NPGA achieved a major milestone last week when the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Statement of Policy (SOP) announcing its plans to adopt Full-Fuel-Cycle (FFC) Analyses into their Energy Conservation Standards Program. Specifically, DOE intends to use FFC measures of energy use and emissions, rather than the primary (or site) energy measures it currently uses. In addition, DOE intends to work collaboratively with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to make readily available to consumers information on the FFC energy and greenhouse gas emissions impact of specific products to enable consumers to make "cross-class comparisons of product energy use and emissions."
NPGA has strongly pushed the agency to take this action, particularly since the 2009 publication of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study recommended that DOE move to a FFC approach over time. NPGA also played an instrumental role in the origin of the NAS study by lobbying for the study's inclusion in the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
With this action, DOE will now measure the impact of their energy conservation standards based upon environmental assessments and national impact analyses using Full-Fuel-Cycle, which measures site energy plus primary energy plus the energy consumed in the extraction, processing and transport of primary fuels.
While this is a major step in the effort to get FFC adopted, work remains to be done as the benefits of this approach are more long-term at this point in time. NPGA continues to participate in various public agency meetings and rulemakings and is part of an industry coalition (including the American Gas Association) that is seeking to gain more near-term benefits of FFC analyses. NPGA will keep you updated as we continue to review the details and benefits of this extremely positive development by DOE.
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