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2021 Fall Regional Meetings Begin Soon

Register Today To Join Us!

The Fall season is upon us, and it’s time for the Gas Authority’s Fall Regional Meetings. For this fall series, we will be holding three in-person meetings and one virtual meeting, so we hope you will take a look at the calendar and plan to join us for one of these important Member meetings.  These meetings always provide valuable opportunities for us to connect with our Members to share updates and discuss some important topics.

Take a look at the agenda highlights — there’s a lot to talk about!


 

 

  1. Networking Breakfast
  2. Welcome & Introductions
  3. State of the Natural Gas Industry
    • Winter Gas Prices — what to expect.
    • Perception is Reality — how is natural gas perceived…
      • in the press?
      • by the current administration?
      • among consumers?
      • what can we do to shape it.
    • Georgia House Bill 150 — A huge win for Georgia!
    • Natural Gas Supply — the market for new prepayment supply deals.
    • Federal Infrastructure Bill — what’s in it for public natural gas systems?
  4. Networking Break
  5. Need-To-Know
    • Engineering Services
    • Regulatory Update
    • Winter Operations Plans
    • Natural Gas Association of Georgia
    • 2022 Proposed Budgets
    • NGC Update
    • Federal Reporting Requirements
  6. Member Roundtable
  7. Door Prizes & Lunch

 

 

 

October 5, 2021
Buford Community Center, TownPark & Theatre

2200 Buford Highway NE, Buford, GA
Time: 8:45 a.m. – lunch

 

 

October 14, 2021
Tifton UGA Campus & Conference Center
15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA
Time: 8:45 a.m. – lunch

 

 

October 20, 2021
Warner Robins Courtyard Marriott
589 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 


November 2, 2021
VIRTUAL – Fall Regional Meeting
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(After registering for this virtual meeting, you will receive a confirmation email from GoToWebinar with your individual login information to join the webinar.)

 

 


If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact Rachel Reaid at rreaid@gasauthority.com.

EDGE Development — The Advantage Your Community Needs

Registration in now open!

Through the unique partnership of Electric Cities of Georgia, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the Municipal Gas Authority we bring to Georgia’s Energy Cities a new economic development and strategic planning concept to promote sustainable growth.  Review the program summary here.

The Edge Development program is designed specifically for the elected officials and staff of communities with enterprise operations, it provides the tools and support they need to lead prosperously. With an emphasis on strategy, industry and academic experts introduce a no-nonsense, customizable approach to improving a community’s quality of life through vision, planning and focused leadership. Learn more about the program at EdgeDevelopment.org.

 

Manufacturing Defends Natural Gas Industry

In a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing in support of a Connecticut natural gas pipeline expansion project, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) organization filed comments that scrutinized the motives and means of anti-fossil fuels activists. Their filing encouraged regulatory authorities to consider the economic impact of natural gas, the need for more streamline permitting procedures and to approve this particular project.

The IECA represents manufacturing operations in the United States who stated “if we do not have sufficient deliverability capabilities to move natural gas to operate our facilities, we’ll have no choice but to relocate to other states or offshore.” The IECA represents leading manufacturing companies in diverse industries, including chemical, plastic, food processing, glass, pharmaceuticals, building products, and other products employing more than 1.6 million people in the US.

The filing urged the FERC to dismiss the “Keep it in the Ground” activists’ claims because they do not represent the will or needs of energy consumers. According to FERC documents, “These activists do not represent consumers in the state and they are not accountable for millions of employees who work in our factories in order to sustain their families and lifestyles. They represent an ideology that is not realistic when it comes to commerce or the wellbeing and safety of consumers who need the natural gas from this pipeline to heat their homes. For the record, IECA and its member companies support cost-effective production of renewable energy and its many environmental benefits. However, renewable energy is not a viable alternative to replace natural gas in manufacturing.”

“Manufacturing companies cannot operate facilities on electricity alone, whether it is produced from renewable energy, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, or coal. Our equipment will only operate on natural gas. And, natural gas on a Btu basis costs substantially less than a Btu of electricity. This is important because manufacturers compete globally and the competition is very tough. Business orders can be won or lost based on pennies on the dollar. If costs are not kept low, our products will be displaced by foreign imports. Due to technical limitations of manufacturers, if we were forced to stop using natural gas, we would have no choice but to shut down.”

The filing goes on to urge approvals for the pipeline project so as to not negatively impact commerce across the US, citing the integrated supply chain of manufacturers and how disruptions due to energy  would have costly ramifications across the chain of goods required in manufacturing processes. IECA stated that manufacturing companies cannot grow without increased supplies of natural gas and that, in fact, a more accelerated and streamlined pipeline permitting process is necessary to enable companies to more agilely make capital investments and compete more effectively in their respective global markets.

The IECA has aggressively been representing the manufacturing sector before the FERC in several pipeline projects under review and continues to make these bold and emphatic arguments in favor of keeping natural gas at the forefront of America’s energy policies.