APGA Weekly Update May 5, 2016

05-05-2016 13:07

APGA Meets with FERC Commissioners

On May 3, members of the APGA Board of Directors and the Regulatory Subcommittee met with
members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C. The APGA
representatives that participated in the meeting included: Rich Worsinger, APGA’s Chairman and
Director of Utilities for the City of Rocky Mount, N.C; Jim Hodges, APGA’s First Vice-Chair and Executive
Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District; Kathy
Garcia, Director of Federal and State Relations for CPS Energy, Texas; Donnie Sharp, Natural Gas Supply
Coordinator for Huntsville Utilities; Chris Latch, Gas & Water System Manager for the Corinth Gas &
Water Department; Bud Miller, APGA’s General Counsel; John Gregg, Partner at McCarter & English;
Bert Kalisch, APGA’s President and CEO; and, Dave Schryver, APGA’s Executive Vice President.
The issues that were raised in the meeting included pipeline over-collections and natural gas direct-use.
APGA also updated the commissioners regarding involvement in an initiative undertaken by the North
American Energy Standards Board Gas-Electric Harmonization Forum to explore the potential for faster
computerized scheduling.

APGA leadership meets with the FERC commissioners twice a year as a means to communicate
information and positions on federal regulatory matters of concern to public natural gas systems. These
meetings play a critical role in APGA’s advocacy efforts as they have allowed APGA to develop and
maintain a relationship with the commissioners. APGA previously met with the commissioners in
December. For questions on this article or on APGA’s regulatory advocacy efforts, please contact Dave
Schryver of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by email at dschryver@apga.org.

APGA Members Visit Capitol Hill

APGA members met in Washington, D.C. on May 3 and 4 to take part in the 2016 Government Relations
Conference and to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. APGA holds an annual Government Relations
Conference in Washington, D.C., as part of the spring board meeting.

In addition to receiving updates on key natural gas issues, another critical component of this event is
APGA members meeting with their congressional delegations. Having congressional representatives
hear directly from their constituents on key issues of interest to public natural gas systems has greatly
helped APGA’s advocacy efforts. As has occurred in previous years, many members of the APGA Public
Gas Policy Council attended this year’s event to participate in meetings on the Hill. The Public Gas Policy
Council is made up of elected and appointed officials from public natural gas communities. Nominations
for new members of the Public Gas Policy Council will be sent out in the fall. This year, the Public Gas
Policy Council will meet again in DC on September 7 and 8.
At this year’s conference, APGA members met with approximately 60 congressional offices to
communicate their views on important legislative issues. Issues that were raised on Capitol Hill included
the direct-use of natural gas, proposed rulemakings for efficiency standards of natural gas furnaces
released by the Department of Energy, and reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act. On May 3, the
day concluded with a reception in the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing room, which was well
attended by congressional staff and representatives from many of the energy trade associations that
APGA works with.

For questions on this year’s conference, please contact Dave Schryver, Scott Morrison, or Dan Lapato of
APGA staff by email at dschryver@apga.org, smorrison@apga.org, and dlapato@apga.org or by phone
at 202-464-2742.

EIA Reports Storage Increase of 68 Bcf to Put Working Gas Storage at 2,625 Bcf

Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, May 5, 2016, which reports the week’s
storage report highlights for Friday, April 29, 2016. A 68 Bcf increase has been reported.

Working gas in storage was 2,625 Bcf as of Friday, April 29, 2016, according to EIA estimates. This
represents a net increase of 68 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 861 Bcf higher than last year at
this time and 836 Bcf above the five-year average of 1,789 Bcf. At 2,625 Bcf, total working gas is above
the five-year historical range.

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