Climate and Energy Policy

Fact Sheet

Climate and Energy Policy

AGA believes that every discussion about clean energy standards should include natural gas—and that energy efficiency and reduced environmental impacts be considered primary criteria for the nation’s climate and energy policies.

AGA Presentation Slides for Meeting with EPA on Greenhouse Gas Subpart W Proposed Rule (May 6, 2010)

On May 6, 2010 AGA staff and members met with EPA's staff to clarify concerns regarding the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Subpart W Proposed Rule. AGA detailed members' concerns with the rule's abbreviated timeline and the requirement to survey thousands of facilities of optical scanning equipment that is of limited supply. This presentation intended to clarify the technical concerns and ramifications of the proposed requirements. In addition, AGA and its membership sought to work with EPA to address the intent of this proposed rulemaking.
AGA Subpart W Comments to OMB (May 12, 2010)

On May 12, 2010 AGA submitted comments to OMB on the EPA Proposed Rule, Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems. AGA's comments explain why EPA does not need most of the information that AGA member companies would be required to provide under proposed Subpart W. In addition, AGA explained why EPA s burden estimates are orders of magnitude too low.
Clean Energy Standard

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a March 2011 white paper on a clean energy standard, a topic that had been under discussion for many months following the failure of Congress to move forward with a renewable electricity standard in 2009 or 2010. A clean energy standard would mandate that a percentage of America's electricity be produced utilizing "clean" resources, which would go beyond a renewable electricity standard, with its focus on wind and solar resources.
Climate Change

AGA Climate Change Principles
Climate Change and Environmental Analysis

Natural Gas is the Cleanest and Most Efficient Fossil Fuel
Natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, is a highly efficient form of energy.  It is composed chiefly of methane; the simple chemical composition of natural gas is a molecule of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms (CH4).  When methane is burned completely, the principal products of combustion are carbon dioxide and water vapor.
GHG Reporting Rule Court Challenge Status Report (May 29, 2012)

AGA and several other associations and companies filed petitions for review in federal court challenging EPA s Subpart W greenhouse gas reporting rule. The cases are being held in abeyance while the litigants negotiate a settlement, working through the administrative reconsideration process. The court requires EPA to file a status report every 90 days regarding the ongoing discussions to resolve the case; this is the May 29, 2012 Status Report.
Subpart W Webinar Recording & Presentation (March 13, 2012)

On March 13, AGA offered a 2-hour webinar to members featuring Pam Lacey (AGA) and Greg Gasperecz (Vice President, Enviance). The speakers provided a detailed analysis of Subpart W and how it impacts natural gas distribution, underground storage, LNG and more. The recording, presentations and discussion are posted below: