Lisa O'Leary New Data Highlights Natural Gas Savings for Consumers and Our Economy

The 2016 AGA Playbook has been released today and provides a concise, fact-based narrative detailing how the industry and utilities are helping increase our energy security, improving our environment and boosting our economy. Our fifth edition of the Playbook details how the more than 100-year supply of natural gas in the United States is helping to meet our daily needs safely and reliably while growing our economy and saving our consumers money.

More homes and businesses are using natural gas and the numbers continue to increase due to the unparalleled value and comfort that natural gas offers. According to the 2016 PlaybookImageAGA Playbook, low domestic natural gas prices led to savings of almost $69 billion for residential natural gas customers over the past four years.

The 2016 AGA Playbook also contains pertinent information regarding pipeline safety, natural gas supply and usage, industry safety, energy efficiency, economic growth, cybersecurity and more. It details information on the latest natural gas utility initiatives to enhance cyber and physical security including the AGA Peer Review Program and the Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Check out the complete 2016 AGA Playbook for more facts and information, and visit www.aga.org to learn even more about how our nation’s natural gas utilities are providing safe, affordable, and reliable natural gas to Americans every day.

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Tracy Burleson The International Builders’ Show 2016

More than 110,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, designers and suppliers attended the third annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19 through 21. The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once-again co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center to offer an exhibition and educational experience for all facets of the residential construction industry.

IMG_0879In its 70th year at the show, the American Gas Association (AGA) partnered with 10 natural gas appliance manufacturers to feature the latest industry technology in a 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit booth, powered entirely by an EcoPower micro CHP unit. Other manufacturers included Rinnai, Navien, BlueStar, RH Peterson, Westport, Lennox, FiveStar, Marathon, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting, and Dettson West.

IMG_0846According to show organizers, many of this year’s new products focused on home technology and increased energy efficiency – two factors boosting the return of buyers to the new home market. This theme was reflected in the AGA booth with the addition of a Ford F-150 pickup truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), provided by Westport, as well as the introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity for new and existing natural gas tankless water heaters by Rinnai.

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Another unique feature of the booth this year, was a colorful natural gas range and oven on display by BlueStar, designed in the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, rose quartz and serenity, just two of the more than 750 color choices consumers can select from when designing their own appliances.

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Throughout the week AGA booth attendees had the opportunity to register to win a beautiful natural gas urn by RH Peterson. AGA would like to congratulate Carl Fernandez, of Prairieville, Louisiana, for being the lucky winner.

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AGA looks forward to being a part of the 4th Annual DCW when IBS and KBIS join forces on January 10 through 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The two shows will continue to co-locate through 2022, alternating between Orlando and Las Vegas every two years. For information about next year’s show and beyond, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

For more photos of the Builders’ Show, check out AGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Watch video highlights below.

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Dave McCurdy Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Touts 94% Increase in Investments to Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure

I am proud to once again participate in the launch of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy’s 2016 Factbook. This year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has put together a detailed report on our nation’s energy outlook, highlighting the simultaneous growth in natural gas, investments in renewables and the US economy.

The 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook proves that natural gas is seeing remarkable growth. In particular, there is a movement happening at the state level to McCurdy Photoupgrade our natural gas infrastructure and extend natural gas service to more consumers. In 2014, natural gas utilities invested $9.7 billion in our nation’s distribution infrastructure, a 94 percent increase compared to the previous decade. This is part of the $22 billion natural gas utilities spend annually to help enhance the safety of natural gas distribution and transmission systems. As a result, there has been an increased prevalence of natural gas replacement and expansion programs across the U.S.

This national trend is due to the record year natural gas had in 2015. More homes and businesses use natural gas today than ever before and the numbers continue to increase because it is comfortable, efficient and affordable. For example, households that use natural gas for heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $840 less per year than homes using electricity for those appliances.

The more than 100-year supply of natural gas in the United States forms the foundation for this clean energy source to heat our homes, run our vehicles, generate power, and support other forms of renewable energy for decades to come. Thank you to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy for leading this dialogue once again, about how our nation’s robust energy supply is helping to meet our daily needs safely and reliably while growing our economy.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: January 28, 2016

The year has started with low hydrocarbon commodity prices; news of struggles of production companies to remain in business; a modest start to United States oil exports following congressional action in late 2015; and, expectations that the first LNG exports from Sabine Pass will materialize within the next 45 days or so.

In addition, natural gas accounted for more power generation than coal in six of the first 11 months of 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration. Energy resources are plentiful, cheap, and a great consumer value in the U.S. What’s not to like? Time will tell and many factors not the least of which may be overall U.S. economic conditions will be in play. Stay tuned.

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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