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.

Operations & Safety

APGA represents America's publicly owned natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs), and the safety of their community and customers is both our and our members' top priority.

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. 

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.

Funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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.

Direct Use of Natural Gas

APGA is becoming increasingly concerned that there are some who are aggressively pushing to move the end-use energy market towards an all-electric society, as exemplified in the “Green New Deal” (GND).  This push towards electrification would remove the ability of consumers to choose the appliance that best suits their needs while significantly increasing energy costs.

Pipeline Safety Reauthorization

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is set to be reauthorized this fall, following the expiration of its funding authorization in the 2016 PIPES Act. Both the House and Senate have begun the process of holding hearings and soliciting input.   

Section 433 of the Energy and Security Act of 2007

Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) would eliminate all fossil fuel-generated energy from federal buildings by the year 2030. The law does not allow for the direct use of natural gas, combined heat and power (CHP), or distributed generation and eliminates all fossil fuel-generated electricity regardless of emissions.