APGA Weekly Update, March 31, 2016

03-31-2016 13:18

Registration Open for the 2016 APGA Government Relations Conference and Board and Committee Meetings Join APGA May 1-4 for our Spring Board and Committee Meetings and Government Relations Conference. It is critical to our advocacy efforts on issues such as the DOE furnace rule to visit Capitol Hill as a group and have a large turnout. There is no registration fee to attend this conference. Register at http://www.apga.org/grc/home April is National Safe Digging Month! April is the month to spread the message to your customers and community about safe digging. The importance of calling 811 before digging cannot be overstated. Calling before digging is not only a safety measure, but it also saves time, money and resources. Find out more by visiting the Common Ground Alliance website at www.call811.com. APGA Holds Trio of Conferences in Savannah From March 29 to 31, APGA held its annual Marketing & Sales Trends & Training Conference (MSTTC) in conjunction with the APGA Security and Integrity Foundation (SIF) Operations Conference in Savannah, Ga. This year though, a third conference was added to the event, the APGA Gas Policy Conference (GPC). These three conferences made for a successful event with a variety of information for gas utility workers and brought in close to 200 attendees including APGA members and non-members. APGA’s Chairman, Rich Worsinger from City of Rocky Mount, N.C., and SIF Chairman, Leonard Philips from City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., began the conference by welcoming the attendees in a joint session that included all three conference attendees. This joint session then featured a presentation by Alex Epstein on the moral case for fossil fuels. Alex argued that fossil fuels, despite popular perception, have improved every measure of human well‐being, from life expectancy to clean water. All three conferences stayed together for a panel discussion on zero energy buildings. The panel was moderated by Greg Henderson of Southeast Alabama Gas District, and was comprised of Sue Kristjansson of Southern California Gas Company, Rick Murphy of American Gas Association, and Rodney Dill of Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia. The conferences then enjoyed a networking break with the many exhibitors in attendance and later split off into their individual sessions. The first day concluded with a networking reception with the exhibitors. Highlights from the rest of the MSTTC program include presentations from the winners of the APGA Marketing & Sales Award, ThermoLift’s ultimate gas heat pump, an analysis of a realtor’s survey by Sparks Research, information on how to reach builders and developers, a panel on multifamily housing market options, another panel on partnering with electric utilities, the APGA Look Closer marketing campaign, how to integrate alternative fuel vehicles in emergency response fleets, the future of NGVs, and the conference concluded with a bonus session from Ed Young Sales and Magnolia River on an introductory industry overview called Gas 101. The SIF Operations Conferences focused on regulatory compliance and operational improvement. Highlights from that conference include a discussion on various aspects of regulatory compliance including new regulations from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a panel on how utilities use system modeling software for planning and system improvement, an overview of innovative methods for collaborating with first responders to prepare for emergency response, research underway at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) aimed at improving utility operations, cybersecurity challenges and solutions for gas operators, and lastly, a discussion from Bill DeFoor of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia about PHMSA’s review of its public awareness regulations. The first Gas Policy Conference had an agenda full of natural gas policy issues and their effects on the natural gas direct-use market. Highlights for this conference include the loss of thru-put and how utilities make up the load, an update on the furnace rule, analyzing threats to natural gas, how to get states to use natural gas as an air quality compliance mechanism, research needs for direct-use, an outlook on partner trade associations, and how to influence and win the code development process. The GPC also did several joint sessions with MSTTC including Gas 101, the Look Closer marketing campaign session, and alternative fuel vehicles in emergency response fleets. A survey will be sent out to attendees of these three conferences in the coming weeks to help determine details about future conferences. For questions on MSTTC, please contact Audrey Anderson at aanderson@apga.org. For questions on the SIF Operations Conference, please contact John Erickson at jerickson@apga.org. For questions on the GPC, please contact Dan Lapato at dlapato@apga.org. EIA Reports Storage Decrease of 25 Bcf to Put Working Gas Storage at 2,468 Bcf Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, March 31, 2016, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, March 25, 2016. A 25 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,468 Bcf as of Friday, March 25, 2016, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decline of 25 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 1,002 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 843 Bcf above the five-year average of 1,625 Bcf. At 2,468 Bcf, total working gas is above the five-year historical range.

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