NARUC Creates Group to Spread NatGas Use Far and Wide

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has just established a new Presidential Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force. Its purpose? To figure out how to get cheap, abundant, clean-burning natural gas to people that don’t have it now–those in poor and rural communities. According to NARUC, many rural communities (which comprise residential, industrial and commercial customers) lack access to low-cost natural gas because of infrastructure issues. They don’t have local distribution pipelines. Those communities rely on bottled propane, heating oil and other more expensive fuels. Why not give them cheap natural gas? That’s the aim–figure out how to get it done. The cool thing is that NARUC is headed up by Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission member Rob Powelson–the same guy under consideration to become a new FERC Commissioner. Go Rob! Figure out how to spread cheap Marcellus/Utica natgas to as many people as possible…

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