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Localized Approach Could Grow Gas-Fired Power’s Global Reach

“Think globally, act locally” is a phrase often associated with environmental stewardship. It could also serve as a prescription of sorts for broadening natural gas’ role in generating the world’s electricity.

“We have not fully tapped the potential of this abundant resource,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association (AGA), a trade group comprising natural gas utilities. “There is additional room for wise and efficient growth of natural gas consumption in today’s domestic energy market, including significant potential for demand in residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors over the long term.”

Natural gas has become a more prominent fuel for generating electricity in the United States. Utilities are working to expand natural gas’ reach even more, said McCurdy. He explained that 39 states have adopted or are considering pipeline expansion proposals to get natural gas to U.S. communities that still lack access.

“Because of its value to customers and our economy, more Americans want natural gas,” he said. “We are seeing states recognise the intrinsic economic benefits of natural gas and looking to expand their infrastructure as a way of increasing opportunity, giving more citizens and businesses access to this domestic fuel source.” Read more

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