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DOE - 452 - National Petroleum Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameNational Petroleum CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Energy
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number452
Original Establishment Date5/3/1946Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*About 200
Current Charter Date1/8/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
Date Of Renewal Charter1/8/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Steven
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Winberg
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 586-6660
Effective Date Of Authority*5/3/1946Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 586-6221
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The National Petroleum Council (NPC) is chartered to provide the Secretary of Energy with advice and recommendations on matters requested by the Secretary, relating to oil and natural gas, or the oil and natural gas industries. This purpose is largely accomplished through the conduct of studies. Matters that the Secretary would like to have considered by the NPC are submitted in the form of a letter outlining the nature and scope of the study. The NPC reserves the right to decide whether it will consider any matter referred to it. Over the last 70 years, the NPC has prepared over 200 reports dealing with virtually every aspect of oil and gas supply and demand. These reports have not only served as valuable tools in the development of energy policy but also have enabled government and industry to anticipate and jointly seek solutions to current and future energy challenges. NPC reports are widely circulated and serve as references for energy analysts, industry and government decision makers, legislators, and academicians.
How is membership balanced?*Members of the NPC are apppointed by the Secretary of Energy and represent specific oil and gas industry sectors or related interests. These include balanced representation from among, but not limited to: integrated oil and natural gas companies; independent refiners, large and small independent oil and gas producers; midstream and retail oil and gas companies; construction, drilling, and oilfield services; financial and consultant services; electric companies and other large consumers; and non-industry or not-for-profit organizations such as academia, States, Native American Tribes, and professional societies.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NPC meets in Washington, DC, once or twice a year and study groups meet as necessary. The time, place, and agenda of each Council and study group meeting are determined by its respective chair person, with the concurrence of the Department. The knowledge and experience that resides in the NPC provides a perspective on oil and natural gas issues and the oil and natural gas industries which is otherwise unavailable.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*There are no other sources with the breadth, depth, and diversity of oil and gas technical and policy knowledge and expertise that the NPC provides. No other federal advisory committee currently performs, or is capable of performing, the functions of the NPC. It would not be possible for the Department to duplicate the knowledge and expertise embodied in the Council and its study committees in addressing important oil and gas issues, e.g., by using alternative methods such as public hearings, contractor work efforts, or in-house study efforts.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksOriginally established by the Department of the Interior in 1946 at the request of President Harry S. Truman and subsequently transferred to the Department of Energy in 1977, the National Petroleum Council (NPC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on matters related to oil and natural gas, and the oil and natural gas industries. In 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry requested the NPC conduct two studies on U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Transportation Infrastructure and Carbon Capture, Use and Storage that are relevant to Administration objectives pertaining to U.S. energy dominance. In 2018, he also requested the NPC undertake an Arctic Potential supplemental assessment. In 2016, Secretary Ernest Moniz requested the NPC conduct an exercise to identify and scope potential study topics for the next Secretary, and also continue efforts to support DOE on emergency preparedness. In 2013, Secretary Moniz requested that the NPC conduct two strategic, short term studies to inform government decision making, specifically studies on natural gas and oil infrastructure resilience (Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters) completed in December 2014 and Arctic Research completed in March 2015. In 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu had requested the NPC undertake two major studies, continuing a tradition of NPC studies having the potential for broad public policy impact. The first NPC study, completed in 2011, assessed the character and potential of North American natural gas and oil resources and the contribution that natural gas can make in a transition to a lower carbon energy mix while achieving objectives of environmental protection, economic growth, and energy security. The second NPC study on future transportation fuels, completed in 2012, examined the prospects for integrating new fuels and vehicles into the marketplace and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. transportation sector by 2050. Energy challenges addressed in the previous NPC study reports have included ensuring prudent development of the Nation's abundant oil and gas resources, reducing the Nation's reliance on oil imports and oil use in the transportation sector, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Technology innovation, the capabilities of industry, and other factors will continue to be critical to meeting the future energy needs of American consumers and protecting the environment.