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A Deeper Look:
Examining the Impact Issues
for Natural Gas Utilities
With this issue of THE SOURCE, we take a deeper look into a few issues that impact the operation of a natural
gas utility. Upstream of the city-gate, every gas utility has concerns with matters related to gas supply and
transportation. Downstream, gas systems maintain focus on many issues including new end-use technologies,
regulatory compliance and human resources. Taking a deeper look into a few of these current and pressing enduse areas is the essence of this issue. The following is a brief introduction to a few of the articles in this winter
edition.
*	Net zero: What is net zero? Is there a role for natural gas in a net zero building? Rich Groom, CEO for Sparks
Research, pens a piece on the findings and results of a study regarding architects' understandings about net
zero. Rich also shares the results of the high favorability architects have on the direct-use of natural gas.
*	Climate change: Natural gas is primarily methane and methane is a potent greenhouse gas. How can a gas
utility help to reduce emissions? In this piece, APGA member Mesa, Ariz., and the Environmental Defense
Fund worked together on a project that demonstrates the diligence, safety and caution gas utilities devote
to natural gas leaks and emissions.
*	Combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation (DG): APGA recently formed a new task group
to address cutting edge energy solutions that rely upon natural gas. This new group, the CHP/DG Task
Group, is focused on how to apply new and existing natural gas technologies to provide energy nearer to its
end-use. In this edition, the article Taking a Fresh Look at Distributed Generation and CHP reports on how the
power generation mix is changing, and highlights the greater role for natural gas in DG technologies and
microgrids.
Before urging you to jump into this issue's articles, I have three other items of note to share with you.
Regarding the furnace rulemaking, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its Supplemental Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR) for residential furnaces. The SNOPR proposes to eliminate non-condensing
furnaces nationwide. When it comes to impacting a gas utility, or more specifically the customers it serves, I
cannot remember another federal action that could have a greater effect than this one. In this issue, we start a
new one-page column that will update the readers on this important rulemaking. This is on page 10.
As for the 2016 Membership Tour, in August, with the support of many APGA board members, APGA staff
was able to deliver briefings in nine cities over 10 days in six states. We placed 2,430 miles on the rental car over
that 12-day stretch. I logged more than 40 hours of windshield time with Dave Schryver and John Erickson,
shared countless meals, and partnered in a briefing tag-team that presented an update about the broad array
of APGA's activities to more than 200 members. For most of the attendees, this was their first live APGA event. I
look forward to a similar membership tour in the Midwest in 2017!
Finally, Bud Miller steps down as APGA General Counsel at the end of the year. After more than 35 years, it is
obvious across the association that every APGA member and staff person was and is so very grateful for Bud's
loyal service and unwavering commitment.
During our Annual Conference this summer in Newport, R.I., the board presented Bud with APGA's Lifetime
Achievement Award to convey the deep and sincere appreciation both current and former members have for
his outstanding legal work and wise counsel.
In this space, I add our most heartfelt "thanks" for his friendship over the last 35+ years with the hundreds,
if not thousands, of current and former APGA members who would also express the same to Bud and Shirley
Miller- Godspeed.
Sincerely,

Bert Kalisch
APGA President and CEO
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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 - APGA Events
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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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