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Methane emissions from natural gas local distribution focus of new study
Date:4/10/2013

l to determine the scope of methane emissions from natural gas operations, including local distribution systems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent assessment indicates methane emissions from natural gas operations are lower than previous reports, with data based on emissions estimates. A greater understanding of the total methane loss throughout natural gas operations can play a key role in development of sound energy policies and management practices.

Detailed, accurate measurements

The researchers will make direct emission measurements component by component at company gas facilities and for individual underground pipeline leaks.

The American Gas Association (AGA), EDF, National Grid, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) commissioned this study to measure methane emissions when gas is routed through local service and distribution main pipelines, as well as gas metering and regulating stations.

The WSU study is part of a two-year research series on which EDF is collaborating with the natural gas industry and universities to more accurately characterize and understand methane emissions across the value chain. National Grid, PG&E and SoCalGas are providing access to their gas facilities and equipment for tests in different regions throughout the country. Several companies are participating through AGA and are also providing access to their gas facilities for testing, including CenterPoint Energy, Citizens Energy Group, NW Natural, Piedmont Natural Gas, Questar Gas and Xcel Energy.

Work begins this month

"Brian Lamb and WSU's Laboratory for Atmospheric Research were instrumental in the first national natural gas emissions study issued by the EPA in the early 1990s,''said Mark Brownstein, associate vice president and chief counsel, EDF's U.S. Energy and Climate Program. "His expertise is valuable in both designing the right scientific
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Contact: Tina Hilding
thilding@wsu.edu
509-335-5095
Washington State University
Source:Eurekalert

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