Natural Gas
Champions Program

Get the knowledge and confidence you need to address questions and
concerns about the natural gas industry

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Course Overview

Now, more than ever, it’s time to unite natural gas industry professionals to ensure we are telling a compelling story to reinforce natural gas as part of the low carbon future.

Learn how natural gas moves from a drill bit to a burner tip, how the natural gas industry is addressing non-governmental organizations’ concerns on hydraulic fracturing, climate change, renewable energy and pipeline development as well as develop effective communication methods on how natural gas benefits our society.


What you will learn

Being A Natural Gas Champion

This course provides an overview at a high level of the different sectors of the natural gas industry to move natural gas “from drill bit to burner tip.” It also provides an overview of groups that have concerns for natural gas being utilized in the future. Lastly, there is an intentional focus on creating an elevator speech to concisely and convincingly share the passion that exists within our industry’s workforce.

Benefits of Natural Gas and The Role Within Our Society

Natural gas has a much more diverse utilization than just heating our homes or boiling our water. But what are those? We’ll explore that within this course so that uses can be put in practical and relatable terms for all of us to be able to share.

The Safety and Security of the Natural Gas System

One can take a deep dive in this area of knowledge, but we’ll keep it high level to establish a basic understanding of what our industry does to be the safest mode of transportation. We’ll also explore the importance of security and the establishment of safety management systems within the energy industry.

Understanding Renewables

This is a rapidly changing environment with the leveraging of technology to continually push the boundaries of energy produced from renewing resources (mainly solar, wind, and geothermal). This will be a look at current renewable energy alternatives, their opportunities as well as their current limitations.

Climate Change

We’ll explore different terminology used to define climate change, including global warming, and discover how natural gas has helped reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions. We’re not working to convince anyone one way or another, but it is important to be able to have a conversation, ask questions, and provide relevant information for how natural gas is helping to solve some of our climate challenges.

Hydraulic Fracturing

Better known in our communities as “Fracking” to the point of producing a negative connotation, we’ll look at the full-scale operation of fracking – what happens, the benefits of this methodology, and other related types of work. As an example, water disposal by method of well injection has been the topic of conversation in many states as it relates to seismic activity. How is all this related? We’ll take a journey and better understand it all!

Pipeline Permitting and Infrastructure Development

Preparing for the construction of a pipeline takes a lot of work. A lot of planning and analysis occurs before a project starts. This often takes many years of work before a spade of dirt can be turned. What are the environmental considerations before building a pipeline? What best practices are used during the actual construction process? We’ll look at these challenges within this course.


There is an overall movement of powering all things with electricity. This is a major shift from what is experienced today. Is it possible? Are there any limitations? Does it make sense to migrate all things requiring power to use only electricity? We’ll look at these questions and others through this course.

Generational Perspectives on Energy Use

We all know that different generations have different work styles and how we each use technology. But what about how we consume and make choices in energy? It’s a good question, and this course will explore understanding some background on how each generation developed their societal thoughts and how those characteristics apply to energy consumption and utilization.

Critical Skills Used to Engage Your Community

Building trust, critical and active listening and leading with emotional intelligence — through various surveys and research reports, the industry employees are to be one of the most trusted resources within their communities. But how do you leverage that for your organization? How to you use that base established trust factor and build upon that? We’ll develop those skillsets here.

Meet your Instructor

William Cantrell

William N. (Bill) Cantrell is the Executive Liaison at Southern Gas Association (SGA). With more than 40 years of experience, he has become a trusted leader across the energy industry and developed a passion for working to advance the field. Before joining SGA Bill was president and chief executive officer at SourceGas, now part of Black Hills Corp., an SGA member company. In 2009, he led SGA as chairman of the board of directors. Bill worked for TECO Energy for over 34 years, with the last 12 years serving as President of Peoples Gas. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 


What your peers are saying

SGA team did an excellent job on content. Amazing job making this information bite size.
Minerva Wilkerson
Great delivery of critical data points that will change people’s minds!
Garrett Copeland
CenterPoint Energy
Great for employees to gain a better understanding of the industry and where we fit in!
Bessie Foster

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