Last Friday we were excited to announce that SGA’s Management Conference was rescheduled for September 2-4th.  On Monday Churchill Downs announced they had moved the Kentucky Derby from May to September 5th.  This change resulted in the necessity for us to once again change the Management Conference. So, in Derby language, “We were off to the races” looking for a new date.

I’m excited to announce that we were able to successfully move the Management Conference to September 9-11, 2020 and retain our amazing line up of special event and speakers:

  • Keynote Speaker, Steve Donahue, who will help you explore and learn to communicate the Epic Story of Natural Gas and how Natural Gas IS the “Key to the Sustainable Future”
  • Industry Thought leader and moderator Tisha Schuller of Adamantine Energy, who will lead our Executive Panel visiting with leaders from our member companies who are leaders in turning social risk into an operational advantage
  • Special customized Communicate to Influence training by Decker Communication
  • Short Course of Natural Gas Champions led by Bill Cantrell
  • Women & Leadership Workshop – Financial Acumen, Influence without Authority
  • Special Events at Churchill Downs
  • Bourbon Tasting
  • Roundtables from Accounting & Finance, Rates and Regulatory, Corporate Services, Customer Experience, Distribution Operations and Engineering, Gas Supply Marketing, Growth and Retention, Human Resources, Pipeline Operations and Engineering:
    • Voluntary Renewable Natural Gas Tariffs
    • Journey Mapping
    • Natural Gas and the Environment – Politics vs. Facts
    • Reducing Methane Emissions, Making Blue more Green
    • Customer Retention Strategy
    • Natural Gas Voices: Coordinating a Consistent Message
    • Best Practices for Talent Acquisition
    • Recruiting the New Generation, XYZ
    • Cyber Security and Physical Security
    • Mega Rule
    • Pipeline Public Safety, the NTSB & Response to Crisis
    • And more….

Please join us as we tackle adversity through lessons learned, best practices and innovative solutions.

All previous registrations will be automatically rolled over to the new date.  All rooms and deposits will be rolled over to the new date with total credit.

Thank you for your support and flexibility as we navigate a very fluid situation.  SGA is dedicated to ensuring the time spent at this conference will be valuable and you will leave with actionable ideas that can immediately be put to use as your companies strive to level set and move forward.

Respectfully,

Suzanne Ogle

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Message from Suzanne Ogle, Chief Executive Officer

Dear members and SGA friends:

We recognize the impact and uncertainty that COVID-19 is creating in our industry, communities, and our member companies.  Our number one priority at Southern Gas Association is the health and safety or our staff, our members and their families.  Additionally, SGA members provide essential services, delivering energy to America and Canada, and that must remain our primary focus.   To that end, the Southern Gas Association (SGA) continues to monitor the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  We are monitoring developments, taking protective steps and coordinating with our members.

Given the current situation, we have evaluated our schedule of upcoming events including Spring Gas Conference and Expo and Management Conference.  At this time, in an abundance of caution, we have decided to push these events back to the fall, when Coronavirus and its remedy will be better controlled or understood.

In addition to rescheduling these two events, we are taking measures to deploy technology to bring training to you, in a manner that will care for the health of all involved and respect the travel restrictions that many member companies have implemented.

  • Committee meetings will continue via teleconference or webinar.
  • In-house workshops will continue as planned.
  • Public workshops will be on a case by case basis.
  • Conferences are rescheduled as listed below:
    •   Spring Gas:  August 4-6, 2020
    •   Management Conference:  September 9-11, 2020

The SGA staff remains ready to serve.  We have a business continuity plan in place that provides technology to work from anywhere.  We are fully equipped to continue to serve our members.

SGA staff domestic travel is limited to necessary trips to serve our members.

One of the most important aspects of being a member of the Southern Gas Association is our deep relationships.  During this challenging time, proactive, two-way communication is critical, along with creative solutions.  We are committed to thinking outside the box and working with you to find solutions.  Most importantly, to providing transparent communication.

