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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, October 19, 2016

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 2016-17 winter heating season. After an extraordinarily warm winter last year, normal conditions would mean that residential customers this year would use more gas on average and therefore, see slightly higher bills. AGA consumers could experience a nine to eleven percent increase in overall heating bills this winter compared to the 2015-16 winter heating season.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

“Natural gas storage is fundamental to our nation’s energy use - today and into the future.”

Washington, D.C. – Lori Traweek, Chief Operating Officer of the American Gas Association (AGA), released the following statement regarding today’s recommendations from Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety:

“There is nothing more important to America’s natural gas utilities than the safety of the customers we serve and the communities in which we operate.

“Natural gas storage is fundamental to our nation’s energy use - today and into the future. Natural gas storage regulations must recognize this irrefutable fact. We are pleased to see the Interagency Task Force recognize that gas storage cannot be discontinued or replaced without significantly compromising reliability.

Monday, October 17, 2016

AGA proposal would provide superior balance between energy efficiency and protecting vulnerable consumers  

Washington, D.C. –  The U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces will place an undue burden on far too many low income consumers. The American Gas Association (AGA) has provided a proposal to DOE and the Office of Management and Budget  – a threshold of 70 kbtu rather than the proposed 55 kbtu – that  would provide a superior balance between the goals of achieving energy efficiency nationally and the need to protect vulnerable consumers from unnecessary economic harm.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Veterans in Energy Holding National Leadership Summit Today

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is a proud co-sponsor of Veterans in Energy, a new national professional initiative providing transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in the energy industry. The group is currently holding its National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC to bring together veterans currently working in energy to hear from leaders in the industry and the federal government, all of whom will speak about the work being done around the country to support transitions from military life to successful careers in energy.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Washington, D.C.— The American Gas Association (AGA) has announced that Pierce H. Norton II has been elected to serve as Chair of its Board of Directors for 2017. Norton is president and chief executive officer of ONE Gas, Inc., in Tulsa, Okla., and was elected alongside several other officers during AGA’s Annual Corporate Meeting in San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

“Pierce is an inspiring and thoughtful leader with a breadth of experience that will help position the industry well as we look to America’s energy future and the opportunities that exist. He is well respected by colleagues and employees alike and will no doubt be a positive force in his role as Chair. I look forward to working with him in 2017,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) is proud to announce that the 2016 Distinguished Service Award has been given to Robert “Bob” C. Skaggs Jr., former chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. Mr. Skaggs received this honor during the annual AGA Executive Conference in San Diego, Calif., on Monday, October 3, 2016.   

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.”