The Downstream Natural Gas Initiative (DSI) is made up of a group of leading natural gas utilities collaborating to address key technical, regulatory, and workforce challenges affecting methane emission reduction opportunities from the natural gas distribution segment. The mission of DSI is to encourage programs that accelerate investments in infrastructure, support safe, reliable, and cost-effective service, and promote outstanding operations to manage and reduce methane emissions. The Initiative is also focused on opportunities for expanding natural gas end-use markets and leveraging existing infrastructure to support environmental and economic goals.
Initiative focus areas for 2017 include:
- Renewable Natural Gas. DSI will engage with policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to discuss the important role of natural gas in supporting long-term climate strategies. DSI will work to promote low-carbon solutions, including the development and integration of renewable natural gas, that foster local environmental and economic benefits.
- Emissions Quantification. DSI will work to update pipeline emission factors in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). Improved data will aid in clarifying the distribution segment’s contribution to national methane emissions, as well as help quantify the methane benefits of utility infrastructure modernization efforts.
- Operational Excellence. DSI will continue stakeholder engagement on the implementation of the Methane Challenge Program for the distribution segment. DSI will engage with EPA on the technical BMP details and reporting requirements, and encourage adoption of additional BMPs, as appropriate.
- State-of-the-Art Technologies. The Initiative will leverage utility experiences, and existing research and emerging R&D efforts, in order to utilize state-of-the-art technologies in reducing methane emissions from distribution systems.
- Regulatory. The Initiative will seek to identify key regulatory program elements, including timely cost recovery, to enable natural gas utilities to proactively reduce methane emissions while continuing to prioritize safe and reliable operations.
MJB&A provides technical and policy support to partners, and facilitates outreach efforts with government, environmental, and other stakeholders.
Current partners include:
- Consolidated Edison Company of New York
- National Grid
- Pacific Gas & Electric
- Southern California Gas Company
- Xcel Energy
Robert LaCount, Executive Vice President
Brian Jones, Senior Vice President