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Policy and Issues

AGA has identified several priority issues and strategies pertaining to the production, transmission, distribution and use of natural gas—the clean and domestically abundant energy source that is transforming America’s economy. We also keep a close watch on current and future policies related to these topics. The sections below detail our major areas of focus. 

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LIHEAP Resources

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant program that provides financial assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as low-cost weatherization and energy-related home repairs. The LIHEAP statute provides for two types of program funding regular funds and emergency contingency funds. Regular funds are allotted to states according to a formula prescribed in the statute. Contingency funds are allotted and released by the president and the secretary of Health and Human Services.

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AGA Member Company Community Affairs Online Resources

Below are links to the community involvement section of utility websites. These include information on foundations, volunteerism and assistance programs. Please submit any additional websites to kwatson@aga.org.

 

Alabama Gas Corporation
http://www.alagasco.com/about/volunteerism.asp

 

Dividend Tax Advocacy

Most energy utilities that deliver natural gas have a history of paying regular dividends to investors, many without interruption for decades or even longer. Lower tax rates on dividends significantly benefit natural gas utility shareholders and make energy utilities a more attractive investment.

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Natural Gas Vehicles

Using natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel to power vehicles is a low-cost, low-emissions solution for reducing our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and urban smog.

 

Taxes

Keeping dividend tax rates low has been a key advocacy priority for AGA, and our members.

 

LIHEAP

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant program that provides financial assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as low-cost weatherization and energy-related home repairs.
 

AGA's Principles on Responsible Natural Gas Development


The completion practices required to produce natural gas, specifically from shale formations, have attracted considerable attention in both the media and public policy circles. Safe and reliable extraction, transport and delivery of natural gas to consumers remain the first priority for all natural gas industry participants. AGA has developed principles that address a foundation for the sustainable and responsible development of all natural gas resources in our country and underscore the commitment of local natural gas utilities to the communities they serve.
 

 

International Builders' Show

In 2015, the International Builders' Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously, January 20 – 22, 2015.

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AGA Memos and Policy Analyses

Natural gas utility customers are benefiting greatly from the low and stable price of natural gas that is due, in part, to the abundance coming from shale formations. AGA continues to be an outspoken supporter of sustainable and responsible development, and to develop resources for its members use in educating customers and members of your communities regarding the benefits of natural gas, the value provided by this abundant resource, and how it can be developed responsibly.

 

Fiscal Responsibility

America's economic future is threatened by a fiscal and budget crisis unprecedented in our nation's history. The trajectory of our national debt is unsustainable and threatens America's economic competitiveness, job growth, standard of living, global standing and influence.

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Natural Gas: Rewriting Our Energy Future

Our nation's abundance of clean natural gas provides an incredible opportunity to drive economic growth, while protecting the environment and boosting national energy security. Natural Gas: Rewriting Our Energy Future details a vision of market stability ushered in by our domestic energy supply and highlights the steps taken by America's natural gas utilities to deliver this energy source to homes and businesses safely and reliably wh

 

Advocacy Priorities

AGA's 2015-2016 Advocacy Priorities

 

Responsible Natural Gas Development

The American Gas Association (AGA) believes that the benefits of developing the abundant and clean natural gas energy resource in America can and should be realized. We also believe it can be developed in a responsible manner. Over the past several years a truly game-changing event has occurred in the natural gas industry thanks to improved technologies that are allowing energy producers to access significant and growing supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations and other unconventional reservoirs.

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Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Securing a Role for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

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Government Links

US Capitol Building

For your convenience, links to the Federal Register, bills, court cases and EPA documents are listed below:

 

AGA-ANGA Comments on EPA Greenhouse Gas Proposal for Trucks (Jan. 31, 2011)

On January 31, 2011 the American Gas Association (AGA) and the America s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) submitted comments on the joint EPA-NHTSA proposed greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (the HD Rule ), 75 FR 74152. These comments urge EPA to allow for the HD Rule s compliance methodology to include the upstream GHG emission benefits of natural gas.

 

AGA-ANGA Comments on NHTSA Fuel Economy Standards for Trucks (Jan. 31, 2011)

On January 31, 2011 the American Gas Association (AGA) and America s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) submitted these comments on the proposed fuel efficiency regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (the HD Rule ) at 75 FR 74152. These comments note that the NHTSA s HD Rule should include the NGV multiplier Congress mandated for light-duty vehicles.

 

AGA Petition for Subpart W Judicial Review (Jan. 28, 2011)

On Friday January 28, 2011, AGA filed a petition for judicial review of EPA s greenhouse gas reporting rule for natural gas systems (40 C.F.R. Part 98, Subpart W) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. AGA believes it should be possible to reach a settlement and have EPA agree to issue a rule amendment to resolve the relevant issues, but in case that is not possible, by filing this petition, AGA preserves its right to challenge the rule in court.

 

AGA Questions to EPA on Subpart W Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule (filed Nov. 19, 2010)

Following the release of Subpart W, many distribution operators were unclear regarding portions of the final rule. AGA members worked with AGA staff to detail the ten most common questions being posed. The language developed by AGA members and AGA staff specify what is unclear, what is interpretation is currently understood and what concerns operators have for future implementation.

 

AGA Subpart W Comments to EPA (June 11, 2010)

On June 11, 2010 AGA submitted comments to EPA on the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Proposed Rule. AGA's comments urge EPA to delete natural gas distribution from the list of industry segments subject to Subpart W. In EPA retains distribution systems in the final rule, then AGA's comments urge EPA (1) to postpone applicability or otherwise phase-in Subpart W, and (2) to revise and clarify several provisions to facilitate implementation and compliance. AGA's comments and attached exhibits are included below:

 

Statement of Issues filed for Subpart W Court Case AGA v. EPA (March 2, 2011)

On March 2, 2011 AGA filed a non-binding Statement of Issues to be raised in the court case AGA v. EPA. AGA challenges several provision in EPA s mandatory greenhouse gas reporting rule for natural gas systems, because the rule is so vague and confusing that our members cannot determine what the rule requires them to do. In addition, many of the confusing terms and requirements are undefined and appeared for the first time in the final rule, so AGA had no opportunity to comment on them, as required by law.

 

AGA Comments & Exhibits on EPA ANPRM on PCB Use Authorization Reassessment (Aug. 20, 2010)

In response to an EPA proposal to ban all detectible trace of PCBs in all natural gas systems, AGA filed extensive comments demonstrating there is no need to change current practices, which work well to protect people and the environment. There is no justification for EPA s contemplated phase out and elimination of the PCB use authorizations for natural gas systems. Further, it would be physically impossible to completely eliminate all trace of PCBs from natural gas systems.

 

AGA-APGA Comments on EPA Proposed Rule: Boilers and Process Heaters (August 23, 2010)

On August 23, 2010, The American Gas Association ( AGA ) and the American Public Gas Association APGA ) submitted comments on the proposed rule of the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters, 75 Fed. Reg. 32006 (June 4, 2010). AGA and APGA urge EPA to recognize the availability and abundance of America s clean and domestic natural gas resources.

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