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APGA submits comments on Quadrennial Energy Review

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

On 7 October, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The QER will provide a roadmap to the administration for the modernisation of energy infrastructure in ways that will support the nation’s economic competitiveness and energy security, and enable the move forward to a low carbon future.

DOE held a series of meetings to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the development of a comprehensive strategy for the infrastructure needed to transport, transmit, and deliver energy to consumers.

APGA was able to work with DOE to ensure that members were represented. APGA has long maintained that natural gas – and in particular the direct use of natural gas – can play a critical role in meeting energy needs, reducing greenhouse emissions and increase overall efficiency.

Because the initial focus for the QER will be the nation’s infrastructure for transporting, transmitting, and delivery energy, it is important for APGA to raise its issues and concerns. APGA’s comments highlighted their position on the following areas:

  • Source energy.
  • Tax exempting financing.
  • Protecting natural gas consumers from paying unjust and unreasonable rates.
  • Gas-electric interdependency/coordination.
  • Opposition to LNG exports.

It is APGA’s position that national policy should facilitate the use of natural gas instead of other more carbon intensive fuel where appropriate. According to them, increasing the direct use of natural gas is the surest, quickest and most cost effective avenue to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gases.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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