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentFindings and recommendations from NPC studies serve as valuable input for government program and policy decision making. Technical data and insights on evolving oil and gas industry trends also serve as valuable input for energy forecasts prepared by the Energy Information Administration, an independent statistical agency of DOE.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentPrior outcomes have included more informed decisions by state and federal government on policy, research, and regulatory initiatives with substantial public benefit.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*More Than $10,000,001Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe NPC’s 2003 natural gas study showed that a balanced approach to future public policy decision making to increase energy efficiency, develop of new resources, and enable flexibility in fuel choice, could save U.S. consumers $1 trillion in U.S. natural gas costs over the next 20 years. Other NPC studies have addressed topics of similar economic significance. For example, the NPC's 2015 Arctic Potential study identified actions that would enhance future national, economic and energy security, benefit the people of the North and the U.S. as a whole, and position the U.S. to exercise global leadership. Oil and gas development represented one-third of the State of Alaska's economic activity and provided 90% of the State's general funds in 2014. Projected net revenues to the State from Arctic OCS development if pursued could be about $6.6 billion over 50 years, as discussed in the study report. The NPC's 2014 Emergency Preparedness study, and its 2016 Emergency Preparedness Implementation Addendum report, identified actions to continuously improve and ensure a state of readiness to respond to oil and gas supply chain disruptions arising from natural disasters; such actions can mitigate impacts on consumers and regional economies. The NPC's 2012 Future Transportation Fuels study identified technologies that could increase vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from American transportation. Recommendations in the NPC's 2011 report on Prudent Development of North America's abundant natural gas and oil resources were evaluated from the perspectives of economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and energy security. And, the potential benefits in all three areas was substantial. The NPC's 2007 study on global oil and natural gas provided insights for shaping energy policy that strengthens global energy security, economic prosperity, and environmental stewardship. The NPC’s 2004 study on U.S. petroleum refining and inventories highlighted government actions that could enable petroleum markets to operate more efficiently or avoid significant petroleum product supply disruptions.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*2,818Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentBased on prior experience, many NPC studies result in approximately 14 major recommendations, and some yield considerably more. In 70 years, the NPC has prepared over 200 reports dealing with virtually every aspect of oil and gas supply and demand. These reports have not only served as valuable tools in the development of energy policy but also have enabled government and industry to anticipate and jointly seek solutions to current and future energy problems. Some NPC study reports have tiered recommendations, e.g., the NPC 2019 Arctic Supplemental Assessment to its 2015 Arctic Potential Report included 4 overarching recommendations and more than 30 detailed recommendations to support implementation. The NPC 2015 report included 32 recommendations in the Executive Summary, made up of 13 research, 3 regulatory, and 16 leadership/policy recommendations, as well as an additional 60 research recommendations in the report chapters.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentEstimates of how many NPC recommendations have been implemented may be subjective as NPC recommendations range in scope, specificity and timing. NPC recommendations often encompass broad public policy strategies for addressing the Nation's energy challenges. The implementation timespan for some recommendations such as those to enhance natural gas supply diversity or to sustain and enhance natural gas infrastructure, could span decades. Additionally, NPC recommendations may call for action by industry and/or government (including Congress, states, one or more federal agencies, or some combination).Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*45.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentPrior assessments have shown that government has made substantial progress in implementing up to 75% of the recommendations in some NPC studies. However, as discussed above, estimates of how many NPC recommendations have been implemented may be subjective. For example, the NPC’s 2003 natural gas study resulted in four overarching recommendations to: 1) improve demand flexibility and efficiency, 2) increase supply diversity, 3) sustain and enhance natural gas infrastructure, and 4) promote efficiency of natural gas markets, and over 60 supporting recommendations. Recommendations from the NPC's 2004 study on U.S. petroleum refining and inventories were more granular and addressed topics such as new source review reform, national ambient air quality standards, ultra low sulfur diesel regulations, national energy legislation, sound science, cost-effectiveness and energy analysis, and permitting, and actions by government on these topics continue to evolve. Numerous recommendations in these 2003 and 2004 NPC studies were reflected in national energy plans and initiatives, as well as provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The NPC's 2007 study report on global oil and gas outlined five core strategies to enable industry and government to more adequately address evolving trends in U.S. and global energy supply and