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APGA is currently working on comments in response to a Department of Energy (DOE) proposed interpretive rule released in early July in response to a petition submitted to DOE by APGA and other gas industry stakeholders.  The petition, submitted last June, requested 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.  In its proposed interpretive rule, DOE “partially grants the petition by issuing an interpretation that non-condensing operation is a product feature and that no DOE rulemaking ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 22, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 16. A 56 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,797 Bcf as of Friday, August 16, 2019, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 59 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 369 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 103 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,900 Bcf. At 2,797 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range
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APGA’s most important work is performed through committees, subcommittees and task forces comprised of volunteer APGA members, and we encourage any interested colleague at an APGA member natural gas system or organization to join! We have a listing of our open committees and their description below so you can identify the committees most relevant to you. Serving on an APGA committee allows our members the opportunity to help plan and oversee APGA’s work on government relations, marketing, operations & safety, and more for the municipal gas industry, as well as advance their professional development by diving deep into industry topics and expand their professional ...
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APGA’s most important work is performed through committees, subcommittees and task forces comprised of volunteer APGA members. We thank the volunteers below for leading our committees for the next twelve months! If you are interested in joining an APGA committee, please contact the APGA staff liaison or fill out this form online www.surveymonkey.com/r/APGACommittee . Codes & Standards Committee Brian Langille of Clearwater Gas System, Chair Danny Manning of Sevier County Utility District, Vice Chair Sue Kristjansson of ORUD Natural Gas, Past Chair APGA Staff Liaison: Stuart Saulters (ssaulters@apga.org)   Direct Use Task Group ...
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APGA invites its members to take part in the annual tradition of Public Natural Gas Week (PNGW) this October 6-12. PNGW is a nationwide observance that offers a great opportunity to showcase your system and generate enthusiasm about the benefits of publicly-owned natural gas utilities provide to local communities.  We hope that all APGA member utilities join us in this national celebration. APGA is here to help you plan and promote your system’s PNGW celebrations. Many APGA members (examples on the APGA Community here , here , and here ) do a wonderful job of preparing promotional events and campaigns each year. For additional ideas, you can go to www.apga.org/pngw ...
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With numerous weather and outage related incidents throughout the country, it has become ever apparent that APGA members are ready and eager to send aid. APGA is pleased to offer its members a Mutual Aid Program ( www.apga.org/mutual-aid ) to allow municipal natural gas systems to provide and receive aid from program participants from around the country in the event of a disaster or emergency situation – a critical component during a scenario requiring an urgent response. Participation in the Mutual Aid Program is voluntary, but APGA encourages as many members as possible to sign the Mutual Aid Agreement form in order to create a robust and effective Mutual ...
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Every August, Congress adjourns for a month-long recess (also known as district work period) to spend time with constituents. State and district staff remain busy, shuffling Members around to events and town halls. Back in Washington, official legislating comes to a pause as votes and bill introductions cease. However, the periods leading up to August recess and immediately proceeding it are some of the busiest of the year. The House adjourned the second to last week of July. Prior to leaving, the House passed a significant agreement on the debt limit and a two-year budget, allowing for increased spending over the next several years and averting a potential ...
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Prior to the August recess beginning, there was some progress with Pipeline Safety Reauthorization. As many are aware, legislation reauthorizing the Pipeline Safety Office within the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is scheduled to be passed by this Congress. To recap all that has happened, there have been hearings by most of the committees with jurisdiction over the agency, including the Energy Subcommittee in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee in the Senate Commerce Committee. Each of these subcommittees also released legislation. While the Energy and Commerce Committee was not ...
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On August 13, APGA, with support from the Direct Use Task Group (DUTG), submitted comments to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) on a rulemaking regarding building decarbonization. This effort is part of implementation of the recently passed Senate Bill 1477 (Low-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy). Unfortunately, the state of California is trying to achieve aggressive energy policies without any consideration of natural gas, even renewable natural gas. In its comments, APGA took the opportunity to inform the CPUC of the value of natural gas to California consumers. Statistics on utility bill savings, as well as the energy efficiency ...
