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Why prices for diesel and home heating fuel this winter will be a challenge for the Maritimes

Key New England natural gas pipeline reflects seasonal flow changes

Graph comparing monthly load factors at the Stony Point compressor station for 2011 and 2012 with five-year range

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Bentek Energy, LLC.

The Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT) Company, a main source of natural gas supply into New England, has traditionally operated near capacity only during the high-demand winter season. But so far in 2012, it has operated at much higher levels year-round as rising natural gas demand from the power sector, coupled with reduced liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, have increased flows on pipelines into the region.

From June-August 2012, AGT averaged a winter-like 83% load factor (the amount of pipeline capacity that is being used). This is up from a 62% load factor for June-August 2011 and well above the average load factor of only 32% from June-August in the years 2005-2010.

 

 

map of the Stony Point compressor station on the Algonquin Gas Transmission (AGT) pipeline

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.