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FEATURE

OGA Pipeline
Magazine 2016

Executive
Roundtable

The editorial team of OGA Pipeline Magazine 2016 surveyed leaders of Ohio's largest natural
gas utilities to gauge their opinions and insights on the major opportunities and challenges
facing the industry and their individual companies in 2016 and beyond. Participants included
Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio, Jeff Murphy, vice president and general
manager of Dominion East Ohio; Jim Henning president, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, and
Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren, Ohio.

Q1: What do you see as the
greatest near-term opportunities facing your company, and
the natural gas distribution
industry in 2016 and the following three years?
Dan Creekmur, Columbia: Like most companies, we are in the midst of a generational
shift that is reshaping our workforces. This
presents us with an opportunity to actively
change the way we train and develop our
employees and leaders. In August of this
year Columbia Gas of Ohio broke ground
on a world-class, state-of-the-art training
center in Gahanna, Ohio.
Jeff Murphy, Dominion: Low energy
prices have created a challenging environment for many industry players, especially
producers. As a local distribution company,
however, those prices have created unprecedented opportunities for load growth in
areas ranging from new residential customers to power generation. Dominion
East Ohio is also taking advantage of its
proximity to Utica production by working
with parties to deliver it to our market as
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well as nearby interstate pipelines. Given
the pricing we see on the horizon, those
trends should continue for the next several
years and perhaps well beyond.
Jim Henning, Duke Energy: We completed our 15-year, accelerated main
replacement program in 2015 to help
improve our aging infrastructure. As part
of our forward looking investment on our
natural gas system, we have also replaced
3,530 service lines. As of now, we have
about 67,000 older service lines in our Ohio
and Kentucky service areas that are due to
be replaced. We have an application in front
of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
for an accelerated service line replacement
program. We hope to wrap up all of the
service line replacements by 2024.
Colleen Ryan, Vectren: Given the pressures on the electric industry with regulation like the Clean Power Plan and other
similar requirements, coupled with the
abundance and low cost of natural gas, we
see opportunities for customers to convert
from electric to natural gas along with combined heat and power (CHP) opportunities.

Q2: What do you see as the
greatest challenges facing
your company and the industry as a whole, in the near and
long-term?
Creekmur: Innovation will be a constant
challenge and it is one that we need to try
and keep pace with as we look at the ways
we communicate with our customers. Our
customers' expectations of how and where
we communicate with them are changing
and we need to embrace that technology
and those channels to provide our customers with the content that matters to
them. When our customers see our logo,
we want them to know about the great
work our employees are doing to safely and
reliably deliver natural gas and how we are
engaged in our communities.
Murphy: Some of the biggest challenges
we face involve increasing workforce turnover and the ever-changing compliance
landscape. Adding to the pressures of hiring and training are significant changes
in compliance regulations ranging from
the pipeline integrity Mega-NOPR to
storage well integrity to pipeline safety
management systems. As a compliancedriven industry, those changes will have
a huge impact on the nature and cost of
our business.
Henning: In term of current challenges,
we're having many good conversations
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2016

President’s Corner
Executive Roundtable
Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Executive Roundtable
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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