Energy Efficiency, Environment and Climate Change

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Energy Efficiency, Environment and Climate Change

By investing in the efficiency of buildings and appliances, promoting smart energy choices and subsidizing energy-saving efforts for low-income families, natural gas utilities are helping their customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint, while maintaining the comfort and productivity of their homes and businesses.

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Energy efficiency policy and issues.

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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.
Natural Gas: A Compliance Option for EPA’s Clean Power Plan - July 2015

With guidance from AGA’s Board, Legislative Committee, State Affairs Committee, Environmental Regulatory Action Committee and Sustainable Growth Committee, AGA has been developing opportunities for promoting the use of natural gas CHP and other direct use applications as compliance options under EPA’s Clean Power Plan a/k/a 111d proposed rule.  
Condensing Furnace Standard Impact Analysis - 2015

AGA and GTI developed a spreadsheet model to analyze and measure the impact on the key metrics that energy efficiency standards are designed to improve using the results from the GTI Fuel Switching Study and the AGA Marginal Cost Analysis.
Natural Gas – Marginal Cost Analysis - June 2014

When calculating savings in energy cost from using natural gas appliances and considering conservation and efficiency efforts, some analysts simply multiply the average cost per unit of energy times the energy savings.  This method of determination is inappropriate because only a part of the natural gas energy cost should be considered in this calculation.  The typical commercial and residential rate is comprised of two components, the fixed (or customer) charge and the costs that vary by consumption.  An example of a fixed charges are employee salaries, while the commodity c
Updating the Facts: Emissions from Natural Gas Systems (April 2014)

Natural gas remains a fuel of choice for consumers because of its low cost, efficient end uses, and environmental attributes. This domestically produced energy source is poised to serve as a foundation fuel for the US economy for years to come.
Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Brief - 2012 Investments and Savings (Mar 2014)

Based on a 2013 survey of members of the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this annual report looks retrospectively at ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs during the 2012 program year.
Full-Fuel-Cycle Energy and Emission Factors for Building Energy Consumption - 2013 Update (Jan 2014)

Full-fuel-cycle energy is the energy consumed by an appliance, system, or building as measured at the building site plus the energy consumed in the extraction, processing, and transport of primary fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas; energy losses in thermal combustion in power-generation plants; and energy losses in transmission and distribution to the building site.
The Opportunity for CHP in the US - May 2013

AGA commissioned ICF International to author a report designed to inform industry, policymakers, regulators, and other key stakeholders about the potential for CHP opportunities across the country.
Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report - 2011 Program Year (March 2013)

Based on a 2012 survey of members of the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this annual report looks retrospectively at ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs during the 2011 program year.
Squeezing Every BTU – Natural Gas Direct Use Opportunities and Challenges - Jan 2012

Squeezing Every BTU is about the the market and policy issues related to the using natural gas directly in homes and businesses. The study:
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Natural Gas (May 2011)

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released their annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The new release includes a considerable increase in methane emissions resulting from the production of natural gas. The revision is primarily attributable to assumptions regarding drilling practices, particularly those related to the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations. Given the increases in the revised data, some have questioned whether natural gas can, or should, be pursued as a viable tool for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report - 2010

Based on a 2011 survey of members of the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this annual report looks retrospectively at ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs during the 2010 program year.
Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Report - 2009

Based on responses to a 2010 survey by the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), this report looks retrospectively at 2009 ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs and describes program characteristics, expenditures, savings impacts, and planning and evaluation. Also presented are 2010 program year budgets. The report also reviews state regulatory requirements for natural efficiency programs and cost recovery treatment.
This study provides tangible evidence that the natural gas efficiency program market is growing rapidly:
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