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On January 3, APGA sent a letter to Chairman McIntyre of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), urging the Commission to act promptly to ensure that the recourse rates paid by customers of natural gas pipelines are reduced to reflect the lower corporate tax rate. The letter was sent in response to The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law last month and lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. However, all pipeline rates continue to recover from ratepayers an income tax allowance assuming a 35 percent rate. Since APGA sent its letter, several other associations, including the Natural Gas Supply Association and ...
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As 2018 begins to kick into high gear, we are starting to see more energy bills being discussed, specifically natural gas related legislation.  Below are two pieces of legislation that are being discussed.  Please take a look at the bills and contact APGA if you have any comments or if we should support, oppose or stay neutral.  As 2018 begins to kick into high gear, we are starting to see more energy bills being discussed, specifically natural gas related legislation.  Below are two pieces of legislation that are being discussed.  Please take a look at the bills and contact APGA if you have any comments or if we should support, oppose or stay neutral.   1. ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, January 18, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, January 12. A 183 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,584 Bcf as of Friday, January 12, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 183 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 368 Bcf less than last year at this time and 362 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,946 Bcf. At 2,584 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On January 16, Bert Kalisch, John Erickson and Erin Kurilla met with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Administrator, Skip Elliott, and Assistant Administrator of Pipeline Safety, Alan Mayberry. During the meeting, APGA highlighted three specific asks of PHMSA:On January 16, Bert Kalisch, John Erickson and Erin Kurilla met with Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Administrator, Skip Elliott, and Assistant Administrator of Pipeline Safety, Alan Mayberry. During the meeting, APGA highlighted three specific asks of PHMSA: 1. APGA discourages PHMSA from any future incorporation of American Petroleum Institute ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, January 11, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, January 5. A 359 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,767 Bcf as of Friday, January 5, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 359 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 415 Bcf less than last year at this time and 382 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,149 Bcf. At 2,767 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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After much convincing, the American Petroleum Institute (API) is now offering a free read-only web version of Recommended Practice (RP) 1173: Pipeline Safety Management Systems. APGA encourages all gas systems to familiarize themselves with the concepts within this document, as it is receiving more and more attention from federal and state regulators. Note, implementation of this RP is not a requirement or regulation, but industry is encouraged to voluntarily incorporate elements that will assist in making their system safer. While the document in its entirety may be incompatible with APGA member systems, there are certainly concepts within it that you may find ...
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Hosted by Southern Gas Association and APGA this March 19-21, 2018 in Columbia, SC What is it? The Spring Gas Conference & Expo is your opportunity to learn technical skills and receive essential job and leadership training developed and facilitated by industry experts Who should attend? Natural gas operators - frontline employees, supervisors, managers & directors. Who will be there? Over 200 industry professionals, including consultants and 30+ exhibitors. Learn more at www.southerngas.org . Use promocode: AGPAFRIEND.
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On January 18 at 3:00 p.m. EST, the APGA Research Foundation (RF) will host the second of three webinars discussing the research that is being conducted by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). The series will focus on the major areas of research the RF supports, advancements in operational technologies, new direct use of natural gas utilization, and emerging technologies. For our second webinar, we will hear from Dennis Jarnecke who will discuss some of the current research that is being developed that will help shape the future of our industry. Dennis’s group, Operations Technology Development (OTD), concentrates on a wide range of technology issues relating ...
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On January 9, Arthur Corbin, President and CEO of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and Chair of the APGA Direct Use Task Group, represented APGA at a Department of Energy (DOE) public meeting addressing improvements to the Process Rule. The Process Rule addresses the procedures and policies that guide DOE in establishing new or amended energy-efficiency standards. The meeting was well attended with representatives from appliance manufacturers, trade associations including the American Gas Association and Edison Electric Institute, national and state efficiency groups, and others. The meeting began with a number of groups, including APGA, making opening ...
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On December 20, Congress passed comprehensive tax reform legislation titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill passed the House on a 224 to 201 vote and the Senate on a 51 to 48 in the Senate. The bill was signed into law by the President on December 22. The legislation, among other things, lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also lowers individual tax rates and establishes seven separate individual tax brackets. Unfortunately, the bill retains the language that eliminates advanced refundings after this year but retains private activity bonds. Advance refunding allows municipals to take advantage of low interest rate environments ...
