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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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Jennifer O’Shea, 202-824-7023
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 Building A 21st Century Infrastructure In Communities Across the Nation   


Washington, D.C. – In cities and towns throughout the country, natural gas utilities are working with their local governments to find cost-effective ways to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of clean natural gas. The American Gas Foundation has released a report detailing the factors driving the need to upgrade existing pipeline infrastructure, the status of these efforts and a discussion of alternative methods of recovering the costs associated with the necessary investments.

“These unique cost recovery programs for investments in enhancing local natural gas distribution networks provide important benefits to customers,” said Ron Jibson, Chairman of the American Gas Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Questar Corp. “America’s natural gas utilities are working with regulators at the state and local level to make the necessary investments in upgrading these systems while continuing to deliver natural gas at affordable prices.”

In 2011, United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood brought together federal, state and industry stakeholders in order to discuss steps for making continued improvements to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, and called on state regulators to provide for timely recovery of pipeline replacement investments, recognizing that reliance on traditional cost recovery approaches may impede efforts to accelerate these activities.

Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, said, “Our members are building the 21st century infrastructure that this nation needs. America’s domestic abundance of this clean energy source has made it an affordable and efficient way to heat our homes, run our vehicles, generate power and support other forms of renewable energy. We now have a terrific opportunity to continue to upgrade our delivery system to meet this growing demand.”

The report states: “Many states have concluded that the historical reliance on resource-intensive base rate cases is not an effective or efficient means of meeting the safety imperatives associated with aging pipeline infrastructure. Several jurisdictions have implemented alternative cost recovery mechanisms to address the need for timely recovery including infrastructure cost trackers, infrastructure base rate surcharges, and deferred regulatory assets. The specific mechanisms reflect the goals of the local natural gas utility and the particular statutory guidance, policies, and precedent of the respective jurisdiction. Notably, the majority of these programs have been implemented within the last five years.”

In June, the American Gas Association released a new “Natural Gas Rate Round-Up,” a periodic update on innovative rate designs. The report highlights several states that are on the cutting edge of innovative rate designs, working with their natural gas utilities to build and maintain an advanced energy delivery system while continuing to deliver natural gas at affordable prices.

The American Gas Foundation (AGF) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989 focused on being an independent source of information research and programs on energy and environmental issues that affect public policy, with a particular emphasis on natural gas.

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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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