APGA Educational Webinar Series
APGA is proud to announce the development of an educational webinar series for APGA members. These webinars will serve as vehicles for providing education and value to membership covering a variety of topics pertinent to public gas utilities. These webinars are free to APGA members and $199 for non-APGA members.
Upcoming APGA Educational Webinars
APGA Security and Integrity Foundation - Join us for overview of SHRIMP, the Anti-Drug and Alcohol tool, O&M procedures, and coming projects from the APGA Security and Integrity Foundation.
August 27 at 2-3 pm EST Register today!
Past APGA Educational Webinars
Recap: DOE Home Energy Scoring Tool Webinar
When: June 5 at 3 p.m. EST
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/DOEwebinar
Presenter: Joan Glickman of U.S. Department of Energy
Recap: APGA Research Foundation - Update on Select OTD Projects
When: May 15, 2014 at 11am EST
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/otdupdate.
Presenters: Maureen Droessler - OTD Administrator, Monica Ferrer - Project Manager, and Jim Marean - Senior Program Manager
Recap: HOUZE Project
When: May 13, 2014 at 3pm EST
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/HOUZE.
Presenters: David Goswick, CEO of HOUZE
Ratemaking: 2014 Government Relations Webinar
When: April 23, 2014 at 3pm EST
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/2014GovtRelations.
Dave Schryver, Scott Morrison and Dan Lapato of APGA
Ratemaking: SOAR Recognition
When: February 20, 2014 at 3pm EST
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/SOARwebinar.
Rich Worsinger, Director of Utilities, Rocky Mount, N.C.
John Erickson, Vice President of Operations, APGA
Rod Walker, Director, Management Consulting Division, Black and Veatch
Description: Public gas systems take great pride in their ability to deliver natural gas safely and efficiently to over 5 million customers in 37 states. APGA is pleased to announce the System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility.
Ratemaking: Cost of Service Part 1 & 2
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/ratemaking. (APGA members-only page)
Presenter: Dwight Work, Partner at Frazier & Deeter, CPA
Description: Are your utility rates sufficient? Have there been changes to your utility's cost structure or sales that require more revenue? It is important that utility management understand their utility's cost structure and how it drives revenue requirements to properly structure customer rates. Natural gas utilities, like any business, must regularly review its rates to make sure it is the fair price for its services and periodically adjust customer rates. Dwight Work has over 30 years of experience in accounting and 35 years of experience working with utilities. Due to the expansive nature of ratemaking, it will be covered in two webinars.
A Review of 2013 Legislative and Regulatory Activities Impacting Public Gas Systems and a Look Ahead to 2014
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/2013GovtAffairs. (APGA members-only page)
Presenter: Dave Schryver, Executive Vice President of APGA, and Scott Morrison, Government Affairs Manager
Description: The webinar provided an update on important issues being discussed in Congress and at Executive Agencies. The webinar will both look back at the important events of 2013 and will look ahead at policy developments for 2014. Issues covered will include but are not limited to: natural gas vehicles, gas-electric coordination, liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, energy efficiency and codes/standards, among other topics.
Facilities Modifications for NGV Maintenance
When: August 28 at 2:30 p.m. EST
Recap: You can view the presentation & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/FacilitiesNGV. (APGA members-only page)
Presenter: Stephe Yborra, on behalf of NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation
Description: The webinar will provide an update on important issues being discussed in Congress and at Executive Agencies. The webinar will both look back at the important events of 2013 and will look ahead at policy developments for 2014. Issues covered will include but are not limited to: natural gas vehicles, gas-electric coordination, liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, energy efficiency and codes/standards, among other topics.
Wholesale Natural Gas Markets
When: August 26 at 2 p.m. EST
Recap: You can view the presentation at www.apga.org/wholesalewebinar. (APGA members-only page)
Presenter: Dan Crosby, Managing Director (Pipelines & Retail Gas and Power), Craig Taylor, Managing Partner (Natural Gas), James Marshall, Partner (Crude & Refined Products), Chris Land, Partner (Power), and Blake Owen, Director of Market Research (Market Intelligence) of Atlas Commodities.
Description: This webinar will provide a broad overview of the structure and function of the wholesale natural gas market and will discuss specific products such as swaps, options, etc. that are relevant to municipal gas systems.
Marketing & Sales Webinar: How to Use Social Media to Market to Your Customers
When: July 10 2013 at noon EST
Presenter: Chris Gent, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Kissimmee Utility Authority
Recap: You can view the presentation slides & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/socialmarketing (APGA members-only page)
Description: Chris Gent will present the webinar about how to use social media to grow your business. Chris is vice president of corporate communications for Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida’s sixth largest municipal electric utility. He holds responsibility for the utility’s internal and external corporate communications, including marketing and advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, special events and corporate philanthropy. An avid social media enthusiast, Chris maintains seven Twitter accounts, six Facebook pages, four Flickr sites, three YouTube channels and two websites. During this webinar, Chris will offer best practices on using social media platforms to educate your existing customers while attracting prospective customers. Learn how to add value and engagement to your social media efforts by using a deliberate mixture of listening (to your audience), sharing (your relevant message) and enabling others (to share your relevant message).
Dodd-Frank & What it means for public gas systems
When: April 30 at 2pm EST
Presenters: Paul Architzel, Partner at WilmerHale
Braxton Williams, APGA Gas Supply Chair
Recap: You can view the presentation slides & video recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/DoddFrankrecap (APGA members-only page)
Description: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law in July, 2010, represented a dramatic overhaul of the financial regulatory system. While there were some things in the bill that APGA supported, such as increased market transparency and aggregate position limits, there are also challenges that public gas systems and their counterparties are facing as a result of some of the 193 rulemakings that were required by the Act. The regulations coming out of this Act will impact the manner in which public gas systems utilize swaps and derivatives to hedge their commodity purchases.
APGA has been involved in a number of Dodd-Frank rulemakings and has focused its resources on those rulemakings that have potentially to have the most significant impact upon public gas systems. APGA has filed comments and met with CFTC staff in regard to a number of rulemakings that include, but is not limited to: position limits; standards of conduct; the end-user exception from mandatory clearing; capital and margin requirements; the definition of a “swap dealer; and the registration of municipal advisors. These and other rulemakings will be discussed during the webinar.