Jackie Bavaro #FuelingOurCommunities during National Volunteer Month

Throughout April, many of our member companies dedicated their time and resources to their local communities by leading community-based service projects in honor of National Volunteer Month.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company kicked-off the utility’s third-annual Month of Service employee volunteer initiative with activities that included neighborhood emergency response training, distributing food to the underserved and installing solar panels on Habitat for Humanity homes. Anchored by 11 Earth Day cleanup and restoration events in partnership with the California State Parks Foundation, the company’s Month of Service program featured more than 100 employee volunteer projects throughout Northern and Central California.

Employees of Baltimore Gas and Electric celebrated the entire month of April by participating in more than 30 employee-led service projects across central Maryland, for the 10th consecutive year. In addition, BGE employees organized activities for more than 350 employees, family members and friends, which included planting community gardens, preparing food for homebound individuals and rebuilding homes.

Ameren Corporation honored National Volunteer Month by helping local communityCapture2 organizations with a range of volunteer opportunities focusing on benefiting families and promoting diversity and inclusion among community members. These projects included assisting with field events at the local Special Olympics spring games, presenting an electrical safety program at the Girl Scout Camporee in Dexter, Missouri and planting flowers at the Transgender Memorial Garden in St. Louis. These volunteer initiatives are part of the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering.

To that end, AGA employees volunteer monthly at So Other Might Eat (SOME) to continue AGA’s ongoing effort to foster a culture of giving. SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the underserved individuals of our nation’s capital. AGA is proud to support this wonderful cause and give back to our community where we are fortunate to live and work. In a similar vein, AGA staff participated in Washington Gas’ annual Earth Day Cleanup on April 16.

April has been a tremendous showcase of our industry’s community spirit. Thank you for your hard work and continuing to be true partners of the communities that you serve. Please let us know in the comments below or by using the hashtag #fuelingourcommunities to highlight how you’re giving back in 2016.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: April 28, 2016

Slowing production could be met with higher demand if temperatures rise this summer, which would bring some support to a persistently soft pricing environment. A bullish scenario is far from guaranteed though. Inventories from drilled but uncompleted (or completed but unconnected) wells are being brought to market, offsetting production declines from the low rig count. Eventually though even this inventory will dissipate. Many indicators appear to suggest a supply-demand balance tightening this year or next. It’s the how and importantly the when that are up for debate.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Lisa O'Leary ‘Call 811 Before You Dig’ Sets Sights on Third Straight Kentucky Derby Win

Photo Credit: USA North 811

Photo Credit: USA North 811

Following two successful years partnering with Kentucky Derby winning jockey Victor Espinoza in 2014 and 2015, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is teaming up with jockey Junior Alvarado to promote Call 811 in this year’s first leg of the Triple Crown.

Four members of CGA, an organization dedicated to educating professionals and homeowners about the importance of following safe digging procedures, are the official sponsors of Alvarado. Thanks to USA North 811, Dig Alert, Dig Safely New York and Kentucky 811, one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby next month will be wearing the bold “Call 811” logo on his jockey pants and riding boots in front of millions of television viewers and more than 100,000 in attendance at the track.

“Junior is a young, talented jockey and we are happy to partner with him this year in an attempt to win a third straight Derby for Call 811,” said Ryan White, General Manager of USA North 811 – the 811 notification center serving Northern California and Nevada.

A call to 811, which should be done a few days before beginning all digging project big or small, connects you to a local One Call Center which gathers information about the project and alerts your local utility company. Crews then locate the utility lines near the planned project and make sure they are properly marked so you can be sure to avoid them. The process is fast, simple and free.

AGA looks forward to cheering Alvarado to victory on May 7 during the Kentucky Derby. Let us know how your utility plans on promoting Call 811 during National Safe Digging Month in the comments section below or by emailing Jackie Bavaro at jbavaro@aga.org. We’ll share your stories on AGA’s social media pages and blog.

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Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: April 14, 2016

There’s a record amount of natural gas left in storage as we head into the summer injection season. The question of headroom between current inventories and the total theoretical storage capacity creates the possibility that prices could head lower if adequate summer cooling demand fails to materialize.

A possible countervailing trend is production, which is starting to show signs of a flattening or even a slight declining trend. Countervailing that are the latent unconnected supplies waiting for infrastructure, which would be another bearish indicator all else equal. As always weather will play a key role in shaping the market this summer. Lots of factors to consider, but the fact remains: there is a lot of natural gas supply out there.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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