Advocacy issues

APGA advocates on behalf of our members to help them strengthen their systems by providing access to the latest industry trends on safety standards, competitiveness, regulations and other important issues that affect their system. Learn more about APGA's current advocacy issues by clicking the topics below.

Tax-Exempt Financing

APGA is opposed to any legislation that would adversely impact the ability of state, local governments, and public gas systems to access cost-effective capital through the use of tax-exempt municipal bonds. 

Pipeline Rate Reform: Addressing an Inequity

APGA urges Congress to enact legislation that stipulates when customers file a complaint with FERC under NGA Section 5, the pipeline will have to pay refunds from the date that the complaint was submitted if it is found to have been overcharging its consumers 

Increasing the Direct-Use of Natural Gas

We are increasingly concerned that national policies have been moving the market towards an all-electric society.  This has created our current huge demand for centralized powerplants, and failed to recognize the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas.

Opposing the DOE Furnace Rule

If finalized, the DOE proposed rule requiring an 92 Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), effectively prohibiting the use of non-condensing furnaces, would impose onerous costs, lessen energy efficiency and increase greenhouse gas emissions as people switch from clean-burning natural gas to electricity to heat their homes.   

Section 5

The NGA gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to order pipelines to lower the rates going forward if they are found overcharging; however, FERC cannot order the pipeline to refund overcharged customers. Congress must amend Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act to provide FERC with the authority to refund overcharged pipeline customers back to the date of the filing of the initial complaint at FERC.

Risk-Based Pricing Regulation Section-by-Section

Risk-based pricing refers to the practice of setting or adjusting the price and other terms of credit offered or extended to a particular consumer to reflect the risk of nonpayment by that consumer. Here is an APGA-created section-by-section of the impact of the risk-based pricing notification regulation. Read the Federal Register for Fair Credit Reporting Risk-Based Pricing Regulations. Updated May 2013.

Funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

APGA has urged Congress to provide fully authorized funding ($5.1 billion) for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and has pushed for full funding in meetings and letters to Congress. Updated August 2013.

Climate Change Legislation

APGA is extremely concerned about the impact climate change legislation could have on the price of natural gas as a result of fuel switching (moving from coal to natural gas generated electricity).

Methane Hydrate R&D

The conservative estimation of producible natural gas from MH is 200,000 Tcf. To make commercial production of MH a reality, the federal government must take the lead in funding MH R&D. Updated September 2012.

The combination of increasing gas prices, Congressional pressure, and lack of a viable renewable/electric alternative leaves a critical space for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to occupy. The combination of job creation, domestic availability of the fuel source, emissions reductions, and the unique advantages of NGVs, makes this a critical time to push for widespread adoption of NGVs. Updated September 2012.

APGA's Opposition to the Large-Scale Export of LNG

This large-scale export of natural gas via LNG will not only play havoc with the current supply/demand situation (and hence the price of natural gas) but also, because the price of LNG abroad is tied to the international oil market, will inevitably link the domestic price of natural gas to international oil markets, which are substantially more volatile and less transparent than our domestic market. The effect of this on the domestic price of natural gas (and hence on efforts to broaden the use of natural gas to displace foreign oil) is as self-evident as it is self-defeating. Updated August 2013.

Fossil Fuel Elimination Rule

Congress should substantially modify or eliminate EISA 2007 section 433. This legislation limits and ultimately restricts the utilization of natural gas in federal facilities. Section 433 creates a bias in federal policy at odds with the important role that domestically abundant, clean and affordable natural gas can serve in meeting the energy needs of not only federal buildings, but the country as a whole. Updated August 2013.