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Jackie Bavaro AGA Releases 2017 Playbook

The 2017 AGA Playbook, released today, is an essential handbook about the role natural gas plays in American’s daily lives. The playbook offers 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 sixth edition of the Playbook includes information about a new AGA report, titled the Uncovering the U.S. Commercial Sector, which highlights the fact that clean and affordable natural gas has led to $76 billion in savings for American businesses since 2009. In addition, households that use natural gas for heating, cooking and clothes drying are now saving an average of $874 per year compared to homes using electricity.

p;laybookThe 2017 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 2017 AGA Playbook for more facts and information and visit to learn even more about how our nation’s natural gas utilities are leading a fact-based energy dialogue and use #AGAPlaybook to join the conversation on your social medial platforms.

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Jackie Bavaro American Gas Magazine Spotlights 2017 NARUC President Robert Powelson

The February issue of American Gas magazine titled, With Drive and Determination, features Robert Powelson, 2017 President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and discusses his three priorities for the year ahead: infrastructure, investment and innovation.

As Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Powelson firmly believes that a well-maintained and resilient infrastructure is critical for a strong economy. Hailing from the second-largest natural gas production state in the nation, Powelson has seen first-hand the economic renaissance taking place, due in large part to the shale revolution.

NARUCIn his role as NARUC President, Powelson aims to provide a broader conversation around modern utility infrastructure investment among lawmakers, local distribution centers and industry stakeholders. Powelson is encouraged by the conversation taking place within NARUC about updating the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and examining ways for state commissions to incorporate ratemaking tools that stimulate infrastructure investment.

A cornerstone of Powelson’s NARUC Presidency will be to focus on opportunities for innovation within the utility industry. Today, customers expect to have access to smart thermostats and meters, as well as the ability to be more involved in their energy usage, pricing and sources of generation. It is important that utilities begin to explore ways to improve the overall customer experience and engage customers in a more personal way.

Over the next year, NARUC will focus on bringing the thought leaders in technology to NARUC and showcasing some of the newest technologies in the utility realm. Examples include battery storage technology, oxide fuel cells and new combined heat and power initiatives.

For the complete American Gas magazine article, please click here.

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Jackie Bavaro Giving Back during #GivingMonth at Martha’s Table

Last week, American Gas Association (AGA) staff members participated in the second week of Giving Month by contributing to Martha’s Table, a local DC nonprofit that provides families with a support system to help increase access to quality educational stewprograms and healthy food options.

To contribute to the mission of Martha’s Table, AGA staff was on site to help with food preparation and baking. Throughout the week, AGA made more than 150 muffins, 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and one very delicious fish stew.

AGA is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the 16,000 volunteers each year that help Martha’s Table achieve its mission to support stronger children, families and communities in the DC area. For more than 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to provide families with a strong support system and positive educational opportunities by focusing on three areas: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating and Healthy Connections.

bakingIn 2015, Martha’s Table served more than one million meals, distributed free clothing and housewares to 10,000 neighbors in need and provided education to more than 200 children and young adults. This is an organization we are proud to support.

A heartwarming amount of time and energy has also been given throughout the year by our members. To take a look at AGA’s members’ activities during the holiday season, search #FuelingOurCommunities on Twitter and Facebook or let us know in the comments section below how you’ve been supporting those in need this year.

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Jackie Bavaro AGA Participates in Second Annual #GivingMonth

AGA is excited to launch our second annual Giving Month. In 2015, AGA Chairman Terry McCallister initiated an industry-wide effort designating December as a month to recognize and celebrate all that utilities do to give back to the communities they serve. This year, AGA will be #FuelingOurCommunities through the support of three organizations: Turning the Page, Martha’s Table and Comfort Cases.

This week, AGA staff will be donating books, CDs and DVDs to Turning the Page, a non-profit that links public schools, families and its community to help students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. Since 1998, the organization has engaged approximately 5,000 families, held more than 800 “Community Nights,” distributed more than 100,000 books, taken families on 75 Summer Learning Trips, and trained and supported more than 180 parents to become successful leaders and change makers in their community.

Next week, AGA staff will be on site at Martha’s Table to help with food preparation, as well as assisting families in shopping for healthy grocery options. The mission of Martha’s Table is to support stronger children, families and communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food options and a stronger family support system.

The week of Dec. 19, AGA staff will be assembling and providing items for Comfort Cases, a DC non-profit that provides foster children with backpacks filled with essential needs and comfort items, including toiletries and pajamas. Since its inception, Comfort Cases has donated more than 22,000 bags to children in the foster care system across six states and Washington, D.C. The goal is to reach more than 400,000 children in the foster system nationwide. Last year, Comfort Cases donated backpacks to over 7,000 children in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia foster care systems.

AGA is proud to give our time and resources to lift up our community in the Washington, D.C. area. In December and throughout the year, please use the hashtag #FuelingOurCommunities to highlight how your organization is giving back so we can help promote your good work on our social media channels and on the True Blue Natural Gas blog.

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