Our focus, dedication, support and service to our members is unwavering as we navigate this unique period of time.  We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.  Thank you for your membership and your engagement with SGA.  Please reach out to Cindy Mitchell, Nicolle Billmyre, or myself if there is anything we can do to help or you have any questions.

 

Resources:

 

US Centers for Disease Control

 

World Health Organization

 

 

Southern Gas Association (SGA)

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Last week, the Southern Gas Association was pleased to host the 2020 Supply Chain Management Conference at the Lost Pines Spa and Resort in Lost Pines, Texas.

 

Special thanks to the Supply Chain Management Conference Planning Committee and the Associate Members for developing such a great event. Our first speaker, retired three-star general and founder of Wyche Leadership and Supply Chain Consulting, Larry Wyche, opened the conference with an engaging keynote sharing the problem-solving expertise that helped him to effectively lead, as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, a 58 billion dollar enterprise with 120,000 soldiers and employees in 50 states and 152 countries. From preparing strategically for the threat of Coronavirus, to developing teams to leading through choke points, Larry brought real-life solutions to SGA’s natural gas supply chain logisticians.

 

The wind certainly made this golf tournament one to remember! Thank you to Snelson for your sponsorship, making the annual golf tournament even more fun. And, a BIG congratulations to the 2020 Supply Chain Management Conference Golf All-Stars!

  • First Place Team – Ryan Evans, Andrew Byrd, Ty Samples, Josh DuPree
  • Second Place Team – Michael A. Blache, Dennis, Hernandez, William Jones, Jake Naylor
  • Third Place Team – TK Kim & Bill Dobbins, Steven Karolewski, Gary Cerny, August Barr
  • Top Two Closest to the Pin #12: Jack McCarthy
  • Top Two Longest Drives –#14: William Jones

 

Finally, thank you to the sponsors for this year, including:

 

We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to seeing you again!

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The SGA is monitoring developments related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and potential impact on domestic travel.  An SGA core value is creating safe and secure communities.  As such we are closely adhering to the U.S. Center for Disease Control guidance.

 

According to the CDC, at this time, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus.  This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment will be updated as needed and posted on the SGA website.  Our thoughts and concern are with those affected in China and globally.

 

Current risk assessment:

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

 

Currently, SGA Conferences and Workshops are proceeding as planned.  We will continue to closely evaluate all SGA meetings and travel on a daily basis to ensure the health and safety of our employees and those we serve.

 

Spring Gas Expo 2020 will be held in Columbia, SC with the Women & Leadership workshop on Sunday, March 15th with the full conference opening on the 16 and concluding on March 18th.  This conference is a regional conference with no international attendees registered.

 

To support the health and safety of our members and attendees, we are also asking that individuals who have recently traveled to destinations determined to be Level 1, 2 or 3 on the CDC website do not attend SGA events.

 

The World Health Organization’s recommendation is that travelers practice usual precautions, and we are increasing our efforts to prevent the spread of disease per Department of Public Health’s recommendations. However, each of our members must evaluate risk independently.  As such, if you are registered for a conference and uncomfortable traveling, we will hold a credit for you.  We are exploring technological resources to bring the conference to those who choose not to attend.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary.

 

We encourage all conference attendees to follow CDC precautionary procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Resources:

World Health Organization

 

SGA is here to assist you with any questions you have in regard to your attendance. Please contact Suzanne Ogle, Cindy Mitchell or Nicolle Billmyre if you have any questions or if we can support you in any way:  Suzanne.ogle@southerngas.org; cindy.mitchell@southerngas.org; Nicolle.billmyre@southerngas.org.

 

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Earlier this month, the Southern Gas Association welcomed 370+ industry peers at the 2020 Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction. Together, the group hosted 20+ learning opportunities, including real-world case studies demonstrating how to successfully get pipelines permitted and built.

