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On March 28, President Trump signed his Energy Independence Executive Order. The order does several key things, including: 1. Reversing the Clean Power Plan regulations as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to unwind these regulations over the next several months though this order does not reverse the endangerment finding, which was upheld by the Supreme Court and requires the EPA to regulate CO2 emissions as a pollutant; 2. Rolling back several prohibitions to mining and drilling on federal land; 3. Reversing the EPA and Bureau of Land Management regulations on methane emissions; 4. Eliminating President Obama's Climate Action Plan requiring ...
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The American Public Gas Association (APGA) is happy to announce the endorsement of our newest partner, HomeServe USA (HomeServe). HomeServe provides best-in-class home repair plans to consumers through partnerships with utilities and municipalities across North America. Since 2003, HomeServe has protected homeowners against the expense and inconvenience of home repair emergencies by providing affordable coverage and quality service. These affordable plans provide homeowners with repair service in an emergency using local, licensed and insured qualified technicians with no deductibles. HomeServes suite of products include home repair plans that cover needed ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, March 23, 2017, which reports the weeks storage report highlights for Friday, March 17, 2017. A 150 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,092 Bcf as of Friday, March 17, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 150 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 399 Bcf less than last year at this time and 266 Bcf above the five-year average of 1,826 Bcf. At 2,092 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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The Department of Energy (DOE) has published several proposals to temporarily postpone the effective date of four final rules. The temporarily postponed effective dates range from May to July for: * Test procedures for central air conditioners and heat; * Test procedures for certain walk-in cooler and freezer components; * Test procedures for certain varieties of compressors; and, * Energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. The temporary extension of the effective date was necessary to give the newly appointed Secretary of Energy the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations. In addition to the above ...
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On March 21, APGAs Executive Vice President, Dave Schryver, addressed the City of Richmond, Va., City Council Land Use Committee regarding their consideration of a resolution that supports a zoning ordinance amendment to prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from within the city boundaries. In his presentation to the committee, Dave discussed the benefits that the direct-use of natural gas provides including the fact that it is highly efficient, clean, domestically-produced and affordable. Dave also communicated that given the extent of the development that has occurred in the city boundaries, for all practical purposes it was extremely ...
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On March 16, President Trump released his proposed fiscal year 2018 federal budget. With large numbers of low-income families seeking assistance this year, the Trump administration has recommended eliminating spending on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That represents a $3.9 billion decrease from the fiscal year 2016 Continuing Resolution levels. President Trumps budget will now be submitted to Congress and sends a message on the priorities that the President would like to pursue. After Congress receives the budget, it will be dispersed to various committees where it will be reviewed and reprioritized. It is during this time in committee ...
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Jeff Clarke of NGVAmerica will host a webinar on behalf of APGAs members on the current status and next steps for the Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT) Fund, which provides nearly $3 billion in funding for all 50 states for alternative fueled vehicles. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. EST. VW was found guilty of using defeat devices on their 2.0 liter and 3.0 liter vehicles in the U.S. to pass the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emissions standards tests. As a result of their guilt, VW created the EMT Fund to help states reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions by repowering or purchasing of new vehicles. Each state ...
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Today, the Trump Administration released its outline for a fiscal year 2018 federal budget, which begins on October 1. The outline represents a fairly high overview of how the Trump Administration would like to see dollars allocated to the individual government departments. The document does not go into how money would be specifically allocated within each individual department. For example, it has been reported that the Trump Administration is pursuing a funding level for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which promulgates efficiency standards, of $1.4 billion, which is a $700 million dollar reduction ...
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On March 14, Dave Schryver, APGAs Executive Vice President, spoke at the Southern Gas Association Spring Gas Conference and Expo held in Charlotte, N.C. The meeting was very well attended by representatives from natural gas systems, both public and investor-owned, and others in the natural gas industry. In his address to the Sales & Marketing Seminar, Dave discussed the benefits that the direct-use of natural gas provides and the challenges direct-use has faced over the last several years. Dave discussed concerns that APGA has raised in regard to the proposed furnace rule released last year. The proposed rule would establish a residential furnace nationwide ...
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Over the last several months, APGA has been detailing various correspondences with the new Administration. On March 14, APGA, Spire, National Multifamily Housing Council, National Apartment Association, National Leased Housing Association, and Air Conditioning Contractors of America submitted a joint petition to the Department of Energy (DOE) asking them to correct the serious deficiencies in the furnace, boiler and commercial water heater rulemakings. Many of DOEs appliance minimum efficiency analyses rely on modeling that is invalid due to a basic methodological flaw. This faulty modeling calls into question the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's ...
