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ANGA and UGI host briefing on the benefits of natural gas

18 Dec 2013

Contact: Dan Whitten, ANGA  Phone: 202-789-8490 (office)    

Contact: Joseph Swope  Phone:610-796-3463 (office)/484-332-1485(cell)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Dec. 17, 2013) — America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and UGI Utilities Inc. hosted dozens of Lehigh Valley businesses and community leaders today during a Think About Energy Briefing at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

The briefing, which featured U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15th District) as keynote speaker, showcased opportunities and benefits available to local businesses converting to natural gas. Attendees learned how the price and reliability of increasing natural gas supplies from formations such as the Marcellus Shale offer a new competitive edge to U.S. commercial and industrial customers.

George Stark of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an ANGA member company, discussed natural gas production and pricing forecasts. He told an interested audience that abundant supplies and pricing predictability are giving businesses confidence to adopt cleaner-burning natural gas.

“ANGA is excited to bring its Think About Energy event series back to Pennsylvania. We’re asking consumers to think about their energy use,” Stark said. “Natural gas is reshaping how we generate electricity, offering new options to fuel our transportation needs, and – as we discussed today – providing businesses energy savings to expand, create new jobs and breathe new life into towns across the country.”

Becky Eshbach of UGI Utilities provided an overview of the process of converting from oil to natural gas. She also discussed the numerous maintenance and environmental benefits that accompany the cost savings customers are realizing.

“UGI customers are seeing savings of more than 30 percent over their natural gas bills from five years ago,” Robert Stoyko, vice president of marketing and customer relations, said. “Commercial customers who have converted to natural gas are seeing savings of 50 percent or more as a result of this unprecedented period of stable cost and plentiful supply. UGI has seen record growth in the conversion market over the past three years.”

A panel of local commercial customers who recently converted to natural gas also spoke at the briefing. Officials from the Bethlehem School District, GEO Specialty Chemicals and Gracedale Nursing Home explained how their facilities converted to natural gas and described the savings they are seeing on their energy bills.

About America’s Natural Gas Alliance – Representing North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies, America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) works with industry, government and customer stakeholders to promote increased demand for our nation’s abundant natural gas resource for a cleaner and more secure energy future and to ensure its continued availability. Learn more about ANGA at www.anga.us.

 About UGI Utilities Inc. — Headquartered in Reading, Pa., the company serves 660,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers interested in additional information can visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.