Natural Gas Partnership
The responsible development and use of natural gas is important to our future, as this resource plays a more significant role in our energy supply. Natural gas is a commodity we purchase that is generally not tied to any specific well or production technique. We therefore try to ensure our suppliers are reliable producers and interstate pipeline companies that develop and transport natural gas safely and in full compliance with government and industry requirements.
We are participating with two influential energy policy organizations to evaluate, among other things, the availability, environmental benefits and safety of extraction processes for natural gas. We contributed to the National Petroleum Councils' study, Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North America's Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources. We also are participating in a study performed by the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, housed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The Institute is studying greenhouse gas lifecycle associated with shale gas, water and other environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, and forecasting future utility industry resource scenarios based on possible technological and policy developments.