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On October 23 at 3:00pm EST, APGA will host its third electrification webinar. This webinar is the final webinar in our electrification webinar series APGA has been holding this fall. The goal the webinar series is to explore the electrification movement and discuss how it will impact the direct use of natural gas and what should be APGA’s response to this policy movement. This webinar will recap the first two webinars as well as other presentations and then focus on the things APGA should be doing to promote the direct use of natural gas. This will be an “open” format where members will be able to join the conversation and offer their experiences and possible ...
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During the most recent revisions to CSA/ANSI Z21.50 and Z21.88 standards, there was a proposal to ban standing pilots for vented decorative gas appliances and vented gas fireplace heaters. Proponents of the ban argued that manufacturers are moving away from installing standing pilots for the products. However, no safety-based rationale was provided in the proposed bans, and since the Z21 standards are “standards for safety,” it was argued that the proposals were not justified. The removal of the standing pilot coverage precludes future use of the technology and incentivizes manufacture of products designed with standing pilots to go to market without the design ...
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Hurricane Michael, the second major hurricane in 2018, made landfall on the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. By preparing in advance and working collaboratively, APGA members are weathering the storm. As Michael moves northeast through areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, flooding continues to be a concern. However, at this time, APGA members are reporting that their systems have maintained service without outages or damages. APGA continues to participate in daily briefings with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the applicable state regulators and other appropriate federal agencies. Any information shared on those calls will ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, October 11, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, October 5. A 90 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,956 Bcf as of Friday, October 5, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 90 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 627 Bcf less than last year at this time and 607 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,563 Bcf. At 2,956 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, October 4, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, September 28. A 98 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,866 Bcf as of Friday, September 28, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 98 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 636 Bcf less than last year at this time and 607 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,473 Bcf. At 2,866 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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APGA has joined the Global Natural Gas Coalition, which was established in June 2018. The group is made up of organizations that have come together for the purpose of having a unified voice to promote the use of natural gas as a foundation fuel for global economic prosperity. The group is made up of gas producers, infrastructure developers, operators, natural gas local distribution companies, manufacturers and consumers that are working together to support natural gas as a foundational fuel now and into the future. APGA has long-maintained that the direct-use of natural gas provides numerous benefits that include efficiency, affordability, and resiliency. In ...
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On October 3, President Trump nominated Bernard McNamee to fill the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seat formerly held by Commissioner Rob Powelson. Mr. McNamee is currently the head of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Policy; and prior to that, he served as a DOE Deputy General Counsel. In his role at DOE, Mr. McNamee was one of the architects of DOE’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which proposed to provide cost recovery to electric generation plants with 90 days of fuel onsite. Before joining DOE, he was head of the Tenth Amendment Center at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which is a think tank. APGA Board and Regulatory Subcommittee ...
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On September 27, APGA participated in and co-sponsored NGVAmerica’s (NGVA) 2018 Road Rally Congressional Reception. Held at the UPS Townhouse on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Reception kicked off the 2018 Coast-to Coast NGV Road Rally. The Congressional Reception was a chance for NGVA, APGA, and its partners to highlight the successes of natural gas vehicles (NGV), celebrate recent work on Capitol Hill in support of NGVs, and applaud congressional champions working to ensure NGVs remain an integral part of our transportation matrix. The reception honored Representatives Markwayne Mullen (R-Okla.) and John Larson (D-Conn.), who sponsored the Natural Gas ...
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APGA President and CEO, Bert Kalisch, presented the city of Rocky Mount, N.C., with two national awards during the city council meeting on Monday, September 24. Rocky Mount is the recipient of the Public Gas System Achievement Award, which is given to only one public natural gas system whose performance is recognized as having made substantial contributions to the community, other utilities and the goals of APGA. The award recognizes a gas system that has expressed a willingness to exchange ideas and technology with others to ensure the gas industry will be the safest and most knowledgeable of all utilities. The presentation was made to Rich Worsinger, Energy ...
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On October 1, APGA joined the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), American Gas Association (AGA), and American Petroleum Institute (API) in joint industry comments on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Class Location Change Requirements. This ANPRM requested feedback on the possibility of codifying specific requirements for gas transmission pipelines that were designed to Class 1 requirements but now operate in Class 3 or 4 areas. The following excerpt summarizes industry’s position: The associations strongly support regulations that advance improvements in pipeline safety practices and that embrace modern integrity assessment ...
