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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, February 09, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is disappointed that in his FY2017 Budget released today, President Obama requested a cut to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program to help the most vulnerable utility customers pay their energy bills, enabling them to keep their homes warm, cook their food and access hot water. The request was $3 billion. It was funded at $3.39 billion in FY2016 and has declined steadily since FY 2010 when the program received $5.1 billion.

“Energy is a basic human need, and natural gas utilities are dedicated to helping all customers stay connected,” said George Lowe, Vice President of Federal Affairs for the American Gas Association. “Congress faces difficult fiscal choices, but while Americans struggle to meet their basic needs, natural gas utilities will continue to call for reasonable funding for LIHEAP.”

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

American Gas Association Releases 2016 Playbook 

Washington, D.C. – Low domestic natural gas prices led to savings of almost $69 billion for residential natural gas customers over the past four years, according to the 2016 American Gas Association Playbook, released today. Filled with new data and detailed graphics, this essential handbook provides a comprehensive explanation about the role natural gas plays in American’s daily lives and how it can help our nation achieve economic prosperity.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New York, NY – American Gas Association (AGA) Chairman Ralph LaRossa says that natural gas holds incredible opportunity for customers, utility employees and investors. Speaking at the New York Society of Security Analysts today, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Service Electric & Gas Co. in New Jersey said the expansion of natural gas in the United States, driven by abundant supply and affordable prices, will require a diverse and inclusive workforce to upgrade and maintain the energy infrastructure that will deliver natural gas safely and reliably to growing number of customers.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The direct use of natural gas is helping to meet our national goals of boosting our economy, improving our environment and increasing our energy security.

Washington, D.C. – American Gas Association (AGA) President and CEO Dave McCurdy issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“President Obama is taking aggressive action at home and abroad to reverse the effects of climate change. The United States has a credible leadership role on this issue, in part, because of the country’s abundant supply of natural gas and the adoption of aggressive fuel economy standards that have led to significant and continued declining emissions. Natural gas is part of the solution to climate change and will help the United States make progress toward ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) applauds the passage of S. 2276, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (SAFE PIPES Act,) by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today. Sponsored by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.,) this bipartisan legislation will help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network by reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) through 2019.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Through greater use of natural gas, we have an opportunity to create jobs and revitalize our economy, says Ralph A. LaRossa, President and COO of PSE&G and Chairman of the Board of the American Gas Association (AGA) for 2016. At an event at AGA headquarters in Washington, DC this morning, LaRossa shared his vision for investing in the next generation of the energy workforce.

“A diverse and motivated workforce is the key to continued success in the energy sector,” LaRossa said. “People who are dedicated and focused on delivering good quality service are going to serve the customers in the best way possible.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Washington, D.C. – America’s natural gas pipeline network is safer and more reliable today than at any other point in history. According to a report published today by the American Gas Foundation entitled Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Reliability: An Assessment of Progress, this is due to collaborative efforts between industry, federal and local regulators and programs set forth in federal legislation passed in 2006 and 2011 that are still being instituted. The report states that observations to date indicate that these new approaches are making meaningful contributions to the safety of customers and communities.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Three years ago today, high winds, tidal surges and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy put natural gas utilities throughout the country to the test. They passed – working in the bitter cold to restore gas service to thousands of homes and businesses within days after the storm ended and ahead of the threat of a quickly approaching nor’easter.

More than 300 utility workers left the comforts of their homes in the south, mid-west and Canada to assist in recovery efforts. The American Gas Association (AGA) has released a video to mark the anniversary of this extraordinary effort:

The video tells the stories of teams from Alliant Energy in Iowa and Wisconsin that drove to the affected area and New Jersey Natural Gas which provides safe, reliable natural gas to half a million customers in parts of New Jersey that saw massive devastation from Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Washington, D.C. – The safety of customers and communities is the top priority for America’s natural gas utilities. The American Gas Association (AGA) today released an update to the Commitment to Enhancing Safety which outlines actions that AGA and its members are taking - beyond regulations - to continue to improve the delivery of natural gas to homes and businesses.

“Natural gas utilities are continuously enhancing safety through best practices, innovative programs and upgrading and modernizing the distribution system, above and beyond what is called for in state and federal regulations,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “We have updated our Commitment to Enhancing Safety to incorporate the innovative work our organization and our member companies are doing to deliver natural gas safely and reliably and remain resilient amidst evolving threats.”

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.

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