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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, 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.

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.