demand, and contained over 40 supporting recommendations, which broadly helped to shape public and private sector dialogue, policy and investment on a range of topics including energy efficiency, carbon management, fuel diversity, and the geopolitics of energy for several years. Recommendations from the NPC's 2011 Prudent Development study reflected five core strategies to support prudent natural gas and oil resources development and regulation; better reflect environmental impacts in markets and fuel technology choices; enhance the efficient use of energy; enhance the functioning of energy markets; and, support the development of a skilled workforce. Recommendations in the NPC's 2012 Future Transportation study called on government to promote sustained funding and other resources, either separately or in combination with industry, on the pre-competitive aspects of 12 priority technologies, as well as in areas that could lead to disruptive innovations. The NPC's 2015 Arctic Potential study report included 32 recommendations in the executive summary addressing research, regulatory improvements, and leadership/policy considerations that aligned well with the Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy and early U.S. Arctic policy, and an additional 60 specific research recommendations. The NPC's 2016 Emergency Preparedness Implementation Addendum summarized progress made in implementing the 2014 NPC report recommendations and opportunities for improvement. The 2019 NPC Dynamic Delivery report made recommendations to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and permitting of permitting process for oil and gas transportation infrastructure and regulatory reform efforts, while promoting more rapid development and implementation of technology to increase transportation safety and integrity. Many of these recommendations are relevant in policy, regulatory and research initiatives being pursued by industry and government. The 2019 Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage (CCUS) report provided a roadmap for deploying CCUS technologies at scale within the U.S., based on technology, policy and regulatory actions across three phases (activation, expansion and at-scale) to achieve widespread CCUS deployment over the next 25 years.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentA comprehensive summary of the NPC, including its purpose, membership and studies, is available at Electronic copies of the NPC's reports and supporting materials including topical papers and presentations are also available at Efforts begun in FY2020 to develop an electronic repository of NPC reports and other information at were impacted by Covid-19 and staffing constraints, and are targeted to resume in mid FY2021.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided to NPC members on the value of the committee’s studies and recommendations through remarks made by the Secretary of Energy and Deputy Secretary of Energy at NPC meetings, by periodic reports on progress made to implement NPC recommendations, by DOE sharing information on the status of government actions related to NPC recommendations, and the frequent use of, or reference to, NPC studies by DOE and other government agencies. For example, in January 2008, the Secretary of Energy distributed copies of the Hard Truths report to all members of Congress and State governors. In May 2008, the Secretary sent a letter to the Council Chair that included a DOE review of actions taken by government consistent with recommendations contained in the NPC's 2007 Hard Truths report; and copies were subsequently provided to all NPC members. From 2011 through 2016, the work of the NPC had clear linkages to goals outlined in various government initiatives including the Administration's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, Quadrennial Energy Review, and National Strategy for the Arctic Region. Insights from the NPC's report on Future Transportation Fuels were also cited in Quadrennial Energy Technology reports.Narrative Description*The findings and recommendations of NPC studies support more informed energy-related public policy decisions and the achievement of Department of Energy and Administration goals related to energy, the environment, and the economy, including actions to support U.S. energy dominance, enable responsible development of domestic oil and natural gas resources, and strengthen the Nation's infrastructure.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$215,750.63Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$209,685.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$3,825.33Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$2,800.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$17,927.77Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$16,200.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$9,000.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$17,000.00
Total Costs$246,503.73Est. Total Next FY*$245,685.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.40
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036364National Petroleum Council2019
 COM-033568National Petroleum Council2018
 COM-001356National Petroleum Council2017
 COM-002943National Petroleum Council2016
 COM-003594National Petroleum Council2015
 COM-004957National Petroleum Council2014
 COM-005598National Petroleum Council2013
 COM-007103National Petroleum Council2012
 COM-007790National Petroleum Council2011
 COM-009256National Petroleum Council2010
 COM-009891National Petroleum Council2009
 COM-011179National Petroleum Council2008
 COM-011653National Petroleum Council2007
 COM-013114National Petroleum Council2006
 COM-013616National Petroleum Council2005
 COM-014930National Petroleum Council2004
 COM-015272National Petroleum Council2003
 COM-016907National Petroleum Council2002
 COM-017492National Petroleum Council2001
 COM-018876National Petroleum Council2000
 COM-019422National Petroleum Council1999
 COM-020760National Petroleum Council1998
 COM-021307National Petroleum Council1997