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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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 Natural Gas Council Asks FERC to Lead Effort Examining Gas-Electric Coordination and Market Rules Affecting Reliability   


Washington, D.C. – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should examine the coordination of the natural gas and electric sectors and determine if market rules properly optimize the ability of the natural gas industry to offer, and the electric power industry to purchase, the supply, transportation and storage services necessary to ensure electric reliability, according to comments filed at the Commission today by the Natural Gas Council (NGC).   The Council collectively represents nearly all the companies that produce, transport and deliver clean, affordable, natural gas throughout the United States.

“The natural gas industry is prepared to meet the needs of future power demand,” the Council said, citing the immense size of the natural gas resource base, its history of reliability, abundant storage and a robust pipeline network that carries gas to consumers.  

“Strong FERC leadership is needed to set a comprehensive, coordinated and continued course of action,” the Council said in its comments.  “FERC should work to ensure that natural gas and electric policies promote reliability for all customers – gas and electric.”

According to the NGC, “With greater reliance on natural gas for electricity generation, FERC must address whether the market rules governing wholesale natural gas and electric power markets optimize the ability of the natural gas industry to offer, and the electric power industry to purchase, the natural gas supply, transportation and storage services needed to ensure the reliability of the electric power grid.”

NGC members cited differing approaches to contracting for pipeline transportation as an area in which FERC could play a leadership role.  “The price bidding structure within RTOs generally does not place an adequate value on the electric reliability achieved by retaining firm pipeline capacity,” they wrote. 

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) also can play important roles, the Council said, with FERC’s leadership in setting policy guidance; NERC assessing reliability; and NAESB setting standards.

The Council concluded, “Members of the Natural Gas Council look forward to being part of a constructive dialogue on gas-electric issues.”

The full Natural Gas Council position statement filed at FERC can be found here.

The Natural Gas Council collectively represents nearly all companies that produce, transport and distribute natural gas consumed in the United States. It includes members of the American Gas Association, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Natural Gas Supply Association. 

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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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