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Consolidated Edison issues RFP for alternative gas supply solutions

Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc. issued a request for proposals, seeking alternatives to construction of new gas pipelines in its service areas in New York state.

The Consolidated Edison Inc. subsidiary is considering investing at least $100 million annually on demand reduction measures and local gas supply enhancements, according to a Dec. 18 news release. The demand reduction measures can include energy efficiency, the beneficial electrification of space or water heating, demand response programs, biogas technology, natural gas storage and other project that can offset the increasing natural gas demand. The proposals could be to cater for either demand side or supply side.

Since 2011, natural gas demand in Consolidated Edison service areas has increased 30% and the company expects it to further grow a 20% over the next 20 years.

"We have seen significant growth in customers choosing natural gas to heat their homes, and thousands of oil to gas conversions in recent years have helped to clean the air for all New Yorkers," said Matthew Ketschke, senior vice president of Customer Energy Solutions for Consolidated Edison. "We also acknowledge everyone's desire to limit the use of fossil fuels as much as possible and continue our region's environmental progress."

The proposals should be consistent with New York City's and New York State's environmental goals and will be evaluated based on their ability to forestall the need for new pipelines and potential greenhouse gas impacts, among other factors, Consolidated Edison said.