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This week, the Tennessee Gas Association held their Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. On June 19, Dan Lapato of APGA staff gave a presentation to the Tennessee Gas Association on APGA’s 2018 legislative outlook. In addition to providing a legislative overview, he also reviewed the 2018 election landscape for the House, the Senate and several high-profile governors races. For questions on this article, please contact Dan Lapato of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by email at dlapato@apga.org .
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On June 20, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the status of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) implementation of the mandates within the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 and the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines Enhancing Safety Act of 2016. PHMSA currently has eight mandates outstanding from the 2011 Act and six from the 2016 Act. In addition to PHMSA, the following groups provided written and verbal testimony: Association of Oil Pipe Lines, American Petroleum Institute, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Pipeline Safety Trust. ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 21, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 15. A 91 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,004 Bcf as of Friday, June 15, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 91 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 757 Bcf less than last year at this time and 499 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,503 Bcf. At 2,004 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On June 14, APGA’s John Erickson spoke at the Kentucky Gas Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting in French Lick, Ind., on current issues affecting operators of gas utilities. His presentation focused on APGA programs to assist members to improve the safety and efficiency of their operations; however, John began by noting that no significant regulations have been issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in the past 12 months. Several regulations are pending, including changes to plastic pipe regulations, operator qualification regulations and transmission regulations. The first two have gone through public comment and could be issued ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 14, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 8. A 96 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,913 Bcf as of Friday, June 8, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 96 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 785 Bcf less than last year at this time and 507 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,420 Bcf. At 1,913 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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This week in San Antonio, Texas, the Texas Gas Association met for their Annual Operations & Management Conference. Municipal and investor-owned natural gas systems, service providers, and vendors came together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing natural gas operators in the state of Texas. At the conference, Don Stanton of CPS Energy concluded his chairmanship and provided an outstanding program with speakers from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Texas Railroad Commission, Southern Gas Association, and APGA. Erin Kurilla, Director of Operations & Safety for APGA, highlighted the numerous programs ...
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On June 11, APGA submitted comments to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) on their Green Book. The draft Green Book is looking at California’s electric grid and the future of their electric markets under the purview of customer choice. APGA is very concerned with one of the fundamental questions raised in the draft Green Book, which is, “What is needed (to) reduce the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas, which is used not just for electric power, but also for industry and in homes and buildings?” To APGA, the concept of looking for ways to reduce or eliminate one of the most fundamental and popular energy resources from a home or business runs ...
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On June 6, APGA filed a Motion to Intervene (MTI) with the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a proceeding initiated by an oil pipeline, (SFPP, L.P.). Specifically, SFPP has filed a Request for Rehearing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) March 15, 2018 Revised Policy Statement on Treatment of Income Taxes. In its filing, SFPP is arguing that the Commission’s Revised Policy Statement is flawed in several areas. First, they argue that the Commission failed to adequately address the economic principles presented by SFPP that demonstrate no double recovery exists “because a discounted cash flow return on equity based on a proxy ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, June 7, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, June 1. A 92 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,817 Bcf as of Friday, June 1, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 92 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 799 Bcf less than last year at this time and 512 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,329 Bcf. At 1,817 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO, CPS Energy, was honored by the Keystone Policy Center as an exemplary leader at its 25th Annual Leadership Awards earlier this month at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Paula then participated on a moderated panel discussion with Andrea Mitchell about collaborative decision-making and problem solving. In recognizing Paula, Keystone President and CEO Christine Scanlan said “throughout Keystone’s history, we have urged leaders in the public, private, and NGO sectors to work together to find collaborative solutions that deliver lasting results.” APGA congratulates Paula on this award, which recognizes that collaboration can ...
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The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) provides a quarterly “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” Each department supplies a status of the rulemakings that are currently underway at the agencies. While the agencies supply estimated dates for various milestones, it is widely understood that these dates are simply estimates. They should not be used for planning purposes, as several external factors including legal review and various levels, can impact the progress of a rulemaking.The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) provides a quarterly “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” Each department ...
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APGA, jointly with American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and American Petroleum Institute, submitted a final set of comments related to the Safety of Gas Transmission & Gathering Lines Rulemaking. As a reminder, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has broken this rulemaking into three separate rules: requirements associated with congressional mandates; the balance of the proposed requirements related to gas transmission pipelines; and, requirements for gas gathering lines. The comments submitted this week pertained to the second rulemaking, which is titled, Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: ...
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On May 31, APGA held a webinar for its members on Accumulated Deferred Income Tax (ADIT) which represents the accumulation of amounts collected through rates for income taxes but not yet needed to pay income taxes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; however pipelines have, and in most if not all cases continue to, collect rates from their customers based on a 35 percent tax rate. As a result, a portion of an ADIT liability that was collected from ratepayers will no longer be due from interstate natural gas pipelines and is considered excess ADIT. The webinar was conducted by Ken Sosnick, a former Federal Energy ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, May 31, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, May 25. A 96 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,725 Bcf as of Friday, May 25, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 96 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 788 Bcf less than last year at this time and 500 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,225 Bcf. At 1,725 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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APGA is pleased to announce the launch of the Gas Industry Events Calendar. APGA in coordination with Ed Young Sales Company (EYSCO) has developed a comprehensive online listing of events for the natural gas industry available at GasCalendar.com . EYSCO began developing this calendar about five years ago via spreadsheet and it has grown ever since. Now, APGA is working with EYSCO to bring this calendar online for ease and access to the whole natural gas industry. Various conferences, trainings and more events are listed by location, date, and hosts. This is your one-stop-shop for a list of all that is happening in the industry. This calendar is useful for those ...
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The State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has approved the 2018 APGA Annual Conference, which will be held July 22-25 in Portland, Ore., for six hours of Utility Commissioner Training Credits as required under Tennessee law. By way of background, the State of Tennessee recently passed legislation that requires utility board members to receive 12 hours of training with the first 12 months of their initial election/appointment (or re-election/reappointment) and 12 hours every three years thereafter. The subjects for training include board governance, financial oversight, policy-making responsibilities, and other topics reasonably related to a board member’s ...
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As natural gas vehicles (NGV) continue to gain market share in both the U.S. and Canada, CSA wants to harmonize the Canadian and U.S. standards used to design and operate maintenance and refueling infrastructure. The CSA Corporation is responsible for developing Canadian construction codes and is active in the U.S. code development process. Following up on initial balloting of the CSA Group Canadian consensus standard, “B401, Natural gas vehicle (NGV) maintenance facilities code,” CSA Group has begun preparations for developing proposals for changes to NFPA Standard 30A, “Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages.” The B401 document represents ...
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This year, the APGA Research Foundation (RF) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) would like to invite all current RF contributors and any system thinking about joining the foundation to our 2018 Fall Forum. The forum will start at noon on Wednesday, October 17 and end at noon on Thursday, October 18. The forum will be held at GTI’s Des Plaines, Ill., research facilities which are very close to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. This year we have revised the program to give attendees more time to learn and discuss specific research. The program will have two concurrent sessions that will focus on either research impacting the operation of a utility or research exploring ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, May 24, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, May 18. A 91 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,629 Bcf as of Friday, May 18, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 91 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 804 Bcf less than last year at this time and 499 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,128 Bcf. At 1,629 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it is now accepting applications for Pipeline Safety Information Grants to Communities: Technical Assistance Grants (TAG). TAG provides funding to local communities and groups of individuals for technical assistance related to pipeline safety. The program also provides opportunities that strengthen the depth and quality of public participation in the safe development and operation of pipelines in and around communities. Technical assistance is defined as engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues. Since program inception in 2009, PHMSA has awarded almost ...
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