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Each year, the Common Ground Alliance provides a report summarizing the submitted data and analyzing the events of that year. The 2017 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report was recently published. Highlights from this year’s report include: • Estimated damages have increased year-over-year from 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, but when construction spending and outbound locate transmissions are considered, damage rates have effectively remained stable during this three-year span. • Most reported damages (52 percent) are the result of Insufficient Excavation Practices. Approximately a quarter of the damages (24 percent) resulted from Notification Not ...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it is issuing a combined $89.9 million in fiscal year 2018 grants from its Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety programs. The grants will be awarded to states, local communities, tribal entities, and non-profit organizations to support state pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs. Grantees will use awarded funds to train first responders; educate the public on local safety initiatives, including pipeline damage prevention; and develop community incident response plans. “These grants will improve pipeline safety by training first ...
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APGA is conducting our annual salary survey, which is focused this year on management personnel working for public natural gas systems. We need your help and encourage you to complete the survey online at http://2018salarysurvey.questionpro.com . Please submit information no later than October 26, 2018. The success of this survey is dependent on the number of responses we receive, so your assistance in taking time to complete this survey is greatly appreciated. The results of the survey will be categorized based on gas system size. A list of positions descriptions is available for reference. Not all positions included on this survey will match yours exactly ...
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On September 26, APGA sent out 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 2019 meeting is scheduled for May 7 and 8. During this time, the PGPC will meet with key members of Congress and the executive branch. The 2018 meeting included a reception in the Senate and over 40 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, September 27, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, September 21. A 46 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,768 Bcf as of Friday, September 21, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 46 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 690 Bcf less than last year at this time and 621 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,389 Bcf. At 2,768 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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Last week, APGA distributed an invitation to an industry-wide Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS) survey, which went to the primary contacts for APGA member systems. While many APGA members are just learning about American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1173: Pipeline Safety Management Systems, APGA encourages all members to participate in the survey. The survey questions are identical to those being completed by investor owned distribution companies, gas transmission pipelines, and hazardous liquid pipelines. The APGA responses of this survey will be anonymized and combined with the responses from the rest of the industry. It is appropriate ...
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Last week in Richmond, Virginia, Bert Kalisch, APGA President and CEO, Erin Kurilla, Vice President of Operations and Safety, and Dan Lapato, Director of Government Affairs, visited the membership serving in Virginia. The Richmond Department of Public Utilities, the City of Charlottesville Public Utilities and Danville Utilities were all in attendance. APGA staff provided a briefing similar to those provided on the Southeast Tour. Bert briefed attendees on APGA’s mission and objectives; Dan gave an update on legislative and regulatory initiatives; and, Erin highlighted the areas of focus for operations and pipeline safety. For questions on this article, please ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, September 20, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, September 14. An 86 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,722 Bcf as of Friday, September 14, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 86 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 672 Bcf less than last year at this time and 586 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,308 Bcf. At 2,722 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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This week, the Florida Natural Gas Association (FNGA) held their annual 2018 FNGA Operations & Marketing Conference and Tradeshow at the Rosen Shingle Creek near Orlando, Fla. Many APGA members were in attendance and several exhibited at the event. Stephen Mayfield, City of Tallahassee and Operations Chair of FNGA, helped develop an excellent program that included a presentation from Rodney Dill, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, on the status of the APGA Direct Use Task Group’s communication efforts with Porter Novelli. This summer the FNGA joined several other contributors on Phase 2 of the initiative. Additionally, Wade Stinson, formerly City Utilities ...
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As many of our members are aware of, APGA has been undertaking a communications initiative over the past year. The initiative began in summer 2017 when it became apparent to the APGA Direct Use Task Group that there was a lack in consumer understanding and positive perception toward natural gas. A working group of several members was formed to develop a plan on how to improve and expand consumer perception of natural gas. The working group met in D.C., for a one-day planning meeting. It was determined that in order for this initiative to be successful, an investment would need to be made and a PR firm would need to be hired. A vital component of this initiative ...
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