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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 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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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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Tracy Burleson Ecopower Can Help Consumers Save Money on Utility Bills

Households across the Unites States that use natural gas for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $840 less per year than homes using strictly electricity for those same appliances. The ecopower microCHP demonstrates how natural gas is not only clean, domestic and abundant, but may be more efficient and affordable as well.

Using a natural gas or propane fueled Marathon engine, the ecopower system is designed to produce heat while simultaneously co-generating electricity, essentially providing consumers with their own on-site power plant. While creating the thermal energy for space heating, domestic hot water and other appliances, the system is also producing electricity to supplement or replace the reliance on grid supplied energy, reducing your overall utility bill and saving you money.ecopower

Benefits of installing ecopower:

  • Provides heat and electrical power
  • Runs on low-cost natural gas
  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • May reduce your energy bill


Producing 13,000 – 47,000 BTUs per hour, the ecopower system will modulate based on the thermal needs of the application. Sensors located in the buffer storage tank tell the engine when to slow down and speed up as needed, ensuring the unit runs as long as possible in order to create the 1.2 – 4.4kW of byproduct electricity per hour. Accordin to ecopower, any application with a large thermal demand, such as large homes, multi-family buildings, pools, hotels, sports facilities and nursing homes, is the ideal candidate for one or more ecopower units.

With an engine life of more than 40,000 hours and long service intervals, the Marathon Engine is the prime energy source for ecopower. Clean burning natural gas contributes to the long life and thermal efficiency of the system.

For more information, please visit or visit the American Gas Association booth C2615 at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19 through 21.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of ecopower alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.







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Jennifer O'Shea Overall customer satisfaction reached all-time high in J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study

Natural gas utilities remain ahead of the curve when it comes to providing their customers with services that meet their needs and expectations. Driven in large part by affordable prices and customer awareness, overall customer satisfaction with residential gas utilities reached an all-time high according to the 14th annual J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

The J.D. Power study is a comprehensive evaluation measuring residential customers’ attitudes and overall satisfaction with their gas utility in each region: East, Midwest, South, and West. The study, also examines satisfaction across six factors—billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service—and is calculated on a 1,000 point scale.

The following utilities ranked highest in customer satisfaction in their respective region:

The 2015 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study is based on more than 66,000 responses from residential customers of 83 large and midsize gas utilities across the continental United States and was conducted between September 2014 and July 2015.

Congratulations to the AGA members who were ranked for their efforts in the 2015 survey!

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