THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - 8
Listen, Define, Allocate, Execute
The theme for this issue of THE SOURCE articulates the process APGA adopted for our current strategic planning effort.
Soon after this edition is published and delivered, APGA will enter into strategic planning sessions. Although the
planning sessions take place on October 31 and November 1, our members know APGA has been actively listening and
seeking input since August to help define the critical issues we face as an industry.
In other words, APGA (actively) listened via two separate surveys. In their responses our member utilities defined the
issues; and, now guided by data from membership, the participants in the strategic planning meetings can decide how
best to allocate our limited resources to most effectively execute and achieve our mission.
Strategic planning is an ongoing activity APGA undertakes every three or four years. It is the time APGA reviews,
discusses, and modifies our strategic plan. While we do not anticipate anything significant from this year's session
(e.g., changing directions, priorities, organizational structure, etc.), this transparent four-part process continues to be
essential to the success of APGA.
The following is a brief introduction to a few of the articles in this Winter Edition:
* My counterpart with the Florida Natural Gas Association, Dale Calhoun, pens an article about new legislation in
Florida regarding the use of contractors. The recent hurricanes highlight the importance of joint action to maintain
the resiliency and reliability of our nation's natural gas system. Contractors play an important role in successful and
effective joint action.
* Neil Chatterjee, acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), answers questions about what
public gas utilities should understand about the Commission; what role can the Commission play in ensuring just and
reasonable rates; and, the role of natural gas in our nation's energy future.
* Ian Wright, from the National Energy Foundation (NEF), reports on a program in which the NEF is working with York
County. The program is an important one about educating young people on energy. This partnership between the
NEF and York County is one that is available to APGA members. If you are interested in raising the level of energy
literacy in your community, this program in partnership with the NEF might be one to consider.
* APGA's General Counsel, John Gregg, addresses the weakness with natural gas price indices. John's article highlights
how gas retailers must be vigilant to routinely evaluate the accuracy of the index prices.
Finally, I want to mention some comments we filed last month in conjunction with a hearing on Capitol Hill about
the electric grid reliability study performed by the Department of Energy (DOE). APGA really highlighted and focused
on how the direct-use of natural gas does and can contribute to electric grid reliability. In essence, expanding natural
gas direct-use will benefit the nation and the electric grid in several ways.
* First, it will reduce the impact on consumers from the tremendous costs associated with the build-out of additional
electric generation and transmission assets.
* Second, consumers will also benefit from lower monthly utility bills when operating natural gas appliances as
compared to electric alternatives.
* Third, in addition to reducing the strain on the electricity grid, the direct-use of natural gas increases our overall
energy system resiliency.
* The natural gas transportation network is made up of an extensive system of interconnected pipelines that
offers multiple pathways for rerouting deliveries to maintain service in the unlikely event of a
* For example, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in late August. However, CenterPoint Energy Inc., whose gas
distribution service territory runs along the southeastern portions of Texas that have been hit hardest by
Hurricane Harvey, has continued operating normally despite the storm and unprecedented flooding.
* The nature of our domestic natural gas supplies also are a factor in its resiliency. Natural gas production now is
occurring across the U.S. rather than being located in one specific area.
* Despite the recent hurricane, natural gas prices have been stable.
It is a priority for APGA to preserve fuel diversity because it is essential to the reliability, resiliency, and security of the
nation's energy system. We will continue to advocate that customers must retain the right to choose the natural gas
option as their energy choice now and well into the future.
APGA President and CEO
8 THE SOURCE | THE VOICE AND CHOICE OF PUBLIC GAS
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Winter 2017
A Vision from Our Industry: Listen, Define, Allocate, Execute
Q&A: Chairman Chatterjee
Furnace Rule Update
Delivering the Needs of Customers Through Legislative Action
Reaching Your Future Customers
Whistling In The Dark: Shortcomings of Natural Gas Indices Persist
Growth in Renewable Natural Gas
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - A Vision from Our Industry: Listen, Define, Allocate, Execute
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - First Person
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - APGA Events
THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Q&A: Chairman Chatterjee
THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Furnace Rule Update
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Delivering the Needs of Customers Through Legislative Action
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Reaching Your Future Customers
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Whistling In The Dark: Shortcomings of Natural Gas Indices Persist
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Growth in Renewable Natural Gas
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Legislative Outlook
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - The Pipeline
THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - Marketing Matters
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2017 - At Last
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