Natural Gas: For a Sustainable Massachusetts

Natural gas has been an energy, economic, and environmental success story for Massachusetts.

As our state seeks to transform its energy system and increase clean energy investments, the role of natural gas remains more important than ever. Natural gas provides a steady stream of reliable electricity that serves as a backstop to renewables and keeps the lights on. Natural gas also keeps our economy humming and our homes warm in winter.


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Massachusetts families count on natural gas


of residences heat with natural gas

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10s of 1000s

more use gas for basic life necessities

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Massachusetts businesses count on natural gas



businesses in MA use natural gas


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of the natural gas consumed in MA is used by commercial and industrial customers


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Massachusetts’ economy counts on the natural gas industry


gas utility employees in MA

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Thousands more

provide goods and services to the industry

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Millions of dollars

are contributed to charities by the industry

Millions of dollars

are contributed to charities by the industry

Massachusetts’ environment relies on the natural gas industry


Reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions since 1990

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Reduction in gas system methane emissions between 1990 and 2018

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The amount that natural gas systems contribute to the state’s total GHG emissions

Massachusetts = Efficiency Leader


Massachusetts has achieved the #1 or the #2 spot for ten years in a row (!) in the annual State Energy Efficiency scorecard rankings by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) – a tremendous achievement – and one that involves both the electric & natural gas sectors.

Since 2013

MA gas savings

Massachusetts’ natural gas utilities are committed to safety

3,100 miles replaced


of bare steel and cast iron mains, since year 2000;  the miles of plastic pipe have doubled at the same time!

Gas leaks repaired

Industry supported legislation to classify and repair leaks

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Gas utilities are


with municipal and advocacy groups on gas leak repair and safety

Natural gas will continue to play a critical role in the generation of electricity and fueling our state’s economy for decades to come




  Increase in generation of electricity by natural gas from 2000 to 2020.


 At the same time, air emissions in region are down – thanks in large part to natural gas power plants.


 SO2, down 99%


 NOx, down 78%


 CO2, down 42% 


(Source: ISO-NE, February 2021)



U.S. EIA noted in August 2020 that: “Natural gas fueled about two-thirds of Massachusetts’ total electricity net generation in 2019.”

In the EIA chart above, which shows the state’s power generation fuel mix from 2001 through 2018, the important role of natural gas is apparent (natural gas is shown in the light brown color).    Chart source: U.S. EIA, Aug. 2019

Natural gas provides important system balancing in regional power generation, as other resources retire and new renewables increase their share.

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Natural gas enables a greater role for renewables, and provides system reliability as other units retire

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Natural Gas

remains a leading fuel of choice for generation facilities

(over 1,200 megawatts of new natural gas generating capacity was

added in 2018 / 2019 in Massachusetts)

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The Bottom Line? Gas is Good for Massachusetts.

Natural gas is an energy, economic, and environmental success story for Massachusetts. Natural gas provides the backbone we need to support renewable electricity generation.

Natural gas is essential to keeping the lights on, the economy growing, and our homes warm in the winter.

This is a project of the Northeast Gas Association and the Massachusetts natural gas utilities.


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