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at last

55 and Working
Wow! What a beautiful location and great Annual Conference we had in Newport, R.I. The location, the weather, the hotel, and the
conference itself were all top notch. Thank you so much Rich Worsinger, Annual Conference Committee, and APGA staff for putting
that together for us. I have enjoyed all of the past conferences that I have been fortunate enough to attend, but this one is right at the
top of my list.
We are off and running in our 55th year of activity for APGA. Bert, John, and Dave have been out touring the Southeastern states
giving APGA updates, and getting membership input for two weeks solid. The Direct-Use Task Group has had an initial meeting that
included participation from an interested and involved nonpublic gas system. The Department of Energy (DOE) furnace rulemaking
process continues to grind along with APGA offering a voice of common sense in the process. Promotion for our upcoming Fall
Operations Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., has begun. And, numerous committees have begun their work for another year.
Committees drive the organization, and if you aren't actively involved in at least one of our committees, you are missing out!
I have tried to write a reasoned paragraph or two for this edition about our current problems with the extremist groups (including
some federal agencies) of this country who would ignore the benefits of the direct-use of natural gas (e.g., all-American, high
reliability, high efficiency, low emissions, low costs), in favor of the dream that the high costs, poor aesthetics, unreliable, unscaleable
nature of wind and solar can somehow magically be overcome on a massive scale. But, as obvious as the merits of the direct-use of
natural gas are, it is difficult to engage these groups without getting into mud throwing in both traditional media and social media.
Perhaps Germany's experience with its rush to renewables will enlighten some folks. Their "renewable energy" program has produced
$0.30 to $0.40 /KWH retail electricity there-gas equivalent of $87 to $117 per Mcf. All of this has come with overall rising CO2
emissions from backup coal generation, and some intentional talk of deindustrialization. Tisha Schuller did a great job talking about
this general subject at our Annual Conference. If you missed it, her presentation is available on the APGA website.
On to Chattanooga, our revived Operations Conference is scheduled for November 8, through noon on November 10, following
the Fall Board and Committee meetings on 7 and 8. This bi-annual event marks the return of an organization-wide operations event
for Associate Members to have more interaction time with our system members, and more operations-based items for all members
to learn from and use in our systems. My theme this year is "Service," and if we do an excellent job in serving our customers, our
advocacy positions will be strengthened with our other issues being minimized.
Thank you for the strong outpouring of support that I have had in my Chairman role to start the 2016-2017 year, and I look forward
to seeing you in Chattanooga.
Sincerely

James E. Hodges
Executive VP & CEO, Middle TN Natural Gas
Chairman, APGA, 2016 - 2017

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Winter 2016

First Person
APGA Events
Industry Update: Furnace Rule Report
The Future of Natural Gas in Zero Energy Building Design
Bringing Success to Succession in the Utility World
Taking a Fresh Look at Distributed Generation and CHP
Why Energy Codes Matter and How They Impact Your Utility
Environmental Group and Utility Work Together
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
At Last
Advertisers’ Index/ Advertiser.com
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Industry Update: Furnace Rule Report
THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - The Future of Natural Gas in Zero Energy Building Design
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Bringing Success to Succession in the Utility World
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Taking a Fresh Look at Distributed Generation and CHP
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Why Energy Codes Matter and How They Impact Your Utility
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Environmental Group and Utility Work Together
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Legislative Outlook
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - The Pipeline
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