 

The group kicked off with a golf tournament hosted by VHB, Inc. at the Club at Savannah Harbor. The scramble team winners with a net score of 66 were: Corey Huwa, Sean Sparks, Armondo Pietrocarlo, Jason Hendricks. Prizes were also given out to the following SGA golf all-stars:

  • Longest Drive Hole #2 –Aaron Hoffer
  • Bunker Shot Hole #6 – Chad Robinson
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #8 – Peyton Ashmore
  • Longest Drive Hole #11 – Jon Austin
  • Longest Putt Hole # 12 – Bill Braun
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #17 – Mike Donnelly

 

The conference opened with Suzanne Ogle, SGA’s CEO. She discussed the importance of natural gas in today’s environment and for the future of the country. Attendees were able to attend different sessions focusing on two main tracks focusing on permitting and construction. Thursday night, SWCA Environmental Consultants and Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) sponsored a fun-filled time of networking with great friends, food and music at the special event’s “Seas the Day”. Andrew Urich, Associate Professor of Management, Spears School Of Business, delivered the closing keynote session and highlighted the power and importance of likability—and how this will directly impact your ability to influence others around you. By focusing on your presence and appearance you will build your capacity to influence, and therefore, lead in any situation.

 

Thank you to the Environmental Technical Conference Planning Committee for planning, facilitating and organizing such a worthwhile event. In particular, SGA would like to recognize the chair of the committee Corrie Peré, Environmental Specialist at Atmos Energy, for her leadership throughout the planning process.

 

We have loved engaging with you on all things  #SGAETC20 over the past few months, and we hope you’re already putting what you learned into practice. Thanks to all who posted in GoMobile@SGA’s timeline, to Twitter and LinkedIn. Here is top social media shout out:

 

Finally thank you to the sponsors for this year, including:

 

We hope you can join us again next year. Mark your calendars for February 16-18 in Austin, Texas!

 

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Corrie Peré Bio

Corrie Peré is an Environmental Specialist at Atmos Energy with over 15 years’ experience in the natural gas industry. Her experience includes managing environmental permitting on natural gas expansion and replacement projects, biological assessments, ecological evaluation, threatened & endangered species evaluation and consultation, wetland delineation and mitigation, and cultural resources. She has assisted on Hurricane Katrina and Rita efforts as well as the Ruby pipeline. Corrie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston (2001).

 

Chair Message

A new year, a new decade and it’s never been a more exciting and challenging time to be part of the natural gas industry! Since 1990, natural gas utilities have added more than 760,000 miles of distribution mains and services to serve more than 70 million customers. This increased natural gas consumption has generated a truly incredible story for the environment as U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1992. In addition, methane emissions from onshore U.S. oil and natural gas production fell 24 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Air quality is not the only thing getting attention these days. 2020 will be a big year for regulations as we eagerly await the release of the revised Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These proposed rule revisions will streamline, clarify and modernize the permitting and environmental review process to help reduce delays as well as help facilitate the environmentally responsible construction of natural gas infrastructure projects throughout the United States.

At SGA’s Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction in Savannah, GA, we will discover how the natural gas industry is meeting the challenges of complying with environmental regulations, reaching enterprise-wide sustainability goals and reaching energy management targets.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Can’t wait to see you there!

Corrie

Corrie Peré, Environmental Specialist, Atmos Energy
SGA Environmental Committee Chair

 

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Happy New Year from SGA

Happy New Year

 

Happy new year to all our members and supporters. 2019 has been a transformative year for the Southern Gas Association. As 2019 draws to a close, I would sincerely like to thank our Board, our members, employees, and partners who have been an essential part of setting a positive course for SGA.
At SGA, we strive to put our members at the heart of everything we do. Because of your trust, support, and engagement that we were able to accomplish everything we did in 2019.

2020 promises to be an exciting year, and I’m looking forward to working with you all – as individuals, organizations, and experts. Together we can work on the best solutions to the challenges we will no doubt face as an industry.

 

2019 Top 5 Milestones 

 

However, before we look forward to 2020, I would like to cover a few highlights from this year. The following is a selection of some of the many great things that have taken place in 2019. They will help propel SGA forward as the leading energy association, provider of technical training, professional development, peer-to-peer learning, conferences, and networking.

