National Grid Applauds DOE's Methane Roundtables and Supports the Administration's Climate Action Plan

National Grid Applauds DOE's Methane Roundtables and Supports the
Administration's Climate Action Plan

National Grid and other leading natural gas utility companies participate in
the capstone Methane Roundtable meeting

WALTHAM, Mass., July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - National Grid
has taken an active role in the Department of Energy's Methane Roundtables.
Today, National Grid and other leading natural gas utility companies
participated in the capstone Methane Roundtable meeting--hosted by Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz and John Podesta, Counselor to the President--where
participants reviewed what has been learned through the roundtables to date,
and began to determine what actions will be taken going forward, as part of
the strategy to reduce methane emissions under the Administration's Climate
Action Plan.

"National Grid commends the Department of Energy for forming these invaluable
roundtables," said Tom King, president of National Grid, U.S. "National Grid
has taken a leadership role on a national level to reduce methane emissions
and we are committed to working with the Administration, federal and state
regulators and stakeholders towards achieving our common goal of reduced
methane emissions while bringing the nation's energy network into the 21st

As the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast United
States--safely operating and maintaining 35,000 miles of natural gas main
pipeline across Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island--National Grid is
collaborating with its state regulators to reduce natural gas leaks by
accelerating main replacements, and is continually investing in developing and
utilizing the best technology available to quantify and reduce methane
emissions. The company is investing more than $1 billion into natural gas
infrastructure this year and plans to invest $6 billion over the next five
years, to both grow the distribution network to meet customer demands and
reduce methane emissions through main pipeline replacement and technology

National Grid is also a member of the Natural Gas Downstream Initiative, a
group of natural gas distribution utilities that have been collaborating to
develop both technical and regulatory approaches to reducing methane
emissions. The group was highlighted in the White House's March 2014 Strategy
to Reduce Methane Emissions and currently consists of Consolidated Edison
Company of New York, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Public Service Electric
and Gas Company and Excel Energy.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that
connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at
the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and develop an energy system
that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a
vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins everything

In the northeast U.S., we connect more than seven million gas and electric
customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In
Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is
built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of
natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers
in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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