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To Initiate Growth-
Natural Gas Is the Foundational Fuel
In this Golden Era of natural gas, our residential and commercial customers now use a lower percentage of their
income and revenue to pay their utility bills. The affordability of natural gas is bringing industries back into our
communities with new jobs and investments; and, with advances in technology, the growth in our domestic
natural gas supply always exceeds the previous year's consumption. As our new Chairman Rich Worsinger
accurately proclaims, "Natural gas is our fuel of freedom."
Despite the growth of the natural gas industry, unexplored avenues remain for greater direct-use and even
more opportunities for growth across the end-use sectors. As local distribution companies (LDC), we must
always tout the benefits of natural gas. While not a perfect fuel, natural gas is clearly the best fuel as it is reliable,
affordable, abundant, domestic, clean, and safe. It is without a doubt the foundational fuel upon which our
communities and country can grow. We will be addressing technologies, trends, and policies that increase
natural gas usage at September's Gas Equipment and Application Conference in Atlanta. I hope you will join us
for this groundbreaking and innovative event. Please read more about this conference on page 27.
Now that natural gas is America's number one fuel, we now also have a bulls-eye on our collective back.
As LDCs, we understand and our customers recognize the incredibly high value natural gas brings to the
communities we serve. But we now also hear the growing volume of the naysayers who try to make the perfect
the enemy of the good.
Whenever and wherever we can, we have an obligation to promote the high value attributes of natural gas, tout
the benefits of its direct-use, and be prepared to refute hollow and disingenuous allegations from those who either
intentionally ignore the facts or demonstrate intellectual laziness by simply echoing the false claims of others.
It is disappointing that the recent proposed rulemaking on natural gas furnaces reflects the U.S. Department
of Energy's (DOE) view. In this issue, APGA's Regulatory Subcommittee and Direct-Use Task Group provide an
update on the rulemaking. Suffice it to say, DOE's proposed furnace
standards will result in the utilization of less efficient equipment,
greater emissions, and increased costs for homeowners.
In this issue of THE SOURCE, we have a Q&A session with Colorado
Senator Cory Gardner. Senator Gardner talks about the role and impacts
natural gas is making in his home state, and how creating new solutions
and innovative answers to maximize this reliable fuel's unlimited
possibilities can lead to greater growth in America's economy.
Craig Barry writes about technology advancements in corrugated
stainless steel tubing (CSST). There is a new generation CSST that
exponentially increases the level of protection from fires due to
We also get a report on the creation of a new state gas association in Georgia. Formed by a group of several
natural gas organizations, of which the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia is one of the founding members,
they provide the background on this new entity's mission and the work they will undertake.
In this issue, we also read about Pensacola Energy's advantages realized from its recent implementation
of its new work management and reporting systems; and, a perspective from Ryder about the benefits and
advantages of owning and operating a CNG fleet.
In this edition of The SOURCE, each of the stories touches upon how greater direct-use of natural gas will
advance our country's economy and quality of life. In closing, just as our past Chairman, Jose Lozano, used to
sing "The Best is Yet to Come," we know Rich is warming-up in the wings with new ways to shout, "Natural gas is
America's fuel of freedom."
Despite the growth of
the natural gas industry,
unexplored avenues remain for
greater direct-use and even
more opportunities for growth
across the end-use sectors.
APGA President and CEO
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Fall 2015
Q&A: Senator Gardner
APGA Responds to Efficiency Standards
Georgia Forms New State Association
Greenest CNG Station Opens in Tennessee
Factors that Fuel the Decision to Switch to CNG
Emerging CSST Products
Debut of the Gas Equipment & Appliance Conference
New Management Program for a Growing System
Shale and Natural Gas Lead U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence
THE SOURCE - Fall 2015