The American Gas Association (AGA) hosted a media roundtable breakfast this morning to introduce 2014 AGA Chairman Gregg Kantor, president and CEO of NW Natural. At the event, Kantor discussed the theme for his chairmanship, “Solutions for Our Economy and Our Environment,” outlining how natural gas offers the potential for a stronger economy and a healthier planet.
“America’s natural gas utilities can bridge the divide between an either/or approach to fostering economic growth and protecting the environment,” said Kantor. “With natural gas we can do both and so much more.”
As AGA Chairman, Kantor said his top priority will be to continue to deliver natural gas in a safe, clean and responsible manner. To achieve this goal, Kantor noted, the industry must work together to enhance an already excellent safety record, upgrade and enhance our nation’s natural gas infrastructure to continue to improve safety while reducing emissions, expand the use of natural gas in transportation, and invest in efficient technologies that utilize our nation’s abundance of natural gas effectively.
NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, Ore. and provides natural gas service to approximately 689,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Kantor also emphasized the importance of natural gas working alongside – not competing against – other forms of renewable energy.
“Natural gas can be a partner with other clean energy sources, including renewables,” said Kantor. “We need to get away from the notion that they are somehow at odds. That narrative is over, as far as I’m concerned.”
After the presentation, Kantor and AGA President & CEO Dave McCurdy took questions from reporters of top energy trade, policy and environmental publications, including Environment & Energy Publishing, Platts, SNL News, Politico, CQ Roll Call and The Hill.
AGA will post a short video interview with Gregg Kantor on AGA’s YouTube page next week. Stay tuned!