Quadrennial panel to focus on gas infrastructure during Pittsburgh meeting

The Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will meet Monday July 21 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to focus on natural gas infrastructure issues.

The panel, working at the direction of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, will convene a 9 a.m. meeting at the Rashid Auditorium, Hillman Center, at Carnegie Mellon University.

The session will focus on “Natural Gas Transmission, Storage & Distribution” issues, according to a July 1 notice in the Federal Register.

It is the sixth public meeting planned by the Quadrennial Energy Review group, established under a presidential memorandum issued by President Obama on Jan. 9.

Advocates of this process, such as the Bipartisan Policy Center, have said the nation needs a big picture review of energy issues akin to the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review.

A fifth Quadrennial Energy Review meeting was already scheduled July 11 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., to discuss electric transmission, storage and distribution in the West.

In addition a meeting is scheduled July 28 in Denver on gas-electric interdependence although few specifics are available yet on the QER website.

The public meetings are often available for viewing online at www.energy.gov/live.

The initial focus for the Quadrennial Energy Review will be the nation’s infrastructure for transporting, transmitting, storing and delivering energy.

People planning to participate in the open microphone session can speak for up to five minutes.

You may submit written comments to: QERComments@hq.doe.gov or by U.S. mail to the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA-60, QER Meeting Comments, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121.

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