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Northwest Gas Association Blog

2 Dec
Join us for a Free Lunch & Learn on 12/11 in Olympia

Join the NWGA on Thursday, December 11 in Olympia, Washington for read more

13 Oct
Natural Gas Term of the Week: Throughput

What it means: Volume of natural gas that may be carried on...read more

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The Northwest Gas Association’s mission is to advance the safe, dependable and responsible use of natural gas as integral to the energy, environmental and economic future of the PNW. Its efforts foster greater understanding and informed decision-making among industry participants, opinion leaders and governing officials in the Pacific Northwest on issues related to natural gas.

Natural Gas 101

  • BACKHAUL: A transaction where gas is transported the opposite direction of normal flow on a unidirectional pipeline.
  • BASE LOAD: A given demand for natural gas that remains fairly constant over a period of time, usually not temperature sensitive.
  • BASIS DIFFERENTIAL:
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Natural gas is a combustible, gaseous mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds, usually found in deep underground reservoirs formed by porous rock. Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane, but does contain small amounts of other gases, … read more