Expanding Access

Pipelines Bring Opportunity

The nation's natural gas pipelines reach more than 177 million Americans. Still, there are pockets of this country that do not have access to natural gas. The industry is working to extend its pipeline network to meet this demand. Gas utilities are working with energy planners, regulators and policymakers to bring natural gas — and the comfort and savings it delivers — to these new customers.

Extending the Benefits of Natural Gas

With an abundant supply of natural gas providing cost savings and environmental benefits across the nation, many states are now looking at ways to expand natural gas infrastructure so that more citizens and businesses can access this domestic fuel source. Thirty-nine states have adopted or considered innovative expansion proposals, and that number continues to grow. For example:

  • Mississippi. Mississippi has a Supplemental Growth Rider for Atmos Energy Corp. and CenterPoint Energy, to support economic development and job creation by providing the incentive to extend gas service to projects previously viewed as economically infeasible.
  • Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's Growth Extension Tariff (GET Gas) program allows UGI, PECO Energy Co., Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Peoples Gas to have innovative programs to manage the costs of extending natural gas service to new customers in the state.
  • Connecticut. Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas and Eversource Energy have a cost recovery mechanism to finance the tens of millions of dollars they have proposed to spend to connect 280,000 customers to natural gas pipelines over the course of the next 10 years.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a program under which the federal government gives states annual grants to operate home energy assistance programs. LIHEAP helps the most vulnerable utility customers pay their energy bills, enabling them to keep their homes warm, cook their food and have access to hot water. AGA and its members advocate for resources to protect those in need. Learn more about LIHEAP.