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On July 12, APGA’s John Erickson spoke at the Mississippi Natural Gas Association’s 40th Annual Meeting in Orange Beach, Ala., on current issues affecting operators of gas utilities. His presentation focused on APGA programs to assist members to improve the safety and efficiency of their operations; however, John began by noting that no significant regulations have been issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in the past 12 months. Several regulations are pending, including changes to plastic pipe regulations, operator qualification regulations and transmission regulations. The first two have gone through public comment and ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, July 12, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 6. A 51 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,203 Bcf as of Friday, July 6, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 51 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 725 Bcf less than last year at this time and 519 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,722 Bcf. At 2,203 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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For the past year, APGA has discussed ASHRAE 62.1 committee’s attempt at eliminating the use of unvented heaters under the pretext of improving indoor air quality. ASHRAE 62.1 and 62.2 develop standards for ventilation and indoor air quality. If they are successful in eliminating the use of unvented equipment as an indoor air quality measure, anti-fossil fuel advocates will have found a way to circumvent the current preemption clause within the federal government’s appliance energy efficiency program. The committee has received several outside studies and ASHRAE has even committed to funding an air quality study during the code development process. Unfortunately, ...
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On September 11 and 12, in Baltimore, Md., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold their Research & Development Forum. The free forum is a two-day event held periodically to generate a national research agenda that fosters solutions for the various challenges facing the pipeline industry. The forum allows public, government and industry pipeline stakeholders to develop a consensus on the areas of focus for future research. It also reduces duplication of programs, factors ongoing research efforts, leverages resources and broadens synergies. The national research agenda coming out of these events is aligned with the needs ...
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On September 20 and 21, APGA, the American Gas Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America will jointly host an Advocacy Training Workshop at the Atlanta Marquis Marriott Hotel. The workshop is designed to provide attendees with the tools and resources necessary to conduct employee advocacy. The workshop will address a number of issues including: natural gas issue education; the political landscape; impacting the narrative; message management; stakeholder assessment; social networking; delivering messages to the media; building an effective employee engagement program, etc. The two-day conference will begin around 1pm on the 20th and end ...
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On June 28, the Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill out of the Appropriations Committee. This bill sets funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at $3.69 billion dollars. LIHEAP is a federal block grant program that provides money to low-income individuals or families to help them meet their energy needs. The program receives an annual appropriation from Congress through the Labor and Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. The funding level approved by the Committee represents a $50 million increase over 2018 amounts. APGA is pleased with the ...
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On June 29, Arthur Corbin, President & CEO of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and Chair of APGA’s Direct Use task Group, participated on a panel at the World Gas Conference addressing the role of natural gas in buildings in the future (up to 2030) in response to regional energy policies. Other participants on the panel included: Laura Guillon from the Natural Gas Technologies Centre; Takashi Miyakoshi from Osaka Gas; Mark Krebs of Spire; and Christopher Wagner of GRDF, a France-based natural gas distribution company. In his presentation, Arthur discussed policies addressing deep decarbonization and a push towards electrification. He also discussed ...
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Last week in Washington D.C., over 12,000 attendees attended the World Gas Conference & Exhibit. After attending the conference presentations, participating in the Young Professionals Program, and exploring the over 350 exhibitions, a common theme emerged. Natural gas will continue to play an integral role in the global energy mix. Even as renewable energy sources gain a larger percentage of the market share, demand for natural gas will continue to grow due to increased global demand and the inherent ability of natural gas to assist in meeting climate change objectives. BP’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Dudley, highlighted the fact that U.S. emission levels ...
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After less than a year in office, Commissioner Robert Powelson is leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in August to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies, a trade group for the private water industry. Commissioner Powelson, a Republican, was nominated by President Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the Senate by voice vote in August 2017. He previously served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Commissioner Powelson’s term was scheduled to expire in June 2020. In his short tenure, he voted on several gas pipeline projects that were approved by a 3-2 vote. The key split is the majority’s ...
