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Lisa Dundon NW Natural Launches Online Tool to Assist Customers with Saving Energy and Money

This week, AGA member company NW Natural launched a new online tool designed to help the utility’s nearly 700,000 customers in Oregon and southwest Washington save energy and money.

The Energy Analyzer, available through NW Natural’s website, begins with a series of questions about customers’ energy use, including how much money they want to invest in potential projects. Once this step is completed, customers receive a wide range of suggestions to help improve the efficiency of their home based on varying factors including time, skill, budget and energy they’d like to save.

Developed with the help of the Energy Trust of Oregon, the Energy Analyzer also assists customers in comparing the amount of energy they use to similar homes in the surrounding area. Users can also sign up to receive ongoing e-mails reminding them to finish the energy-saving projects they’ve self-selected.

“Our customers are paying less for natural gas than they did 10 years ago,” said Cory Beck, NW Natural Communications & Internet Services Manager. “But, they can save even more money and energy when they take steps to improve the efficiency of their home.”

Customers who test out the Energy Analyzer from now through September 5 will automatically be entered into a contest to win a tankless water heater. Visit www.nwnatural.com for complete contest rules.

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Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: July 15, 2014

As the northern hemisphere summer is half way through, perhaps it is a good time to take stock of where we are at.

On the supply front, production is as strong as it has ever been, with near record-breaking levels of dry gas produced at volumes more than 68 Bcf per day since June. Supplies directed toward storage have been similarly robust with a record setting eight straight weeks of 100+ Bcf injections since May. In other words, production is solid and supplies are rebuilding.

On the demand side, cooler summer temperatures compared with 2013 have eased power burn demand this July by nearly 2 Bcf. Industrial and residential-commercial demand are up slightly, as well as exports to Mexico. Therefore, the decline in July demand overall relative to last year is only 0.6 Bcf per day.

The result of this supply-demand balance is a natural gas price at Henry Hub of $4.11 per MMBtu – well below where the summer season began. This suggests that the market sees a sturdy supply portfolio that is able to meet both short-term demand pulls and seasonal storage obligations as operators refill for next winter. In other words, the market is behaving in an expected fashion.

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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Lisa Dundon Better Business Bureau Recognizes CenterPoint Energy’s Commitment to Ethical Behavior

AGA member CenterPoint Energy was awarded last month with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) International Torch Award for Ethics, presented by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, recognizing businesses exhibiting outstanding ethical practices.

Candidates for this inaugural award had to have previously won their local Torch Award for Ethics, which CenterPoint Energy did in October 2013 in the largest business category by the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. In 2012, CenterPoint Energy was also named to the BBB Centennial Honor Roll, which salutes century-old companies that have supported BBB for most or all of its history.

CenterPointEnergy Jean Krause Better Business Bureau Recognizes CenterPoint Energy’s Commitment to Ethical Behavior

CenterPoint Energy Community Relations Director Jean Krause accepts the BBB International Torch Award for Ethics.
Image courtesy of CenterPoint Energy.

According to the BBB, the international award judges were impressed with CenterPoint Energy’s commitment to employees and ethical behavior. Each of the utility’s employees are required to take at least one continuing education course related to ethics each year. The judges also said they appreciated CenterPoint Energy’s motto, “Operating ethically is simply what we do.”

“This award reflects our employees’ commitment to providing safe and reliable service to our customers and communities every day,” said Joe Vortherms, Vice President of CenterPoint Energy Gas Operations in Minnesota. “We’re proud to say that we’ve been doing it for more than 140 years.”

AGA congratulates CenterPoint Energy on this prestigious international recognition for ethical behavior, as well as their continued commitment to safety, integrity and reliability.

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Tracy Burleson Good Works

In 1996, Jeff Angeletti and a team of his colleagues at East Ohio Gas answered the call from a local housing rehabilitation nonprofit by making repairs to the home of an elderly woman. This was one of the first projects of the nonprofit now known as Rebuilding Together and more than 18 years after that first project, Angeletti serves as board president of the group. This is only one example demonstrating the long history and commitment utilities and their employees have to their communities.

domion east ohio volunteers Good Works

Dominion East Ohio employees Ty McBee and Katie Dula joined other employee volunteers in packing meals at the Cleveland Foodbank.

The cover story for the July issue of American Gas magazine, titled “Good Works,” highlights Dominion Resources and Sempra Energy for their dedication and success in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Both companies are listed among North American’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility magazine.

As an industry, utilities have set the bar high for CSR and continue their growing commitment to improve these programs. American Gas talked with top CSR practitioners to provide key steps to improve upon CSR and examples from other industries.

CSR plan1 Good WorksTo read the article, click here. To see more from the July issue of the magazine, click here.

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