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feature

A Conversation with
an APGA Member:

Southeast
Gas

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outheast Gas in Alabama is an active APGA member and in
continuing our new feature, A Conversation with an APGA
Member, we hear from this system on a variety of issues
including communications, service, safety and more.

How does your system give back to the
communities you serve?
Our system was formed in 1952 as a
catalyst for growth in Southeast Alabama.
We exist at our core, to help strengthen
the 14 cities who own our system, along
with other communities we serve. By
our very formation, our system is a
community servant. Now, 65 years later,
Southeast Gas is still heavily involved in
community service activities. From our
Economic Enhancement Fund grants to
our Give Back to Schools initiative, we've
provided more than $1,000,000 back to
our local communities just since 2010. Our
system employees participate in several
organized volunteer efforts throughout
the year, resulting in more than 100
donated hours of service annually.
Many of our projects are related to
schools within our service territory, which
led to the implementation of our Give

Back to Schools program in 2010. Three
years ago, we furthered our commitment
to local education by starting our
Community Service Scholarship. Since
2015, we have awarded 56 scholarships to
students throughout Southeast Alabama
who collectively logged more than 30,000
service hours while in high school. Our
communities are our lifeblood, and we are
committed to improving them not just by
providing their energy, but by providing
them our support.
What are some barriers for growth or
issues you must face, and how does
your system deal with those?
As a system with about 30,000
customers, we operate 622 miles of
transmission lines and 1,568 miles of
distribution lines in 18 counties and we
serve 35 towns and cities. Our service area
spans about 12,000 square miles, making

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us the largest geographic publicly-owned
system in the United States. However,
we are located in mostly rural Southeast
Alabama, so we face unique challenges
in the area of growth. In areas like Pike
Road (just outside Montgomery), Dothan,
Troy and Enterprise, we are experiencing
modest growth of 3-10 percent annually.
However, in regions of our service area
where textile mills were prevalent years
ago, but have since closed or relocated,
we've experienced population (and
ultimately customer) declines. Increased
interest in tankless water heating and
other high-efficiency appliances have
contributed to some load erosion, but
we have seen a resurgence in luxury
appliances like lanterns, hearth products
and outdoor cooking spaces, which has
helped increase our load, particularly in
the new construction market.
What are some unique ways you keep
gas costs competitive for consumers?
In 2003, our system pioneered a
project to purchase the undivided interest
in 754 coalbed methane wells in the Black
Warrior Basin near Tuscaloosa, Ala. This
calculated risk, which would ultimately
allow us to provide millions of dollars



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Fall 2017

First Person
APGA Events
A Conversation with an APGA Member: Southeast Gas
Update on DOE’s Furnace Rule
The Second Annual NGV Road Rally
Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and How it Affects the Direct-Use of Natural Gas
APGA Strategic Planning: What’s Next?
Growing Revenue Without Capital - Combined Heat and Power
APGA Endorses Leading Home Repair Provider
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
At Last
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - First Person
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - APGA Events
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - A Conversation with an APGA Member: Southeast Gas
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Update on DOE’s Furnace Rule
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - The Second Annual NGV Road Rally
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and How it Affects the Direct-Use of Natural Gas
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - APGA Strategic Planning: What’s Next?
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Growing Revenue Without Capital - Combined Heat and Power
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - APGA Endorses Leading Home Repair Provider
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Legislative Outlook
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - The Pipeline
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Marketing Matters
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - At Last
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