Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orlando

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In early 2018, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Orange County Convention Center to create the fifth annual Design and Construction Week. This three-day, must-attend event for residential construction and design professionals will be take place January 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. One badge will provide access to all the exhibits with an estimated 80,000 attendees projected to attend.

The 2,800-square-foot natural gas industry exhibit will be the result of an important partnership between the American Gas Association (AGA) members and manufacturers of gas appliances demonstrating the latest, most innovative technologies available to consumers. Leading up to IBS and throughout the course of the show, AGA will use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our blog to promote the exhibit booth and manufactures.

We look forward to seeing you all in Orlando this coming January! If you are interested in supporting the natural gas industry efforts at IBS as a volunteer or manufacturer, please contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: July 13, 2017

According to Bentek Energy, July 2017 volumes of natural gas to power generation are slightly higher at 34.1 Bcf per day on average than in July 2016, which flowed at 33.7 Bcf per day. However, year-to-date volumes of gas to power generation are down 2.8 Bcf per day on average.

Along with a mild first quarter for much of the nation, which contributed to lower seasonal residential and commercial demand earlier in the year, total sector demand for natural gas is off about 3.8 Bcf per day compared to the first half of 2016. Sustained heat this summer in the east could begin to change that metric, but of course that is a wait and see.

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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Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: June 29, 2017

Consistent and possibly growing production and moderate demand are bearish indicators and ingredients for a lower pricing environment. But, lower prices have their effects too: higher natural gas to power generation and possibly lower production activity.

Will we continue to see a bounce-around of prices in a relatively stable domain between $2 and $3.50 per MMBtu? Or is there another factor that will break the market out of this range?

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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Jackie Bavaro Natural Gas: It’s Your Energy

The July cover story of American Gas magazine titled, Paving the Way to Public Acceptance, discusses how three natural gas pipeline operators have built successful public engagement strategies to help inform and involve customers.

When it comes to communicating its message to the broader public, Williams, an energy infrastructure company which has been building pipelines for more than a century, has dramatically changed  its public expectations of corporate responsibility and transparency. The company uses a variety of outreach tools—from hosting public meetings to technology-based tactics, including telephone town halls with up to several thousand participants in attendance. Over time, Williams has also taken advantage of digital and social media engagement tools. For example, Williams combined a digitized version of the economic impact statement for its Atlantic Sunrise project with an interactive map. This allowed residents to click on their communities to learn how much tax revenue the project will generate, how many jobs will be added and what local initiatives will receive Williams’ grants.

July magCoupled with social media and traditional outreach, Dominion Energy  has built a strong framework for trust building and community support around its Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project. Dominion’s recent successful interaction with residents along the pipeline’s 600-mile alignment has been a true testament to its grassroots efforts. The pipeline’s customers are local utilities that have served communities across Virginia and North Carolina for many years. With building scheduled to begin this fall, Dominion has hosted a series of construction expos with more than 1,000 in attendance while advocates of the project have taken opportunities to meet the public, from open houses to Rotary meetings to city council sessions. Trusted community voices are an important part of helping people learn how energy projects impact the daily lives of all Americans.

To that end, Enbridge, uses virtually every available communication tool to engage customers. From door-to-door conversations to high-tech digital applications with meetings along the proposed route before any permitting starts. The company also makes sure siting and construction practices are consistent with the company’s overall values. That means acting with integrity, maintaining excellent and community relations and protecting the environment. For example, one of the proposed pipelines they are working on, Sabal Trail, adjusted its route alignment nearly 200 times in response to landowners, environmental groups and local government requests. Similarly, after receiving community input, another proposed pipeline, NEXUS, adopted 239 route changes covering over 90 percent of the pipeline route.

Relationship building and social listening skills are essential to reach consumers in today’s environment. In April, AGA launched Your Energy, a national campaign to help build support for natural gas at the local level by personalizing the issue and increasing awareness and support for natural gas projects. The campaign includes community outreach, social media engagement, advertising and other promotions and has pilots in Connecticut and Virginia.

To learn more about the campaign, click here.

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