APGA Releases 2016 Report Card
At its 2016 Annual Conference in Newport, R.I., APGA released its yearly report card. The report card
represents an assessment, based on input received in the Membership Satisfaction Survey, which is sent
out in the spring, of APGA’s performance in six core strategy areas: advocacy, marketing, gas supply,
communications, membership, and operations. In developing the report card, scores in the 2016
Membership Satisfaction Survey are based on values—from zero for a poor rating to 4.4 for an excellent
rating—and are converted into grades. The survey is specifically designed so that getting an A is very
difficult. The grades provide an important picture of how APGA members view the overall performance
of the association. The grades and input we received will help APGA continue to recognize areas for
improvement and enhance the value of membership. Included are the grades APGA received and a few
of the key accomplishments in each of the core strategy areas:
• Reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act while opposing changes to user fee collection
• Demonstrating that the proposed Department of Energy furnace efficiency rule cannot be
economically justified and would be detrimental to efficiency and natural gas consumers
• Passage of comprehensive energy legislation that includes several APGA priorities including repeal of
Section 433 of EISA also known as the Fossil Fuel Elimination Rule
• Development of the Look Closer campaign
• The creation of Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day
• Completion of the cross country Sea to Shining Sea NGV Rally
• A successful Marketing & Sales Trends & Training Conference (MSTTC)
GAS SUPPLY B+
• Successful Gas Supply Conference held in January
• Challenging potential Internal Revenue Service regulations that would negatively impact tax-exempt
• Successful launch of the APGA Community
• Consistent updates to materials found on the APGA website
• Ongoing release of educational webinars
• Via the Membership Satisfaction Survey, APGA received strong and positive feedback from
membership on association activities
• Development of incentives for non-members to join APGA
• Successful petition to PHMSA to withdraw the Construction Inspection Rule while APGA participates
on a working group to revise the rule
• Development of a new APGA Operations Conference, which will be held in November in conjunction
with the Fall Board and Committee meetings
• The APGA Gas Overall Awareness Level (GOAL) program
• The Security and Integrity Foundation continues to develop programs to assist public gas systems in
complying with federal regulations
For questions on the APGA report card, please contact Dave Schryver of APGA staff by phone at 202-
464-2742 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APGA Members Approve Revisions to Policy Resolutions at Annual Meeting
At the 2016 APGA Annual Meeting held on July 27 in Newport, R.I., APGA members unanimously
approved revisions to APGA’s policy resolutions. APGA’s policy resolutions guide the association in the
advocacy positions that are taken. While there were no new resolutions proposed for this year, there
were two major substantive revisions that were approved by membership. First, the Tax-Exempt
Financing Resolution has been revised to reflect recent action by the Internal Revenue Service in which
they are proposing a new definition for “political subdivision.” This action is significant as an entity that
is not a political subdivision cannot utilize tax-exempt financing.
The other major revision addresses APGA’s Climate Change Policy Resolution. This resolution is
currently being revised by a sub-group of the APGA Direct-Use Task Group; so as a result, the resolution
in its current form has been withdrawn. Once the task group completes its work, a revised resolution
will be taken before the APGA Board of Directors and then the full membership at next year’s Annual
Meeting, which is scheduled for July 26 in San Francisco. The remainder of the revisions that were
approved consisted of minor revisions that did not change the substance or direction of the current
policy resolutions that are in place.
A copy of APGA’s policy resolutions is available on the APGA website at www.apga.org. For questions on
this article, please contact Dave Schryver of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or by email at
Diesel Gallon Equivalent Standard Passes NCWM
During APGA’s Annual Conference in Newport, R.I., the National Conference of Weights and Measures
(NCWM), held their annual meeting in Denver, Colo., during which the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE)
standard proposal was adopted on July 27 thanks to the leadership of NGVAmerica.
NGVAmerica led industry efforts along with APGA, AGA, and many others over the past several years to
get a DGE proposal passed by NCWM to allow fuel retailers to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) and
compressed natural gas (CNG) in DGE units. Previously, the proposal fell just short during votes at
NCWM Annual Conferences.
However, with the NCWM passage, the DGE standard now provides retailers and consumers with the
clarity needed to help spur adoption of LNG as a transportation fuel. Moreover, the standard also
complements the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) standard that allows retailers to sell CNG in GGE
units. NGVAmerica will provide further details on the DGE proposal that was adopted on August 11 and
APGA will provide members with an update shortly thereafter.
For questions on this article, please contact Scott Morrison of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-2742 or
by email at email@example.com.
Sign Up for the 2016 APGA RF/GTI Fall Forum
The APGA Research Foundation (RF) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) will hold the 2016 Fall Forum on
October 6 and 7 and APGA members are encouraged to sign up now!
The APGA RF is a not-for-profit corporation that serves as the “bank” for public natural gas system
voluntary research and development (R&D) contributions. The RF provides systems with their own
organization to collect and allocate voluntary dollars to R&D important to public natural gas customers.
The RF identifies and prioritizes research projects important to contributing systems and ensures that
project deliverables are tracked and met. Those deliverables always include commercialization
prospects, values and schedules. APGA Research Foundation has over 150 investors that serve about
2.5 million customers.
The APGA RF invests the bulk of its resources into GTI, which is a not-for-profit R&D organization located
just outside of Chicago. GTI provides research, development, and training initiatives that are designed to
address issues impacting the natural gas and energy markets across the industry’s value chain—supply,
delivery, and end use. Their mission is to offer an integrated systems perspective to expand the supply
of affordable energy, ensure a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure, and promote the efficient
use of energy resources.
In order to highlight the importance of R&D and to showcase GTI’s critical work, every year the APGA RF
and GTI host a Fall Forum at GTI’s headquarters in Des Plaines, Ill. This year’s event will be held on
October 6 and 7, and will provide attendees with updates on ongoing R&D in operations, NGVs, and
emerging natural gas technologies, among many others and provides the chance to tour GTI’s facility to
see the projects firsthand.
The APGA RF and GTI will cover the cost of lodging and food for the duration of the forum for the first 40
registrants. This means that your system will only be responsible for the cost of travel to Chicago.
Registration information for the Fall Forum is available on the APGA RF website.
If you are interested in attending the Fall Forum, please contact Scott Morrison of APGA by phone at
202-464-2742 or staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend the First Southwest Gas Conference this September!
Join APGA, Southern Gas Association, and Texas Gas Association at the first-ever Southwest Gas
Conference this September 20-22 at the Hilton Dallas-Rockwall Lakefront Hotel.
This conference offers 30+ classes, workshops and roundtables focusing on front line training for bottom
line results. This conference has something to offer natural gas professionals of all levels including
sessions on marketing, women in leadership, GAS 101 and pipeline design valve school
To register for the Southwest Gas Conference, please go here.
EIA Reports Storage Decrease of 6 Bcf to Put Working Gas Storage at 3,288 Bcf
Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, August 4, 2016, which reports the week’s
storage report highlights for Friday, July 29, 2016. A 6 Bcf decrease has been reported.
Working gas in storage was 3,288 Bcf as of Friday, July 29, 2016, according to EIA estimates. This
represents a net decline of 6 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 389 Bcf higher than last year at
this time and 464 Bcf above the five-year average of 2,824 Bcf. At 3,288 Bcf, total working gas is above
the five-year historical range.