Glossary of Terms
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National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 mandates minimum energy efficiency standards for most major residential appliances.
- National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
A voluntary organization composed of federal and state regulatory commissioners who have jurisdiction over transportation agencies and public utilities.
- National Energy Act of 1978 (NEA)
A comprehensive energy statute comprised of five separate but intertwined public laws dealing with energy conservation (The National Energy Conservation Policy Act, P.L. 95-619); coal conversion (The Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act, P.L. 95-620); public utility rates (The Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act, P.L. 95-617); natural gas pricing (The Natural Gas Policy Act, P.L. 95-621); and a series of taxes (Energy Tax Act, P.L. 95-618) designed to discourage energy consumption and to accelerate the transition to alternative fuels. The five bills were signed into law on November 9, 1978. The main purpose of the NEA is to reduce oil imports and promote more efficient use of energy in this country.
- National Fuel Gas Code
A code that provides general criteria for the installation and operation of gas piping and gas equipment on consumers’ premises. The code is sponsored by both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-54) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z223.1).
- National Gas Transportation Association (NGTA)
Formerly the National Transportation & Exchange Association. A group that promotes understanding of the national pipeline grid and is working toward standardization in the industry.
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
An independent agency reporting administratively to the Secretary of Transportation, charged with the investigation of all safety-related incidents involving transportation. These include air, rail, highway, and liquid and gas pipeline transportation. The NTSB has no power to issue regulations; however, it issues reports and recommendations.
- Native Load
The total requirements of a utility’s retail market.
- Natural Gas Act of 1938
A federal law giving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (formerly the Federal Power Commission) jurisdiction over companies engaged in interstate sale or transportation of natural gas.
- Natural Gas Liquids
The hydrocarbon components: propane, butanes, and pentanes (also referred to as condensate), or a combination of them that are subject to recovery from raw gas liquids by processing in field separators, scrubbers, gas processing and reprocessing plants, or cycling plants. The propane and butane components are often referred to as liquefied petroleum gases or LPG.
- Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968
The federal law providing jurisdiction by the Federal Government over the transportation of gas which includes transmission and distribution and gathering operations in urban areas. The Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Materials Transportation Bureau, enforces the Act. Title 49 of the code of federal regulations, Part 192, contains the regulations issued under this Act. Department of Transportation (DOT) contracts with state regulatory agencies for some aspect of enforcement.
- Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA)
A trade group representing major integrated gas producers, medium-sized companies and independents.