissions is largely due to decreases in emissions from distribution, transmission, and storage. The decrease in distribution emissions is due to decreased emissions from pipelines and distribution station leaks, and the decrease in transmission and storage emissions is largely due to reduced compressor station emissions (including emissions from compressors and equipment leaks)."
  • "Distribution system emissions, which accounted for 9 percent of CH4 emissions from natural gas systems and less than 1 percent of 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 CO2emissions from this stage, as have station upgrades at metering and regulating (M&R) stations. Distribution system CH4 emissions in 2019 were 69 percent lower than 1990 levels and 1 percent lower than 2018 emissions. Distribution system CO2 emissions in 2019 were 69 percent lower than 1990 levels and 1 percent lower than 2018 emissions."

Look for further details on EPA's web site: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-1990-2019

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