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News Releases 2012
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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 NPC Study Emphasizes Significant Opportunities   


Washington, D.C. – Developing the market for natural gas vehicles enhances our energy security, our competitiveness, and encourages the expansion of transportation fueling infrastructure and technologic advances. The American Gas Association (AGA) today applauded the release of the National Petroleum Council (NPC) study, Advanced Technology for America’s Transportation Future, which discusses the opportunities and challenges facing future use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. The study’s findings demonstrate a viable spot for both light and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in both retail and fleet markets.

“NGVs are a proven way to improve air quality, while reducing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil, and we are pleased to see the NPC highlight the many benefits this fuel can bring to the transportation sector,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “The economics are in favor of NGVs, and we should take advantage of the opportunities that exist to help meet America’s transportation needs today.”

In the coming days, the Obama Administration will make a final ruling on fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations that will guide automakers’ product plans until the middle of the next decade. McCurdy was president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and was instrumental in developing the historic agreement to increased mandatory fuel economy to 35.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2016 and created a blueprint for bringing together government and industry for a common purpose.

The NPC study highlights several factors that demonstrate the positive role natural gas can have in the future. “The potential for a long-term and low-cost domestic supply of natural gas, supported by significant economically recoverable shale gas resources, presents an opportunity for the increased use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, replacing some part of the current requirements for oil in transportation: gasoline in light duty applications and diesel fuel in heavy duty vehicle,” it states.

The study says that conditions already exist that will help ensure that NGVs can be an important part of America’s transportation future. Citing the Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook 2010, which estimated technically recoverable shale gas resources at 368 trillion cubic feet, it explains, “If this expansion in reserve base evidenced in recent years continues to result in sustainable long term and stable price advantages relative to petroleum fuels, there are economic incentives for increased use of natural gas in the transportation sector. The natural gas fuel price differential advantage over gasoline and diesel is already significant. The EIA suggests that this gap between gasoline/diesel and natural gas may
widen further through 2035.”

The low price of natural gas compared to gasoline or diesel can in itself drive greater use of this alternative fuel. With fuel costs making up 40 percent of the total costs of class 8 combination trucks such as tractor trailers and dump trucks, the savings from switching to natural gas are substantial and can offset the initial cost hurdle of a natural gas engine within just a few years of operation.

For more information or to access the study, visit the National Petroleum website.

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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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