NWGA Releases Natural Gas Facts Booklet

Natural Gas Facts

This booklet provides an overview of natural gas and the myriad of benefits that this domestic, clean, safe, low-cost and reliable energy source offers the Pacific Northwest consumers. 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.

To download and read more, click here.

June 7 -8, 2017: 14th Annual Energy Conference

  • Annual Energy Conference
    June 7, 2017 - June 8, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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NW Natural teams up with American Red Cross for Natl. Preparedness Month Events

PORTLAND, Ore. – The American Red Cross and NW Natural are teaming up during National Preparedness Month to help Oregonians and Southwest Washingtonians prepare for a natural disaster or emergency. During the month of September, Get Ready events will be held in the eight communities of Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Albany, The Dalles, Seaside, Lincoln County, and Coos Bay.

The events are free to the general public. The first 100 families will receive small Red Cross emergency kits. Free lunch will be provided at most locations, as well as safety demonstrations, kids’ activities and materials from local emergency groups. There is no need to register; attendees can just show up.

“These community gatherings are fun and a great way to introduce family conversation about what to do, where to go and who to rely on should a disaster occur,” said Cara Sloman, regional disaster program officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “A wealth of resources are on site at each event, thanks to the coordinating efforts of NW Natural.”

Here are the details on who will be joining the American Red Cross Cascades Region and NW Natural for each event:

* Get Ready Portland, September 6 —Unthank Park, 510 N Shaver St., Portland, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., joined by Portland Fire & Rescue, Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Police, DOGAMI, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, AMR, Oregon Food Bank and Self Enhancement Inc.

* Get Ready Vancouver, September 6 – NW Natural and the Red Cross will have our Get Ready table at CRESA’s Community Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Note: we are not providing free lunch at this event).

* Get Ready Coos Bay, September 13 – Coos Bay Fire Station on Elrod Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by Coos Bay Fire Department, Coos County Emergency Management, Coos Bay Police, North Coos 911 Center, Bay Cities Ambulance, South Coast Preppers, Hazmat Team 15, Coast CPR, Pacific Power, Car Seat Coalition, Coos County Assessor’s Office, Salvation Army, Bay Area Hospital and more.

* Get Ready Salem, September 20 — Salem Riverfront Park, North Meadow, Rotary Pavilion, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by Salem Fire Department, Salem CERT, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Rural/Metro Ambulance, Salem Health, and Polk County Sheriff Marine Patrol.

* Get Ready The Dalles, September 20 – Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W 8th St., The Dalles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, CERT, Medical Reserve Corps, Lifeflight, Food Bank, OSU Extension Service and SERVPRO.

* Get Ready Albany, September 27 – Gibson Hill, 2880 Gibson Hill Road, Albany, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., joined by Linn County Emergency Management, Linn County CERT, Linn County Medical Reserve Corp, Albany Fire Dept., Albany Police, Mid-Valley LEPC, Linn County, Amateur Radio, the local food bank, humane society and more.

* Get Ready North Coast, September 27 – Seaside Fire Dept., 150 South Lincoln, Seaside, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. joined by Seaside Fire Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Lutheran Disaster Response, Clatsop County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and Clatsop County Emergency Management.

* Get Ready Lincoln County, September 27 – North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1, Taft Fire Hall, 4520 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., joined by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, Lincoln City Police and Lincoln County Sheriff, CERT, United States Coast Guard, SERVPRO, Lincoln City Electronic Super Store, Lincoln County School district and more.

“We’re pleased to host a series of readiness events with the Red Cross for the third year in a row,” said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. “Safety is a top priority for NW Natural and we want to help our communities prepare for any natural disaster that might occur.”

Natural Gas Term of the Week: Odorant

What it means: Any material added to natural or LP gas in small concentrations to impart a distinctive odor. Odorants in common use include various mercaptans and organic sulfides.

See it in action: That rotten egg smell when natural gas is present isn’t actually the gas at all.  Natural gas is odorless, so special additives, typically a naturally occurring substance called mercaptan, are inserted into the gas transmission system to ensure you know when gas is around.

That smell is unpleasant on purpose, if you catch a whiff call your utility, it may indicate a gas leak. NW Natural has a good overview of what steps you should take if that rotten egg smell catches your attention.

Want natural gas that smells a little better?  You won’t find it in your home, since that odor serves an important purpose. However, the Volcano at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas strips out the odorants in the gas that powers their nightly shows, and replaces it with something a little more festive…the smell of Pina Coladas.

A Natural Gas Term of the Week is posted each Monday, check back weekly to boost your natural gas IQ.  Follow the NWGA on Twitter @Ben_at_NWGA

2012 Gas Outlook

Released annually, the Gas Outlook is a detailed ten-year look at expected natural gas demand, supply availability and prices in the Northwest. The Outlook offers unique insight, representing a consensus view of the regional natural gas market developed by industry participants directly serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

“We have seen unprecedented change in the natural gas industry over the past few years,
” said Frank Morehouse, NWGA Board President. “The Gas Outlook helps industry observers gain insight on what those changes mean for our region,” he added.

Breakthroughs in drilling technology have unlocked vast reserves of shale gas, replacing past concerns over declining production with plentiful supply. Regional demand for natural gas is expected to grow annually by an average of 0.9 percent per year, leading to a cumulative growth of 8.1 percent by 2021. The role of natural gas as a fuel to generate electricity is a key question discussed in the 2012 Gas Outlook.

Read Entire 2012 Gas Outlook Here



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