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APGA Strategic

Planning: What's Next?
he United States natural gas industry finds itself deeply immersed in that proverbial phrase: living in
interesting times. The past decade has brought forth breathtaking and dramatic changes in America's energy
landscape, driven by remarkable market, political, and technical dynamics, including the introduction and
unforeseen ramp up of shale gas production, the challenge of addressing energy infrastructure and safety including
the need to replace aging assets and install new pipelines, and concerns over global warming coupled with the
expanding political influence of environmental groups seeking to advance a deep de-carbonization mission.
For APGA, this provides an
opportunity to reflect on the meaning
and implications of the past decade and
to look ahead and chart a course for
the organization, its members and their
employees, and the many customers that
rely upon them for safe and cost-effective
natural gas delivery services.
It is difficult to overstate the
magnitude of changes brought
forth by U.S. shale gas production.
Twenty-five years of research and
development (R&D), coupled with
unbridled entrepreneurial spirits of
George Mitchell and others, helped
make shale gas an "overnight" success
not previously forecasted. Natural
gas consumers have benefited from
sustained low and stable natural gas
prices that have driven natural gas use

to new all-time high levels in each of
the past eight years. For many who
have lived their lives with fears of
energy security and import reliance,
we stand today at the threshold of
natural gas energy independence.
The transfer of advanced shale
gas production methods has also
boosted U.S. oil production, helping
position North America as a leader
in oil and gas production and shifted
the geo-political balance point
away from OPEC. Brought about
by R&D, technology innovation,
entrepreneurial spirit, and limited
regulatory barriers.
There exist a two pronged set
of challenges regarding natural
gas infrastructure. First and
foremost, is the need to replace

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aging infrastructure to ensure the
continued safe delivery of natural
gas to consumers. For natural
gas transmission and distribution
operators, this is a top priority goal
and commitment. During the coming
decade, the industry needs to continue
replacing older cast iron, bare steel,
and vintage plastic pipe. The industry
will also trend toward even more use
of risk-based decision-making that
prioritizes investment where it provides
the greatest public safety benefit,
together with ways to deploy advanced
technology. These and other measures
will provide "knock on" benefits of
reducing fugitive methane emissions.
The second infrastructure
challenge is bringing natural gas
pipeline service to new markets,



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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