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It is with great sadness that we report Milton Heath, Jr. passed away Tuesday evening in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his family at his side. As some knew, he had been dealing with some health issues for the last few years. Milton was a husband, father, grandfather, employer, mentor, gentleman, industry icon, ambassador, and a long-time friend and supporter of APGA and our many members. He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. A memorial is being planned in Houston, and we will share the details as they emerge.
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On June 22, APGA hosted a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) homes webinar. Neil Leslie provided an overview of a report released by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) on ZNE homes. The report, which was funded by APGA, summarizes the current state of the zero net energy home market, typical design approaches drawn from ZNE case studies, and the competitiveness of mixed-fuel ZNE technology options compared to all-electric designs. The report also addresses the challenged and opportunities for natural gas in ZNE homes. The report outlines the numerous advantages natural gas appliances can offer ZNE homes. For example, natural gas lowers a home’s “energy footprint” which ...
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Over the past two weeks, cabinet members took to Captiol Hill to defend the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request. Energy Secretary Perry, Interior Secretary Zinke, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt all sat in front of congressional panels probing the Departments of Energy and Interior, and EPA budgets. The hearings generally focused on more hot-button topics rather than policy specifics regarding natural gas issues. Perry fielded questions on nuclear safety, cleanup, and the MOX facility in South Carolina, while Zinke and Pruitt received questions on federal land use and climate change. Perry did receive additional ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 22, 2017, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 16, 2017. A 61 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,770 Bcf as of Friday, June 16, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 61 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 324 Bcf less than last year at this time and 207 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,563 Bcf. At 2,770 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On June 20, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that PHMSA will not issue any enforcement citations for failure to follow certain provisions of its underground storage regulations. On December 19, 2016, PHMSA published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) titled “Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities.” The IFR incorporates by reference two American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practices (RP): API RP 1170, “Design and Operation of Solution mined Salt Caverns used for Natural Gas Storage;” and, API RP 1171, “Functional Integrity of Natural Gas Storage in Depleted ...
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NGVAmerica's 2017 West Coast-to-East Coast Road Rally continued this week throughout the country and will conclude tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Separate legs have been coming in from the Southeast, Midwest, and East Coast. Those providing NGVs and drivers include: SoCalGas, Southwest Gas, Small Arrow Engineering, CenterPoint Energy, Strata-G, Virginia Natural Gas, NGV Solutions, Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, Atlanta Gas Light, York County Natural Gas Authority, Vectren, NiSource Gas Distribution, Clean Energy, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp, Gibson County Utility District, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Washington Gas, CNG 4 America, Piedmont Natural ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 15, 2017, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 9, 2017. A 78 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,709 Bcf as of Friday, June 9, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 78 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 322 Bcf less than last year at this time and 228 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,481 Bcf. At 2,709 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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The 2018 Look Closer Calendars are now available for ordering! You can purchase the calendars at http://apgalookcloser.com/ and click on the link (red button) at the top of the page to place an order. The deadline to order calendars is August 11. These make great promotional materials to give to customers and they should be available by Public Natural Gas Week in October.
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On June 22, APGA will hold a webinar on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) homes.  The webinar will provide an overview of a report released by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) on ZNE homes.  The report, which was funded by APGA, summarizes the current state of the zero net energy home market, typical design approaches drawn from ZNE case studies, and the competitiveness of mixed-fuel ZNE technology options compared to all-electric designs.  The report also addresses the challenged and opportunities for natural gas in ZNE homes. The report communicates that natural gas has a number of advantages as a fuel for ZNE homes.  For example, natural gas enables lower-cost ZNE ...
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The APGA Operations and Safety Committee selected CPS Energy of San Antonio, Texas as the winner of the 2017 APGA Safety Management Excellence Award. This award recognizes one APGA member each year for consistently operating at the highest levels, clearly establishing itself as an achiever of excellence in the field of safety management. The committee looks for systems that have implemented innovative and effective employee safety practices. Safety is the highest priority in public gas systems and it is always difficult to single out one system among all the deserving applicants. CPS will be presented with a plaque at the APGA Annual Meeting in San Francisco ...
