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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 Praises FERC for Elevating Discussion On Gas-Electric Integration Issues   


Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today praised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) new proceeding in which to consider comments, calling it a necessary step to elevate the discussion surrounding gas-electric integration issues.  Last week, FERC opened Docket No. AD12-12-000 to receive comments on issues regarding coordination between natural gas and electricity markets.  The notice followed a request for comments issued by FERC Commissioner Philip D. Moeller seeking input on a variety of questions on how best to address the reliability impacts associated with increased use of natural gas to generate electricity. 

“Maintaining the reliability of both the natural gas and electric systems is a national priority.  As those systems become increasingly interdependent, policy direction and industry leadership are needed to ensure reliability for all natural gas and electric system customers,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.  “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission serves an important leadership role in this area.  We encourage FERC to use this new proceeding to engage stakeholders across both natural gas and electric industries in a national dialogue on policies and actions needed to enhance reliability.”

In July 2011, McCurdy addressed the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) about the increased interdependence between the electric and natural gas systems saying, “Better coordination between the natural gas and electric systems will be needed to ensure the reliability of both systems.”

FERC Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur expressed the hope that diverse industry participants will provide a wide range of comments on these issues, saying, “The electric industry’s increased reliance on natural gas has greatly heightened the need to address how these markets and operating networks can better work together.”

Also last week, FERC issued a proposed rule that would amend its regulations to incorporate by reference, with certain exceptions, the latest version of business practice standards adopted by the Wholesale Gas Quadrant of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) applicable to natural gas pipelines. These are known as Version 2.0 Standards.  FERC believed that the proposal would benefit the wholesale gas market by updating and improving standards for business practices of interstate natural gas pipelines.

FERC Commissioner John R. Norris said, “While a good work product, these standards are just a small part of a broader set of issues that need to be addressed to ensure adequate coordination and harmonization between the natural gas and electricity industries.”

“In the end,” says McCurdy, “the ability of our natural gas utilities to meet the needs of the 65 million residential, commercial and industrial customers they serve must be preserved.”

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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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