AGA Welcomes NARUC Report on State Efforts to Expand Natural Gas Infrastructure

News Release November 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Millions of Americans do not currently have access to the benefits of natural gas and have asked their local policymakers to enable the expansion of natural gas infrastructure to deliver the affordability, efficiency and environmental benefits that natural gas provides to their communities.

Today, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion released a report to educate local regulators on what states are doing to promote and facilitate natural gas expansion and provide guidance on policies, mechanisms and best practices that regulators can use to help extend natural gas service to unserved and underserved areas. The American Gas Association (AGA) commends the report and the dedication of the public utility commissioners that led this effort.

“It is critically important that regulators be educated about the creative ways utilities are expanding service and delivering the benefits of natural gas to more consumers in underserved and unserved areas,” said Kyle Rogers, AGA’s Vice President of Government Relations. “This expansion drives economic development and gives consumers more energy choices. We applaud the efforts of Task Force chairman John Coleman (PA), co-vice chairs Brandon Presley (MS) and Julie Fedorchak (ND), as well as NARUC Gas Committee chairman Stan Wise (GA) and vice-chair Diane Burman (NY) for leading the process and putting together this important report.”

The report:

  • Studies current access, expansion and service extension policies for underserved and unserved areas;
  • Examines the need for access and expansion including case studies and review of the barriers and obstacles to such access;
  • Recommends potential mechanisms to address the benefits and opportunities for access and expansion and identifies alternative or unconventional approaches to reaching unserved and underserved areas; and
  • Compiles a national best practices collection on natural gas access and expansion to underserved and unserved areas

41 states have adopted or considered innovative expansion proposals, and that number continues to grow.

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 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 69 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.