Why blue gas is now a commodity and what it means for your gas bill

By Tom Toles and Julie ZauzmerFor more than 20 years, gas prices in Washington state have been in a tailspin.

Gas is expensive, but when it’s cheap, it’s great.

Now that the economy is in freefall and gas is cheaper, gas-intensive industries are struggling to find new customers.

But even as prices have dropped, the demand for gas remains strong.

This week, Washington Gas and Electric, the nation’s largest electric utility, reported a 6.6% increase in customers for the third straight quarter.

As a result, its forecasted net increase in its forecast for 2017 for gas consumption has soared to 5.1 million cubic feet per day (mcfd).

That’s more than five times what was previously projected and more than the 5.0 mcfd the utility reported for 2016.

The rise in demand comes despite the fact that gas-rich regions such as northern Washington have had no major spikes in demand in recent years.

It’s also partly due to a shift in the economics of the industry, according to Jeffrey Deutsch, president and chief executive of GasBuddy, a website that tracks gas prices.

As the economy has been slowing, gas consumption in the country has fallen by about 10% annually, he said.

In recent years, it has fallen almost half.

Gas prices are falling, and demand is rising.

Gas companies and utilities need to figure out how to make it more affordable to provide customers with the energy they need, said Deutsch.

The biggest challenge for gas companies and other energy producers is getting people to pay for gas, he added.

“There’s been an uptick in consumption over the last several years,” said Mark Mauer, an analyst at The Seattle Times.

He believes that gas demand will likely increase next year, but only if there are new markets that become more competitive.

Gas prices in New York, California, Texas, Maryland and elsewhere are already at record highs.

A spike in demand would increase the price of gas in those markets.

“Gas is not going away,” said Richard Leidner, an economist at Wells Fargo.

“Gas is just a different form of electricity.

People can’t afford to buy gas.

And I think that’s why it’s not sustainable in those places.”

Leidner noted that gas consumption is up only slightly in some areas.

But he said gas demand is still higher than it has been for years.

For example, New York’s consumption of natural gas rose by nearly 3% last year, compared with an increase of 3.2% the year before.

“The increase in demand is going to continue, but at a lower level than we’re seeing right now,” he said, adding that gas prices are not likely to go up much more than they are now.

Even though gas prices have fallen in recent weeks, many analysts expect the economy to improve.

New York Gov.

Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed a plan to reduce carbon emissions, has predicted that the price decline will not affect energy demand.

“I think it will actually boost demand for electricity, and if you look at gas prices, they will be much higher in the next couple of years,” Cuomo said on CNN last month.

Gas-dependent industries such as the construction industry, which rely on natural gas for heating and cooling, are also bracing for a rebound.

The state has been looking to expand the gas pipeline system since the beginning of the year, which would bring new natural gas production to the state.

The company that runs the pipeline, the Union Pacific Corp., has recently been in talks with New York and other states to expand its pipeline.

The pipeline expansion would boost the company’s ability to supply New York City and other major metropolitan areas, which are among the states hardest hit by the gas crisis.

Union Pacific is planning to build an additional natural gas pipeline from its existing lines in southern California to the East Coast, which could provide more gas to the region.

The expansion could help alleviate the economic pain from the gas shortage, said Mark McBride, a senior energy analyst at the Union Gas Institute.

“I think the gas industry will get the boost of increased capacity that comes with the natural gas expansion,” he added, noting that other energy sources, such as wind and solar, are still growing faster than natural gas.