Monthly Archives: March 2017

Jackie Bavaro AGA Hosts Second Annual Next Level Women’s Leadership Program

Becky Blalock, Advisory Capital (center) pictured with Xcel Energy's Cheryl Campbell and Joni Zich.

Becky Blalock, Advisory Capital (center) pictured with Xcel Energy’s Cheryl Campbell (left) and Joni Zich (right). Photo courtesy of Becky Blalock.

The American Gas Association (AGA) hosted its second annual Next Level Women’s Leadership Program on March 15-17 at its headquarters in Washington, DC. This event was developed under the direction of AGA’s Leadership Council Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to provide a national forum that complements the diversity and inclusion efforts already underway by AGA member companies. This year, the meeting gathered more than 30 women executives from AGA member companies across the nation.


Dave McCurdy, AGA; Patricia Poppe, CMS Energy; and Colette Honorable, FERC lead Women Energy Executives Panel: Challenges & Opportunities.


Speakers included Diane Leopold, president and CEO, Dominion; Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president, Gas, Xcel Energy; Patricia Poppe, president and CEO, CMS Energy; and Dave McCurdy, president and CEO, AGA. Panels led in-depth workshops focused on a variety of topics ranging from industry case studies and business best practices to developing and enhancing one’s personal brand.

The Next Level Women’s Leadership Program is a year-long training and mentorship initiative. In addition to this kick-off event in DC, the program will include regional meetings hosted by member companies later this year.

We hope those who attended found value in this event and we look forward to seeing attendees again throughout the year. To learn more about the program, click here or contact Ysabel Suarez at 202-824-7024 or

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Jackie Bavaro AGA Recognizes Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day

The American Gas Association (AGA) will recognize utility workers in the natural gas industry on March 18 during the second annual Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day. This nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities.


“The best thing about my job is the high quality of people I work with. We want to see each other succeed, which means our company succeeds.” — Bernie, Cascade Natural Gas

In 2016, AGA launched the inaugural #MyNatGasJob campaign to tell the stories of natural gas utility workers throughout the country. To date, nearly 30 profiles have been included in the campaign, showcasing the interesting people and wide spectrum of job opportunities in the natural gas industry. You can view the worker profiles here or on Twitter using the hashtag #MyNatGasJob.

Safety is a core value for the natural gas industry and AGA looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into homes and businesses across the nation. As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.

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Jackie Bavaro New AGA Report Uncovers the U.S. Natural Gas Commercial Sector

The March issue of American Gas Magazine titled, Uncovering the U.S. Commercial Sector, features a new American Gas Association (AGA) report, which highlights the diversity within the commercial segment of the natural gas market and the range of consumers, technologies and end uses that serve as the backbone to the U.S. economy.

magThe commercial sector represents businesses and public services including education, health care, public order and safety, service facilities, offices, food sales and service, lodging, retail and public assembly.  There are more than 5.4 million “commercial customers” of natural gas in the United States and that 99 percent of all natural gas volumes sold to the commercial sector flow through local distribution company pipes.

In 2016, the U.S. Energy Information Administration conducted a survey of building owners, managers and energy providers to better understand the characteristics of the commercial sector and how it has changed over time. AGA took a deep dive into the findings of the survey and a few key conclusions include:

  • The share of buildings that use natural gas has remained relatively constant across the entire commercial building fleet. This suggests commercial natural gas growth has reflected an expansion of the entire market, of which natural gas has maintained a consistent share.
  • Natural gas use in the commercial building sector has grown 10 percent during the last decade, a result of growth in the overall commercial market. Natural gas consumption in the U.S. commercial sector exceeded 3.5 trillion cubic feet in 2014.
  • In 2015, a commercial customer’s natural gas bill reached a new low of $405 on average, which is the lowest since AGA began collecting data in 2003.

Businesses across the country are paying less for natural gas now than at any time since the Ford Administration. In fact, commercial utility bills are the lowest since the AGA began collecting data early last decade. AGA sees a bright future for the commercial use of natural gas. As the economy grows, so will the commercial sector. At a low-cost, reliable fuel, natural gas will help that sector maintain its competitiveness that helps drive our economy. The efficient use of commercial-scale natural gas applications lower costs for businesses and helps increase jobs.

To read the entire article, please click here.

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