What's New at NGA?

February 16, 2018
NGA Course on Part 192 Being Offered March 6-8 - Registration Underway
The 2018 NGA Part 192 for the Distribution Operator will be held March 6-8, 2018 at the Newport Marriott Hotel in Newport, RI. The course is entitled: "What You should Know about Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Codes!" Program and registration information are posted on NGA's web site: http://www.northeastgas.org/2018_part192.php

NGA's Sales & Marketing Conference, March 8-9 - Registration Underway
NGA's Annual Sales & Marketing Conference will be held March 8-9, 2018 in Newport, RI. Sessions will be held in three concurrent tracks: residential/small commercial sales; large commercial/industrial sales; and customer service and energy efficiency. Program and registration information are posted on NGA's web site: http://www.northeastgas.org/eve-sales-mktg.php

Distrigas Imported Over 85% of U.S. LNG Facility Imports in 2017
According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Natural Gas Import and Export Activities, Distrigas imported 64.1 Bcf of LNG in 2017, compared to 69 Bcf in 2016. The Distrigas imports represented 87% of all U.S. LNG imports in 2017 (which were 73.9 Bcf, down from 84.5 Bcf in 2017). The U.S. exported 890 Bcf of LNG by vessel in 2017. New England also receives supplies from the Canaport LNG facility in Saint John, New Brunswick. In 2017 Canaport made available approximately 14 Bcf to the market.

Canadian Natural Gas Pipeline Exports to U.S. Increased Slightly in 2017 - Exports to Eastern U.S. Lower
Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) has reported that Canada's natural gas pipeline exports to the U.S. slightly increased in 2017, from 2.97 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2016 to 3 Tcf in 2017. Exports to the eastern U.S. declined from 318 billion cubic feet (Bcf) in 2016 to 259 Bcf in 2017. Look for more information here: https://apps.neb-one.gc.ca/CommodityStatistics/Statistics.aspx?language=english

U.S. EPA Releases Draft Annual U.S. GHG Data; Natural Gas-Related Methane Emissions in U.S. in 2016 were 16.3% Lower than in 1990
On February 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft inventory of its latest annual data estimates on U.S. anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission trends, from 1990 through 2016. Among the trends noted by EPA were the following:
  • "In 2016, total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 6,546.2 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2 Eq. Total U.S. emissions have increased by 2.8 percent from 1990 to 2016, and emissions decreased from 2015 to 2016 by 2.0 percent (131.1 MMT CO2 Eq.)."
  • "Natural gas systems were the second largest anthropogenic source category of CH4 emissions in the United States in 2016 with 162.1 MMT CO2 Eq. of CH4 emitted into the atmosphere. Those emissions have decreased by 31.6 MMT CO2 Eq. (16.3 percent) since 1990. The decrease in CH4 emissions is largely due to a decrease in emissions from transmission, storage and distribution. The decrease in transmission and storage emissions is largely due to reduced compressor station emissions (including emissions form compressors and fugitives). The decrease in distribution emissions is largely attributed to increased use of plastic piping, which has lower emissions than other pipe materials, and station upgrades at metering and regulating (M&R) stations."

Look for further details on EPA's web site: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/draft-inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-1990-2016

U.S. EIA Releases Annual Energy Outlook 2018
On February 6, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its updated "Short-Term Energy Outlook." Among the observations are:
  • "The AEO2018 Reference case shows continued development of U.S. shale and tight oil and natural gas resources paired with modest energy consumption growth, leading to the transition of the United States from a net energy importer to a net energy exporter."
  • "Natural gas production increases in every case, supporting higher levels of domestic consumption and natural gas exports...Plays in the East lead production of U.S. natural gas from shale resources."
  • "Renewables and natural gas comprise most of the capacity additions through the projection period in the Reference case."

Look for further details online: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/

Natural Gas System Operates Reliably, Meets Record Utility Demand, During Prolonged Cold Snap
A period of very intense and challenging cold started on December 26, 2017 and extended until January 7, 2018 in the Northeast as the Eastern U.S. experienced a long cold spell. Historic cold temperatures were recorded in many areas. The natural gas system in the region experienced very high utilization and delivered reliably throughout, thanks to a committed performance by interstate pipelines, local gas distribution companies, and LNG terminal operators. Multiple natural gas utilities set sendout records during the cold snap.
The New England natural gas utilities set three new peak days during the recent cold snap, with the new top regional sendout day recorded on January 6, at close to 4.4 billion cubic feet collectively. In New York State, Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, National Grid and NYSEG all recorded record sendouts; in New Jersey, New Jersey Natural Gas and South Jersey Gas set new peaks.
The top natural gas demand day in the entire U.S. was recorded on Jan. 1, 2018, with a sendout of 150.7 Bcf, eclipsing the previous mark of 143.3 Bcf set on Jan. 7, 2014.
U.S. EIA released several "Northeastern Winter Energy Alerts" in January that provide information on natural gas and electric markets during the cold snap; it can be found on the EIA web site: https://www.eia.gov/special/alert/east_coast/

Registration Underway for NGA's Spring Operations Conference
NGA's Spring Operations Conference will be held April 5-6, 2018 in Saratoga, NY. Registration is underway. Look for more information on NGA's web site: http://www.northeastgas.org/2018_spring_ops_conf.php

Registration Underway for NGA's 62nd Annual Gas Operations School & Exhibit
NGA's 62nd Annual Gas Operations School & Exhibit will be held June 5-8, 2018 at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Registration is underway for exhibitors, sponsors and students. Look for more information on NGA's web site: http://www.northeastgas.org/gasops_exhibit_reg.php

U.S. HHS Releases Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding for States
On October 20, the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance (DEA), of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the initial release of approximately $3.03 billion of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 regular block grant funding to LIHEAP grantees. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. The 9 Northeast states are receiving $899.4 million of the total allotment, as follows: CT, $67.2 million; ME, $34.9 million; MA, $122.9 million; NH, $23.2 million; NJ, $105.9 million; NY, $327.4 million; PA, $178.6 million; RI, $22.4 million; and VT, $16.9 million. Further information can be found at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/resource/fy-2018-funding-release#.Wfpl1xb54uo.twitter

Call Before You Dig!
NGA and its member companies remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. The main link for information is: http://call811.com. As well, each of the Northeast states has a local "One Call Center." They range from "Call Before You Dig" in Connecticut to "Dig Safely New York" to "One Call New Jersey" to "Dig Safe"a in five New England states to "Pennsylvania811". NGA has links to all the sites linked through the "Public Awareness" section of its web site, at http://www.northeastgas.org/call_centers.php
Utilize these important resources - be aware - and be safe!