Dave McCurdy Transitioning to a Greater Reliance on Natural Gas for Electric Power Generation

There is no doubt that our country faces great challenges with regard to our energy future, but natural gas is one of the few energy areas where our country is positioned well. Natural gas is an abundant, reliable natural resource that customers can depend on to heat their homes, warm their water and cook their food. America’s natural gas utilities deliver this foundation fuel to 177 million Americans every day, employing long term planning, a portfolio approach and firm pipeline transportation to help ensure they can meet the needs of their customers at affordable prices.

Transitioning to a greater reliance on natural gas for electric power generation in the Northeast will require building additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure. To characterize that reality as a “trap” (“In New England, a Natural Gas Trap,” Feb. 16.) is inaccurate. Our nation has access to abundant supplies of natural gas and a robust network of 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipelines that reliably deliver this fuel. Until power generation markets appropriately incentivize continued infrastructure investments, New England will struggle to meet the growing energy needs in the region. These are unique regional challenges with regard to power generation that require regional solutions.

Natural gas utilities plan far in advance to help ensure they are prepared for the coldest day of the year every day of the year. They provide safe and reliable energy delivery to customers when they need it most, and the industry is working with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and others to help make sure there is a strategic energy plan in place that allows power generation customers to access the promises of natural gas with the same confidence as natural gas utility customers.

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