THE SOURCE - Winter 2015 - (Page 9)
Keeping Current on
Natural Gas Industry Issues
The holiday season will soon be upon us ushering in 2016. But, before we leave 2015 in our rearview mirror,
I believe it is important to revisit some of this year's highlights and important milestones to keep current on
public natural gas industry issues. This issue of THE SOURCE is focused on updates of rulemakings, trends, and
equipment and applications that may leave an indelible imprint on our industry for 2016 and beyond.
In the article Where Do APGA's Furnace Rule Comments Stand Today?, Arthur Corbin and Kathy Garcia report
on both the APGA comments filed in July, as well as the impact APGA's activities made on the Department of
Energy (DOE). Earlier this fall, DOE issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) regarding energy conservation
standards for residential furnaces. In it, DOE acknowledges that a two-product class approach to furnace
efficiency standards is a more reasonable approach to increase furnace efficiency standards as it could reduce
economic burdens and fuel switching that would result from its March 2015 proposed rule.
APGA has long-maintained the need for a two-product class approach to furnace efficiency standards.
For DOE to finally recognize this fact is an important first step to craft new efficiency standards for residential
natural gas furnaces that result in reasonable, cost-effective solutions for consumers and energy savings and
emissions reductions for our country.
Every time I have an opportunity to talk about what new technologies are needed to make natural gas
utilities more competitive, natural gas heat pumps are the first thing I mention. In Natural Gas Heat Pumps: Is the
Timing Right?, Rodney Dill reports that while there is immense progress being made in gas cooling, and interest
remains high in this emerging technology, a few hurdles remain.
APGA continually strives to provide the most valuable and meaningful resources to our members who look
to APGA for the networking and educational opportunities throughout the year. APGA's Marghet Hager reports
on this summer's launch of the APGA Community, an online tool designed for APGA members to connect with
other municipal natural gas professionals, search the member directory, ask for advice, and share expertise. In
the first month alone, over 30 new discussion threads were initiated by members on topics such as odor fade
in newly installed pipe, CNG rates, causes of damage to polyethylene pipe, and gas quality issues. To date, the
APGA Community has experienced:
* Over 75 new discussion threads with over 170 replies;
* Approximately 2,500 logins; and,
* Approximately 300 contact connections between APGA Community users.
The APGA Community is available exclusively to APGA members, and I look forward to seeing it grow in 2016.
Also in this edition of THE SOURCE is an article from Daphne Magnuson from the Natural Gas Supply
Association. Daphne provides an assessment of what to expect for our natural gas supply during the upcoming
winter. We also have articles on spray polyurethane foam and how to keep work zones safe.
Finally, there is one other matter that demands to be addressed in our next issue of THE SOURCE: the recent
acquisition of Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) by Southern Companies. It recently occurred, and many believe the deal
was done because of a vision as to how the electric industry will meet a growing demand.
This $12 billion acquisition of AGL creates the second-largest utility company in the U.S. with about 9 million
utility customers in nine states. It will result in a combination utility with 11 regulated electric and natural gas
distribution companies, 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and a combined service territory covering 17
states. With nearly 200,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines and more than 80,000 miles of gas
pipelines, Southern Companies has a big picture view of how best to efficiently use both electrons and molecules.
Much work remains to be done this year and next to educate policymakers on the environmental and
efficiency benefits of increasing the direct-use of natural gas. APGA will continue to work with members of
Congress and the federal regulatory agencies to ensure the highest and best use of American energy resources.
APGA President and CEO
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Winter 2015
UP-TO-DATE: APGA helps readers keep current on public natural gas industry issues
Where Do APGA’s Furnace Rule Comments Stand Today?
Natural Gas Heat Pumps: Is the Timing Right?
Natural Gas Outlook for Winter 2015-2016
Pipeline to New Markets
Remember to Move Over
The Launch of the APGA Community
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2015