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On January 8, APGA staff provided a webinar for new, as well as existing, APGA members that provided an overview of the association’s activities and how members can get more involved in the association. Dave Schryver, APGA’s Executive Vice President, communicated during the webinar that by becoming more involved APGA, member’s will have greater input into association activities and will in turn see greater value in their APGA membership. The webinar provided an overview of the APGA committee structure and the activities of the individual committees. The webinar also provided an overview and calendar of APGA activities. Audrey Anderson and John Powers, of APGA’s ...
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This week, Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) were named to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee. They replace Senators Luther Strange (R-Ala.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.), who both departed the Senate earlier this year. Sen. Capito, a first-term Republican, also serves on the Appropriations, Environment and Public Works (EPW), Commerce, and Rules Committees. Capito has been a proponent of the gas industry, supporting the permitting reform and increased access to development of resources in her tenure on EPW. APGA anticipates Sen. Capito to continue to be a voice for natural gas on the ENR Committee. Sen. Smith ...
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Rose Bowl Parade viewers, both in person and on television were reminded by Digger Dog and Sparky the Cat to “Call 811 Before You Dig”. Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Members came together to design a float for the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade. Contributors included Georgia 811, Alabama 811, North Carolina 811, Ohio Protection Service, Underground Service Alert of Southern California, USA North 811, Blue Stakes 811, Utah 811 and Colorado 811. The float won “Best Animation” for this year’s Rose Bowl Parade! For questions on this article, please contact Erin Kurilla of APGA staff by phone at 202-905-2904 or by email at  ekurilla@apga.org .
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On December 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its final report on DOT actions that may directly or indirectly burden the development or use of domestic energy sources. This report is in response to Executive Order (E.O.) 13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth to reduce regulatory burdens on the “clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, and to promote, among other things, economic growth and geopolitical security.” This final report addresses regulations from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).On December 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, January 4, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, December 29, 2017. A 206 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 3,126 Bcf as of Friday, December 29, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 206 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 192 Bcf less than last year at this time and 192 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,318 Bcf. At 3,126 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On January 3, APGA sent a letter to Chairman McIntyre of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), urging the Commission to act promptly to ensure that the recourse rates paid by customers of natural gas pipelines are reduced to reflect the lower corporate tax rate. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law last month, lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. However, all pipeline rates continue to recover from ratepayers an income tax allowance assuming a 35 percent rate. The reduction of the tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent is significant for two reasons. First, estimates have been put together that indicate ...
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Operating a safe and efficient distribution system is at the core of every APGA member’s mission. Every year APGA will recognize public natural gas systems that epitomize operational excellence through the System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) program. Systems are evaluated on four criteria that exemplify a utility’s commitment to operational achievement: System Integrity, defined as the state in which a natural gas distribution system is performing its overall intended function safely, efficiently and effectively -- distributing energy to all customers without being degraded or impaired by its internal or external environment System Improvement, ...
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On December 20, legislation titled the Tax Extender Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate. The legislation extends a number of expiring, or expired, tax credits. The legislation includes a two-year (one year back, one year forward) extension of the excise tax credit for alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), and the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property investment tax credit. It also reinstates the investment tax credit for combined heat and power (CHP) and fuel cell technologies. APGA had worked with NGVAmerica and others on the natural gas vehicle (NGV) credits as well as on the CHP and fuel cell credits. These credits expired at the ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, December 21, 2017, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, December 15, 2017. A 182 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 3,444 Bcf as of Friday, December 15, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 182 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 183 Bcf less than last year at this time and 84 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,528 Bcf. At 3,444 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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Last week, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) met for the third time to discuss the Safety of Gas Transmission & Gathering Lines Rulemaking. Rich Worsinger from the City of Rocky Mount represents APGA operators on the committee. He is joined by four other industry representatives, five representatives from government, including Steve Allen, who is the Pipeline Safety Director from Indiana Public Utilities Commission, and five representatives from the public. There were three topics covered during the meeting: material verification for transmission pipelines, Maximum Allowable Operating ...
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