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Tracy Burleson The Aging Workforce

As the energy industry workforce continues to mature, a large number of employees are set to retire in the next five to 10 years. While efforts are underway to recruit and train younger replacements for these workers, utilities must plan for that transition and retain know-how.amgasmagcoveraugsept2014website The Aging Workforce

The cover story for the August/September issue of American Gas magazine, titled “The Aging Workforce,” addresses several issues facing the industry as much of their workforce transitions to retirement and new employees enter the workforce. In this article several experts weigh in on topics including workforce planning, knowledge transfer and pension obligations.

While many utilities are using workforce analytics to understand when individuals are going to retire, they face the challenge of capturing knowledge and sharing it with future employees. Ken Mall with EDSI Consulting, a workforce development, customized training and consulting company, provides some basic steps all organizations should consider in defining their knowledge management priorities and creating a plan to meet those future needs.

Royce Kosoff, a senior consulting actuary with Towers Watson addresses the growing pension obligations utilities are facing. With more than one-third of U.S. utilities slowing the growth by moving new employees to 401K plans, some have taken an additional step of freezing the accruals for employees. Kosoff shares other steps to reduce the current risk exposure of pension plans.

To read the full article, click here. To see more from the August/September issue of the magazine, click here.

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Lisa Dundon AGA Scholarship Program to Support Students Seeking Careers in Natural Gas Industry

Last Thursday marked a historic day as AGA announced that proceeds from LNG 17 will be put towards scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in the natural gas industry. The AGA Scholarship program will provide $1 million in funding for students focused on fields related to energy.

On hand for the announcement (pictured left to right) were David Carroll, President of the Gas Technology Institute; Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of AGA; David McClanahan, President and CEO of CenterPoint Energy; and Eloise Dunn Stuhr, Vice President and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement with the University of Houston and UH System.

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“Natural gas is the foundation fuel for a clean and secure energy future and an economic revitalization for our country,” said McCurdy. “Our commitment will help ensure the continued vitality of the American workforce and solidify the legacy of this transformation in American energy.”

A recent survey revealed that nearly 50 percent of the energy sector is experiencing a gap in the skills of its work force in mission critical areas such as engineering and skill trade.

Students seeking a career in trade jobs that are in high demand in the natural gas industry including HVAC, Welding, Pipefitters, Mechanical/Petroleum/Chemical Engineering, Engineering Technologies/Technicians, and specific natural gas programs such as Gas Utility Construction and Service will be eligible for the scholarship. It is anticipated that more than 200 students will receive scholarships over the next five years.

Students at the schools outlined below will be selected to participate. We are so excited to share this great news and look forward to sharing more with you as the students are selected.

Baton Rouge Community College; Baton Rouge, LA
Bishop State Community College; Mobile, AL
Bismarck State College; Bismarck ND
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Pomona, CA
Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte, NC
City Colleges of Chicago; Chicago, IL
Clackamas Community College; Oregon City, OR
Colorado School of Mines; Golden, CO
Erie Community College; Buffalo, NY
Gwinnett Technical College; Lawrenceville, GA
International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement; Norman, OK
Ivy Tech Community College; Terre Haute, IN
Kilgore College; Kilgore, TX
Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT); Beaumont, TX
Los Angeles Trade–Technical College; Los Angeles, CA
Marshalltown Community College; Marshalltown, IA
Monroe Community College; Rochester, NY
Northeast Iowa Community College; Calmar, IA
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Green Bay, WI
Northern Virginia Community College; Annandale, VA
Pennsylvania College of Technology; Williamsport, PA
Salt Lake Community College; Salt Lake City, UT
Stevens Institute of Technology; Hoboken, NJ
University of Houston, Houston; TX
West Virginia University; Morgantown, WV
Westmoreland County Community College; Youngwood, PA

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Lisa Dundon Friends of Natural Gas PA Wins AGA’s 3,000th Tweet Award

To celebrate the American Gas Association (AGA) hitting the 3,000th Twitter post milestone, we encouraged our Twitter followers to retweet (RT) a message about AGA’s newly released 2013 Playbook  and randomly selected a winner to highlight from the pool of participants.

We’re happy to announce that the Friends of Natural Gas PA (@FriendsNatGasPa) has won!Friends of Natural Gas logo Friends of Natural Gas PA Wins AGA’s 3,000th Tweet Award

The Friends of Natural Gas PA, a project of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), is committed to sharing information about the benefits of natural gas and the importance of utilizing this clean, domestic and abundant resource to meet our energy needs in Pennsylvania and across the country. The organization provides news, commentary and information about the production and benefits of natural gas through their website and social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.  Website visitors can request notifications of upcoming meetings and events around the state, as well as policy legislation updates.

The AGA 2013 Playbook is a concise yet detailed explanation about the role natural gas plays in energy security, a cleaner environment and economic prosperity. It should be a go-to resource for anyone interested in energy. To learn more and to access the digital edition of the Playbook, click here.

AGA would like to thank the Friends of Natural Gas PA and all those who took part in the contest by joining the ongoing conversation about natural gas online. We look forward to reaching 4,000 tweets and 6,000 Twitter followers in the near future.

As always, remember to keep checking the AGA website, our True Blue Natural Gas Blog, our Facebook fan page and our Twitter feed for all current news and updates.

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Lisa Dundon The Gifts of Natural Gas: U.S. Jobs

holiday gift 300x240 The Gifts of Natural Gas: U.S. JobsAmong the many gifts of natural gas is the significant job creation in the United States. Every day, 622,000 people work to explore for, produce, transport and distribute natural gas.  Natural gas distribution alone provides nearly 20 percent of these jobs. In addition, more than 700,000 jobs are created in industries such as agriculture and manufacturing that support and supply goods and services to the natural gas industry. And as a whole, the natural gas industry employs nearly 3 million people in all 50 states.

The past several years have been truly game-changing in the natural gas industry thanks to improved technologies that are allowing energy producers to access significant and growing supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations and other unconventional reservoirs. As a result, the natural gas supply picture looks extremely bright, both for the industry and customers.

According to a study by IHS Global Insight, natural gas production from shale is expected to support 1.5 million jobs by 2015 and 2.4 million by 2035.

“At a time when the U.S. economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession and struggling to create enough jobs to sharply reduce the unemployment rate, the growth in shale and other unconventional natural gas production is a major contributor to employment prospects and the U.S. economy,” said IHS Vice President John Larson, the lead author of the study.

By introducing cash back into the economy, natural gas employees have supported 1.5 million jobs and created demand for further goods and services. Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a multibillion-dollar plant in Texas that will convert natural gas into the building blocks of plastic– creating 2,000 construction jobs. Sasol Ltd, a South African chemical company, recently announced plans to build a “gas-to-liquids” plant in Louisiana that will convert natural gas to diesel. According to Chief Financial Officer Christine Ramon, Sasol Ltd has completed a feasibility study for the plant and estimates it will produce 96,000 barrels of diesel and other fuels per day.

AGA and our members will continue to collaborate with policymakers at all levels to deliver this abundant, affordable and clean energy source and help create jobs in our nation.

AGA will highlight the many gifts of natural gas throughout the month of December. Let us know what your favorite gift is in the comments section below.

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