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On April 19, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine energy-related challenges and opportunities in remote and rural areas of the United States. Although a number of the witnesses and discussion were focused on electricity-related issues, APGA submitted testimony that addresses the benefits that the direct-use of natural gas can provide to rural areas. In its testimony, APGA stated that increasing natural gas access in rural communities will lower energy bills for both homeowners and businesses, while alleviating potential delivery interruptions often associated with propane, oil and electricity. The testimony also communicated ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, April 19, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, April 13. A 36 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,299 Bcf as of Friday, April 13, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 36 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 808 Bcf less than last year at this time and 449 Bcf below the five-year average of 1,748 Bcf. At 1,299 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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Under previous administrations, each Executive Agency was required to submit a monthly Significant Rulemaking Report that detailed the status of all significant rulemakings currently being drafted. When the current administration issued Executive Orders on Regulatory Reform, these reports became few and far between. Since January 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has only issued five such reports. The latest one issued recently was on March 27, 2018.Under previous administrations, each Executive Agency was required to submit a monthly Significant Rulemaking Report that detailed the status of all significant rulemakings currently ...
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On April 13, APGA’s Executive Vice President, Dave Schryver, spoke at the Illinois Public Energy Agency’s (IPEA) Annual Conference. IPEA was created in 2005 to serve the needs of the state’s municipal gas utilities that own and operate their own natural gas systems. The meeting was very well attended by representatives from Illinois’ public natural gas systems. Dave began his presentation by discussing the benefits that the direct-use of natural gas provides and the challenges direct-use has faced over the last several years. Dave also discussed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent actions on pipeline rates in response to the lowering of the corporate ...
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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final determination of its mid-term evaluation for the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards for model years 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles. EPA Administrator Pruitt determined that the standards were not appropriate for those model years and should therefore be revised. CAFE standards set fleet-wide fuel economy standards for a given vehicle class. In 2012, the EPA finalized a rulemaking procedure for fuel economy standards for model years 2017-2025. In late-November 2016, the EPA fast-tracked the process by releasing its proposed determination months ahead of schedule. This action did ...
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This week, the heads of the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Army Corps of Engineers, and others signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) implementing the One Federal Decision process. This MOU marks a major step in reforming how the federal government permits and approves major infrastructure and capital projects.This week, the heads of the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Army Corps of Engineers, and others signed a Memorandum ...
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On April 10 and 11, APGA’s John Erickson briefed the attendees of the Tennessee Gas Association Distribution & Operations Conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on current issues affecting operators of gas utilities. His first presentation on April 10 addressed recent and pending pipeline safety regulations as well as APGA programs to assist members to improve the safety and efficiency of their operations. 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 ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, April 12, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, April 6. A 19 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,335 Bcf as of Friday, April 6, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 19 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 725 Bcf less than last year at this time and 375 Bcf below the five-year average of 1,710 Bcf. At 1,335 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On April 9, APGA’s Executive Vice President, Dave Schryver, participated in a hearing in the California Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee on state legislation, AB3232, which would require the California Energy Commission to establish a plan to achieve the goal that all new residential and nonresidential buildings built on or after January 1, 2030, to be zero-emission buildings.  The hearing began with the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Friedman, discussing the bill.  Some of her key points included: The greenhouse gas emissions of buildings in California are greater than the emissions of all the power plants in the state and this must be addressed if ...
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This week in Montgomery, Ala., the Southern Region of the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) hosted their annual meeting. This meeting brings together lead state pipeline safety regulators from the region, NAPSR leadership, representatives from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) state programs office, and other invited stakeholders. The focus of this meeting was to highlight accomplishments from the prior year and goals for the current year pertaining to pipeline safety. APGA presented details on key programs developed by APGA to assist municipal gas systems in meeting pipeline safety requirements. ...
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From April 3 to April 5, APGA held its annual Marketing & Sales Trends & Training Conference (MSTTC), along with the newly-developed End-Use of Natural Gas Symposium (EUNGS), which was cohosted by APGA, Southern Gas Association (SGA), American Gas Association (AGA), Energy Solutions Center (ESC), and NGVAmerica. MSTTC and EUNGS were held concurrently at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort in Panama City, Fla. They featured both joint sessions for the two groups and breakout sessions for each conference. The event began on the afternoon of April 3 with a welcome by APGA’s Chairman, Greg Henderson of Southeast Gas in Alabama. Then there was a joint session ...
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Under the provisions of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was established on November 19, 2001 with responsibility for civil aviation security and security responsibilities over other modes of transportation that are exercised by the Department of Transportation. TSA originally utilized the Pipeline Security Information Circular, issued on September 5, 2002, by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety as the primary federal guideline for industry security. Complementing this document, and also adopted by TSA, was the DOT-issued Pipeline Security Contingency Planning Guidance ...
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On April 4, APGA submitted a letter to the California State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources in opposition to Assembly Bill 3001, which would require all new buildings in the state to be “electric ready” beginning in 2022. The bill defines “electric-ready buildings” as buildings containing electric infrastructure “necessary to enable building occupants to use electrical equipment in lieu of natural gas-fired equipment, such as space and water heating equipment, without the need for additional upgrades to the building’s electrical infrastructure.” Simply put, the bill would force every Californian to give up their ability to choose what energy resources ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, April 5, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, March 30. A 29 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,354 Bcf as of Friday, March 30, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 29 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 697 Bcf less than last year at this time and 347 Bcf below the five-year average of 1,701 Bcf. At 1,354 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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At the recent Marketing & Sales Trends & Training Conference (MSTTC), Porter Novelli (PN) presented the findings from the research that has been conducted over the past several months. APGA hired PN last fall to conduct research and develop messaging to better assist our communications. It was apparent that there is a disconnect with how the gas industry is communicating with consumers, so it was decided that a communications initiative would need to take place. Prior to communicating though, we needed a better understanding of consumer perception of natural gas and that is what PN has worked on. PN did an assessment of current communications and outreach ...
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This April marks the 10th annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding residents to always call 811 before any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every nine minutes an underground ...
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This week, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) held its fifth, and final, Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting on The Safety of Gas Transmission & Gathering Lines Rule. While there will be one more meeting pertaining to gathering lines, this marked the end of a long journey to discuss all elements of the rule pertaining to gas transmission pipelines. A few major decisions were made and some loose ends were concluded. This week, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) held is fifth, and final, Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting on The Safety of Gas Transmission & Gathering ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, March 29, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, March 23. A 63 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,383 Bcf as of Friday, March 23, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 63 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 672 Bcf less than last year at this time and 346 Bcf below the five-year average of 1,729 Bcf. At 1,383 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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Last week, Congress passed its fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation. The $1.3 trillion package provides funding for the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The bill is $200 billion over FY 2017 enacted levels and provides increased funding for many agencies and programs.The Energy and Water title received $43.2 billion in discretionary spending, a $5.4 billion boost over FY 2017 enacted levels. The Department of Energy (DOE) received $34.5 billion in funding, $3.77 billion over FY 2017 enacted levels. Within DOE, several notable offices received budget increases: • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - $2.32 ...
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Today, APGA sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate energy committees regarding the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, and its impacts on pipeline rates. Specifically, the letter discusses how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is effectively hamstrung by Congress’ writing of the Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and its failure to update it appropriately. The letter goes on to urge the Committee to address Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act and provide natural gas consumers with the same level of protection from overcharges that currently exists for electric ...
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