American Public Gas Association
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The American Public Gas Association (APGA) is a not for profit trade organization representing America's publicly owned, natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs). APGA represents the interests of public gas before the United States Congress, federal agencies and other energy-related stakeholders by developing regulatory and legislative policies that further the goals of our members. Through APGA, public gas systems work together to stay reliably informed about new developments in safety, public policy, operations, technology, and the marketplace that could affect the communities and consumers they serve. In addition, APGA organizes meetings, seminars, and workshops with a specific goal to improve the reliability, operational efficiency, and regulatory environment in which public gas systems operate.
The American Public Gas Association began out of a need to provide a voice for municipal gas systems. In November 1961, the founding fathers, J.H. Johnston of Memphis, TN; F.H. King of Holyoke, MA; E. Switzer of Macon, MO; A. Verrips of Sioux Center, IA., and C. Wheatley of Washington, D.C., as well as representatives from systems in 14 states, met in Washington D.C to establish a nationally recognized organization to advocate on behalf of the Nation’s public gas systems.
Once the objectives were laid out, the group appointed Mr. Francis H. King of Holyoke, MA as the Chairman of APGA pending the election of a President at the first annual conference. A month after the November meeting, on December 8, 1961, the American Public Gas Association was officially formed with the signing of the organizational charter. During this first year, APGA had just thirty members, which number has mushroomed during the ensuing fifty years to over 700 members nationwide.
Founding Objectives: The group set forth with a wide range of objectives, including specifically to, •To promote cooperation between public entities which own or operate gas distribution systems or gas facilities; •To promote the mutual improvement of its members; •To render service to its members, particularly in the fields of management • and operations; engineering, research, supply and demand, construction and safety; accounting and commercial practice; •To develop comprehensive legal and legislative policy; and •To find solution to common problems that affect all public gas systems.
APGA advocates on behalf of our members to help them strengthen their systems by providing access to the latest industry trends on safety standards, competitiveness, regulations and other important issues that affect their system. Learn more about APGA's current advocacy issues by clicking the topics below.
Key Issues are:
- Tax-Exempt Financing: APGA is opposed to any legislation that would adversely impact the ability of state, local governments, and public gas systems to access cost-effective capital through the use of tax-exempt municipal bonds.
- Pipeline Rate Reform: Addressing an Inequity: APGA urges Congress to enact legislation that stipulates when customers file a complaint with FERC under NGA Section 5, the pipeline will have to pay refunds from the date that the complaint was submitted if it is found to have been overcharging its consumers
- Increasing the Direct-Use of Natural Gas: We are increasingly concerned that national policies have been moving the market towards an all-electric society. This has created our current huge demand for centralized powerplants, and failed to recognize the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas.
- Opposing the DOE Furnace Rule: If finalized, the DOE proposed rule requiring an 92 Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), effectively prohibiting the use of non-condensing furnaces, would impose onerous costs, lessen energy efficiency and increase greenhouse gas emissions as people switch from clean-burning natural gas to electricity to heat their homes.
- Section 5: The NGA gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authority to order pipelines to lower the rates going forward if they are found overcharging; however, FERC cannot order the pipeline to refund overcharged customers. Congress must amend Section 5 of the Natural Gas Act to provide FERC with the authority to refund overcharged pipeline customers back to the date of the filing of the initial complaint at FERC.
The American Public Gas Association (APGA) is the only national association of publicly owned natural gas local distribution companies and has over 740 member utilities in 37 states. The term publicly owned natural gas systems applies to:
- Municipal gas distribution systems
- Public utility districts
- County districts and other public agencies that utilize natural gas distribution facilities.
Through APGA membership, public gas systems work together to keep informed about new developments in federal public policy and regulations, safety, operations, new technology, and the global markets that could affect the communities and consumers they serve.
APGA members participate through their association with the organization's committees. Committees include:
- Codes & Standards
- Gas Supply
- Government Relations
- Legislative Issues
- Marketing & Sales
- Natural Gas Vehicles
- Operations & Safety Issues
- Regulatory Issues
Mayors and utility board members can also be involved in the association's activities through participation in the APGA Public Gas Policy Council (PGPC). The PGPC is made up of elected and appointed officials from public gas communities across the US and assists APGA with its advocacy efforts.
Board of Directors
APGA's Board of Directors is made up of municipal natural gas utility representatives from across the country to guide the association. Factors for consideration: • Belief in the mission, vision and work of APGA; • Knowledge of APGA’s activities; • Participation on APGA committees; • Attendance at APGA meetings and conferences; • Reputation and experience in the energy/natural gas industry; • Experience serving on various committees in his/her community; • Have sufficient time to devote to doing the board’s work; • Possess key skills needed by the organization, such as operations, gas supply, compliance, legislative, regulatory, legal, marketing, and/or R&D; • From a system located in a geographical area that is under-represented on the board; • Have an understanding that board membership is a privilege. It is an active job not a passive exercise; and, • Have an understanding that a board member is also responsible to recruit individuals with a passion and willingness to volunteer and serve on APGA committees, task groups, and the board
APGA recognizes publicly owned utilities for achieving excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility. The SOAR program is reviewed by a team of experts from the APGA Operations & Safety Committee and is awarded a rating based on a total cumulative score of points achieved from the program criteria in each of these four areas: System Integrity, System Improvement, Employee Safety, Workforce Development. APGA also recognizes municipal gas systems and employees who have achieved high-level contributions to various aspects of our industry from marketing and sales to safety to personal achievement.