GUEST BLOG: GAS INFRASTRUCTURE KEY FOR CLIMATE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

“Studies by energy agencies, universities, and the industry that model future U.S. natural gas consumption consistently shows continued use of natural gas for at least the next 30 years, even in scenarios where the country achieves net-zero targets by midcentury. There is no quick replacement for gas in the U.S. energy mix.” 

Total Electrification — Food for Thought

We enjoy a safe, reliable, and affordable energy delivery system here in the Northwest. The interdependence of two amazing but inherently different energy infrastructures make it so. One system is the machine that instantaneously conveys electricity into the farthest and most remote areas of our region. The other is the natural gas system spanning 128,000 miles (206,000 Km for those of you who prefer the metric system) that delivers warmth and comfort to ten million residents of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, and productive energy to almost 350,000 businesses, institutions, and industries that are the region’s economic engine. The two systems function very differently but are interconnected and operate seamlessly together.
That system is at risk.

On Garbage Man Day, We Celebrate Workers and Our Planet with Advancements in Renewable Gas

This week’s guest blog is by Daniel Gage, President of Natural Gas Vehicles for America.

On June 17th, we recognize the hard work of the men and women who collect our garbage and recyclables. They not only keep our communities clean, but with advancements in renewable gas technology, they’re also helping fuel their fleets with clean, renewable natural gas (RNG).

Right here in the Pacific Northwest, landfills are turning trash into renewable natural gas that is then fueling those very trucks sent to collect the waste. It’s full circle.

REGISTER NOW!!! 18th Annual Energy Conference

The conference is only ONE DAY this year (June 10th) — from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The program is packed with informative and insightful energy presentations, as well as a unique opportunity for virtual networking — all from the comfort of your favorite chair. You don’t want to miss the industry’s leaders — together in one place on the same day, both regional and national — discussing the vital role natural gas will play in the energy future of the Pacific Northwes

Natural Gas Distribution Emissions Continue to Fall

This continuing downward trend in greenhouse gas emissions from the natural gas delivery system further shows the essential role Northwest gas utilities play in the region’s clean energy future. The industry has been pro-actively adopting new technologies to reduce the emissions impacts of the gas sector, which compliments the Pacific Northwest’s overall climate policy goals.

GUEST BLOG: Rethinking Natural Gas Bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings.

Thankfully, the legislators ended their session in Olympia and left that bad idea on the table. However, it is destined to come back next year.

The issue is complicated and expensive. Earlier this year, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) unveiled it as part of a package to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It included a phase-out of natural gas for space and water heating by forbidding the use of fossil fuels for heating and hot water in new buildings by 2030.

APRIL SAFETY MONTH — CALL BEFORE YOU DIG (Cont.)

Neglect one simple step and you could dig yourself into deep trouble. So “call before you dig.” It’s the law.  This one simple step can prevent damage, service disruptions, and potential disaster from uncharted digging into buried service facilities.  It’s the law for all of us: contractors, excavators, and homeowners.

Each utility sends employees to locate underground lines near the project with color-coded paint that identifies what kind of utility is underground. Failure to call and receive necessary guidance can prove messy at the very least, disrupt essential services, and maybe downright hazardous. Everyone, including homeowners, must call when planning to dig. Neighborhoods, especially new ones, have extensive utility lines crisscrossing under their yards.

Stay Safe – Call before you dig

811 is the LAW.  Digging a new flower bed or garden – Call 811. Even if it is just a small flower bed? How about installing a post, call 811.  Is it any different if you hire a landscaper or contractor?  No – call 811.

Even if you are worried about slowing down your project, please call 811