Fact Sheets

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Fact Sheets

AGA has a number of comprehensive fact sheets highlighting and analyzing organizational and policy priorities. Please contact Christina Nyquist at cnyquist@aga.org with any questions about our fact sheets.

American Gas Association Overview

Founded in 1918, AGA 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 more than 68 million customers receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States energy needs. With an abundant domestic supply, natural gas is poised to help achieve many of the nation s economic, security and environmental goals for years to come.
An Increase in Safety Leads to a Decrease in Emissions

A nationwide field study by Washington State University concluded that as little as 0.1 percent of the natural gas delivered nationwide is emitted from local distribution systems.Since 1990, the number of pipeline leaks have decreased 25 percent for pipeline mains and 16 percent for services. Continued efforts to upgrade and modernize the natural gas pipeline network to enhance safety are lowering emissions even further.
Defend My Dividend

Favorable dividend tax rates are necessary for economic health, growth and stability and significantly impact American investors, retirees and industry. It is critical to maintain low dividend rates and parity between dividends and capital gains.
Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas Utilities

Through energy efficiency programs, natural gas utilities are helping their customers save money and reduce their carbon footprint, while maintaining the comfort and productivity of their homes and businesses
Fuel Cycle Energy Efficiency Standards

Full-fuel-cycle measurement accounts for the total energy consumption and environmental impacts of consumer choices, from energy production to end-use. On a full-fuel cycle basis, natural gas is 92 percent efficient.
Low Income Energy Assistance

Energy is a basic human need, and natural gas utilities are dedicated to helping all customers stay connected. To aid the more than 46 million Americans living in poverty, utilities form nationwide partnerships to advocate for resources to protect those in need of energy assistance, and spend more than $3.7 million on programs to aid low-income customers.
Natural Gas Facts

Natural gas comprises almost one-fourth of all primary energy used in the U.S. and is directly linked to jobs and economic health.
Natural Gas Furnace Efficiency Rule

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for residential natural gas furnaces, which would mandate that all non-weatherized natural gas furnaces manufactured must have a 92 percent or higher efficiency rating. These proposed standards would eliminate efficient, non-condensing furnaces, causing an undue burden on, and significant costs for, many natural gas customers.
Natural Gas in a Smart Energy Future

Natural gas is a foundation fuel for a smart, clean, safe and reliable energy system. It serves as an efficient source of comfort in homes and productivity for businesses. Natural gas has also become a vital fuel source for electric generation – serving peak demand and also balancing the integration of renewable energy.
Natural Gas Supply and Prices

As in most free markets, natural gas price is chiefly influenced by supply and demand.
Natural gas is a domestic resource that is found in abundance in the United States. It is a home-grown North American fuel which is highly efficient and whose use by power plants contributes to cleaner air. Homeowners love it for its comfort and warmth and policymakers recognize it for its environmental attributes as well as its contribution to American energy independence. Use of natural gas is beneficial to energy security, keeps jobs in the U.S. and contributes to a cleaner environment.
Natural Gas Utility Overview

More than 72 million homes and businesses rely on natural gas to meet their energy needs. Local natural gas utilities are the final link in a complex energy supply chain that safely and efficiently transports natural gas directly into customers’ homes and offices, ensuring their daily energy needs are met. Learn more in this factsheet.
Natural Gas Vehicles

Natural gas in transportation can help lead the way in improving air quality and increasing America’s energy security. This foundation fuel can immediately be put to use across the country to fuel a wide range of transportation options.
Pipeline Safety

Safety is the core value for America's natural gas utilities. The natural gas industry operates an extensive system of 2.4 million miles of distribution and transmission pipelines that stretch across the country to provide service to more than 177 million Americans. The design, construction, operation, inspection and maintenance of all operating pipelines are subject to state and federal regulations and requirements. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, pipelines are the safest, most environmentally-friendly and most efficient and reliable mode of transporting natural gas.
Ratemaking for Energy Pipelines

Pipelines that transport or distribute natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquids are closely regulated in the United States. Pipeline companies commonly have market power or operate as monopolies because it may not be cost-effective to have more than one pipeline delivery system in the ground to serve a market or community. As a result, pipeline operators are subject to comprehensive regulatory oversight by federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as local community-based councils and boards.
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