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AGA Finds Serious Defects in SASB Gas Utility Infrastructure Standard and Process

AGA submitted comments in January 2016 expressing serious concerns regarding the non-transparent process and lack of knowledgeable, representative industry input in the development of a draft gas utility infrastructure standard proposed by the unofficial Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Fact Sheet
 

Natural Gas Storage

Underground storage of natural gas is an integral component of the nation’s energy system, and our nation’s significant storage capacity enables utilities to reliably offer clean natural gas to consumers throughout the year in a cost-efficient manner and without interruption.

 

Buyer's Guide

The Natural Gas Industry Buyer's Guide has proven to be a valuable resource for association members and other industry professionals who use the Internet to locate products and services for the entire natural gas industry.

 

2018 National Fuel Gas Code

The 2015 National Fuel Gas Code is currently under revision which will lead to the 2018 Edition to be published in the Fall of 2017.  Please check back periodically for public review notices and draft documents.  Also review the NFPA 54 web pages for updates.

For further information contact Paul Cabot, Secretary, at pcabot@aga.org or 202.824.7312.  

 

AGA Comments on EPA GHG Inventory – Update Natural Gas Emissions Estimates from Transmission & Storage

On February 3, 2016, AGA provided EPA with comments on the Agency’s proposal to incorporate new data on natural gas emissions from the natural gas storage and transmission segments into EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHGI). AGA supported EPA’s proposal to incorporate data from recent studies, but encouraged EPA to move forward on incorporating the data industry is reporting to EPA through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. 

 

AGA Comments on EPA's Proposed Federal Plan and Model Trading Rules for the Clean Power Plan

On January 21, AGA filed comments on EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) Model Trading Rules and Federal Plan. AGA encouraged EPA to craft the Federal Plan and Model Trading Rules to make it clear that natural gas direct use, combined heat and power, and waste heat and power are available options for achieving compliance.
 

AGA Comments on EPA GHG Inventory – Update Natural Gas Emissions Estimates from Local Distribution

On January 14, 2016, AGA provided EPA with comments on the Agency’s proposal to incorporate new data on natural gas emissions from the natural gas distribution segment into EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHGI).
 

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs (2014 Program Year)

Awareness of the energy economy has steadily grown beyond the purview of business and public policy.  Economic and environmental concerns have become increasingly important drivers of consumer decisions about energy.  With this has come heightened attention to the potential for energy efficiency to moderate consumer cost increases, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy security.  For natural gas utilities, investing in energy efficiency programs presents an opportunity to achieve these objectives and benefit the communities they serve.

 

AGA Comments on EPA Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP)

On December 15, AGA filed comments on EPA’s CEIP questions, urging EPA to recognize that direct use of natural gas to serve thermal loads in homes and businesses in low income communities as well as combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat and power (WHP) will qualify for energy efficiency incentives under the CEIP.
News Release
 

AGA Urges Congress to Consider Ongoing Progress in Pipeline Safety Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. – America’s natural gas pipeline network is safer and more reliable today than at any other point in history.

News Release
 

Natural Gas Utilities Renew Commitment to Enhancing Safety

Washington, D.C. – The safety of customers and communities is the top priority for America’s natural gas utilities.

 

AGA’s Commitment to Enhancing Safety

The American Gas Association (AGA) and its members are dedicated to the continued enhancement of pipeline safety. As such, we are committed to proactively collaborating with federal and state regulators, public officials, emergency responders, excavators, consumers, safety advocates and the public to continue improving the industry’s longstanding record of providing natural gas service safely, reliably and efficiently to 177 million Americans.

 

Exploring Expectations for the 2015-16 Winter Heating Season

The direct use of natural gas continues to be the most affordable energy option for home heating and offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than other home energy sources. Abundant supplies, reasonable temperatures and a moderate increase in total U.S. demand may result in residential natural gas bills lower compared to the winter of 2014-15. Many Americans on average may see the second-lowest bills they’ve seen in the past decade.

 

Testimony before the Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee on September, 29, 2015

On September 29, 2015, Terry McCallister, AGA Chairman and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas testified before the Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee at a hearing entitled “A Review of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011."

 

Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Financing Programs

More regulators are allowing efficiency programs to offer loans; however, in some states such programs are prohibited.  Also a number of program administrators have experienced challenges with efficiency financing.  For example, a number of measures may not qualifying, because they fail to meet the cost-effectiveness threshold. As with other programs, poor customer uptake may be the culprit.

 

Community Engagement

Sustainable vision, intentional and innovative outreach, and well-defined goals
 

K-12 Education

Student and teacher energy awareness, lessons, training, and school building efficiency retrofits
 

Grow Markets

Engage new customer groups, deliver new goods and services, and partner with supply chain stakeholders
 

Empowering Consumer Choice

Social science insights foster conservation & efficiency, financial & other incentives encourage adoption
 

Professional Development

Workforce development and technical training for students, technicians, contractors, and realtors
 

Low-Income

Free building kits, home retrofits, safety, and crisis prevention
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