American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) subsidiaries Houston Pipe Line Co. and Louisiana Intrastate Gas Co. have become partners in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Natural Gas STAR Program.
The voluntary program between EPA and the natural gas industry works to reduce methane emissions by encouraging the use of cost-effective technologies and practices. Methane, a primary component of natural gas, is considered to be a greenhouse gas. In partnering with the agency, HPL and LIG are committed to minimizing methane emissions and protecting the environment. Natural Gas STAR partners agree to evaluate the program´s recommended Best Management Practices for reducing methane emissions and implement them when cost effective for the company. The program also encourages partners to identify, implement and report on other technologies and practices to reduce methane emissions, referred to as Partner Reported Opportunities.
"Our participation in the Natural Gas STAR Program is part of AEP’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the quality of the environment as we conduct our business,” said Steve Schneider, AEP vice president, natural gas operations. “We look forward to being a part of the program, which demonstrates what can be achieved when government and industry work together to find solutions to environmental challenges. By participating, we will enhance our ability to eliminate or prevent methane emissions while improving our efficiency.”
"AEP´s decision to join EPA´s Natural Gas STAR Program continues an effort begun a decade ago to identify cost-effective actions to reduce, avoid or sequester greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dale Heydlauff, AEP senior vice president, governmental and environmental affairs. “Over that time, AEP has implemented a broad array of actions that have cumulatively avoided the release of more than 15 million tons of greenhouse gases. These efforts have included other partnerships with U.S. EPA, such as the Green Lights, WasteWi$e and sulfur hexafluoride gas (SF6) programs.”
For more information on AEP’s environmental performance, see http://www.aep.com/environmental.
"Natural Gas STAR is a win-win approach to addressing concerns about global climate change,” said Kevin Tingley, a Natural Gas STAR Program manager for EPA. “Natural Gas STAR partners reduce gas losses, improve operational efficiencies and save money while protecting the environment by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. EPA is excited to be working with HPL and LIG to meet these important economic and environmental goals."
Launched in 1993 as part of the Climate Change Action Plan, this cooperative partnership now has more than 90 partner companies and is endorsed by 11 major industry trade associations. Since 1993, STAR partners have reported total methane emission reductions of 218 billion cubic feet, worth more than $650 million. These reductions are the carbon equivalent of eliminating the emissions of more than 19 million cars for one year or planting more than 29 million acres of trees.
For more information about Natural Gas STAR, visit www.epa.gov/gasstar.
Houston Pipe Line Co., based in Houston, operates 4,200 miles of intrastate natural gas pipeline with capacity of approximately 2.4 billion cubic feet per day. HPL also has 118 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity at the Bammel Gas Storage Facility, one of the largest underground reservoir fields in North America.
Louisiana Intrastate Gas Co., based in Pineville, La., operates 2,000 miles of intrastate natural gas pipeline with capacity of approximately 0.80 billion cubic feet per day. Jefferson Island Storage and Hub provides storage in two salt dome caverns with capacity of approximately 10 billion cubic feet.
American Electric Power is a multinational energy company with a balanced portfolio of energy assets. AEP, the United States’ largest electricity generator, owns and operates more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. and select international markets. AEP is a leading wholesale energy marketer, ranking among North America’s top providers of wholesale power and natural gas with a growing wholesale presence in European markets. In addition to electricity generation, AEP owns and operates natural gas pipeline systems, natural gas storage, coal mines and the fourth-largest inland barge company in the U.S. AEP is also one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, with almost 5 million customers linked to AEP’s wires. The company is based in Columbus, Ohio.