AGA's Recommendations for a National Energy Policy
- Protect low-income consumers: Expand current Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and weatherization funding.
- Expand the natural gas infrastructure: Just as roads must expand to carry more vehicles, expand the natural gas delivery system to meet increased consumer demand for natural gas. Accelerate the current tax depreciation schedule for new natural gas utility infrastructure to seven years. This helps natural gas utilities to invest in new pipelines, storage facilities and upgrade existing pipelines, and ensures reliable service for natural gas consumers. Also increase RD&D on natural gas infrastructure reliability and safety; repeal tax on new customer connections (Contributions in Aid of Construction.)
- Develop new natural gas technologies: Provide RD&D funding for new technologies to produce, deliver and use natural gas in a highly-efficient and safe manner; provide favorable tax treatment for highly efficient end-use technologies; reduce or eliminate barriers to bringing high-tech products to customers.
- Increase energy efficiency: Provide funding to improve the energy efficiency of government facilities and schools; RD&D and tax incentives for highly efficient technologies; policy recognition of total energy efficiency.
- Ensure adequate supplies of natural gas: North America has abundant supplies of natural gas. More supply of natural gas means lower prices for consumers. AGA supports the recommendations by natural gas producers for expanded access to federal lands for exploration and production; tax provisions to stimulate domestic production; simplified agency review and permitting process.