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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, September 20, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, September 14. An 86 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,722 Bcf as of Friday, September 14, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 86 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 672 Bcf less than last year at this time and 586 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,308 Bcf. At 2,722 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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This week, the Florida Natural Gas Association (FNGA) held their annual 2018 FNGA Operations & Marketing Conference and Tradeshow at the Rosen Shingle Creek near Orlando, Fla. Many APGA members were in attendance and several exhibited at the event. Stephen Mayfield, City of Tallahassee and Operations Chair of FNGA, helped develop an excellent program that included a presentation from Rodney Dill, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, on the status of the APGA Direct Use Task Group’s communication efforts with Porter Novelli. This summer the FNGA joined several other contributors on Phase 2 of the initiative. Additionally, Wade Stinson, formerly City Utilities ...
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As many of our members are aware of, APGA has been undertaking a communications initiative over the past year. The initiative began in summer 2017 when it became apparent to the APGA Direct Use Task Group that there was a lack in consumer understanding and positive perception toward natural gas. A working group of several members was formed to develop a plan on how to improve and expand consumer perception of natural gas. The working group met in D.C., for a one-day planning meeting. It was determined that in order for this initiative to be successful, an investment would need to be made and a PR firm would need to be hired. A vital component of this initiative ...
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On September 18, Congress passed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R.6157), which includes funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is a federal block grant program that provides money to low-income individuals/families to help them meet their energy needs. The program receives an annual appropriation from Congress through the Labor and Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill. The funding level approved by the committee is $3.69 billion and represents a $50 million increase over 2018 amounts. APGA had signed onto a letter sent to congressional ...
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On September 17, APGA filed comments with the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding data related to certain aspects in developing energy conservation standards for manufactured housing. APGA emphasized the need for DOE to be very cognizant of the impacts in increasing the costs associated with manufactured housing. APGA agrees with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) concerns over the adverse impacts on manufactured housing affordability that would likely follow if DOE were to adopt the approach laid out in its June 2016 proposal. The June 2016 proposal rule would have imposed a minimum 4.5 percent increase to the home’s initial price. This ...
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From September 10-13, in Athens, Ala., nearly 200 individuals participated in the annual Alabama Natural Gas Association Fall Workshop. Erin Kurilla, APGA Vice President of Operations & Safety, oversaw a roundtable discussion on pipeline safety and regulatory compliance. The APGA Security and Integrity Foundation (SIF) team was on-site and provided training materials for seven classes on five different subject matters, including: leak investigation, regulating devices and valves operation and maintenance. The program enables participants to obtain their Operator Qualifications or re-qualifications on covered tasks through classroom testing and field evaluations. ...
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Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane on Friday morning, September 14, at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. As those in its path know, the rain, not the wind has proven to be the biggest challenge. North and South Carolina broke all-time rainfall records. In Swansboro, North Carolina the rainfall total reached 34-inches and continues to grow. On Monday, the Cape Fear River reached a height of 61.8 feet near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence has shown no mercy. In preparation of the storm, APGA members throughout North and South Carolina activated their Emergency Response Centers, staged their personnel, and closely monitored their ...
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This week in Baltimore, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) held their Research and Development Forum. The forum is a two-day event held periodically to generate a national research agenda for pipeline safety. The forum allows public, government and industry pipeline stakeholders to develop a consensus on the technical gaps and challenges for future research. It also reduces duplication of programs, factors ongoing research efforts, leverages resources and broadens synergies. The national research agenda coming out of these events is aligned with the needs of the pipeline safety mission, makes use of the best available knowledge ...
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Hurricane Preparation

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As the Mid-Atlantic prepares for Hurricane Florence, it is a good time for APGA members to review their public safety messages, emergency plans, and mutual aid agreements & contacts. Reminding our customers of the signs of natural gas leaks is important during weather related events. When appropriate, it may be a best practice to include customer safety messages on the front of your gas utility website. For example, you can highlight: 1. How should they recognize a gas leak by the odor? 2. What should they do in the event that they smell gas? 3. If their gas meter turns off, what should they do? 4. In the event that there of flooding, should they attempt ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, September 13, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, September 7. A 69 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,636 Bcf as of Friday, September 7, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 69 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 662 Bcf less than last year at this time and 596 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,232 Bcf. At 2,636 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, September 6, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, August 31. A 63 Bcf increase has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,568 Bcf as of Friday, August 31, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 63 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 643 Bcf less than last year at this time and 590 Bcf below the five-year average of 3,158 Bcf. At 2,568 Bcf, total working gas is below the five-year historical range.
