New OSHA Administrator Talks Tough; BP Accident Imperils Offshore Gas Expansion

June 2010 Vol. 65 No. 6

Andrew K. Soto, senior managing counsel of regulatory affairs, American Gas Association, notes that not only is gas needed in a flash when solar and wind are in short supply due to the elements, but "large swings in gas consumption as a result of gas-fired generation being dispatched in response to variable energy resources cycling on and off can present significant challenges to natural gas transmission and distribution systems." Depending on the magnitude of the potential variations, gas systems may need to be re-configured to accommodate the swings.