06/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2019 08:45
News ReleaseJune 19, 2019
Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule governing emissions from electricity generation facilities. The American Gas Association (AGA) supports federal regulations that recognize the value the role of natural gas in providing affordable and reliable energy while reducing emissions.
'Natural gas will continue to be foundational in our energy landscape because it is abundant, affordable and delivered safely and reliably to homes, businesses, factories and power plants,' said AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert. 'America's natural gas utilities are committed to achieving our shared goal of reducing emissions while maintaining affordability, reliability and the quality of life that Americans enjoy.'
EPA's final rule wisely allows states flexibility (but not mandates) to work with electric generators on how to meet the ACE emissions targets cost-effectively. Each state will have three years to submit to EPA a plan that applies the 'best system of emission reduction' to establish standards of performance for the existing sources in their state, with flexibility to reflect the particular circumstances of each power plant.
America's natural gas utilities are committed to continuing to reduce emissions by using our nation's abundance of natural gas in a sustainable, environmentally sound and safe manner. ACE will help continue to reduce these emissions in a material way, and by 2030 it is expected it will reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent to taking 2.1 million cars off the road.
AGA released a report last year on more than 100 innovative natural gas technologies for the residential/commercial market with a greenhouse gas reduction potential of 25-40 percent on a customer basis through integration of these technologies and other efficiency practices. Integrating natural gas solutions into long-term resource planning helps achieve emissions reduction goals.
The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent - more than 69 million customers - receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.