  1. Conferences and Training: SGA delivered 40 conference and training events to more than 4200 happy members and participants who earned nearly 58,000 professional development hours. From California to Texas to the Carolina’s to Virginia and many other places in between, we helped our members increase skills and share knowledge across the United States and Canada.
  2. Focus Groups: In July, at SGA’s Natural Gas Connect conference, members had the opportunity to participate in focus groups. These groups provided qualitative information on how members utilize their membership, which features of membership they value most, and what their experiences are like at our conferences and events. We are incorporating the insight gained from these meetings into the association 3-year strategic plan.
  3. Governance: The Board of Directors Planning Committee took on a comprehensive review of our By-Laws to ensure that SGA is in the strongest position to benefit members for years to come. Our member companies were invited to participate and then approve the revised by-laws, and they provided overwhelming support.
  4. Culture and Team: We know that success is a direct result of culture and team. In 2019 SGA invested in both – recruiting the best and brightest to lead member-focused initiatives in learning and professional development, sponsorship, member experience and volunteer engagement. Click the links below to meet the SGA leadership team.
    Nicolle Billmyre
    Lauren Callon
    Cindy Mitchell
    Telesa Walton
  5. Thought Leadership: SGA partnered with Adamantine Energy to bring three exclusive pieces on how members can mitigate social risk. Also related to helping members deal with challenges facing our industry – 21 member companies participated in a Joint Industry Project to create ten web-based training modules on subjects ranging from Hydraulic Fracturing to Climate Change to Renewable Energy. This effort was part of our Natural Gas Champions effort, and those web-based training modules are available for use in 2020.

 

2020 Initiatives

 

We are looking forward to 2020 with high expectations, and we will continue to maintain, and improve on, the professional, servant leadership, high service levels to all our members.

We appreciate the importance of our services to members. Networking, training, knowledge transfer, and innovation can help improve safety, customer service, commercial opportunity, and exchange of ideas. The SGA staff, supported by its members and guided by the Board, will work hard to ensure we remain the center of excellence, and knowledge, for the wider natural gas community. As part of that, we’ll be focusing on initiatives, in the coming year, including:

  • Building on the activities identified as ‘of great value to members’ in feedback from our recent Focus Groups. These include our popular events, which keep members up-to-date with the latest developments in natural gas (both technical and business) and provide excellent opportunities for professional networking.
  • Ensuring we continue to deliver the right services to meet the needs of existing members and to attract and engage new members across the United States and Canada.
  • Making sure that SGA remains a viable organization for our young professionals
  • Fostering leadership and professional development opportunities that will advance a diverse base of agile leaders for the industry of tomorrow including Women and Leadership and Emerging Leaders
  • Offering PSMS workshops to assist members on their path to implement RP1173 and Technical Guidelines, packed with the latest knowledge and best practices, that will help members operationalize PSMS.

 

While 2020 is not without challenges and threats to our industry, SGA has a great future. Our member companies and the association are strong and relevant. Natural gas is of eminent importance for our clean energy future. We see many opportunities ahead for our industry, including the rise of LNG exports and renewable natural gas. The increased availability of natural gas will continue to lower GHG emissions and provide the cleanest air in the last decade. Linking ideas and information has always been SGA’s priority. In 2020 we will continue to lead the way to advance the natural gas industry and industry professionals.

I’m very proud to be in the privileged position to lead SGA in this critical work and in continuing the excellent work of previous presidents. I wish you and your families a joyous, peaceful, and restful holiday and all the best for the New Year in 2020.

 

Sincerely,

Suzanne Ogle  |  President & CEO Southern Gas Association (SGA)

 

SGA Year-End Video: Message from the President & CEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a-2sqkYZd8&feature=youtu.be

 

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We look forward to seeing all NGC planning meeting attendees. It’s our committee SGA volunteers’ collective efforts that make NGC a unique opportunity to not only make connections that empower the industry, but also to discuss the technical, commercial and strategic issues facing the natural gas industry.

The planning meeting for SGA committee members is scheduled for January 13 and 14 at Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, Dallas (Irving), Texas.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting or the conference, please contact Telesa Walton, Director of Volunteer Engagement.

