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NGVAmerica Call to Action: Support the NCWM DGE Proposal

This July, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) will vote on the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard.  The vote will occur at the NCWM Annual Meeting being held July 19–23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  NGVAmerica will participate and speak in support of the DGE proposal during the open session as well as during the Natural Gas Steering Committee meeting.  As with last year’s Annual Meeting, NGVAmerica is encouraging members and trade allies to attend the meeting to support the DGE proposal.  The support of trade allies and members companies helped in January at the NCWM Interim Meeting and resulted in the DGE proposal once again being selected as a voting item.  NCWM has released Publication 16, a document that includes all of the items to be considered by NCWM this summer.

Things members and others can do to support this effort:

  1. Attend the NCWM Meeting and testify during the open session; this involves speaking from the floor during the open session; remarks are often given informally and do not have to be technical or detailed;
  2. Contact state NCWM officials and urge them to vote for the DGE proposal;
  3. Write a letter to your state representative urging them to support the DGE proposal and copy the NCWM Executive and others (NGVAmerica has prepared a sample draft letter);
  4. Contact elected officials in states where you operate and urge them to contact the states voting representative;
  5. Inform NGVAmerica if your state regulators have indicated how they plan to vote; and
  6. Inform NGVAmerica if you will be at the meeting in Philadelphia.

This standard compliments the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) standard that has been in place for more than 20 years.  Under the proposal, retailers of CNG and LNG will be able to offer these fuels in diesel gallon equivalent units.  CNG retailers would have the option of using GGE or DGE units but LNG would only be sold in DGE units.

Below are links to more information on state representatives and details on the upcoming Annual Meeting.  If your state is represented on the L&R or S&T Committees, it would be helpful to also write those officials.