Energy

Natural Gas

Historical trends show stable to declining natural gas demand in traditional residential, commercial, and industrial direct use segments. Gas-fired generation and transportation could power the gas growth story.

Several trends favor the increased use of natural gas as an energy source. The dominant factor is, of course, the shale gas supply windfall driving lower and more stable commodity pricing. Further, a weak dollar and global growth has led to a better competitive position against oil. Favorable commodity economics are complemented by political support for greater ‘energy independence’, domestic job creation, and favorable environmental positioning over other fossil fuels.

By bringing to bear extensive utility experience, deep strategic and resource planning expertise, rigorous financial and rate analysis, strong stakeholder and regulatory relationship management, Bridge can help you address such questions as:

  • Under what conditions does natural gas central generation move from an ‘option’ to a ‘decision’?
  • Why has Distributed Generation not already become the ‘standard’ for new development and retrofits?
  • How can NGVs move from a ‘push’ to a ‘pull’ application?

Translating consumption into earnings growth for regulated utilities depends primarily on asset growth and incremental customers. Demand growth will support traditional drivers of earnings growth, but the nature of new demand will also challenge the traditional practices and models of regulated utilities.

  • Revisit customer strategies for power generators
  • Develop innovative business models and strategies to integrate non-traditional assets such as customer-based distributed generation and NGV fueling infrastructure
  • Quantify and monetize the environmental and efficiency benefits of natural gas
  • Design, collaboratively with state regulators, new and creative rate recovery mechanisms that balance the needs of the community, the customer, and the utility
  • Pursue regulatory and legislative actions to level the playing field for natural gas in all end-use sectors
  • Design, collaboratively with state regulators, new and creative rate recovery mechanisms that balance the needs of the community, the customer, and the utility
  • Pursue regulatory and legislative actions to level the playing field for natural gas in all end-use sectors