New York City natural gas use is way up, with more homes using it than ever before. The City needs more and there’s a pipeline that will help them and us.
Earlier this month I noted New York City natural gas use is on the rise and there are plenty of housing projects there that could benefit by access to more natural gas. That’s natural gas we can provide to them. We get economic development. They get inexpensive heating fuel that dramatically improves their air quality as emissions are lowered across the board by substituting gas for oil. That same gas also serves to cleanly produce electricity for not only heating homes but also powering electric cars and the technology that makes urban life possible. The only question is how to get more gas to the City. Fortunately, there’s an answer.
The answer in this case is the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project—a thoroughly boring name for an exciting project—that will give New York City a new way to access Marcellus Shale and other natural gas sources. Before delving into that answer, though, it’s worth taking a look at the simple facts of New York City natural gas use, which are really quite astounding.