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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 Future of LNG Industry in the United States Looks Bright

On Wednesday, LNG17 once again welcomed thousands of delegates and visitors to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

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AGA staff welcome delegates to LNG 17.

Day 2 of the conference began with keynote speaker Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS and Founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, addressing the global outlook for LNG.

Yergin said he is “very optimistic for the global gas market” forecasting 620 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) of demand by 2040. Through the advances in technology and infrastructure, North America is changing the face of the LNG industry.

In an interview with the KUHF Houston Public Radio, AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy noted that with this success there are many challenges and opportunities ahead for the LNG industry.

“At the time when AGA secured the bid to host LNG17, the U.S. was the largest importer on LNG and just six years later, our country is now the largest producer and considering exporting natural gas,” said McCurdy. “We’ve gone from an age and an era of scarcity in the supply of natural gas to one of abundance.”

After the morning’s sessions, I took a stroll around the 250,000 sq. feet of exhibition space.  Each of the 350 exhibitors’ booths were stunning and unique in their own way. I was especially drawn to the vendors with two-story structures and neon lights, something I had not seen at my first trade experience during the International Builders Show.

Out of everything I saw on the exhibit floor my favorite two attractions were the natural gas refueling station by Clean Energy and the CNG heavy-duty truck by Westport. I look forward to the day when I see more of these along the highways of America!

Stay tuned to AGA’s Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as this blog for exciting news from AGA regarding our LNG legacy scholarship fund.

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Lisa Dundon LNG 17, We Have Lift Off

AGA Hosts Largest Global Gas Event of the Year

The 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17) kicked off yesterday, attracting a record-setting 5,000 delegates from 75 countries to Houston, TX. Hosted by the American Gas Association (AGA), LNG 17 has brought strategic and commercial leaders and technical experts together for four days of sessions, workshops and tours of world-leading facilities.

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Steering Committee Chairman David Carroll welcomes LNG17 delegates to the opening ceremony.

The day began with a lively opening ceremony emceed by LNG 17 Steering Committee Chairman David Carroll and included guest speakers Andy Brown, Upstream International Director, Shell; Nobuo Tanaka, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan; The Hon. Martin Ferguson, Resources and Energy & Minister for Tourism, Australian Government; and Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

Following the opening ceremony, delegates began to file into the 250,000 sq. ft. exhibition space and were immediately greeted by the AGA Welcome Booth featuring natural gas industry experts, information and literature about the industry, and even custom designed cowboy boots – much to everyone’s delight!

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AGA executives pose with distinguished leaders at the AGA Welcome Booth.

Yesterday’s spotlight session, Global Strategy Forum, was much anticipated and provided a global and strategic outlook of the LNG industry through the eyes of natural gas leaders from Engas, Petrobras, CNPC, ExxonMobile, Chevron, RasGas Company Limited. Many panel participants emphasized the importance of collaboration between producers and suppliers in order to maximize the use and impact of LNG across the globe.

“The future looks bright for our industry and it is important that we all work together,” said Richard Guerrant, Vice President of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing.

Day one of LNG 17 came to a close with a special performance by country singer Dale Watson inside AGA’s Welcome Stand followed by an opening reception at Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros. Houston and its residents certainly know how to host a great event!

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The opening reception was held at Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros. “LNG17 & Shell Welcome You!”

AGA will be livetweeting from spotlight sessions and forums throughout the week from our Twitter handle, @aga_naturalgas. Be sure to follow along for the latest LNG 17 headlines, including AGA’s special announcement of our commitment to developing the natural gas workforce on Thursday.

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Lisa Dundon Florida School District Converts Buses to Natural Gas, Opens Public Refueling Station

As state financial support and district budgets have gotten tighter, schools across the country are turning to natural gas to cut costs and leave a smaller carbon footprint.

A north Florida school district has teamed up with Nopetro, a company which designs, builds, owns, operates, and maintains compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations throughout the Southeast, to open a public natural gas vehicle fueling station on school grounds.

Leon County School District, located in Tallahassee, FL used to burn a half million gallons of diesel each year in their school buses. According to District Superintendent Jackie Pons, the district made the decision to buy new busses that run on natural gas, “because it’s cheaper, cleaner, and the energy source is available in the U.S.”  In doing so, the district is cutting its fuel costs per bus in half.

The new refueling station is open to motorists who register their vehicles with the company. A station attendant will manage the pumps and disperse the natural gas into the vehicles.

Using Tallahassee as a model for other communities, Nopetro is developing as many as 16 refueling stations in Florida within the next three years.

Tallahassee Sen. Bill Montford (D) plans to introduce a bill in the 2013 legislative session to help school districts save money on transportation.

There is a tremendous opportunity for school districts, municipalities, business and consumers through greater use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Through the use of natural gas vehicles we can move away from our dependence on foreign oil greatly increasing our national security.

Let us know how your community is using natural gas and we could feature your story in an upcoming AGA blog post.

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