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OGA Members Commit to
Achieve U.S. EPA STAR Methane
Challenge Emissions Goals
BY ALYSSIA OSHODI
PHOTO BY VECTREN.
IN 2016, THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched
the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. The voluntary
program provides a platform for oil and natural gas partners to
create and track commitments as well as showcase their efforts to
reduce methane emissions, which is important to reduce overall
greenhouse gas output.
The EPA identified best measurement practices from which
a company could choose to voluntarily participate. More
than 50 gas utilities in the nation, including charter members
Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dominion Energy Ohio, Duke Energy Ohio
& Kentucky and Vectren, have signed on to participate in the
Methane Challenge initiative.
Member companies committed to taking a variety of measures
to reduce methane emissions.
For example, Vectren committed to the employment of best
measurement practices with respect to the following:
* Cast Iron and Unprotected Steel Main Replacements,
* Cast Iron and Unprotected Steel Service Replacements, and
* Excavation Damages.
Vectren also committed to replacing cast iron and unprotected
steel natural gas mains at a rate of at least 5 percent annually through
2021 to reduce methane emissions. Since 2008, Vectren has replaced
nearly 1,000 miles with new modern plastic pipeline throughout its
74-county natural gas service area in Indiana and west central Ohio.
"This program encourages natural gas companies to go
above and beyond existing regulatory action to make significant and transparent voluntary commitments to reduce methane emissions in a quick, cost-effective way, without the need
for more prescriptive and costly mandatory requirements," said
Angila Retherford, Vectren's Vice President of Environmental
Affairs and Corporate Sustainability.
A crew working for Vectren replaces a bare metal pipeline in a residential
neighborhood. Replacing aging pipelines with corrosion-resistant coated
steel or plastic line help natural gas utilities reduce methane emissions.
Dominion Energy Ohio has demonstrated that one of the most
effective ways to reduce methane emissions is to upgrade and
replace older pipelines, especially those made of cast iron, bare
steel, wrought iron and copper, says Jim Eck, Dominion Energy
Vice President, Ohio & West Virginia Distribution.
The company already has already invested $1.2 billion to replace
1,300 miles of pipe within the state of Ohio as part of its overall
Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement (PIR) program, Eck says.
Dominion Energy Ohio launched its overall $4 billion, 25-year PIR
program in 2008. PIR will involve the eventual replacement of more
than 5,500 miles of the company's 22,000-mile pipeline system.
"We are committed to doing our part, along with other energy
companies, to address greenhouse gases from our natural gas
business," Eck adds.
Years before the EPA inaugurated the Natural Gas STAR Methane
Challenge Program, many OGA member companies launched
extensive, long-term programs to replace cast iron and bare steel
pipelines with corrosion resistant coated steel and plastic lines.
One of the first was Duke Energy's Accelerated Main Replacement
Program (AMRP), which the company kicked off in 2001 and completed in 2015. Company officials note that the program replaced
nearly 1,400 miles of gas lines, some dating back to the late 1800s.
AMRP also helps the company to keep future operation and
maintenance expenses to their lowest reasonable level. Duke
Energy has seen an approximately 40 percent reduction in number of leaks on system since the program began, according to
Columbia Gas of Ohio also has reduced the number of leaks
in its system by 40 percent, through replacing main and service
lines, officials say.
"Our customers know that we're replacing aging infrastructure
across our 61-county customer area so that we can continue to
provide safe and reliable service for decades to come," notes
Vincent Parisi, Columbia Gas Vice President of External and
"There's a bonus: the work we are doing also cuts methane emissions," he adds. "Our replacement work from 2011 through 2020 is
expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount that
is the equivalent of taking about 30,000 cars off the road. Through
this work, we are reducing methane emissions and meeting the
EPA's challenge. It's part of our commitment to the communities
that we serve."
Alyssia Oshodi is a Senior Communications Specialist with Vectren.
OGA Pipeline Magazine writers Neil Durbin and Daniel Ball contributed to this report.
OGA Pipeline 2018
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2018
OGA Members Commit to Achieve U.S. EPA Star Methane Challenge Emissions Goals
Names and Times Change for OGA Members, Safety, Service Commitment Remains Constant
All Aboard the Clean Air Express: Natural Gas Fueling Ohio Bus Fleets
Engineering a Mentoring Culture: Companies Developing Next Generation of Leaders
OGA Scholarship Winners
2018 OGA Affiliate, Associate, Corporate and Midstream Listings
2018 OGA Executive Board/Board of Trustees
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Intro
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - Chair’s Report
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - OGA Members Commit to Achieve U.S. EPA Star Methane Challenge Emissions Goals
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - Names and Times Change for OGA Members, Safety, Service Commitment Remains Constant
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - All Aboard the Clean Air Express: Natural Gas Fueling Ohio Bus Fleets
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - Engineering a Mentoring Culture: Companies Developing Next Generation of Leaders
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - OGA Scholarship Winners
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - 2018 OGA Affiliate, Associate, Corporate and Midstream Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - 2018 OGA Executive Board/Board of Trustees
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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