NGVAmerica and Allies Seek a Positive Vote in Philadelphia
Establishment of an nationally sanctioned diesel gallon equivalent for natural gas is again on the table as the National Conference on Weights and Measures meets July 19–23 in Philadelphia.
An official DGE standard would make it easier to compare the costs, on an accepted energy basis, liquefied natural gas as compared with diesel, much as GGE/gasoline gallon equivalent standard has done for compressed natural gas since 1994.
The DGE was voted on and defeated by a key committee at the NCWM annual meeting in Detroit last year (F&F, July 22, 2014). The GGE, while threatened last year, remained in place.
Advancing the NGV
“The adoption of the DGE standard is an important issue that will help to further advance the natural gas vehicle,” NGVAmerica said yesterday. The association thanked
In bringing the DGE standard issue to Philadelphia, NGVAmerica was joined by natural gas industry leaders, including
AGA, the American Gas Association,
- ANGA, America’s Natural Gas Alliance,
- APGA, the American Public Gas Association,
- ATA, the American Trucking Associations,
- NACS, the National Association of Convenience Stores,
- NATSO, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators,
- TRALA, the Truck Renting and Leasing Association,
- and SIGMA, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America,
all of which, NGVAmerica says, “have expressed their support for the DGE approach as a sensible and necessary way to dispense, market and sell natural gas.”
The 21-year-old GGE standard, NGVAmerica said, “has benefited consumers and industry alike because it provides a common unit for comparing the cost of CNG and gasoline.
More Consistent Taxation
“If adopted, the DGE standard will become a national standard for dispensing LNG in DGE units. The DGE standard is universally supported by industry and would allow for the ready comparison of LNG with diesel.”
Further, an official DGE standard would provide a “benchmark for consistency with taxation methods and creates efficiencies associated with accounting and record keeping requirements.” Already, NGVAmerica says, 26 states use the DGE for taxing of LNG, and ten have enacted legislation or approved regulations recognizing the DGE as a standard for dispensing natural gas.
‘A Common-Sense Vote for Transparency’
“Adoption of this resolution is a common-sense vote for transparency,” said AGA policy strategy VP Kathryn Clay says in NGVAmerica’s Thursday notice. “The NCWM has a real opportunity to lay this important issue to rest in Philadelphia.”
“When consumers make business decisions, they want an easy way to make comparisons,” said ANGA market development VP Amy Farrell. “This is a good, common-sense direction that is consistent and understandable.”
“We need to get this right and take corrective action,” said ATA Vice President and energy and environmental counsel Glen Kedzie. “Selling and advertising natural gas in diesel gallon equivalent units is the most practical way to communicate the value of natural gas to truckers and fleets looking to use natural gas in heavy-duty vehicles.”
“NGVAmerica thanks our members, industry allies and public officials for their efforts to make the DGE standard a voting issue at the NCWM meeting this summer,” said NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski. “The adoption of the DGE standard would provide greater uniformity and clarity for the continued use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.”
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