On behalf of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), M.J. Bradley & Associates, an ERM Group company, released a framework and methodology to help natural gas utilities and other stakeholders quantify the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of natural gas supplied to customers under alternative supply- and demand-side scenarios.
Policymakers in several states across the U.S. are considering ways to align natural gas utility planning processes with state and local climate and clean energy targets and policies. In New York, state regulators convened a public service commission (PSC) proceeding in March 2020 to engage stakeholders on gas planning, including its alignment with the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
The methodology and accompanying report are intended to aid regulators, policymakers, natural gas utilities, and stakeholders in New York in integrating and aligning gas planning with climate change policies in a rigorous, consistent, and transparent manner.
"Achieving climate goals will require employing a variety of strategies to decarbonize energy supply and reduce total energy demand," said Brian Jones, Senior Vice President at MJB&A. "By providing a rigorous, consistent, and transparent approach to quantifying emissions, this framework and tool will allow gas utilities and stakeholders to compare different supply- and demand-side approaches and assess the impacts of specific gas utility plans."
The report, A Framework for Gas Company Climate Planning in New York,
is available here
In conjunction with the report, MJB&A developed an Excel-based tool—the Gas Company Climate Planning Tool—to help natural gas utilities and other stakeholders evaluate the impacts of alternative supply- and demand-side scenarios. The tool is pre-populated with data publicly reported by natural gas utilities in the U.S., enabling its use in all fifty states. The tool is free to use and available for download here
More information about the project and the tool are available here