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  • Kinder Morgan’s Best Practices for Lowering Methane Emissions

    Kinder Morgan’s Best Practices for Lowering Methane Emissions

    Greetings readers,

    At the ONE Future Methane & Climate Strategies Workshop in Houston, Texas, last month, Steve Kean, CEO Kinder Morgan, Inc., presented an update on Kinder Morgan’s efforts and commitment to reducing emissions from its operations. I wanted to share some of his key points with you in an effort to spread the proverbial wealth.

    As a Charter Member of both the ONE Future Coalition and of the EPA’s Natural Gas Star and Methane Challenge programs, it’s clear that Kinder Morgan is making a robust effort to reduce its emissions. In fact, through voluntary efforts, including these programs, the company has achieved 94 Bcf of methane emissions reductions over the last 25 years!

    Steve was quick to ensure that Kinder Morgan is committed to continue managing and minimizing methane emissions; companies must make it their business – not merely comply with the regulations imposed upon them and hope for the best. It’s a concerted effort that requires stewardship and dedication, especially if natural gas companies hope to mimic the success that Kinder Morgan is achieving.

    So what’s the secret to getting it done? Steve graciously shared a few of his “best” methane reduction options, including:

        1. Pipeline Blowdowns —
          • Eliminating blowdowns through regulatory changes is the best option
          • Evaluating options to minimize emissions when blowdowns are required
        2. Compressor station leak surveys and subsequent repairs
        3. Minimizing station equipment malfunctions that are causing unit and station blowdowns

       

    We’re glad to have Kinder Morgan as a member of ONE Future, and look forward to continued productivity on their behalf. Steve’s full presentation is available on our website for you to download, and of course you may view and download other presentations, too.

    If you’re new to our blog, or someone has shared this post with you, I’ll leave you with a little background on our mission.

    ONE Future Coalition is a group of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain, by reducing member company methane emissions to 1% (or less) by 2025.

    For more on becoming a member, please visit us online.

    Until next time.

 
  • Kinder Morgan’s Best Practices for Lowering Methane Emissions

    Kinder Morgan’s Best Practices for Lowering Methane Emissions

    Greetings readers,

    At the ONE Future Methane & Climate Strategies Workshop in Houston, Texas, last month, Steve Kean, CEO Kinder Morgan, Inc., presented an update on Kinder Morgan’s efforts and commitment to reducing emissions from its operations. I wanted to share some of his key points with you in an effort to spread the proverbial wealth.

    As a Charter Member of both the ONE Future Coalition and of the EPA’s Natural Gas Star and Methane Challenge programs, it’s clear that Kinder Morgan is making a robust effort to reduce its emissions. In fact, through voluntary efforts, including these programs, the company has achieved 94 Bcf of methane emissions reductions over the last 25 years!

    Steve was quick to ensure that Kinder Morgan is committed to continue managing and minimizing methane emissions; companies must make it their business – not merely comply with the regulations imposed upon them and hope for the best. It’s a concerted effort that requires stewardship and dedication, especially if natural gas companies hope to mimic the success that Kinder Morgan is achieving.

    So what’s the secret to getting it done? Steve graciously shared a few of his “best” methane reduction options, including:

        1. Pipeline Blowdowns —
          • Eliminating blowdowns through regulatory changes is the best option
          • Evaluating options to minimize emissions when blowdowns are required
        2. Compressor station leak surveys and subsequent repairs
        3. Minimizing station equipment malfunctions that are causing unit and station blowdowns

       

    We’re glad to have Kinder Morgan as a member of ONE Future, and look forward to continued productivity on their behalf. Steve’s full presentation is available on our website for you to download, and of course you may view and download other presentations, too.

    If you’re new to our blog, or someone has shared this post with you, I’ll leave you with a little background on our mission.

    ONE Future Coalition is a group of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain, by reducing member company methane emissions to 1% (or less) by 2025.

    For more on becoming a member, please visit us online.

    Until next time.

  • Methane Emissions Summit

    Methane Emissions Summit

    Last week, in Houston, ONE Future hosted our first Methane Emissions Summit; we had over 100 attendees with Anne Isdal from the EPA as the keynote speaker. From the positive response we’ve received, we’re already thinking about the next summit.   We had a variety of excellent presentations ranging from technology solutions that will help reduce methane emissions, to how our members are successfully working to reduce emissions, to how current policy and regulations affect our industry. I learned a lot and if you were in attendance, I hope you did too. If you couldn’t join us, here are my top 5 takeaways.

    1. 1. The technology used to reduce methane emissions is very high-tech – think drones.
    2. 2. ONE Future companies are leading the Natural Gas industry in the reduction of methane emissions and there are case studies that prove it.
    3. 3. Public-Private Partnerships work. NETL demonstrated how they worked with ONE Future to understand how the natural gas industry could indeed reduce methane emissions by following the ONE Future guidelines.
    4. 4. The future for Natural Gas is positive, with ongoing methane reduction as well as the development of new technologies that employ natural gas without burning it, thereby eliminating all emissions.
    5. 5. Current EPA policy is one based on science and laws.

     

    You can find all the presentations here; please feel free to reach out to me, I welcome any questions or ideas.

    Sincerely,

    Richard Hyde

    Executive Director, ONE Future

    Richard.hyde@onefuture.us

     

     

     

     

  • Inaugural Issue

    Inaugural Issue

    Welcome reader – to the inaugural issue of ONE Future’s blog. Over the last few years you’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about the natural gas industry’s methane emissions, and that isn’t surprising. There are numerous negative, (sometimes false), stories about methane emissions. While you may be aware of ONE Future, you likely aren’t aware of what our coalition has been doing to significantly reduce methane emissions – which is why we started this blog, to begin communicating the truth. In fact, ONE Future companies have invested in methane mitigation technologies and work-practices for several decades and are voluntarily working to lower emissions to “ONE”% or less by 2025 – it’s part of our name!

    To demonstrate that we are a coalition that takes action, we approached the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, two years ago and asked to take part in an independent study on methane emissions in our industry. As part of the study, they gathered and used real data from our facilities. Today ONE Future announced the release of that report from NETL, Industry Partnerships and Their Role in Reducing Natural Gas Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The report analyzed the greenhouse gas (GHG) profile of the ONE Future facilities and evaluated methane abatement options.

    The report is over 200 pages, but key takeaways include:

    • The ONE Future protocol emission rate is .67% vs the national average methane emission rate of 1.62%. Further cost-effective measures could account for an additional 1.1 Bcf in methane emission reductions.
    • If these additional measures are fully realized, the average life-cycle methane emission rate for ONE Future companies would be 0.65% – further enhancing the competitive advantage of U.S. natural gas, relative to other countries.
    • Comparing the results with prior NETL reports, ONE Future companies delivered natural gas that was 15-18% lower on a CO2 equivalent intensity compared to the “average” U.S. natural gas rate on a 20-year basis.

    This study demonstrates the positive impacts of ONE Future Coalition companies working to significantly reduce methane emissions; the bottom line is that the NETL report proves that we can achieve energy dominance using our abundant, affordable and American natural gas in an environmentally responsible manner.

    If your company is part of the natural gas value chain and you want to make a difference in methane reduction, join us. ONE Future was formed when eight companies came together in 2014 with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across our facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production. We have grown to 13 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. Our members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country; they include Antero Resources, Apache, BHP, EQT Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Jonah, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, Statoil and TransCanada.