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Homes With Natural Gas Appliances Save An Average of $518 Annually
President Touts Benefits of Natural Gas
Natural Gas is Key to Our Nation’s Economic Future
Natural Gas Council Statement on State of the Union Speech
AGA Report Shows U.S. Has Largest Natural Gas Storage in the World
Energy Groups Urge EPA and DOT To Provide Level Playing Field For Natural Gas Vehicles Under New Fuel Economy and Tailpipe Emission Standards
AGA Disappointed With LIHEAP Funding in President’s Budget
AGA Releases 2012 Playbook
Natural Gas Utilities Call For Full Funding of LIHEAP
AGA Praises FERC for Elevating Discussion On Gas-Electric Integration Issues
AGA Welcomes George Lowe as New Vice President of Federal Affairs
AGA Report Details Responsible Natural Gas Development
Executive Order to Speed-up Energy Infrastructure Permitting Process Will Help Natural Gas Customers
Natural Gas Council Asks FERC to Lead Effort Examining Gas-Electric Coordination and Market Rules Affecting Reliability
Calling 811 Before You Dig Can Save Lives
AGA Encourages FERC Dialogue on Gas-Electric Issues
U.S. Natural Gas Reserves At Record Levels
Limited Data on Methane a Fundamental Challenge
AGA Encouraged by Obama’s Executive Order
AGA to Host LNG 17
Natural Gas is the Best Heating Value
Natural Gas Utilities Reward Safety
Utilities Take Action to Further Improve the Safety of Natural Gas Distribution Systems
Customers See Benefits of Natural Gas Abundance
United States Leads Worldwide Conversation About Responsible Resource Development
Natural Gas Utilities: Building and Enhancing an Advanced Energy Delivery System
ARPA-E Program Will Spur Natural Gas Vehicle Innovation
McCurdy: Developing the market for natural gas vehicles enhances both our energy security and our economy
NPC Study Emphasizes Significant Opportunities
LNG 17—Open for Registration
Building A 21st Century Infrastructure In Communities Across the Nation
AGA Response to Romney Energy Plan
AGA Applauds White House Fuel Efficiency Standards
White House Executive Order Will Increase Competitiveness of U.S. Manufacturing
Obama Outlines Future with Natural Gas
Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Models Vary
AGA Says Customers will Benefit from Low Prices Again this Winter
Stephen Ewing Receives AGA’s Distinguished Service Award
Questar Corp. Chairman, President & CEO Ronald Jibson Elected 2013 AGA Chairman
AGA Report Envisions a Decade of Natural Gas Market Stability
Natural Gas Utilities Activate Mutual Assistance Program In Response to Hurricane Sandy
AGA Congratulates President Obama, Encourages Smart Energy Policies
AGA Commends NARUC For Continued Recognition Of The Benefits Of Natural Gas
Utilities Work Towards Increased Safety For Natural Gas Infrastructure
Powerful Step To Help Reduce Barriers For Natural Gas Vehicles
Delivering the Promises of Natural Gas in 2013 and Beyond
DOE Report Affirms Role of Natural Gas as a Foundation Fuel
AGA Applauds Policy Guidance on Cyber Threat Information Sharing and Antitrust
Utilities Work With Congress to Continue Safe Delivery of Natural Gas
Thomas E. Skains, Piedmont Natural Gas, Receives AGA’s Distinguished Service Award


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 AGA Encourages FERC Dialogue on Gas-Electric Issues   


Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is working to help ensure the reliability of both the natural gas and electric systems for all customers. In comments submitted today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on coordination between natural gas and electricity markets, AGA called on FERC to continue their efforts to foster a dialogue between the gas and electric industries.

“Ensuring the reliability of the natural gas and electric systems for all customers will require a concerted effort from industry leaders and policymakers,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA. “We appreciate the leadership the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has shown in initiating this dialogue and providing policy direction that will enable investments and encourage actions that provide for the continued reliability of both systems. America’s natural gas utilities will continue to engage in this conversation on behalf of the 175 million customers nationwide who rely on clean natural gas.”

In February, AGA praised FERC for creating the forum for discussions on how best to address the reliability impacts associated with increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. Immediate concerns include improving local communication and coordination among gas utilities, gas pipelines, electric utilities, power generators, and electric transmission operators to ensure reliability during periods of peak demand, system constraints or supply or transportation disruptions on the gas systems.

In their comments to FERC, AGA recommends that:

• FERC take a leadership role in quickly convening a series of technical conferences at both the national and regional levels that clearly identify and organize general policy goals and objectives and address specific regional concerns;

• FERC undertake a review of whether its rules regarding communications among pipeline operators and electric transmission operators can be modified to maintain reliability of both systems;

• FERC review existing pipeline certificate applications and expedite review and approval of projects that are needed to enhance system reliability;

• FERC, with the participation of appropriate gas industry stakeholders, encourage each regional electric transmission operator or other appropriate body to regularly assess whether there is an over-reliance on interruptible gas transportation service to meet electric reliability needs, given the level of generator fuel diversity;

• FERC not focus narrowly on whether changes could be made to the gas nomination and scheduling procedures as a solution for electric reliability concerns.

You can access the comments filed by AGA here.

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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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