AGA touts emission reductions from natural gas

Americans continue to save money and improve their environmental footprint by using natural gas, according to the 2015 American Gas Association (AGA) Playbook, released Feb. 11.

The freshly updated guide for natural gas information shows that natural gas customers saved an average of $693 per year from 2012-2013 while reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by half a million metric tons. In addition, emissions from distribution pipelines dropped an additional six percent in 2014 as utilities continued to upgrade and modernize infrastructure to enhance safety.

“The discussion about our nation’s energy future must be fact-based, and the 2015 AGA Playbook shows that our nation’s abundance of natural gas continues to deliver environmental and energy efficiency solutions while providing reliable, affordable energy,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “With more than a century of expertise, natural gas utilities are a trusted resource for customers, policymakers, regulators and the media, as we all seek meaningful energy solutions.”

The AGA document asserts that natural gas customers are saving more money, more energy and emitting less carbon than ever before. In addition, more states are pursuing strategies to expand and enhance natural gas infrastructure.

Eight additional states are pursuing natural gas growth through innovative expansion proposals, growing the number from 17 states in 2014 to a total of 25 today. Meanwhile, 38 states have adopted specific rate mechanisms that foster accelerated replacement of pipelines no longer fit for service, supporting enhanced safety, reliability and performance of natural gas delivery systems, AGA said.