Last week, Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley participated in a fireside chat with Energy Workforce Board Member Laura Schilling, Senior Vice President Surface West, TechnipFMC, at its GHG Reduction Workshop. The discussion was part of a day-long event, which was an opportunity for TechnipFMC customers, partners and employees to collaborate and problem solve around the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.
Tarpley discussed the implications of recently proposed regulations on methane and emissions, and the opportunities found in the Inflation Reduction Act for the development of methane monitoring and reduction technologies. He also discussed issues around associated gas and the potential for a partial or full ban on flaring, and how that might impact the sector.
Attendees were interested in learning more about the potential structure of an EPA-led methane monitoring program, and how the language in the proposed regulation might be implemented. Tarpley also shared insights into the monetary incentives included in the Inflation Reduction Act, like the 45X tax credits and the EPA Methane Emissions Reduction Program.
“Methane monitoring standards should be a partnership between industry and the EPA, not delegated to third party non-governmental organizations. Operators should be encouraged to have on-site technology for methane detection, and the EPA should continue to support the development of monitoring technologies that detect and reduce these emissions.”Energy Workforce President Tim Tarpley
The Energy Workforce Government Affairs team will continue to monitor these funding and tax opportunities and regulatory changes as they are enacted. Member Companies wishing to participate in working groups in response to agency proposed rules or requests for information can contact the Government Affairs team, who will organize groups as the proposals are released.
Deidre Almstead Kohlrus, Senior Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.