AGA’s Dave McCurdy explains how local natural gas utilities are making crucial infrastructure upgrades to meet the nation’s energy needs.
The United States has more than 2.4 million miles of pipeline that deliver this affordable, domestically abundant, efficient and clean natural gas to fuel our homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. Our nation’s abundant supply of natural gas is the foundation fuel that can power our country and our economy for years to come.
AGA’s members continue to advance natural gas infrastructure to meet those demands, while keeping the price manageable for the customer. In 2011, natural gas utilities invested almost $6 billion in their distribution systems.
In Georgia, utilities were able to speed up the replacement of over 2,300 bare steel and cast-iron pipes over a 15-year period. New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities approved plans in 2009 for the state’s utilities to invest $956 million in infrastructure and energy efficiency programs over a two-year period, some of which went to accelerating the replacement of unprotected steel and cast iron mains. And in Michigan, a 2011 rate settlement established a main replacement program that reduces the time it will take to replace pipe from 60 to 25 years. More examples of infrastructure investment and cost recovery through special rate mechanisms in 22 states across the nation can be found in AGA’s June 2012 Natural Gas Rate Round-Up.
AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy recently spoke with Monica Trauzzi, host of E&E’s OnPoint regarding what the natural gas industry is doing to continue to advance infrastructure to meet our nation’s energy needs. In the interview, he explains how the current low price of natural gas and innovative rate structures developed by utilities working with regulators make it possible for the industry to invest in these crucial improvements without significantly raising rates for consumers.
AGA members are the local distribution companies across the countries who deliver natural gas directly to the end-user. They are working closely with counterparts throughout the industry to help ensure the safety and reliability of the entire natural gas delivery process, from the wellhead to the burner tip.