Background: The United States continues to grow as one of the world’s largest energy producers. Over the past decade, America has made significant strides in energy independence and energy diversity by investing in various forms of renewable energy and expanding domestic production and transmission. For the U.S. to continue this path and achieve energy independence and security, we must have a diversified approach encompassing several forms of energy – including nuclear, solar, clean coal, oil shale, hydropower, oil and natural gas, and renewable energy. To support and sustain the availability of these forms of energy, the U.S. must use the newest technologies and best practices.
Corrosion is a primary factor affecting the longevity, efficiency, and reliability of pipelines that transport energy resources throughout the country. Corrosion is especially a concern for oil refineries, nuclear facilities, and oil and gas exploration and production, which will account for at least 50 percent of the world’s energy supplies until 2035. Corrosion also affects other forms of energy generation and transportation, including several forms of renewable energy. For example, offshore and on-shore windmills are starting to have major challenges with corrosion. Additionally, solar collection systems have issues with corrosion as they are exposed to severe elements and located in areas with very difficult conditions.
Given these challenges and the importance of this resource, it is essential that we enact policies that protect critical assets that advance our energy future, increase our energy independence, and strengthen overall safety.
Our Principles: NACE International is the world-leader in educating and training professionals to mitigate the harmful effects of corrosion. For seventy-five years, NACE has developed reliable standards that have been utilized by numerous industries, state governments, U.S. federal agencies, and governments worldwide. We have trained thousands of corrosion professionals and have the most trusted and trial-tested corrosion curriculums in the country. Our members demonstrate their value every day.
Over the next year, Congress will address critical energy issues, including pipeline safety and training policies As Congress debates these issues, NACE will work with Congress to inform policy makers how corrosion control improves the safety, reliability, and efficiency of energy generation and transport. We will support policies to improve efficiency and reliability of energy assets, expand the diversification of energy production, advance education and training opportunities, and increase maintenance and investment in pipelines – which are the safest way to transport energy resources. Additionally, we will pursue policies that promote energy conservation and efficiency as part of a national energy strategy that incorporates a wide range of best practices and standards. Our goal is simple: we want to improve safety and expand integrity management.
Major Areas of Focus:
- Energy Development Legislation
- Pipeline Safety Legislation
- PHMSA Reauthorization