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Last week, APGA staff attended the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The WGC featured over 12,000 attendees representing 100 countries, 600 speakers, and various sessions and meetings spanning the entirety of the natural gas industry. The centerpiece of the WGC was the 40,000 square foot exhibition hall where companies of all sizes showcased various technologies, products, projects, and more. WGC featured over 350 exhibitors, including supermajors, pipeline companies, liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies, state owned enterprises and foreign energy ministries, government officials, and products ...
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The 27th World Gas Conference (WGC) was held in Washington D.C. from June 25 to June 29. The World Gas Conference is held every three years in the country holding the Presidency of the International Gas Union (IGU). This year’s event had the theme “Fueling the Future” and promoted the IGU’s key objectives of raising the voice of natural gas while offering timely updates. There were 12,000 participants in attendance. There was also a 40,000 square meter exhibition showcasing more than 350 companies. WGC 2018 marks the first time that this event was held in a country that is both the world’s largest gas consumer and gas producer, and for whom the latest data ...
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This week, the Senate approved a minibus package of three appropriations bills, including the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Energy, Water, and Related Agencies bill. This bill provides yearly funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) and its various offices and programs. The Energy and Water title received $43.7 billion, an increase over the $34.6 billion as passed in the FY 2018 omnibus. However, most of the DOE programs received mostly level funding. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) received $2.32 billion, the same level as the FY 2018 omnibus. The Office of Fossil Energy received level funding at $727 million and the office of Science ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 28, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 22. A 66 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,074 Bcf as of Friday, June 22, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 66 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 735 Bcf less than last year at this time and 501 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,575 Bcf. At 2,074 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On June 22, APGA sent a letter to the Chairman, Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member, Senator Cantwell (D-Wash.), of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of President Trump’s nomination of Daniel Simmons to serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy (DOE). APGA has been actively engaged in the work of EERE given their role in developing appliance efficiency standards. In its letter, APGA states that “Mr. Simmons’ knowledge and experience provides him with the tools to pursue the goal of providing affordable energy for all Americans. Energy is the lifeblood of ...
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On June 25, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued two safety recommendations each to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Honeywell regarding Permalocktm mechanical tapping tees. The recommendations stemmed from a July 2, 2017 natural gas explosion and fire that destroyed a single-family residence in Millersville, Penn. One person died, and three people were injured. Two nearby residences were severely damaged and condemned for demolition. Post-accident investigation found that a Permalocktm mechanical tapping tee assembly was leaking gas at the connection of the tee assembly to the main in front of the destroyed ...
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On June 26, the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee held a hearing to consider nominees for four senior Department of Energy (DOE) positions. The President’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is Daniel Simmons. For the last year, Mr. Simmons has been the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in EERE and for a time, the Acting Assistant Secretary. On June 22, APGA submitted a letter of support for Daniel Simmons nomination. APGA has been actively engaged in the work of EERE given their role in developing appliance efficiency standards and we have met with Mr. Simmons, in his role as Principal Deputy Assistant ...
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The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) has published a “Statement of Purpose,” which is a draft legislation that would give them the ability to establish energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment not covered by the federal government. The proposed legislation would remove the current requirement where the Oregon Legislative Assembly has to take action in order for appliance standards to become effective. Instead, it would require standards to be adopted by ODOE in consultation with a new Appliance Standards Review Panel. This model is very similar to the federal process. Here is the interesting twist: because Oregon lacks the resources to develop ...
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This week, the Tennessee Gas Association held their Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. On June 19, Dan Lapato of APGA staff gave a presentation to the Tennessee Gas Association on APGA’s 2018 legislative outlook. In addition to providing a legislative overview, he also reviewed the 2018 election landscape for the House, the Senate and several high-profile governors races. For questions on this article, please contact Dan Lapato of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by email at dlapato@apga.org .
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On June 20, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the status of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) implementation of the mandates within the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 and the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines Enhancing Safety Act of 2016. PHMSA currently has eight mandates outstanding from the 2011 Act and six from the 2016 Act. In addition to PHMSA, the following groups provided written and verbal testimony: Association of Oil Pipe Lines, American Petroleum Institute, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Pipeline Safety Trust. ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 21, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 15. A 91 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,004 Bcf as of Friday, June 15, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 91 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 757 Bcf less than last year at this time and 499 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,503 Bcf. At 2,004 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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