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DOE to Launch Collaborative Effort with Industry to Improve Natural Gas Systems

July 30, 2014 - 1:10pm


UPDATE  NOVEMBER 19, 2014: The agenda, participant list, and presentations from the workshop are now available.

Immediately after a Capstone Methane Stakeholder Roundtable hosted by the White House and the Department of Energy on July 29th, DOE announced a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. DOE’s effort is part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

In a follow-up interview with POLITICO, written by Andrew Restuccia, Secretary Moniz said, “Obviously there’s a lot of infrastructure to be replaced. It’s not all going to happen overnight. But we want to make sure that as new infrastructure is being built—and there is quite a big need for new infrastructure—that it’s built to these highest standards to eliminate methane leaks. But also very critical is replacement and upgrading for existing infrastructure, which still has a lot of cast iron pipe. We cannot directly implement these programs. But the programs that have literally accelerated by decades that replacement infrastructure, suggests that certainly within one to two decades that perhaps we collectively have accomplished the goal of modern infrastructure, safe infrastructure, no emitting infrastructure and infrastructure that’s efficient and economical to the companies and consumers.”

As part of these DOE actions, AMO will lead a collaborative effort with industry to evaluate and scope high-impact manufacturing R&D to improve natural gas systems efficiency and leak reduction. The goal of this effort is to establish an advanced manufacturing initiative.

To get more information and receive emails about this effort, send AMO your contact information at

The Advanced Natural Gas System Manufacturing initiative is one of four initiatives announced by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on July 29, 2014, to modernize natural gas infrastructure.

Read the DOE press release and Secretary Moniz’s blog.

Register to receive updates about the AMO led effort.