Lisa O'Leary The International Builders’ Show 2015

Nearly 125,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, designers and suppliers packed the aisles of the second annual Design & Construction Week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, helping the city achieve record-setting attendance for the month of January. The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show and the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) co-located to offer an exhibition and educational program for all facets of the residential construction industry.

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In its 69th year at the show, the American Gas Association (AGA) partnered with nearly a dozen natural gas appliance manufacturers to feature the latest industry technology in our 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit booth, powered entirely by an EcoPower micro CHP unit. Other manufacturers included Rinnai, Navien, Bradford White, Lennox, FiveStar, BSH Home Appliance, Marathon, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting and Dettson West. Booth newcomers included BlueStar and Earth’s Flame.

BlueStar attracted a lot of media attention, including HGTV who stopped by on the first day of the show to film their new range in the Pantone Color or the Year, Marsala. Their product was a great tie-in of both shows and attracted builders and designers alike.

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AGA booth attendees had the opportunity to register to win a natural gas lantern by RH Peterson. Since photos just didn’t do it justice, we put together a quick, 15 second video to share to help showcase the natural gas lantern which was used on AGA’s social media platforms. Congratulations to our lantern winner Randy Stovall, of Wichita, KS!

At the start of the second day of the show, AGA had the pleasure of hosting the NAHB Women in Professional Building Council breakfast at our booth. This is a long-standing tradition and we enjoy having this lively group with us each year.

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This year’s celebrity sighting at the AGA booth was comedian and host of “Catch a Contractor,” Adam Carolla (right). He stopped by to learn about FireMagic Grills from RH Peterson Vice President Mike Waller (left).

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On the third and final day, AGA took a tour of the sophisticated 2015 New American Home. AGA was a sponsor of the home and worked closely with Southwest Gas, who delivered natural gas to the home, while Questar Gas provided a bi-fuel Chevrolet pickup for display in the driveway.

Image Courtesy of www.tnah.com

Image Courtesy of www.tnah.com

AGA looks forward to returning to Vegas on January 19-21, 2016 when IBS and KBIS will join forces for the third year in a row. Last week, the two shows announced that they will continue to co-locate through 2020. For more information about next year’s show and beyond, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

For more photos of the Builders’ Show, check out AGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: Jan. 30, 2015

The idea of structural versus price-induced demand growth is playing itself out in the power generation market for natural gas this winter. Natural gas power burn has consistently pointed to increased volumes to start the first quarter of 2015 compared to 2014, at least in part due to lower natural gas acquisition prices, and as a result power demand has averaged 22.9 Bcf per day, 1.2 Bcf per day more than last January.

One cannot help but wonder with overt and subtle shifts in the power generation fleet for economic and environmental reasons across the country how much of any of these demand increases are being structurally built into normal gas demand.

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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Pam Lacey Natural Gas Emissions Deserve Closer Study

The study by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of methane emissions in the Boston area looked at only that area and confirms much of what we already know, that methane is being emitted from a variety of sources. Unfortunately, without identifying the specific source of the emission it is difficult to draw any conclusions from it.

Safety is a core value for natural gas utilities. AGA member companies in the Boston area and throughout the country are part of a concerted effort to upgrade and modernize our nation’s pipeline network to enhance safety that has contributed to a declining trend in emissions from natural gas distribution systems.

We believe that this issue deserves closer study to better understand emissions associated with the distribution and delivery of natural gas. AGA and thirteen of its member companies have been participating with the Environmental Defense Fund in a nationwide field study conducted by the Washington State University to measure emissions from natural gas distribution systems. The results should be more instructive because this study used direct source measurements and was able to isolate emissions specifically from distribution pipes and equipment.

More than 177 million Americans continue to use natural gas to cook a hot meal, heat their water or warm their houses. Our nation’s abundance of this clean energy resource has driven affordable and stable prices throughout the country.

The Obama Administration recently announced regulations on emissions from the natural gas industry which did not include recommendations for local distribution companies. Natural gas utilities are committed to systematically upgrading infrastructure, driven by risk-based integrity management programs, and there is a growing effort to accelerate the replacement of pipelines no longer fit for service. Proactive efforts from natural gas utilities, along with involvement in important programs like the EPA’s Natural Gas STAR program, have contributed to the fact that natural gas emissions from utility-owned distribution systems have dropped 22 percent since 1990, even as the industry added nearly 600,000 miles of distribution mains and service lines to serve 17.5 million more customers, an increase of 32 percent. Nearly 90 percent of the emissions declines from distribution systems since 1990 are due to pipeline replacements. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only 0.24 percent of produced natural gas is emitted from systems operated by local natural gas utilities.

In 2014, AGA released a set of voluntary guidelines to serve as a resource for AGA members to assist in evaluating potential options that may lead to further emissions reductions for distribution systems, and AGA is working with EPA to develop a new voluntary Gold STAR certification for the natural gas distribution sector. The natural gas industry is actively engaged in this discussion along with rigorous, science-based analysis to ensure natural gas continues to be a leading solution for our nation’s clean and secure energy future. AGA members are committed to continuing this positive trend of declining emissions, and we look forward to continued collaboration with key stakeholders in this effort.

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Lisa O'Leary Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights

Guest Blogger: Adele Abboud, Sales Associate, Social Media Coordinator and Merchandiser, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights*  

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More than 177 million Americans use natural gas to cook a hot meal, heat their water or warm their houses. Not only does natural gas make appliances more efficient, but it can also offer a charming and efficient form of lighting.

CH-IMG_4738Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights began in the French Quarter in 1945 when Andrew Bevolo, Sr. revolutionized the production of gas lamps. He honed his metalworking skills while working for historic manufacturing companies, including Ford, Sikorsky, and Higgins. Bevolo’s master craftsmanship and artistic style was the perfect complement when paired with the talents of renowned architect A. Hays Town. Together, utilizing a hand riveting technique rather than brittle soldered joints, they created what would eventually become known as the original French Quarter Lamp.

Today, Bevolo’s gas burners provide a distinctive “bat-wing” shaped flame while offering the lowest BTU rating on the market. The burners, exclusive to Bevolo, cost approximately $7 to $11 per month to operate t 24/7.  Adding Bevolo lanterns to a home or building is simple. Bevolo offers a complimentary design and scaling service. To begin, email plans or pictures of the project you desire and Bevolo will make style and scale recommendations.

Bevolo gaslights burn in all 50 states and more than 34 countries. With an efficient burner, low environmental impact manufacturing process and sustainable materials, Bevolo lights last far beyond our lifetime.

To experience Bevolo natural gas lights in person, stop by the AGA booth (#C2615) during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 20-22.

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

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