Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) congratulates Commissioner Colette Honorable on being named President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Commissioner Honorable was named to the post at NARUC’s 125th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. yesterday. In her inaugural speech, President Honorable highlighted the key issues she intends to work on during her tenure, noting that chief among them will be infrastructure safety.
“Colette Honorable has been a tireless advocate for safe, reliable and affordable delivery of our nation’s abundance of natural gas,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “America’s natural gas utilities work with their state regulators, legislators and other key stakeholders to advance important safety policies that both enhance system integrity and reliability and support increased access to natural gas service for homes and businesses. We are pleased to welcome Commissioner Honorable to her new role and we look forward to working with her.”
Honorable noted that in the past decade, natural gas utilities have installed modern plastic pipes at a rate of 30,000 miles per year, and cathodically protected steel mains at 1,500 miles per year, both connecting new customers and upgrading existing pipeline infrastructure. Thanks to these efforts, there are over 2 million miles of plastic and steel main and service pipeline in the natural gas system today.
There has been a 46 percent decrease in the amount of cast iron main since 1985, and only 3 percent of the entire national gas distribution system is composed of cast iron mains – a figure that is continuously being reduced as pipeline operators implement accelerated pipeline replacement programs as approved by their respective regulators. And serious incidents involving cast iron mains have also declined – dropping by a difference of 86 percent between 1985 and 2012.
Colette D. Honorable was appointed to the Arkansas Public Service Commission in October 2007 and designated Chairman in January 2011. She served as First Vice President of NARUC and serves on the Audit and Investment Committees. She is a member of the Committees on Gas, Consumer Affairs and the Utility Market Access Subcommittee, and also serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Honorable was appointed by the Department of Transportation Secretary to the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee and serves on NARUC’s Pipeline Safety Task Force. She has served as NARUC Second Vice President and Treasurer, and previously served on NARUC/White House Smart Grid Working Group and the Smart Grid Collaborative, a joint effort of NARUC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A native of Little Rock, Honorable is a graduate of Memphis State University and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.