Thank you for your support and participation and we look forward to seeing you!

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Southern Gas Association (SGA) is pleased to announce the committee members for its intended formation of the new Women & Leadership Committee.

For the committee, SGA sought out a diverse group of men and women from across the natural gas industry who are passionate about training and developing tomorrow’s leaders.

The Women & Leadership Committee will consist of the following individuals:

  • Quynh Bowman, Duke Energy
  • Nancy Conder, CenterPoint Energy
  • Francene S. Diehl, Florida Public Utilities
  • Raven Elliott, BGE, Inc.
  • Rachael Engel, Atmos Energy
  • Shelley Frisby, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Christina Gregory, Atmos Energy
  • Lisa Holleron, Kansas Gas Service
  • Lila Jaber, Gunster
  • Sylvia Joure, Memphis Light Gas and Water
  • Alexis “Allie” Kiever Meyer, Kimley-Horn
  • Ashley Knight, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline
  • Jen Kostyniuk, Dominion Energy
  • Kimberly V. Lawson, Southern Company Gas
  • Carol McKnight, AECOM
  • Rita Nguyen, Enbridge
  • Emily Rogers, TC Energy
  • Rachel B. Williams, Tetra Tech, Inc.

As a key deliverable, the Women & Leadership Committee will provide a learning road map for core competencies that will help create effective leaders.

Additionally, the committee will provide an opportunity for members to grow their professional network, act as or seek mentors and business partners and advance learning throughout the industry.

These leaders were selected from an outstanding pool of over 60 applicants from across the United States and Canada covering each of the identified competencies, spanning every age group and representing many aspects of the natural gas field.

The SGA Board of Directors will vote on the approval and official formation of the Women & Leadership Committee at its next Board meeting.

Thank you,

Team SGA

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Gas Machinery Conference opening session

GMRC’s Gas Machinery Conference 2019 attracted more than 1200 professionals from the natural gas industry to share the latest information via 70 sessions that included Technical Papers, Short Courses and Technology Updates. GMRC met its objective to share current research & development in the interest of keeping professionals in the industry up to date on important safety and technological advances.

GMC 2019 featured over 30 Technical Paper presentations, designed to educate and advance the natural gas workforce, and targeted at everyone from beginners to 40-year industry veterans.

The Conference also included 15 Short Courses of about three hours, allowing industry leaders to go in-depth on topics important to the safe and efficient delivery of natural gas to end users.

The Exhibit Hall at GMC

GMC also hosted 22 Technology Updates provided by service providers and manufacturers, sharing insights on new developments, designs and products that will be of value in the natural gas industry.

Gas Machinery Conference 2019 also had plenty of time for relaxed networking through seven sponsored receptions, where colleagues from industry manufacturers, developers, service providers and operating companies got a chance to share ideas and network for their own professional development and for the betterment of the natural gas industry as a whole.

Finally, more than 110 companies showed off their latest products in an 87,000 square foot space the Exhibit Hall during GMC 2019, giving attendees a first-hand look and real product demonstrations of the latest machinery and technology.

All told, GMRC’s Gas Machinery Conference offered attendees access to millions of dollars’ worth of industry research, and allowed attendees to earn up to 18.5 Professional Development Hours for their individual learning path. It also allowed each attendee to learn and grow by building and expanding relationships with their peers in the field, and share their thoughts on the conference in real time through comments and posts in the conference Mobile App.

GMRC would like to thank the sponsors of Gas Machinery Conference 2019:

Premier Sponsors: Ariel, HOERBIGER, Siemens

Platinum Sponsor: Universal Plant Services

Gold Sponsors: Cooper Machinery Services, Shell, Waukesha Gas Engines, an INNIO Company

Silver Sponsor: Caterpillar

Bronze Sponsor: ACI Services, Advanced Gas Engine Solutions, IDC Engineering

Copper Sponsor: ENEngineering

Thanks to all for attending and contributing to a great conference. We will see you next year in Tampa, October 4-7, 2020!

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