Letter: Keeping up with natural gas demand
The editor: The demand for natural gas continues to grow across the country, and specifically here in South Carolina. Growth in the Palmetto State is being driven by more natural gas usage by residents, local businesses, and industry than any other period in our history. Our state desires access to natural gas because of its reliability, abundance and environmental benefits versus other fuels.
Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission provides critical energy infrastructure to serve existing and growing demands for natural gas in South Carolina.
Our company dates back to 1952, operates in 32 of the state’s 46 counties and provides a vital commodity needed to heat, cool, and power homes, schools, hospitals and businesses.
Dominion’s Charleston Pipeline Expansion Project is critical to serve South Carolina’s growing demand for natural gas. The capacity for the project is 100 percent contracted to serve South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) and other state businesses.
Expanding access to low-cost, environmentally sensitive fuels will provide long-lasting economic benefits. The Charleston Project will provide more than $1.5 million annually in property taxes across our state which can be used to benefit schools, health care facilities, emergency responders and other essential county services.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — the agency that ultimately decides if a project serves the “public good” — spent 19 months evaluating all environmental, health and safety aspects of this project. After an exhaustive and thorough assessment, the FERC concluded that the project would have no significant impacts on human health or the environment and indeed serves the “public good.”
Energy needs are increasing in the Palmetto State and the Charleston Project will expand the energy supply infrastructure for the state resulting in a positive economic impact for many years to come.
(Editor’s note: Keith Windle is the general manager at Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, an interstate natural gas transportation company that operates approximately 1,500 miles of transmission pipeline in South Carolina and Georgia.)