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We enter aPGa's 55th year doing together what none of us have the resources to do individually. It is truly a privilege to be selected
as your Chairman for the 2016-2017 year, and I promise to represent each of you to the best of my ability. We have grown aPGa into a
vibrant, well-known and well-regarded entity on the national stage advocating for public natural gas in multiple arenas. Many of the
people we deal with truly regard us as the folks in the "White Hats," advocating for the best interest of the thousands of natural gas
users back home, always trying to do what is right.
One of the things we did do right was to select Rich Worsinger as our Chairman last year. Rich did an excellent job of leading the
organization, and I send my sincere thanks to Rich for a job well done. aPGa has plenty of battles to fight, but Rich has positioned the
organization well for the future.
Service to the public is what each of our respective public natural gas systems was created for, and if we get very far from that core
mission and that core value, we are doing ourselves and our customers back home a disservice. The simple principle we were created
around is that we offer premium energy at reasonable rates to our communities and rural areas, and energy fuels our local economies.
The economic development funds the housing, utilities, and further commercial development, which supports the sustained growth
of our service areas. It is often overlooked decades later, but many of the thriving communities our systems currently serve would be
much different if our predecessors didn't have the foresight to start our public natural gas systems.
Service covers everything we do. In the day-to-day business, it is treating our customers exactly the way we want to be treated.
Safety, consistent steady operations and maintenance of our physical systems, conservative use of our company's resources, and
minimizing costs through joint action all fall directly under our mission of service to the public.
aPGa provides us with the resources necessary to deal with potential and actual laws and regulations that increasingly come at
us from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety administration (PHMSa), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of
Energy (DOE) and elsewhere, in addition to Congress and the administration. Dealing with these issues isn't as direct of a service to
our own customers as some of the day-to-day nuts and bolts things at home, but in some ways these are even bigger service items.
If DOE's blind dogma on energy efficiency forces some of our customers to install relatively less efficient electric units that are more
expensive to operate because a reasonable gas unit to replace their old one is no longer legal to manufacture and sell, minimizing
that impact is in fact a vital and necessary service to our public. There are dozens of battles like this one that our customers will likely
never even know about; but true service to them demands that we use our combined resources as aPGa to fight and win, or at least
mitigate the effect of these issues.
If we allow our history of service and some good common sense to guide our industry and our country through the coming
decades, the future is bright for both.
I hope you join us in Rhode Island as we kick off this 55th year!
James E. Hodges
Chairman, aPGa, 2016-2017
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A Successful CNG from Sea to Shining Sea Road Rally
Richmond Breweries Tout Benefits of Natural Gas
Presidential Candidates Outline their Energy Plans
The Rising Cost of Natural Gas Transport
CNG for Public Transportation
APGA Hosts Second Southeast Tour
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