AGA Welcomes DOE’s Research and Development Grants to Drive Innovative Natural Gas Technologies

News Release April 18, 2019

Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) praised the Department of Energy’s (DOE) announcement to invest up to $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects to enhance natural gas technologies.

“This funding announcement by the Department of Energy is forward-looking, focused on new solutions to capitalize on America’s abundant supply of natural gas,” said AGA’s President and CEO, Karen Harbert. “This investment into research and development can enhance the natural gas industry’s development of advanced technologies for safety operations and efficiency improvements. The focus on infrastructure technology development could fund more research for in line inspections and other inspection tools. The 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines carry a quarter of our nation’s energy and we are committed to their continued reliability for the 178 million Americans that enjoy the benefits of natural gas service and millions more that want it.”

DOE will provide up to $24 million for projects that support the development of tools, methods and/or technologies to cost-effectively enhance the safety and efficiency of the nation’s natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and storage infrastructure.

Additionally, the funding will focus on three areas: Advanced Technologies to Mitigate Methane Emissions and Increase the Efficiency of the Natural Gas Transportation Infrastructure, Process-Intensified Technologies for the Upcycling of Flare Gas into Transportable, Value-Added Products and Advanced Methane Detection and Measurement Technology Validation.

The 2019 AGA Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition will take place in two weeks in Nashville, TN where 277 vendors and 60,000 square feet of displays will showcase some of the best innovation being brought to market across the industry with a focus on our top priority of enhancing safety –employee safety, contractor safety, and pipeline safety.

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 75 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 71 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than three-tenths of the United States' energy needs.