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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 13, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 7. A 58 Bcf increase has been reported.  Working gas in storage was 3,332 Bcf as of Friday, August 7, 2020, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 58 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 608 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 443 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,889 Bcf. At 3,332 Bcf, total working gas is above the five-year historical range
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Throughout this summer, the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has continued its work to update the Energy Planning Analysis Tool (EPAT). Funding for these updates was secured through the APGA Research Foundation (RF), the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), and the American Gas Association (AGA). GTI recently met with staff from these groups to discuss the status. This tool supports APGA members in comparing the direct use of gas to all-electric residential applications. It is known anecdotally that gas equipment, in place of traditional electric equipment, can provide energy, environmental, and economic benefits for space conditioning, water heating, ...
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Talks surrounding a potential coronavirus Phase 4 bill have grounded to a halt as Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Secretary Mnuchin have backed off. While progress is always possible, prospects for a large package look grim. APGA continues to monitor talks surrounding specifics like local aid and some utility-specific programs, but it does not look like anything will be completed until September. Meanwhile, Congress is on a quasi-recess in which they are out of town for the usual August break, but have been on alert to return in the event that a Phase 4 deal is reached. With that not expected to happen, it is presumed ...
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On August 10, APGA submitted comments jointly with the American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and the American Petroleum Institute on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Gas Regulatory Reform Rulemaking.  This proposed rule is in response to the President’s January 30, 2017, Executive Order (EO) “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Costs” and the two 2017 Department of Transportation requests for public comment on regulations that: are obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects; or, could be repealed, replaced, suspended or modified without compromising safety.  The industry ...
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The APGA Research Foundation (RF) invites APGA member systems to join the other 155 publicly-owned gas system contributors to the APGA RF in 2021. Collectively, RF systems contribute about $1.1 million annually, which helps fund collaborative research projects coordinated through the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), Energy Solutions Center (ESC), and other groups. RF representation at these organizations guarantees that municipal gas system priorities are at the research, development, and commercialization forefront. New projects for the RF in 2020 include the North American Gas Heat Pump Initiative and the GTI Gas Heat Pump Water Heater Project. Both are currently ...
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On August 4, the Senate voted to confirm Mark Menezes as the Deputy Secretary of Energy. Twenty-eight Democratic Senators joined their Republican colleagues in a 79-16 vote in favor of Menezes. Menezes has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both of his confirmation hearings and has worked with both parties in his roles at the Department of Energy (DOE). Menezes' confirmation fills the post vacated by now-Secretary Dan Brouillette. Additionally, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Bernard McNamee issued a statement indicating his intent to depart FERC on September 4. McNamee’s departure has been anticipated since his announcement earlier ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 6, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 31. A 26 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 3,274 Bcf as of Friday, July 31, 2020, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 33 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 601 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 429 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,845 Bcf. At 3,274 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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As previously reported, APGA and the American Gas Association (AGA) jointly filed an appeal of four International Code Council (ICC) actions related to provisions in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). APGA, through the appeal, contended that these provisions should have been prevented from moving forward by ICC staff during the code development process because they either raised potential federal preemption concerns or were outside of IECC's defined scope/intent and, consequently, should not be included in the next edition of the IECC. APGA members would be directly and materially affected by state or local adoption of the requirements of these ...
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On July 27, the President announced the nominations of both Mark Christie (R) and Alison Clements (D) as FERC commissioners. If confirmed, they would round out the Commission’s composition with 3 republican and 2 democratic members. Christie is currently the Chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission and is one of the nation’s longest-serving state utility regulators, having served for 16 years. Clements currently serves as the founder and president of Goodgrid, LLC, an energy policy and strategy consulting firm, and previously worked for a decade at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). APGA staff will monitor these nominations moving forward ...
