The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is in Dallas this week. And while few may know of this important group, it consists of officials from all 50 states whose job it is to ensure consumers have reliable, affordable electricity.
Because natural gas plays a critical and growing role in meeting those needs, discussions will continue among the commissioners on how best to integrate more natural gas into electricity markets.
In just a few short years, America has made the transition from a nation of energy scarcity to one of abundance. We’ve gone from expecting to import a significant amount of the natural gas we need to being the world’s largest producer of natural gas.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently commented that growth in domestic energy production is one of the bright spots in our recovery. And increased use of natural gas in power generation and transportation is greatly reducing carbon emissions as well as air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and particulate matter.