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On August 15, John Erickson spoke on behalf of the APGA Security and Integrity Foundation (SIF) at the Midwest Energy Association’s Operations Conference in Rochester, Minn. John focused on lessons learned after eight years of complying with the Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) regulation. Over 1,600 distribution operators have used the SIF’s Simple Handy Risk-based Integrity Management Plan (SHRIMP) program to develop their DIMP plans. John’s talk was based on feedback received from SHRIMP users and state regulators who have audited systems using SHRIMP. One overriding lesson learned is that many operators don’t fully understand the concept ...
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In September, APGA will send to all of its members a form for them to nominate officials to the APGA Public Gas Policy Council (PGPC). The PGPC is made up of locally elected and appointed officials from public natural gas communities. The PGPC meets annually in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the APGA Spring Board and Committee Meetings. The 2020 meeting is scheduled for May 5 and 6. During this time, the PGPC will meet with key members of Congress and the executive branch. The 2019 meeting included a reception in the Senate and over 50 meetings between APGA members and congressional offices. The primary purpose of the PGPC is to assist APGA in moving ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 15, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 9. A 49 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,738 Bcf as of Friday, August 9, 2019, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 49 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 357 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 111 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,849 Bcf. At 2,738 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 8, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 2. A 55 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,689 Bcf as of Friday, August 2, 2019, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 55 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 343 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 111 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,800 Bcf. At 2,689 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range
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On August 8, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held a public meeting of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to discuss how this group can assist the Department’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, which may include forming subcommittees to support the efforts.  Specifically, DOE is hoping to gather advice and recommendations on the development of standards and test procedures for residential appliances and commercial equipment through collaboration with the ASRAC.  Danny Manning, of Sevier County Utility District, represents APGA on this committee.  Both he and APGA staff were in attendance to ensure public gas ...
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Both the U.S. House and Senate will be in a month-long recess until September 9th. The August recess is a great opportunity to invite your Senator or Representative, while they are in their home district, to tour your natural gas system and learn about its operations. Informing and educating members of Congress is critical as many issues important to publicly owned natural gas systems, such as the reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act, will be up for discussion this coming fall.  If you are planning to set up meetings, do not hesitate to reach out to APGA staff for assistance on key issues such as the reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act and the ...
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On July 31, John Erickson spoke at the Louisiana Gas Association’s Pipeline Safety Seminar in New Orleans. The main focus of John’s talk was Distribution Integrity Management Programs (DIMP) and recent changes to the APGA Security and Integrity Foundation’s (SIF) Simple Handy Risk-based Integrity Management Plan (SHRIMP) program. SHRIMP is an online tool that assists operators to develop written DIMP plans meeting the requirements of the DIMP regulation. Major changes to SHRIMP were released earlier this year. A new threat assessment interview for PermalockTM tapping tees was added. The SIF worked closely with Honeywell to ensure that SHRIMP users have access ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 1, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, July 26. A 65 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,634 Bcf as of Friday, July 26, 2019, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 65 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 334 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 123 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,757 Bcf. At 2,634 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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At its July 30 meeting in Stowe, Vt., the American Public Gas Association (APGA) Board of Directors unanimously approved the recommendation of the APGA CEO Search Committee to appoint Dave Schryver, APGA’s current Executive Vice President, as the association’s next President & CEO. Dave will replace Bert Kalisch, who will leave APGA at the end of 2019 after serving as President & CEO for almost 16 years. Dave became APGA’s Executive Vice President in 2006. He joined APGA as Vice President for Congressional Affairs in February 2004. Prior to joining APGA, Dave worked for the American Public Power Association as a Senior Government Relations Representative. ...
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We value your membership and your commitment to public gas systems and the natural gas industry. As the voice and choice of public gas, APGA strives to improve our programs and services for our members. To again assess our performance, we have put together the 2019 Report Card. The Report Card showcases the six core strategies of APGA and grades us on how well we are accomplishing those goals. The grades give a picture of our overall performance as an association. The grades and input we received will help APGA continue to recognize areas for improvement and enhance the value of your membership. We took the average scores in the 2019 Membership Satisfaction ...
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On July 31, APGA members unanimously approved the addition of two new policy resolutions as well as 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 14. Specifically, three major changes to APGA’s policy resolutions were approved. The first new resolution, Fair Ratemaking on Tax Issues, addresses Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulation of pipeline rates and call for FERC to require pipelines to return the value of Excess Accumulated Deferred Income ...
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