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The NWGA’s annual Natural Gas Outlook seeks to provide insight into the Northwest’s natural gas market by aggregating publicly available data from our member companies and other key energy stakeholders. Read on for links to some of the key sources.

Gas Outlook

Regional Gas Outlook

In this study, we examine several dynamics affecting Pacific Northwest natural gas consumers. The Outlook relies primarily on external, publicly available resources for information on natural gas supply prospects and commodity prices. Regional demand and capacity data are drawn from NWGA member company planning processes, including the Integrated Resource Plan from each of our members that are required to file with utility commissions.

Integrated Resource Plans

Integrated Resource Plans:

At regular intervals, each of the NWGA’s member utilities files a plan with their regulatory authority detailing different resource acquisition and demand scenarios. These Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) aim to minimize the overall costs of service while maintaining a very high level of dependability.


The key information in these plans, such as demand projections, regional system capacity and natural gas supply forms the basis for projections contained with the Natural Gas Outlook. Follow the links below to view each utility member’s most recent final IRP filing.

Natural Gas Facts

Natural Gas Facts

These resources provide an overview of natural gas and the myriad of benefits that this domestic, clean, safe, low-cost, dependable and abundant energy source offers Pacific Northwest (PNW) consumers. Already, 3.2 million regional natural gas users are enjoying its economic and environmental advantages, but expanding the use and applications of natural gas will help provide an economically feasible, cleaner environment for future generations.

Digital Resources

Briefs, one-pagers, infographics, and other resources that can be downloaded. These documents serve as a resource to be used by our members and others to share facts on natural gas. 

Digital Resources
Other Sources


A number of reports and studies help provide a broader view of the role of natural gas in the Northwest and in North America.

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Canada’s National
Energy Board

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

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