The energy source for America’s future will be distributed via an advanced energy delivery system.
Our country’s abundance of clean natural gas has contributed to huge savings for customers. Natural gas utilities are using this opportunity to make major capital investments in updating our nation’s natural gas infrastructure – accelerating existing programs and working with local regulators to develop innovative models for making these capital investments possible.
A recent report by the American Gas Association (AGA) highlights several states that are on the cutting edge of innovative rate designs, working with their natural gas utilities to build and maintain an advanced energy delivery system while continuing to deliver natural gas at affordable prices. Georgia is replacing 2,300 miles of natural gas pipelines over a span of 15 years. Ohio is enabling upgrades of their natural gas pipelines, but under the current plan, the rates customers see are only allowed to increase by $1 per month for five years. In Utah, upgrades to relatively new pipelines allow the addition of safety measures, such as lines that can be monitored through the use of robotics, automatic shut-off valves, and excess flow valves.
Maintaining the safety and reliability of the nation’s natural gas pipeline system is the number one priority for AGA and its member utilities. Utilities invest billions of dollars annually in maintenance, safety upgrades, and operating expenses.
The 100-year supply of natural gas in the United States forms the foundation of a future where this clean energy source will heat our homes, run our vehicles, generate power, and support other forms of renewable energy. America’s natural gas utilities are upgrading our delivery system to meet this growing demand.
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