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Transitioning Natural Gas for a Low-carbon Future

We can make a good fuel even cleaner

Natural gas plays an important role in our energy future. To make sure it’s as clean as it can be, we have a plan to address its environmental impact across the entire supply chain — from the production field to your hot water heater.

Read the report that details our plan (PDF) or the one-page summary of the report (PDF).

It starts with the natural gas we deliver to you.

We’re investing $1.4 billion in projects to upgrade our natural gas system and replace aging pipes. Our focus is on limiting our rate of methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas — to less than 0.2% for all areas of our natural gas operations. For more than a decade, we’ve participated in EPA’s voluntary Natural Gas STAR program focused on reducing methane emissions and are also a founding partner in its Methane Challenge. Low natural gas prices have made it possible for us to make improvements to the system with minimal impact to your energy bill.

We can leverage our buying power with suppliers.

We’ve started gathering information from suppliers on their methane emissions and best practices for reducing them. The information will help us understand the emissions footprint of the natural gas we buy and allow us to take future action. We’ve also joined ONE Future to limit methane emissions across the entire natural gas supply chain to 1% or less by 2025.

You. Us. Together.

When natural gas is burned in appliances or other equipment, it emits carbon dioxide. We’re planning new customer options and pilot programs to help you reduce your carbon emissions from natural gas. We’ll be increasing energy efficiency programs, while exploring electrification and options for low-carbon gas.

Powering our clean energy transition

In addition to delivering natural gas for customers to use, we generate some electricity with natural gas. Thanks largely to natural gas, we are producing more power with wind and solar than ever before, transitioning away from coal and significantly reducing carbon emissions. At less than half the carbon emissions compared to coal, low-cost natural gas is helping us keep our service reliable and your energy bill affordable.

It’s going to take some time to develop new zero-carbon 24/7 technologies to reduce our reliance on natural gas. In the meantime, we can continue lowering carbon emissions today with renewable energy paired with natural gas.

Learn more about our vision for delivering 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.

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