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    Pennsylvania utility UGI joins transparency initiative


The company already has commitments to source renewable natural gas.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Pennsylvania utility UGI joins transparency initiative

Pennsylvania-based utility UGI said April 6 it joined a consortium of suppliers committed to increasing the transparency of its natural gas purchases.

UGI and its subsidiaries announced their names were added to the growing number of companies participating in the Natural Gas Supply Collaborative (NGSC). Launched in 2017, the NGSC received accolades from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which said the collaborative provided a way to understand how practices employed by natural gas companies “could be improved to better protect the environment and public health.”

UGI’s involvement brings the total number of participants to 17. UGI’s executive vice president Robert Beard said membership is part of the utility company’s commitment to responsible business practices.

“We look forward to continuing to enhance and expand our environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives aimed at lowering methane and greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing system integrity and improving safety,” he said.

In February, UGI signed an agreement with Archaea Energy to accept delivery of natural gas derived from a Pennsylvania landfill, its first-ever renewable natural gas deal.

The collective members of the NGSC supply natural gas to more than 60mn households.