The July 3 authorization for Phase I of the Sabal Trail Pipeline to begin full operation is another step toward meeting Florida’s growing demand for natural gas to fuel its electrical power grid.

As reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Florida has led all U.S. states in expansion of gas-fired electricity capacity since the start of 2016 with the addition of 3.4 gigawatts. But the state, which has also retired older coal- and oil-fired plants, is not located near a major source of natural gas production, nor does its geology allow underground natural gas storage.