Gas Distribution US
Our Gas Distribution US segment comprises gas distribution networks providing services to around 3.5 million consumers across the northeastern US, located in service territories in upstate New York, New York City, Long Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Our network of approximately 58,000 kilometres of gas pipelines covers an area of approximately 26,400 square kilometres. In the US, our core ser-vices are the operation and maintenance of each of our gas distribution networks, in addition to billing, customer service and supply services.
Except for residential and small commercial consumers in Rhode Island, customers may purchase their supply from independent providers, with the option of billing for those purchases to be provided by National Grid. The gas industry is less deregulated in the US than in the UK, in that the majority of gas supplied is still sold by local regulated utilities such as National Grid, to customers.
Regulated utilities purchase gas from gas producers, and gas transporters then transport this gas on the independent inter-state pipeline system and into regulated utilities’ gas distribution networks for delivery to customers. In our case, we receive gas from the inter-state pipeline system at 95 gate stations. The inter-state pipeline system and local gas distribution networks are also used to deliver gas on behalf of customers who have purchased gas from independent suppliers or direct from gas producers.