AGA Opposes Proposal to Ban Natural Gas Appliances
Washington, DC - The Sierra Club today petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose a federal ban on gas appliances.
“Any proposal that bans natural gas or natural gas appliances would be harmful to consumers and to the environment. America’s natural gas utilities invest millions of dollars every day to advance low- and zero-carbon energy technologies and reduce emissions, efforts that have led to a 69 percent decline in emissions since 1990. Natural gas is helping our nation achieve our environmental goals in real-time, and the data proves that out. Conversely, this proposal would impose undue burdens on consumers at every step of the process, including our most vulnerable communities, all without the environmental benefit that is claimed. This proposal is simply bad policy.”
Because natural gas delivers between 2.5 and 3.5 times as much energy on the coldest day of the year as the electrical distribution system does on the hottest day of the year, fully electrifying the energy system would force consumers to bear the higher costs of tripling the current electric infrastructure to serve peak winter heating loads. Natural gas customers currently save an average of $1,041 per year compared to all-electric homes, so added costs incurred could be in addition to the losses on fuel savings. Natural gas homes can have GHG emissions 64 percent lower than homes with electric resistance furnaces.
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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 76 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 73 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than thirty percent of the United States' energy needs.