The following fact sheet outlines one of the Department of Energy's series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation¹s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. Building on many years of productive collaboration, DOE will work with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) to encourage investments in infrastructure modernization to enhance pipeline safety, efficiency and deliverability. State Public Utility Commissions serve a leading role in ensuring continued investments are made to secure safe, reliable, affordable and robust natural gas delivery service across the country. Through the Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership, DOE in cooperation with other federal agencies where appropriate and NARUC will collaborate on research, technical workshops, convening, and information sharing. The initiative is the outcome of the five Methane Stakeholder Roundtables hosted by the White House and DOE at which leaders from industry, environmental organizations, state regulators, consumer groups, academia, and manufacturing and labor unions were asked to provide Administration and other representatives with their individual perspectives on opportunities to modernize natural gas infrastructure and reduce mid- and downstream methane emissions.