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On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) met to discuss the Valve Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards rulemaking ( view meeting page ). This rule proposes to require the installation of rupture valves on new or replaced gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines. It aims to address specific Congressional mandates within the Pipeline Safety Act of 2011 and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations that resulted from the 2011 San Bruno incident. The proposed rule was published on February 6, 2020, and the joint industry trade associations ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, July 30, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 24. A 26 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 3,241 Bcf as of Friday, July 24, 2020, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 26 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 626 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 429 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,812 Bcf. At 3,241 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical rang
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Washington has been holding its breath the last few weeks awaiting the Senate Republican coronavirus phase 4 bill. The bill, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability, and Schools (HEALS) Act was released early this week and all signs point to much more work needing to be done before Congress recesses in August. The package, released in smaller tranches rather than in an omnibus, received tepid support from many Senate Republicans; White House officials themselves admitted they were “very far apart” with House Democrats. We expect HEALS to change significantly before passage. That said, the package does contain two key APGA priorities. The bill allows ...
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This week, three of APGA’s staff had the opportunity to present during the Louisiana Gas Association (LGA) Virtual Pipeline Safety Conference (PSC). First, John Erickson spoke on the valuable work of the APGA Security and Integrity Foundation (SIF), particularly the latest on the Simple, Handy, Risk-based Integrity Management Program (SHRIMP). Then, Erin Kurilla delivered the presentation, "Safety Management Systems for Small Operators,” which highlighted APGA’s efforts to provide resources and help public natural gas utilities in their pipeline safety management systems journey. She was also able to share on a few other beneficial APGA resources that are ...
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On July 23, organizations representing businesses and industries across the US, including APGA and the National Safety Council (NSC), penned a letter to the National Governors Association urging state leaders to take initiative on testing and tracing protocols. APGA was grateful for NSC leading this effort and was happy to support it. The letter urged governors to collaborate with business and industry heads, including from the energy sector, to create a commonsense approach to testing and tracing measures, ensuring they are effective and considerate of known best practices.    APGA began to work more closely with NSC prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ...
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From July 20 to 23, APGA held its first virtual conference—the 2020 APGA Annual Conference. The conference was originally scheduled to be held in Chicago, but was changed to a virtual event due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The conference began on the morning of Monday, July 20 with an opening by APGA’s 2019-2020 Chairman, Samuel Davis, Jr., from Lake Apopka Natural Gas District. Sam gave an overview of his tenure as APGA Chairman, and announced the 2020 APGA Awards. After Sam’s presentation, Dena Wiggins from the Natural Gas Supply Association gave a presentation on natural gas supply and demand. Later in the day, Bethany Sims and Pawan Bhatia from Porter ...
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Larry Herald, former Utilities General Manager for Paintsville, KY and a past APGA Board Member, passed away on July 21, 2020, at home surrounded by family. Larry was the General Manager of Paintsville Utilities from 1998-2012 and was active in many state and national associations. Larry served on the APGA Board of Directors from 2001-2011. APGA is deeply grateful for his volunteerism and dedication to better our association, as well remembering his fantastic sense of humor. In addition, Larry was a dedicated family man, proud grandfather, avid outdoorsman, and served on the Board of Trustees for many years at the First United Methodist Church of Paintsville. ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, July 23, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 17. A 37 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 3,215 Bcf as of Friday, July 17, 2020, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 37 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 656 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 436 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,779 Bcf. At 3,215 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range
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In addition to the APGA Virtual Annual Conference, the Southern Gas Association (SGA) hosted a few sessions of their Natural Gas Connect (NGC) Academy the week of July 23rd. APGA was invited to present, alongside the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), in a presentation entitled, “The Unintended Consequences of Electrification: Rising Costs to Consumers.” To begin, a representative from GTI spoke on challenges and alternative strategies for a managed carbon future. APGA staff was able to complement that discussion with details on natural gas policy “wins,” such as the consumer choice legislation recently passed in Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However, ...
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On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a division of the Executive Office of the President, released a final rule updating the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA was signed into law on January 1, 1970, and this is the first update to the regulations since their original promulgation in 1978. The final rule “comprehensively updates, modernizes and clarifies the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action.” These updates are aimed at streamlining the complicated NEPA process, which has ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, July 16, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 10. A 45 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 3,178 Bcf as of Friday, July 10, 2020, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 45 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 663 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 436 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,742 Bcf. At 3,178 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range
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