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NGVAmerica's 2017 West Coast-to-East Coast Road Rally kicked off Monday, June 5 in Long Beach, Calif. The two-week long rally will end in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 16. Additionally, separate legs will be coming in from the Southeast, Midwest, and East Coast.  Those providing NGVs and drivers include: SoCalGas, Southwest Gas, Small Arrow Engineering, CenterPoint Energy, Strata-G, Virginia Natural Gas, NGV Solutions, Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, Atlanta Gas Light, York County Natural Gas Authority, Vectren, NiSource Gas Distribution, Clean Energy, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp, Gibson County Utility District, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, ...
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On June 6-7, the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) met in Arlington, Va., to continue its review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) proposed changes to transmission regulations. The TPSSC is a congressionally-mandated peer review committee composed of industry, government and public pipeline safety experts that advises whether PHMSA’s rules are reasonable, practicable, technically feasible and cost-effective. Rich Worsinger of Rocky Mount, N.C., represents public natural gas on this committee. The proposed rule covers 136 Federal Register pages and proposed many complex and interrelated changes. Even though ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 8, 2017, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 2, 2017. A 106 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,631 Bcf as of Friday, June 2, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 106 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 332 Bcf less than last year at this time and 237 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,394 Bcf. At 2,631 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On June 6, APGA, the American Gas Association, the National Association of Homebuilders and several other groups submitted a document to the Department of Energy (DOE) requesting a legal interpretation that the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) does not authorize the adoption of efficiency standards that would limit the market for fuel gas vented appliances or equipment to condensing products. DOE has pushed for efficiency standards, such as those proposed for natural gas furnaces, that would eliminate non-condensing natural gas furnaces form the marketplace. Because of the difference in combustion technology, condensing furnaces have additional venting ...
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The American Gas Association (AGA) recently launched their Your Energy campaign. It is a grassroots advocacy campaign that encourages people to take action in their communities to promote natural gas. The website states that, “Your Energy was created to speak out against a misguided movement that assaults our way of life. This movement is based on the simplistic belief that keeping our natural resources in the ground is the only solution to climate change.” APGA strongly encourages its members to participate by registering for the campaigns and following the social media platforms. More information can be found at https://yourenergyamerica.com/ .
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On June 5, APGA sent a letter to the Senate Energy Committee leadership in support of the President’s nominations of Neil Chatterjee, a staffer for Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.), and Rob Powelson, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission since 2008 and current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Mr. Chatterjee’s term would expire on June 30, 2021 and Commissioner Powelson’s term would expire on June 30, 2020. Currently, Commissioner Honorable and Acting Chair LaFleur are the only two members on the commission, which does not provide the ...
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Doug MacGillivray has joined APGA as its new Director of Government Affairs. He joins the government affairs team ahead of a busy legislative schedule and will contribute to APGA’s congressional and regulatory advocacy capabilities. At APGA, Doug will focus on advocacy issues related to energy legislation, gas supply, tax policy, and natural gas vehicle policy. This will include direct advocacy, coalition outreach, as well as support in other APGA initiatives. Prior to joining APGA, Doug served as Director of Federal Affairs for the American Energy Alliance. There, he focused on various energy policy issues including land use, tax and budget policy, as well ...
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The Second Annual From Sea-to-Shining-Sea NGV Road Rally Across America, presented by APGA, NGVAmerica and AGA, has announced the participants providing drivers and a variety of natural gas vehicles (NGV) to this year’s 18-stop, 4,825-mile cross-country rally that starts outside of Long Beach, Calif., on June 5 and concludes in Washington, D.C., on June 16. Those providing NGVs and drivers include: SoCalGas, Southwest Gas, Small Arrow Engineering, CenterPoint Energy, Strata-G, Virginia Natural Gas, NGV Solutions, Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, Atlanta Gas Light, York County Natural Gas Authority, Vectren, NiSource Gas Distribution, Clean Energy, ...
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The Trump Administration announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the fugitive emission requirements at well sites and compressor station sites in the final Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources, published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016. The Environmental Protection Agency( EPA ) is granting reconsideration of additional requirements in that rule , specifically the well site pneumatic pumps standards and the requirements for certification by professional engineer . In addition, the EPA is staying these rule requirements pending reconsideration for three months. Last month, ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 1, 2017, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, May 26, 2017. An 81 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,525 Bcf as of Friday, May 26, 2017, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 81 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 370 Bcf less than last year at this time and 225 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,300 Bcf. At 2,525 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range
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