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COVER STORY

Names

and

Times

Change for OGA Members,
Safety, Service Commitment
Remains Constant
BY NEIL DURBIN

ALTHOUGH THE OHIO GAS Association's
largest charter members have changed
company names or corporate owners
(sometimes more than once) since the
organization's 1971 founding, their legacies
of community involvement and delivering
safe, reliable natural gas service remain as
strong as ever.
The roll of OGA's charter members
included Cincinnati Gas & Electric,
Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dayton Power and
Light and East Ohio Gas. If one were to
peruse the directory section of this issue of
OGA Pipeline Magazine 2018, the only one of
those original company names to be found
would be Columbia Gas of Ohio, though
now under NiSource corporate ownership.
Reflecting the decades-long consolidation trend among United States utility
companies, major OGA members and their
parent corporations have been merged
into or have been acquired by larger, multistate enterprises.

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Of course, Columbia Gas of Ohio had
always been part of the multi-state
Columbia Gas System, while East Ohio
Gas was the utility flagship of the regional
Consolidated Natural Gas (CNG) system.
One of the first changes was Dayton Power
& Light's formation of DPL Inc., as a holding
company for its utility operations in 1986.
In 1994, Cincinnati Gas & Electric led the
first major change in OGA member ownership and organization. The company and
its Kentucky subsidiary, Union Light, Heat
& Power, merged with PSI Energy (Public
Service Indiana), of Plainfield, Indiana, to
form Cinergy Corp.
The year 2000 was a momentous one in
terms of Ohio utility mergers and acquisitions, as three of the Big Four OGA member
companies changed hands.
In March 2000, Indiana Gas Company and
SIGCORP, Inc. (the former Southern
Indiana Gas and Electric Company)
merged to form Vectren. The
Vectren name is a combination
of the words, "vector" (forward
direction) and "energy."
That year, DPL Inc.,
sold its natural
gas operations to
Vectren, based in

Evansville, Indiana. The company now
serves about 20 percent of Ohio, primarily
in the west-central area, as Vectren Energy
Delivery of Ohio.
Jim Francis, Vectren's vice president of
Human Resources, was a project engineer
at DPL Inc. during the acquisition. "One of
the benefits that DPL received from being
acquired by Vectren was joining a much
larger gas company with a heavier focus
on the strategies that supported its growth
as well as the execution of best practices,"
he said.
"From a personal standpoint, I was
excited about the changes ahead. I
appreciated being able to focus on the
gas business as a primary business, rather
than secondary to the electric business,
and it helped the business to succeed in
the areas of customer service, employee
engagement, operational efficiency and
productivity - important areas of focus
for Vectren."
He recalls merging into the
larger organization also helped to

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OGA Pipeline 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2018

President’s Corner
Chair’s Report
OGA Members Commit to Achieve U.S. EPA Star Methane Challenge Emissions Goals
Names and Times Change for OGA Members, Safety, Service Commitment Remains Constant
All Aboard the Clean Air Express: Natural Gas Fueling Ohio Bus Fleets
Engineering a Mentoring Culture: Companies Developing Next Generation of Leaders
OGA Scholarship Winners
2018 OGA Affiliate, Associate, Corporate and Midstream Listings
2018 OGA Executive Board/Board of Trustees
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Intro
OGA Pipeline 2018 - cover1
OGA Pipeline 2018 - cover2
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 3
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 4
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 5
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 6
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 7
OGA Pipeline 2018 - President’s Corner
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 9
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Chair’s Report
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 11
OGA Pipeline 2018 - OGA Members Commit to Achieve U.S. EPA Star Methane Challenge Emissions Goals
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 13
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Names and Times Change for OGA Members, Safety, Service Commitment Remains Constant
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - All Aboard the Clean Air Express: Natural Gas Fueling Ohio Bus Fleets
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 19
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 20
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 21
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Engineering a Mentoring Culture: Companies Developing Next Generation of Leaders
OGA Pipeline 2018 - 23
OGA Pipeline 2018 - OGA Scholarship Winners
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - 2018 OGA Affiliate, Associate, Corporate and Midstream Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - 2018 OGA Executive Board/Board of Trustees
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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