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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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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Ralph A. LaRossa has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association for 2016. Mr. LaRossa is president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in New Jersey.

“For thirty years, Ralph LaRossa has helped guide one of our nation’s leading utilities and his vast experience at every level of the industry make him a trusted voice in the conversation about how natural gas can move America forward,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “Ralph has a vision for delivering essential energy in a way that will help transform our communities and our country. I look forward to working with him in the coming year to make that vision a reality.”

Monday, October 12, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is proud to announce that the 2015 Distinguished Service Award is being given to James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., former Chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The direct use of natural gas continues to be the most affordable energy option for home heating and offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than other home energy sources. The American Gas Association (AGA) held its annual winter outlook event today where the Association explored expectations for the 2015-16 winter heating season. On average, residential natural gas bills may be 5 to 7 percent lower this winter compared to the previous winter. 

“Abundant supplies, reasonable temperatures and a moderate increase in total U.S. demand may result in residential natural gas bills lower compared to last year,” said Bruce McDowell, AGA’s Managing Director of Policy Analysis. “This winter, many Americans on average may see the second-lowest bills they’ve seen in the past decade.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Terry McCallister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas and Chairman of the American Gas Association for 2015, testified today before the Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee at a hearing entitled “A Review of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011.”

Monday, September 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. – More homes and businesses use natural gas today than ever before and the numbers continue to increase. The American Gas Association (AGA) has released a new report entitled Got Growth?  that examines the growth of the natural gas distribution sector.  In an era when much of the discussion regarding future gas demand is focused on power generation and industrial uses, this analysis details eight areas of growth for local gas utilities during the past several decades. The report points to continuing expectations for future growth in customers and burner tips, infrastructure build out and geographic footprint, rate base value, investments in energy efficiency and other areas.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Measure sets excise tax on liquefied natural gas consistent with energy output relative to diesel

Washington, D.C. – A temporary highway funding bill passed by the United States Senate today levels the playing field for natural gas transportation. The three-month extension of federal highway funding included a provision known as “the LNG-diesel fix which corrects a longstanding inequity in the tax code by ensuring that the excise tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG) is levied at a rate consistent with its energy output relative to diesel fuel.

Monday, July 13, 2015

AGA members have been voluntarily installing EFVs for the past two years

Washington, D.C. – Christina Sames, Vice President, Operations and Engineering for the American Gas Association (AGA) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed regulation expanding the use of excess flow valves (EVFs) on natural gas lines:

Friday, July 10, 2015

New standard would place undue burden on low-income customers and increase emissions

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today filed comments in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces, 80 Fed. Reg. 13,119 (Mar. 12, 2015). The proposed rule would mandate that natural gas furnaces meet a 92 percent or higher specification for energy efficiency. At first glance, the rule appears to be a positive step forward for energy efficiency. In reality, DOE’s proposal would create a number of counterproductive and unintended consequences that could increase energy use.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ranked 28 out of 75 Small Employers by The Washington Post 

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for 2015. The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback gained through a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AGA Peer Review Program receives ASAE “Power of A Gold Award”

Washington, D.C. – The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has recognized the American Gas Association (AGA) with a 2015 “Power of A Gold Award for AGA’s groundbreaking, voluntary national Peer Review Program. The ASAE Award is granted to associations for leveraging their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kick start innovation and improve world conditions.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Inaccurate Economic Modeling Has Resulted in Incorrect and Irrational Outcomes

Washington, D.C. – In a meeting today with key environmental and industry stakeholders to discuss in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces, AGA unveiled a significant flaw in the economic model used to test the rule, which has led to faulty outcomes and an inaccurate depiction of what will occur if this rule is put in place.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) and Van Ness Feldman LLP today announced the release of the 2015-2016  Edition of The AGA FERC Manual—A Guide for Local Distribution Companies

Since the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, in which Congress gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) powerful enforcement authority, local distribution companies (LDCs) have made compliance with FERC regulations a particular focus of attention. To assist its members in understanding and addressing these compliance obligations, AGA commissioned this important manual.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

AGA partners with government, energy utility trade associations to hire military veterans

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is participating in a new initiative to help connect military veterans with energy jobs. A partnership between key government agencies and leading energy trade associations, the Utility Industry Workforce Initiative is a multi-year effort dedicated to facilitating the recruitment, training and retention of exiting service members, veterans and their spouses into employment in the utility industry. While demand for natural gas continues to grow, much of the current workforce is expected to retire in the next decade, creating tremendous employment opportunity for the approximately 200,000 veterans leaving the military each year.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Three-year term will conclude with World Gas Conference in June 2018 in Washington, DC

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hasty Release will cause Negative Consequences

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a final rule defining the “Waters of the United States” for purposes of all applicable programs deriving authority from the federal Clean Water Act.

 “AGA and thousands of other stakeholders highlighted the significant substantive and procedural deficiencies in the proposed rule, but aside from some minor changes in the rule, these comments were not given any meaningful consideration,” said AGA CEO and President, Dave McCurdy. “I am disappointed to see these Agencies ignore the opportunity to work towards an objective, reasonable outcome, based in sound science, and release such a flawed rule.”

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.