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Once every two to three years, APGA staff leadership undertakes a two-week road trip to meet both members and non-members in the Southeast—also known as, given that the college football season is almost upon us, SEC territory. This year’s group was made up of Bert Kalisch, APGA’s President & CEO, Dave Schryver, APGA’s Executive Vice President, and Erin Kurilla, APGA’s Vice President of Operations & Pipeline Safety. This year we are going to try something new, which is that Erin and I are going to take turns writing about our meetings with members and travels along the way. We have now done several Southeast tours and while the format of the trip is ...
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On August 14, APGA hosted a webinar discussing the American Gas Association’s (AGA) Implications of Policy-Driven Residential Electrification Study. Rick Murphy, Managing Director of AGA’s Sustainable Growth Committee, discussed the report’s findings regarding the potential impacts of “deep decarbonization” policies. APGA members can find a recording of the webinar at www.apga.org/webinars . In addition to the recording, you will also find a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, links to the report and a summary document. This webinar is the first in a series of webinars and discussions that APGA will be holding this fall. The goal of the webinar series is ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 16, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 10. A 33 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,387 Bcf as of Friday, August 10, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 33 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 687 Bcf less than last year at this time and 595 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,982 Bcf. At 2,387 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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August 11th Was 811 Day!

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Each year on August 11, the underground utility industry comes together to spread the word on the importance of Knowing What’s Below and Calling 811. APGA members participated in this public outreach effort. Here are just a few examples. York County Natural Gas Authority (YCNGA) in Rock Hill, S.C., sponsored their local high school’s annual event that marks the start of the football season. An estimated 5,200 people attended the event. YCNGA had a photo booth backed by SC811 on hand and hand fans, ID pocket holders, and other various promo items were passed out. During the airing of the game 12 advertisements were broadcast with the 811 message and six in-game ...
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On August 13, APGA sent a letter to the Chairman, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Ranking Democrat, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), in support of the President’s nomination of Bill Cooper to serve as General Counsel at the Department of Energy (DOE). It is the role of the DOE General Counsel to, among other things, determine DOE’s authoritative position on any question of law and to provide legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices. Given their role in establishing appliance efficiency standards, APGA has worked closely with DOE over the past several years. APGA staff and members know Bill Cooper well. ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 9, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 3. A 46 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,354 Bcf as of Friday, August 3, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 46 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 671 Bcf less than last year at this time and 572 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,926 Bcf. At 2,354 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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DOE’s Regulatory Calendar

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Earlier this year, the Administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the first bi-annual regulatory calendar for 2018. The second calendar will be published this fall. The Department of Energy (DOE) had 58 rules listed; 79 percent or 48 of the rules listed come from the office Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE is the office in charge of reviewing and establishing minimum energy efficiency standards for equipment. Some of the rules we are following such as the residential furnaces, commercial water heaters and manufactured home energy efficiency construction standards have tentative “next step” dates set for sometime this ...
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As our industry continues to grapple with the ideologically-driven electrification movement, we have been focused on how to better tell the story of natural gas and why it is important to the community. APGA will host a free webinar for APGA members discussing the American Gas Association’s (AGA) Implications of Policy-Driven Residential Electrification study next Tuesday, August 14th at 3:00pm EST. As our industry continues to grapple with the ideologically-driven electrification movement, we have been focused on how to better tell the story of natural gas and why it is important to the community. APGA will host a free webinar for APGA members discussing the ...
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Congress has adjourned for their traditional summer recess. The House began recess on July 26, while the Senate stayed for one extra week and adjourned on August 3. The Senate is planning to take an abbreviated recess this year of only two weeks in order to continue work on several pending legislative issues. The House will return on September 4 to begin its fall session. August recess is a time for legislators to spend extended time in their districts and serves several purposes. First, members of Congress interact with constituent interests and can hear about issues that affect local businesses, families, and individuals. This is a key opportunity for constituents ...
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Veterans In Energy Forum

