Thursday, August 21, 2014

DOE Announces New Initiative to Reduce Methane Emissions from U.S. Gas Systems

Reducing methane emissions is a significant way to take action on climate change. It can be used as source of clean energy that generates revenue, spurs investment, improves safety, and leads to cleaner air. As part of the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions from national gas systems after a series of roundtable discussions with stakeholders.

The Initiative to Help Modernize Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure includes efficiency standards for gas compressors, research and development to improve systems' efficiency and reduce leaks, a recommendation that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission look at cost recovery mechanisms for gas transmission infrastructure, as well as a partnership with the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners to accelerate distribution infrastructure investments.

"These important measures must be paired with quick action by EPA to regulate methane from oil and gas production, processing, and transport facilities, as well as finalizing a strong clean power plan." says Deb Nardone, who directs the Sierra Club's Beyond Natural Gas campaign. "Together, actions by DOE and EPA can move the ball forward to break our reliance on all fossil fuels, including dirty fraced gas, while ushering in clean energy and energy efficiency."