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On September 4, APGA sent a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) asking the agency to commission a study on the use of natural gas in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Over the last several years, we have seen some of the national labs promote the concept of “electrification” across transportation, building and industrial sectors as part of a larger environmental policy platform. A recent example is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Electrification Futures Study (EFS) series. This series of studies is exploring scenarios with, and impacts of, widespread electrification of energy end-use in the United States. In an effort ...
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On September 27 at 3:00 p.m. EST, APGA will host the second electrification webinar in its series on the topic. This webinar is the second in a series of webinars and discussions APGA will be holding this fall. The goal of the webinar series is to explore the electrification movement and discuss how it will impact the direct use of natural gas as well as what APGA’s response should be to this policy movement. This webinar will focus on the things APGA is doing to promote the direct use of natural gas. We will discuss some of the common issues associated with electrification and the association’s next steps. Register for the webinar at www.apga.org/webinars ...
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On August 20, APGA staff leadership, Bert Kalisch, President & CEO, Dave Schryver, Executive Vice President, and Erin Kurilla, Vice President for Operations & Safety, began a two-week Southeast Tour. The trip included 10 briefings with members in a variety of locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama. The tour concluded on August 31. The format of the meetings was similar to the previous Southeast Tours APGA has undertaken in the past with APGA staff providing an approximately 90-minute overview of APGA activities that highlight specific advocacy and operational issues of importance to public natural gas systems such ...
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At its July Board Meeting, the APGA Board of Directors unanimously approved the creation of a Media and Public Outreach Committee (MPOC). The MPOC will, among other things, pro-actively convey the benefits of natural gas direct use and other matters that impact the operation of public gas utilities (such as pipeline safety, municipal and public gas system ownership, small operator concerns and gas supply). The MPOC will also develop and deploy a broad media and outreach plan. The communications effort will make the case that the direct use of natural gas deserves an expanded role in providing our country’s energy needs rather than being phased-out as some have ...
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Later this month, APGA will send out its dues notices for 2019 membership. As communicated in a letter sent out last month by Owen Reeves, Gas System Director for Henderson Municipal Gas and Chairman of the APGA Board of Directors, the 2019 dues invoices will reflect the increase unanimously approved by APGA members at the 2018 Annual Meeting. The $0.03 per meter increase in dues (from $0.84 to $0.87) was approved to ensure that APGA has the resources necessary to meet the increasing challenges facing public gas systems and the natural gas industry as a whole. Please look for the invoices to arrive in the mail towards the end of September.
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On August 28, the Senate approved by unanimous consent the President’s nominations of Dawn Stump and Dan Berkovitz to serve as Commissioners on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Ms. Stump was confirmed to a term that would expire in April 2022 and Mr. Berkovitz’s term would expire in April 2023. Prior to joining the CFTC, Ms. Stump was President of a consulting firm she established in 2016 called Stump Strategic. She also served as the Executive Director and Senior Vice President of U.S. Policy for the Futures Industry Association and as a Vice President at the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Berkovitz was a Partner and co-chair of the futures and ...
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The journey is the destination. I’m tellin ya, truer words never been spoken. After 14 days and 2,000+ miles, Bert, Dave and I were back to where we started: In the throngs of Atlanta rush-hour traffic. But…have no fear…we didn’t let it get us down. When we pulled into the impressive Buford Community Center in Buford, Ga., we all had an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. We felt blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many of APGA’s members: nearly 250 members from over 60 systems and member organizations. With one final presentation hosted by the City of Buford and led by the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia team members, we concluded our adventure. ...
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Good ol' Rocky Top Rocky Top, Tennessee Rocky Top, Tennessee After our briefing in Cookeville, Tenn., it was a relatively short (100 miles) drive to Knoxville, the Tennessee State Capitol and home of the University of Tennessee. We met Brooke Sinclair, Manager of Gas Systems Engineering at the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) and President of the Tennessee Gas Association, for dinner on Wednesday night at Calhoun’s on the River. Soon after the original Calhoun’s opened, they won their first grand championship at the National Rib Cook-Off in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio (who say’s nothing good comes out of Cleveland!). The food was outstanding and given the ...
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APGA's President and CEO Bert Kalisch, Executive Vice President Dave Schryver, and Vice President of Operations & Safety Erin Kurilla have continued their tour of the Southeast this week. They began the tour last week in Tifton, Ga., and traveled through Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee. After a weekend off, the team has been traveling since this past Monday through Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee; then they end out the week in Georgia tomorrow. Once every two to three years, APGA staff leadership undertakes this two-week road trip to meet both members and non-members in the Southeast. Each stop follows the same format—a 90-minute presentation from APGA ...
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