Amy's got some exclusive information in this Axios stream dispatch.
Happening today: America's biggest natural gas consumers are calling on fuel producers to ramp up their green cred.
Seven companies and two municipally owned utilities that consume large amounts of natural gas are urging the producers that supply them with the fuel to step up disclosure on a range of environmental issues, according to a new report viewed exclusively by Axios before its release today.
Why it matters: America's natural gas boom has lowered carbon emissions and fueled economic growth across the country. But the public's perception of natural gas is mixed. A lot of people are concerned that hydraulic fracturing — where a mix of water and chemicals is injected into rock to release gas — contaminates drinking water supplies.
Companies involved: Calpine, Consolidated Edison, National Grid, NRG Energy, NW Natural, Pacific Gas and Electric, Xcel Energy are joining with two municipally owned utilities: Austin Energy and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Big picture: The report is coming as the Trump administration grapples with how to move forward with repealing and maybe replacing President Obama's regulations (Check out my Amy's column above on this topic). This report is separate from that debate, though it adds additional pressure to oil and natural gas producers to take a public step on the environmental impacts of natural gas.
- "We believe this to be the first time natural gas purchasers are directly engaging with natural gas suppliers on environmental sustainability reporting," said Robert LaCount, executive vice president at Michael J. Bradley and Associates, the consulting firm that conducted the study.