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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 more than 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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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Twenty-one companies receive AGA Safety Achievement Awards
Thursday, April 30, 2015

AGA past Chairman testified before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. – John Somerhalder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGL Resources and past Chairman of the American Gas Association, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power today commending four specific legislative provisions included in the Committee’s energy efficiency and accountability discussion draft that will remove barriers to the use of clean, energy efficient, cost-effective natural gas.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Natural Gas Industry Consistently Working on Modernizing Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. – AGA President and CEO, Dave McCurdy, today made the following statement related to the Obama Administration’s release of the first installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review.

“Every natural gas utility is focused on upgrading and modernizing its infrastructure using risk-based integrity management programs, and 38 states now have specific rate mechanisms that foster accelerated replacement of pipelines. This is an ongoing priority for natural gas utilities and there is significant proactive work already underway by the natural gas industry, work that is benefiting customers, the overall economy, our nation’s energy security and the environment.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Start to Gas Day Maintained at 9 a.m. Central Time

Washington, D.C. – AGA’s President and CEO, Dave McCurdy, today made the following statement about today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling on changes to the gas day:

“I am pleased to see that FERC will maintain the 9 a.m. CCT start time, a positive step that recognizes what is in the best interest of both gas and electric customers. We appreciate FERC’s attention to the coordination between gas and electric systems, and believe this is a critical issue that needs attention, but changing the gas day was not a step that would have ultimately improved this coordination.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Annual emissions have dropped and pipeline leaks declined by three percent from the previous year

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inventory of Greenhouse Gases and Sinks for 1990 to 2013, released today, cites a long-term decline in emissions from natural gas distribution systems. Since 1990, annual emissions have dropped 16 percent through 2013. In this most recent inventory, pipeline leaks declined by three percent from the previous year as utilities throughout the nation continue upgrade our pipeline network in order to enhance safety.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Consumers stand to benefit from growing natural gas supply

Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA), in coordination with the Potential Gas Committee (PGC), today released the PGC’s year-end 2014 biennial report: Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States. The new assessment finds that the United States possesses a technically recoverable natural gas resource potential of 2,515 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). This is the highest resource evaluation in the PGC’s 50 year history— a 5.5 percent increase of 131 Tcf from the previous record-high assessment from year-end 2012.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) has filed a Freedom of Information Request with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to obtain documents that would disclose methodologies, models and/or conclusions used in DOE’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington, D.C. – A study published today in Environmental Science & Technology led by a team from Washington State University (WSU) found that emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years, to levels 36 to 70 percent lower than current estimates. This reduction reflects significant upgrades at metering and regulating stations, improvements in leak detection and maintenance activities and replacement of older pipeline materials.

Friday, March 27, 2015
AGA Calls on DOE to Provide Data, Methodologies
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Proposed Rule Places an Undue Burden on Low-Income Customers

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) continues to question the evidence supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Standards for Residential Furnaces. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register today.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
New York, NY – American Gas Association (AGA) Chairman Terry McCallister told an audience at the New York Society of Security Analysts today that natural gas should be the preferred energy source for the United States for decades to come because of our nation’s domestic abundance and the economic, environmental and energy security benefits that this clean energy source provides.
Friday, February 13, 2015

White House Executive Order Has Potential to Aid Natural Gas Utilities’ Cyber Security Efforts

Washington, D.C. – The newly released White House Information Sharing Executive Order (EO) has great potential to aid natural gas utilities in the ongoing effort to enhance the security of our nation’s energy delivery systems, the American Gas Association (AGA) said today. As part of the natural gas utility industry’s continued commitment to leadership on cyber defense, AGA, along with other leading energy associations, worked with the White House during the development of the EO, and commends the Administration for seeking and including industry insight during the process. The EO is intended to bolster cybersecurity initiatives by directing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with stakeholders to identify baseline standards and practices to guide information sharing efforts.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Americans continue to save money and improve their environmental footprint while using natural gas, according to the 2015 American Gas Association (AGA) Playbook.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Kent T. Larson, Executive Vice President and Group President, Operations at Xcel Energy Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn., will chair the American Gas Association (AGA) Board Safety Committee in 2015, AGA announced Thursday, February 5.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today released the following statement in advance of President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“We expect the President to reiterate his support for the role of natural gas in our nation’s clean and secure energy future as he has in several of his previous State of the Union addresses,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association today released the following statement related to the White House’s announcement about regulations on the natural gas industry’s emissions:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Washington, D.C. — The American Gas Association (AGA) recently unveiled the new face of, featuring a contemporary, engaging design, an updated interface, and innovative features to help improve the user experience and make information about our nation’s abundant clean energy source—natural gas—more easily accessible.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Natural gas is America’s new energy foundation says Terry D. McCallister, Chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc. in Washington, D.C. McCallister will be Chairman of the American Gas Association (AGA) in 2015.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) filed comments to support the compliance flexibility that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has built into the proposed carbon emission guidelines for existing electric generating units under section 111d of the Clean Air Act. AGA urges EPA to make it clear in the final rule that states are allowed, at their option, to include a wide variety of compliance options to include the direct use of natural gas in their state plans.

“AGA is pleased that EPA has allowed states considerable flexibility to pursue ‘outside the fence’ energy efficiency measures to help them comply with their obligations under the Clean Power Plan,” said Kathryn Clay, Vice President for Policy Strategy at AGA. “States will be able to promote the direct use of natural gas because of its efficiency advantages over the full fuel cycle.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AGA Announces National Peer Review Program

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today announced the creation of a voluntary industry effort to further enhance the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to homes and businesses throughout North America. The AGA Board of Directors has approved the first-ever national AGA Peer Review Program, a peer-to-peer safety and operational practices review program that will allow local natural gas utilities to observe their peers, share leading practices and identify opportunities to better serve customers and communities. Beginning in 2015, companies from the more than 200 local natural gas utilities that make up AGA’s membership will volunteer to team up in peer groups of 3-4 companies to visit one another’s facilities and conduct detailed reviews focusing on key aspects of pipeline and employee safety.