AGA Chair: America’s Natural Gas Utilities are Committed to Safety, Resilience and Innovation

News Release December 07, 2018

Washington, D.C. – James P. Torgerson, 2019 Chair of the American Gas Association (AGA) and CEO of AVANGRID INC. spoke at a breakfast event for media at AGA Headquarters today where he shared his thoughts on the importance of America’s natural gas utilities.

“More Americans enjoy the benefits of our abundance of natural gas today than ever before and they have learned to depend on the safe and reliable service that AGA members provide,” Torgerson said. “Natural gas will continue to be there when our customers need it and we are doing the necessary research and innovation to maintain natural gas as an essential part of a clean energy future.”

Torgerson became CEO of AVANGRID in 2015, after having served as president and CEO of UIL Holdings. AVANGRID is based in Orange, Connecticut and owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. The company also has a renewables business that owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 U.S. states.

The 2019 AGA Chair believes in the importance of investing in research and development to improve natural gas technologies and continuing a commitment to cultivating a culture of safety that emphasizes responsibility and accountability. He also praised the resiliency of natural gas utilities, mentioning uninterrupted service in areas hit hard by natural disasters in 2017 and 2018. These events, Torgerson said, highlight the ability of natural gas utilities to deliver essential energy when customers need it.

Torgerson will begin his one-year term on January 1, 2019.

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 75 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 71 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than three-tenths of the United States' energy needs.