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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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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Washington, DCToday, the American Gas Foundation released a study published by ICF International titled, “Expanding Natural Gas Service to Multifamily Buildings,” focusing on ways in which state and local government, natural gas utilities, and other interest groups have worked to improve access to natural gas service in multi-family structures in their localities. The study assesses regulatory or policy barriers to providing natural gas service to multi-unit structures, and presents possible solutions to help bring the benefits of natural gas to the owners and occupants of these buildings. 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

American Gas Association’s natural gas fueled food truck brings free grilled cheese and the benefits of cooking with natural gas to Capitol Hill this month.

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is excited to announce that its natural gas-fueled food truck will be cooking with natural gas and serving free grilled cheese sandwiches around Capitol Hill on September 19-30. This modernized food truck will help to demonstrate the relationship between natural gas and daily American life by bringing the benefits of cooking with natural gas to the public during their lunch hour.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Negative Impacts for Consumers, Environment, Economy

Washington, D.C. – Dave McCurdy, President and CEO for the American Gas Association (AGA) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Washington, DC Today, Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the American Gas Association (AGA) issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) adoption of the Phase 2 standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

“NGVAmerica worked closely with EPA and NHTSA over the past three years to ensure that the strong benefits of natural gas vehicles were reflected in developing a final rule,” said NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski. “Cleaner trucks are the goal, and I am confident that natural gas will continue to play a strong role in greening America’s heavy-duty fleet under this rulemaking.”

Monday, August 08, 2016

Washington, DC The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that natural gas and electric utilities may send automated calls and text messages to customers regarding service and safety related issues, including warnings of service interruptions due to severe weather conditions and updated service restoration. This ruling permits utilities to continue to provide safe, efficient and reliable service while balancing the FCC’s interests in protecting customers from unwanted calls and ensuring they receive essential and desired communications.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) expressed the deep commitment of natural gas utilities to improving natural gas pipeline safety and working collaboratively with the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and other stakeholders to develop regulations and initiatives that provide meaningful advancements in pipeline safety. In comments submitted today on the Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines Proposed Rule, AGA voiced support for the intended pipeline safety benefits behind many of the proposed modifications to pipeline safety regulations.  However, AGA and its members believe that PHMSA’s proposal fails to consider the extensive existing regulatory and voluntary safety initiatives in place and imposes prescriptive and burdensome requirements on operators that, in the end, will likely not address the perceived regulatory pipeline safety benefits. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to announce that S. 2276, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (SAFE PIPES Act,) is now law. President Barack Obama signed the legislation yesterday. 

Monday, June 20, 2016
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 2016, for the second consecutive year. In its third annual survey, The Washington Post spotlights private, public, nonprofit and government agencies with the highest ratings from their employees in a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, LLC.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to see pipeline safety legislation continue to make progress towards becoming law. Last night, the United States Senate passed S. 2276, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (SAFE PIPES Act,) as amended by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The bill, which would help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network, will go to the President of the United States for his signature.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing – by unanimous consent – legislation to help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network.

“The legislation passed today would improve pipeline safety by closing gaps in federal standards, enhancing the quality and timeliness of rulemakings, promoting better usage of data and technology and providing regulatory certainty for natural gas utilities that are actively enhancing the safety of their customers and communities,” said Dave McCurdy, AGA president and CEO. “This bill represents the culmination of a lot of hard work and we commend the House for their bipartisan collaboration. We believe this is how substantive issues should be handled and we look forward to continued progress for this legislation.”

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. – In its release of a final rule for emission standards for the oil and natural gas industry for new, reconstructed and modified sources today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the ongoing work by natural gas utilities to reduce emissions.

The rule does not include distribution infrastructure or assets operated by local distribution companies in their services territories. A concerted effort by natural gas utilities to upgrade and modernize our nation’s pipeline network to enhance safety has contributed significantly to a declining trend in emissions from the natural gas system. Natural gas utilities also participate in voluntary programs to reduce emissions.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Pipeline safety legislation continues to make progress towards becoming law. Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed their bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to see continued progress towards legislation to help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network.

“Pipeline safety has strong bipartisan support and that is why we are seeing continual progress on this legislation,” said Dave McCurdy, AGA President and CEO. “We commend the Energy and Commerce Committee for their bipartisan collaboration on this bill. We look forward to seeing Congress continue to work together towards getting a final pipeline safety reauthorization bill on the President’s desk this year.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

(Washington, D.C.)  Leaders of the Natural Gas Council (NGC) today released an independent, objective and fact-based guide to more than 70 different analyses of methane emissions from natural gas systems. The report, “Finding the Facts on Methane Emissions:  A Guide to the Literature,” was authored by ICF International and identifies several recurring findings among the different reports. 

“The report identified some commonalities and overarching themes that the Natural Gas Council hopes policymakers will use to inform their decisions on methane released from natural gas systems,” said Dena Wiggins, president and CEO of the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA).

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Washington, D.C.—The American Gas Association (AGA) today recognized a number of natural gas utilities and transmission companies for their safety performance. During AGA’s annual Operations Conference being held in Phoenix, AZ, seventeen companies received the 2015 Safety Achievement Award for outstanding performance in worker safety. Safety is a core value for the natural gas industry and AGA is dedicated to helping promote a culture of safety among its more than 200 member companies and their employees.

“The men and women who operate America’s natural gas delivery systems play a pivotal role in safely and reliably delivering this clean energy source to nearly 69 million customers every day,” said AGA President and CEO, Dave McCurdy. “Protecting this skilled and valuable workforce is essential as we work to achieve the highest possible level of service for our customers. I applaud this year’s recipients and commend them for their strong safety record.” 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed their bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to see continued progress towards legislation to help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network. 

“This is important progress towards getting a final pipeline safety reauthorization bill on the President’s desk this year,” said Dave McCurdy, AGA President and CEO. “Safety is the top priority for natural gas utilities. The safety of our nation’s natural gas infrastructure depends on the diligent work of our local and federal regulators. We look forward to the House Committees working together to create one pipeline safety reauthorization bill that they can put to a vote before the entire chamber.” 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today praised the U.S. Senate for passing the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) which contains several provisions that would benefit natural gas customers throughout the nation, including a provision to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Keeping America’s pipelines safe from physical harm and cyber attacks are top priorities for natural gas utilities. Kathy Judge, Director, Risk & Compliance, Corporate Security at National Grid testified today on behalf of the American Gas Association before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security. She said that the Transportation Security Administration’s Pipeline Section of the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement plays a pivotal role in keeping natural gas customers and the communities that they live in secure and safe.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) has issued the following statement regarding the 2016 EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reaffirms the small emissions footprint of natural gas distribution systems and again further clarifies how the increased efficient use of natural gas may achieve greater environmental benefits. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is pleased to see continued progress towards legislation to help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network. Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unveiled their draft of the reauthorization of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  

“The most important thing that natural gas utilities do is deliver essential energy to our customers safely and reliably,” said Dave McCurdy, AGA President and CEO. “Regulatory certainty is a key part of that process. We appreciate every step towards getting a final pipeline safety reauthorization bill on the President’s desk this year.” 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Natural gas utilities are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Almost 40 AGA member companies today launched the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program whereby oil and gas companies can make and track commitments to reduce emissions and showcase their efforts to improve air quality and capture and monetize this valuable energy resource. The companies, which represent 66 percent of the natural gas customers served in the United States, are Founding Partners of the program and joined EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe at an event during the Global Methane Forum being held in Washington, DC to kick off the Challenge. 

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