NASEO Releases iREV Case Studies on AFV Use
The National Association of State Energy Offices' (NASEO) Initiative for Resiliency in Energy through
Vehicles (iREV) released a series of case studies that feature stories from communities that have
successfully used alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) including natural gas vehicles (NGV) to prepare for and
respond to disasters. APGA and a wide variety of other organizations contributed to these case studies.
The four iREV reports highlight ways that communities and others have used biodiesel, electric, natural
gas, and propane vehicles to assist with emergency operations in disasters, and also explore other
benefits and considerations associated with the various fuels.
Most important for APGA members, is the NGV case study which can be found here.
The next step in the iREV program is to hold regional workshops to discuss the findings of the case
studies and demonstrate the tools developed by the program with a Northeast meeting held in
Warwick, R.I., on August 11. The Southeast meeting will be held on October 19 in Savannah, Ga. Further
event information can be found at www.naseo.org/events.
For questions on this article, please contact Scott Morrison of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or
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APGA Submits Nomination to ASRAC
On August 10, APGA sent a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) formally nominating, Chuck
Warrington, Managing Director and Executive Officer for the Clearwater Gas System, to serve on DOE’s
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). ASRAC’s responsibility is to
review and make recommendations on the: development of minimum efficiency standards for
residential appliances and commercial equipment; development of product test procedures;
certification and enforcement of standards; labeling for various residential products and commercial
equipment; and, specific issues of concern to DOE as requested by the Secretary of Energy, the Assistant
Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Buildings Technologies Office’s Director.
In addition to submitting Chuck’s name for consideration, APGA also sent a letter in support of Southern
California Gas’ (SoCal) nomination of Michelle Sim, who serves as their Codes and Standards/Zero Net
Energy Project Manager. SoCal also sent a letter in support of Chuck’s nomination.
In its letter to DOE, APGA states that Chuck is “clearly and uniquely qualified to serve on the Appliance
Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee, and who we believe would add significant value
to the Committee.” The letter also communicates that the Clearwater Gas System has a number of
energy conservation incentive programs for homeowners, builders/developers and commercial
A selection team, comprised of representatives from several DOE offices, will make recommendations
regarding membership to ASRAC to the Secretary of Energy. The recommendations will be based on the
following criteria: scientific or technical expertise, knowledge, and experience; stakeholder
representation; availability and willingness to serve; and, skills working in committees, working groups
and advisory panels. For questions regarding this article, please contact Dave Schryver of APGA staff by
phone at 202-464-2742 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APGA Speaks at Five-State Pipeline Safety Seminar
On August 11, APGA’s Vice President of Operations, John Erickson, provided an update on programs of
the APGA Security and Integrity Foundation (SIF) at the Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico
and Texas Pipeline Safety Seminar in New Orleans. The seminar was sponsored by the Louisiana Gas
Association. The annual workshop attracted over 200 attendees from the South and Southwest.
Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) was a primary topic. The SIF is committed to
ensuring that DIMP written plans developed using the SHRIMP program meet the expectations of state
inspectors and he described modifications that have been made or are under development.
One major enhancement will be to use the huge amount of data that SHRIMP has collected on the leak
history of various piping materials. This data will be incorporated into the risk ranking model in SHRIMP,
assigning a higher risk score to portions of SHRIMP users’ piping that has statistically higher leak rates
than the average of all SHRIMP users for each piping material. John reviewed the requirements for plan
re-evaluation. Operators are required to perform a complete DIMP program re-evaluation at least once
every five years and sooner if system characteristics change in ways that might affect relative risks for
any of the eight threat areas. Since the deadline for the first DIMP plan was August 2, 2011, every
distribution operator should re-evaluate their DIMP plans this year. When a SHRIMP user chooses to
begin a complete re-evaluation, SHRIMP archives a copy of the old plan, copies data to a new plan and
walks the user through each threat assessment screen, risk ranking and other steps in SHRIMP to update
or confirm the correctness of answers given before a new plan can be created. Changes from the prior
plan to the new plan are be logged in a new appendix to the plan.
John also reminded users of resources available on the SHRIMP website to help users during compliance
audits. The SIF has prepared a document that explains where and how each of the 51 items on the DIMP
inspection form is addressed in a SHRIMP-created written DIMP plan. This document can be
downloaded at www.apgasif.org by clicking on the SHRIMP/DIMP menu. The SIF is also reviewing the
new form 24 developed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to
audit each operator’s compliance with its DIMP plan. Some of the items in that form impose new
requirements for what needs to be in written DIMP plans and SHRIMP will be modified to address those
He also encouraged attendees to come to the APGA Operations Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., this
November 8-10. This conference will feature speakers on the latest regulatory, operations and
engineering issues as well as an excellent exhibit of equipment and services for distribution operations.
For questions on this article, please contact John Erickson of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by
email at email@example.com.
Commissioner Clark Announces Departure from FERC
Commissioner Tony Clark has announced that he will leave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) after the September 15 Open Meeting. He announced earlier in the year that he would leave
FERC at the end of his term, which officially expired on June 30; however, under FERC rules, he is
allowed to serve until the end of the year or until a successor is appointed. Commissioner Clark was
nominated by President Obama and sworn in on June 15, 2012 to fill the seat vacated by Commissioner
Marc Spitzer. Prior to his appointment to FERC, he served as the senior member of the North Dakota
Public Service Commission since 2000. Commissioner Clark is also the past President of the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
In a statement that announced his departure from FERC, Commissioner Clark communicated that,
“After 4+ years on FERC, I'm announcing today that the September Commission meeting will be my last.
Since June 30 I've been serving in an expired term (as allowed by law) and had previously announced I
wouldn't request reappointment. Public service has been an honor, but these aren't meant to be
forever jobs. Looking forward to next chapter, whatever that may be.”
With his departure and the previous departure of Commissioner Phil Moeller, the remaining three
commissioners are all Democrat appointments. Replacements for Commissioner Moeller and
Commissioner Clark have yet to be nominated. APGA leadership meets with the FERC Commissioners
twice a year as a means to communicate information and positions on federal regulatory matters of
concern to public natural gas systems. These meetings play a critical role in APGA’s advocacy efforts as
they have allowed APGA to develop and maintain a relationship with the commissioners. For questions
regarding this article, please contact Dave Schryver of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by email
EIA Reports Storage Increase of 29 Bcf to Put Working Gas Storage at 3,317 Bcf
Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 11, 2016, which reports the week’s
storage report highlights for Friday, August 5, 2016. A 29 Bcf increase has been reported.
Working gas in storage was 3,317 Bcf as of Friday, August 5, 2016, according to EIA estimates. This
represents a net increase of 29 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 361 Bcf higher than last year at
this time and 440 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,877 Bcf. At 3,317 Bcf, total working gas is above
the five-year historical range.