On July 29, 2014 - The Department of Energy (DOE) announced its initiative to "help modernize natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure." You might have seen something about the DOE's effort to minimize methane emissions - or possibly a story on an initiative to improve safety. The Capstone Roundtable event described in the Fact Sheet - was a meeting of "leaders from industry, environmental organizations, state regulators, consumer groups, academia, and unions" to provide the Administration with perspectives on opportunities to modernize the infrastructure to reduce methane emissions." The DOE used this opportunity to announce a series of actions/initiatives. Here is a listing of the initiatives announced:
- DOE will be moving toward efficiency standards for new natural gas compressor units and will be issuing an RFI.
- Investing in Technologies for Leak Detection and Measurement
- Grant and Loan opportunities to spur research in pipeline efficiency, and methane emission reduction projects
- Working with the FERC to provide greater potential for cost recovery for new investment in pipeline distributions systems
There seems to be the potential for a great deal of collaboration and technical sharing to accompany these initiatives. Something to be aware of - particularly if you may be able to benefit from the programs mentioned, or have to comply with some of the findings that come from these initiatives in the future.