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EBC Energy Resources Webinar – Gas Leaks
February 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This EBC Energy Resources Webinar will focus on the issue of leaks in the natural gas pipeline distribution system. Natural gas is sent to our homes and buildings primarily through pipes under the street and New England has some of the oldest infrastructure in the United States. As natural gas pipes age, the joints and material break down, and begin to leak natural gas. Losses from the distribution system have been estimated to completely negate savings made through the state energy efficiency program.
In 2015, for the first time, every utility in Massachusetts filed a report with the Department of Public Utilities on the location of natural gas leaks in their territory.
HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) is a Cambridge-based non-profit organization with a mission to catalyze community engagement and develop hands-on educational opportunities to advance energy efficiency and clean energy. Using the utility-reported data, HEET mapped the over 20,000 gas leaks by town, to create online maps of over 200 Massachusetts towns and cities. Using these maps, anyone can zoom in to see if there is a natural gas leak nearby and how old that leak is.
The utilities are only mandated to fix leaks that are potentially explosive. However the other leaks can remain unrepaired for decades, wasting ratepayers money, killing trees, and contributing to global warming. HEET’s mapping has focused attention on this issue, and a bill is before the legislature to remedy this situation.
John Wadsworth, Chair, EBC Energy Resources Committee; Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP
Audrey Schulman, President, HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)
Audrey is HEET’s Co-founder, Evaluator, Site Manager, and President. A skilled energy assessor, Schulman has performed energy assessments on everything from homeless shelters to historic churches. She has led HEET’s Squeaky Leak project on gas leaks, from mapping the gas leaks across the state to partnering with MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) on a federal grant to learn best practices in gas leak repair. She is currently leading HEET’s work to help utilities find and fix the worst leaks first.
Schulman is also the author of four novels, which have been translated into 11 languages and reviewed by the New Yorker.
Participation in this EBC Webinar is complimentary. Please register to receive the login information. Email EBC with any questions.
Please keep in mind that the registration link will close at 11:00 a.m. on February 7. At that point those interested in participating will not have access to the login information and therefore will not be able to participate. The recording will be posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.