AGA Chair: Natural Gas Utilities Are Thinking About Energy Consumers of the Future

News Release December 08, 2017

Kimberly Harris, President/CEO of Puget Sound Energy, outlines her vision for the next 100 years

Washington, D.C. – Kimberly Harris says that meeting customers’ changing needs has always been the key to success for natural gas utilities and remains the path forward. Harris is the 2018 Chair of the American Gas Association (AGA) and President and Chief Executive Officer of Puget Sound Energy in Washington state. She spoke at a breakfast event for media at AGA Headquarters today where she put forth a plan for the next 100 years in the natural gas utility industry. AGA is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018. 

“Natural gas utilities are thinking about the energy consumers of the future and adapting our companies to meet their needs,” Harris said. “This has always been our north star – the key to our successful past and to our bright future. There are millions of Americans who want access to our abundant supply of natural gas and its cost savings and environmental benefits. We are advancing new technologies to create cleaner options for the customers we serve today and the millions more who want to fuel their homes and communities with natural gas.” 

Harris was named president of Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Washington state’s largest utility, in 2010 and chief executive in 2011. Prior to her current role, Harris was chief resources officer at PSE. She practiced law with Perkins Coie before joining PSE in 1999. 

The 2018 AGA Chair heralded new technology as a driving force in the energy future of our nation, going into detail about liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative to conventional fuels such as diesel and gasoline and the incredible employment opportunities in the utility industry. Harris praised the reliability of the natural gas delivery system; and, while speaking to the industry’s strong track record on safety, she emphasized that safety is the top priority and a job that’s never finished for AGA and its member companies. 

Kimberly Harris was elected Chair of the AGA Board of Directors on October 3, 2017 and will begin her one-year term on January 1, 2018.

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.