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 1/5/2012 

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 Natural Gas Council Statement on NERC Natural Gas-Electric Interdependency Assessment   

 
   

Washington, D.C. – The Natural Gas Council (NGC), representing the companies that produce, transport and deliver clean, affordable natural gas throughout the United States, issued the following statement today, in response to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) December 2011 report, “2011 Special Reliability Assessment:  A Primer of the Natural Gas and Electric Power Interdependency in the United States.”

 “We are pleased to see that NERC’s report underscores the importance of reliability in meeting the needs of the more than 70 million customers who count on natural gas for their energy needs, and specifically, natural gas to the electric sector.  Even more notable, the assessment recognizes the critical role that natural gas will play in the future of electric power, which NERC points out has grown to be the largest consuming sector of the natural gas industry. 

“We are reviewing the specifics of NERC’s recommendations, but we heartily agree with the report’s overarching recommendation to seek ways to deepen and improve the natural gas-electric dialogue.  In the new year, we look forward to further discussions with NERC, the electric industry and policymakers on constructive steps that can be taken to ensure greater utilization of natural gas.”

Last February, the NGC pledged to assist NERC with its study of the growing interdependence of the natural gas and electric industry.  (See February 2011 NGC letter and release here.)  

-NGC-

The Natural Gas Council collectively represents nearly all companies that produce, transport and distribute natural gas consumed in the United States. It includes members of the American Gas Association, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Natural Gas Supply Association.

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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