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Codes and Standards

AGA spends a significant amount of time focused on codes and standards and how they impact natural gas utilities.

 

ASHRAE Standards

Background

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) develops standards for buildings and equipment that are of major importance in the U.S. building industry. For example, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Energy Efficiency in Commercial and High-Rise Residential Buildings, is considered as the basis for federal energy efficiency requirements for buildings under the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

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Model Gas Installation Codes and Standards

Background

Most states, municipalities and government agencies adopt one of three available model gas installation codes to help judge the acceptability of gas installations, including gas piping, combustion air, venting systems and appliance location and installation. These model gas codes are developed by national consensus code-writing organizations. The three model codes currently available for adoption include:

 

 

Natural Gas Quality and Gas Interchangeability

Quality and interchangeability issues are being addressed in individual pipeline and LNG proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Safety Records

Background

Natural gas travels through a 2.3 million mile delivery system for use in homes and businesses. The safety record of this system and the natural gas utilities is outstanding and it keeps getting better.

 

Codes and Standards Research Consortium

Research supporting natural gas end use codes and standards has played a vital role in maintaining the market viability of natural gas in residential and commercial applications and expanding end uses of natural gas. End use codes and standards issues facing natural gas include key technical barriers to continued and expanded use of natural gas in the residential and commercial end use applications, often in core applications such as space conditioning and water heating.

 

National Fuel Gas Code

The American Gas Association servers as the secretariat to the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z223 on National Fuel Gas Code. The ASC Z223 develops and publishes ANSI Z223.1, National Fuel Gas Code. The Code is jointly developed with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 54 Committee and is also known as NFPA 54.  Click here to view the status of the next edition and information on the current edition and committee.

 

ANSI Public Reviews

GPTC - The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) conducts periodic public reviews on revisions to the GPTC Z380.1-2015, Guide for Gas Transmission, Distribution, and Gathering Piping Systems. The due date for public comments is June 19, 2017. Comments should be emailed to Mike Bellman mbellman@aga.org, Secretary, ASC GPTC Z380. Any questions you may have concerning public reviews please contact Mike as well.

The due date for public comments is June 19, 2017:

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Future Committee Meetings

The following meeting dates and locations planned for 2017

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Formal Interpretation GPTC Z380-2003-01

The committee has issued a formal interpretation regarding on the design factor for pipelines and mains installed in inland navigable waters. The interpretation respondes to a specific request letter and therefore the use of the formal interpretation is limited to the issues raised and the appropriate Guide material.

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Natural Gas in a Smart Energy System

The world in which utility companies deliver energy is changing

Amidst pending carbon legislation, emerging "smart" technology, and increasingly integrated, consumer-driven energy markets, electric and natural gas utilities are exploring both new requirements and new opportunities. In this changing world, utilities must take a more holistic look at our energy system in order to continue serving the needs of American homes and businesses in the most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.

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PHMSA Interpretations Resulting from GPTC Requests

The GPTC periodically requests interpretations from PHMSA regarding CFR 49 Parts 191 and 192 regulations. The requests are processed through the committee's consensus process and are official requests from the GPTC. Posted below as they become available are the GPTC requests and PHMSA interpretations.

2009 Requests/Interpretations:

 

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.

 

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.

 

2015 National Fuel Gas Code

2015 National Fuel Gas Code

The 2015 Edition of the National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1/NFPA 54 was approved on September 3, 2014.

The 2015 edition include significant revisions including

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2015 ANSI GPTC Z380.1

PUBLICATIONS

ANSI GPTC Z380.1 Guide for Gas Transmission, Distribution, and Gathering Piping Systems, 2015 Edition; Catalog # Z380115; 924 pages. Contains the U.S. DOT Pipeline Safety Code Title 49 – Part 191 and Part 192, plus guide material prepared by the Gas Piping Technology Committee Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Guide is continuously updated by the GPTC which issues addendum on a periodic basis. Cost: $510.00 Order Publications.

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