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The Third Annual Veterans in Energy Forum will be held October 4-5 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington, Va. Veterans in Energy (VIE) is a national employee resource group that provides transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in energy. We encourage you to consider attending this important event and to include those on your teams who have served in the military. In 2018, in addition to a round of exceptional keynotes and a CEO panel, there will be Chief Nuclear Officer and employee networking group panels, as well as deep dives on flexible coal generation and renewables and battery ...
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On July 31, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) asking for public comment on whether they should change its class location requirements for gas transmission pipeline facilities. The original class location regulations have remained largely intact since PHMSA issued the 1970 final rule. Four class locations are recognized in the current regulations: • Class 1: A location with 10 or fewer buildings • Class 2: A location with more than 10 buildings, but fewer than 46 • Class 3: A location with 46 or more buildings, or an area where the pipeline lies within 100 yards ...
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On August 1 and 2, John Erickson spoke at the Louisiana Gas Association’s Pipeline Safety Seminar in New Orleans, La. In his first talk, John briefed attendees on recent activities that could affect public awareness regulations. In 2013, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) convened a working group of industry, public and regulators to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of current public awareness requirements and operators’ programs to educate stakeholders about natural gas safety. Bill Defoor of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and John Erickson represented public natural gas on this working group. ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 2, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 27. A 35 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,308 Bcf as of Friday, July 27, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 35 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 688 Bcf less than last year at this time and 565 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,873 Bcf. At 2,308 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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On July 30, APGA and several other trade associations, including the American Gas Association and American Public Power Association, sent letters to Representatives Carter (R-Ga.) and Green (D-Texas) and Senators Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressing support for legislation they recently introduced titled the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2018. The legislation would, among other things, repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Section 433 eliminates all fossil fuel-generated energy from new and renovated federal buildings by the year 2030. This ban would apply to all new or renovated ...
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APGA is pleased to announce the promotion of Erin Kurilla as the Vice President of Operations and Pipeline Safety. Erin joined APGA in October 2017 as the Director for Operations & Safety in the Washington, D.C., office of APGA. Erin’s promotion comes as John Erickson retires from his position as Vice President of Operations and Safety for APGA. Erin will be continuing the great work done by John through managing a full spectrum of issues related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of APGA members’ pipeline systems. Her focus will be mainly on pipeline safety, but she will also work on environmental topics and similar agency regulations ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, July 26, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 20. A 24 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,273 Bcf as of Friday, July 20, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 24 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 705 Bcf less than last year at this time and 557 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,830 Bcf. At 2,273 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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APGA has partnered with the public relations firm Porter Novelli to explore ways to increase consumer consideration of natural gas as a preferred source of energy.  Phase 1 included exploring consumer messaging that would be compelling to the target audience and developing potential platforms for a marketing communications campaign. Based on extensive analysis of existing data and new in-depth consumer focus groups, this initial phase yielded a messaging framework and the campaign platform options shown below. Though in different ways, each campaign platform shows potential to leverage the benefits that natural gas can deliver to motivate the call-to-action ...
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On July 25, APGA members unanimously approved several revisions to APGA’s existing policy resolutions. APGA’s policy resolutions guide the association in the advocacy positions that are taken. Information on these resolutions was sent out as part of the Annual Meeting notice sent out on June 12. Specifically, three major changes to APGA’s policy resolutions were approved. First, the policy resolution opposing the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) was removed. In addition, two new policy resolutions were approved. The first new resolution addresses the reduction in pipeline recourse rates which should occur as a result of a lowering in the corporate tax rate ...
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On July 25, APGA filed comments in response to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking information and stakeholder perspectives to help FERC explore whether, and if so, how, to revise existing policies regarding its review and authorization of interstate natural gas transportation facilities under section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. In the April NOI, FERC announced its intent “to examine its policies in light of changes in the natural gas industry and increased stakeholder interest in how it reviews natural gas pipeline proposals since the Commission adopted its current Policy Statement on pipeline certification.” In its ...
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On July 24, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 14-9 in favor of President Trump’s nomination of Daniel Simmons to serve as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the Department of Energy. APGA has been actively engaged in the work of EERE given their role in developing appliance efficiency standards. APGA had sent a letter to the Senate Energy Committee in support of the nomination. In the letter, APGA stated that “Mr. Simmons’ knowledge and experience provides him with the tools to “pursue the goal of providing affordable energy for all Americans. Energy is the lifeblood of America’s economy and Mr. Simmons ...
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