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APGA will provide briefings and roundtable discussions for public gas utilities in Los Alamos, N.M., on Friday, April 28, and in Las Cruces, N.M., on Tuesday, May 2. The events, hosted by Los Alamos Utilities and Las Cruces Utilities respectively, will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1 :00 p.m. and include lunch. The briefings feature a presentation by APGA president and CEO Bert Kalisch. Among the topics on the agenda to discuss are upcoming regulations, legislation, succession planning, NGVs, research and development, and operational issues facing public gas systems. Please register for one or both of the events if you plan to attend. Information and registration ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, March 16, 2017, which reports the weeks storage report highlights for Friday, March 10, 2017. A 53 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,242 Bcf as of Friday, March 10, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 53 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 236 Bcf less than last year at this time and 395 Bcf above the five-year average of 1,847 Bcf. At 2,242 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range
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On March 16, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an advisory bulletin to inform owners and operators of gas transmission pipelines that PHMSA has developed guidance on threat identification and the minimum criteria for deactivation of threats under their transmission integrity management (IM) programs. The advisory bulletin also provides guidance to gas transmission pipeline operators regarding documenting their rationale of analyses, justifications, determinations, and decisions related to threat deactivation. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASME B31.8S2004, Section 2.2, an operator must ...
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In the March 16 Federal Register, the Department of Commerce published a notice seeking information on the construction and maintenance of American pipelines to help the department develop a plan for the domestic sourcing of materials for the construction, retrofitting, repair, and expansion of pipelines inside the United States as directed by the January 24, 2017 Presidential Memorandum regarding Construction of American Pipelines. The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with relevant agencies, is required to deliver this plan to the President by July 23, 2017. In response to this directive, the Department of Commerce is conducting industry outreach to better ...
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The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to receive testimony on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure on March 14. President Donald Trump has made an infrastructure package an early priority of his administration after healthcare and tax reform. In anticipation of President Trumps bill, the committee chose to hold a hearing to determine the most cost-effective way to upgrade Americas energy infrastructure. The committee heard from a number of witnesses including: * Mr. Stefan Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Power * Mr. Carl Imhoff, Manager, Electricity Market Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ...
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On March 13, APGAs Vice President of Operations, John Erickson, spoke at a meeting of the Carolina Public Gas Association in Charlotte, N.C. John addressed two current issues: pipeline safety management systems (PSMS), and tracking and traceability standards for plastic pipe. The former is the subject of an American Petroleum Institute (API) recommended practice RP 1173 that prescribes PSMS requirements for large interstate oil and gas transmission pipeline operators. John related that public gas systems were vastly outnumbered on the group that developed this RP and as a result, the RP provides little or no guidance for public natural gas systems that wish to ...
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On Wednesday, over 70 APGA members participated in a webinar on the new excess flow valve (EFV) rule that is scheduled to take effect April 14. Panelists were Steve Squibb of City Utilities of Springfield, Stephen Mayfield of the City of Tallahassee, and Bradley Walters of City of Rocky Mount. APGAs John Erickson moderated the panel and opened the webinar with a review of the rules requirements. The rule has three parts. First, effective April 14 utilities must install an EFV on new and replaced services that branch to two residences or that serve multifamily residential of small commercial customers if the meter capacity on the service is 1,000 scfh or less, ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, March 9, 2017, which reports the weeks storage report highlights for Friday, March 3, 2017. A 68 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,295 Bcf as of Friday, March 3, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 68 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 192 Bcf less than last year at this time and 363 Bcf above the five-year average of 1,932 Bcf. At 2,295 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On March 3, APGA sent a letter to recently-confirmed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry congratulating him on his confirmation. Secretary Perry was confirmed by the Senate on March 2 by a 62-37 vote. Secretary Perry previously served as Governor Texas from 2000 to 2015. On January 31, his nomination was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 17-6 vote. In its letter to Secretary Perry, APGA provides an overview of our membership and public gas systems in general. The letter also discusses APGAs involvement with the Department of Energy, particularly the efficiency rulemakings, given the impact they have on our members and the consumers ...
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The LDC Gas Forums are the premiere regional events where the natural gas industry meets. This is where buyers and sellers meet and do business. Thousands of attendees are expected to attend the Forums to discuss vital regional and national issues affecting all aspects of the natural gas marketplace. Timely panel discussions featuring key industry leaders focus on the important questions facing buyers and sellers in the competitive energy markets. Topics include: Regulatory Updates, Supply & Demand, Financial Outlook, Risk Analysis, Projects, Gas Buyer Insights, Transformations in the Natural Gas Industry, International Interest in North America, Utilization ...
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