Eastern Market Access Project
Cleaner air and more reliable energy. Electric and gas customers across the northern Virginia and southern Maryland regions will benefit from reliable energy and cleaner air. To reduce carbon emissions, many utilities are turning to abundant and affordable natural gas. As utilities and industries are using more natural gas, additional infrastructure is needed to meet the demand.
Natural gas generates half the carbon emissions of coal, and an even smaller fraction of other emissions, which is why utility companies in our region are replacing older coal-fired power plants with a new generation of low-emission natural gas power plants. This project will provide the natural gas needed to heat and power homes and businesses and contribute to cleaner air in our communities.
Our area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. In the past decade, our population has grown over 16 percent, from 5.2 million in 2005 to 6.1 million in 2015. By 2045, that number is expected to hit nearly 7 million. With a growing region comes greater demand for energy. That additional demand relies on expanding and updating infrastructure to provide the reliable energy supply needed to meet consumer energy needs and provide energy to resources vital to our national security.
While renewables will continue to increasingly help meet energy demand moving forward, a bridge fuel is needed in near future to help meet demand until renewables can be more fully relied upon. Natural gas is that affordable, reliable bridge fuel. It can provide a reliable source of energy when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Through this project, our region will be able to reliably meet its energy needs for decades to come.
Economic benefits for customers in Southern Maryland and customers of the Washington Gas Distribution System. Reliable access to natural gas will provide lasting economic benefits for the region. Affordable electricity and access to natural gas are two of the most critical ingredients for economic development. Eastern Market Access will help ensure both.
- During construction, the project will provide short-term jobs for many local workers and use materials for local vendors.
- Once in operation, this project will provide new supplies to Washington Gas, providing additional security and reliability.
- This project also will contribute to the local supply of cleaner electricity for residents and businesses across Southern Maryland.
- These facilities will generate additional tax revenue for the counties where they are located.
- This project will provide a continued, reliable energy supply to major regional employers; more than $1 million in annual local property tax revenues, and about 100 contractors generating economic activity during construction.
Energy Independence through natural gas. Greater access to an additional supply of domestic natural gas, delivered through this project, would decrease our dependence on foreign energy sources to power our region.
Also, when compared with sources from abroad, domestic energy sources cost far less to bring to market, resulting in increased cost-savings and consumer savings.
Dominion Energy is proposing the Eastern Market Access (EMA) project to help meet increasing demand for natural gas for two local customers: Washington Gas, a local gas utility that serves more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers in metro D.C., Virginia and Maryland; and Mattawoman Energy, LLC (Mattawoman), for its new Mattawoman Energy Center, an electric power-generation facility being built in Maryland.
EMA would provide roughly 294,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service – enough natural gas for an average winter day for more than 267,000 households. By adding compression (approximately 31,370 horsepower) along the existing pipeline system, Dominion Energy can deliver the additional supplies of natural gas needed by Washington Gas and Mattawoman Energy Center to heat and power homes and businesses in our thriving communities – while lowering carbon emissions.
- Learn more in our news release: Natural Gas Project to Meet Growing Energy Demand in D.C., Virginia and Maryland