NW Natural CEO Kantor Highlights Natural Gas Utilities’ Role in North American Energy Revolution

New York, NY – In a speech to the New York Society of Security Analysts today, American Gas Association Chairman Gregg Kantor emphasized the energy revolution taking place in every community in the United States. Kantor cited the important role that the more than 200 natural gas utilities play in operating a system of over 2 million miles of natural gas pipelines carrying our nation’s domestic abundance of clean natural gas to homes and businesses throughout the country safely and reliably. These companies, he said, are providing solutions for our economy and our environment.

Kantor highlighted data from the “Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing it Home” study released last week by the American Gas Foundation and IHS CERA, which found that the domestic market for natural gas can be greatly expanded beyond its current usage to provide new growth prospects for many sectors of the economy.

“Innovation and technology has dramatically changed the energy future of our country,” Kantor said. “We are seeing technological advancements taking place with regard to natural gas appliances, vehicles and even industrial applications. I believe that what we see today is just a fraction of the promise this energy source can offer. We have yet to imagine the possible end-uses and opportunities natural gas can provide.”

The safe and reliable delivery of natural gas remains the top priority of the American Gas Association and its members. Kantor outlined other initiatives underway in 2014, including enhancing energy efficiency programs and efforts to pursue a level regulatory playing field where the inherent benefits of natural gas are able to compete fairly with other energy sources. He also examined technologies and potential growth markets such as combined heat and power and natural gas for transportation.

“To realize the full potential of a natural gas-fueled future, we must update many policies surrounding natural gas that were developed during a time when natural gas was perceived to be scarce. All Americans stand to gain from visionary thinking that follows the market reality supported by our abundance of clean natural gas,” Kantor stated.

Gregg Kantor is President and CEO of NW Natural, which provides natural gas service to approximately 689,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

To learn more visit www.FuelingTheFuture.org.

Avista Year-End Giving Tops $239,000

Dec. 30, 2013: Community non-profits are an important safety net for so many individuals and families in our service territory, providing assistance that helps those most in need meet the costs of housing, food and medicine, keep their homes warm this winter and have a little something to celebrate the holidays. Avista Corp. and Avista Foundation have made year-end donations totaling more than $239,000 to non-profit organizations to help accomplish these goals.

Energy assistance donations total $200,000

Nineteen community service agencies in eastern Washington and northern Idaho will receive a total of $200,000 to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Avista customers who are in need this winter and who have exhausted all other available energy assistance resources.

 

The funds come from a Washington state tax credit Avista receives for the company’s Low-Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRAP), which is administered through community action agencies serving Avista customers who live in Washington. LIRAP provides energy assistance to Avista customers using qualifications similar to the federal government’s Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

 

The organizations receiving the donations were identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service). These reps are specially trained and work closest with our most vulnerable customers and the community agencies that provide support services.

 

Regional food banks receive over $35,000

For those with limited income, feeding their families can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Food banks in Washington, Idaho and Oregon will receive $400 donations, either directly or through a distributor, for a total of $35,886 to help support the vital safety-net services they provide.

Through theirbuying power and relationships with food producers, the food banks are able to leverage donations like ours to bring several times their value to help stock the shelves for those in need.

 

Toys for Tots donation totals $4,550
Each year, Avista employees join with the Marine Corps to support the Toys for Tots campaign. This year, Avista launched a fun and interactive way for employees, customers and others to be part of the campaign. The online Holiday Sweater Generator provided the means to create some holiday fun on the computer. For each sweater generated, Avista donated $1 to Toys for Tots. To date, 3,500 sweaters have been created, and the gallery will remain open through December 31.

In addition to their generous donations of unwrapped toys, employees donated $1,050 in cash, bringing the total donation to Toys for Tots to $4,550.

 

2013 Energy Assistance
Donations
 
 
Aging and Long Term Care SE Wash. Yakima $10,000
American Childhood Cancer Org. Spokane Valley $10,000
Audubon Park Methodist Church Spokane $ 5,000
Caritas Center Spokane $ 7,000
Catholic Charities Spokane $10,000
Colville Volunteer Food & Resource Center Colville $10,000
Green House Community CenterImmaculate Conception Deer ParkColville $10,000$ 5,000
Light A Candle* Moscow, ID $ 5,000
New Hope Resource Center Colbert $15,000
Our Place Community Ministries Spokane $20,000
Providence Healthcare Foundation Spokane $10,000
St. Vincent DePaul Clarkston $10,000
Salvation Army of Lewiston* Lewiston, ID $10,000
Salvation Army of Spokane Spokane $25,000
Scottish Rite Spokane $  5,000
Spokane Valley Partners Spokane Valley $25,000
Transitions/Women’s Health Spokane $ 3,000
Volunteers of America Spokane $ 5,000
*Agencies serve customers who live in Washington

 

2013 Food Bank Donations

ACCESS, Inc.

Medford OR
Addy Rescue Mission Addy WA
Asotin County Food Bank Association Clarkston WA
ABC Food Bank Athol ID
Bonner Community Food Center* Sandpoint ID
Colville Volunteer Food and Resource Center Colville WA
Community Action Center* Pullman WA
Community Action Partnership* Lewiston ID
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon La Grande OR
Connell Food Bank Connell WA
FISH Roseburg Roseburg OR
Idaho Food Bank* Lewiston ID
Gem Community Citizens Projects Group Inc. Hayden ID
Kettle Falls Community Chest Kettle Falls WA
Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank Klamath Falls OR
Lincoln County Care and Share Davenport WA
Loon Lake Food Bank & Resource Center Loon Lake WA
Medical Lake Food Bank Association Medical Lake WA
Montana Food Bank Network, Inc.* Missoula MT
Northport Food Bank Northport WA
Northwest Harvest* Seattle WA
Othello Food Bank Othello WA
Our Place Community Ministries Spokane WA
Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Association Spokane WA
Post Falls Food Bank, Inc. Post Falls ID
Priest River Food Bank Priest River ID
Ritzville Food Pantry Ritzville WA
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest* Spokane WA
Senior Citizens of Chewelah Valley Chewelah WA
Sojourner’s Alliance Moscow ID
Spirit Lake Food Bank Spirit Lake ID
Spokane Valley Partners Spokane WA
United Community Action Network Grants Pass OR
Valley Food Pantry Valley WA
Washington Gorge Action Programs Bingen WA
Washington State 4H Foundation Puyallup WA
West Bonner County Food Bank Priest River ID
Cheney Food Bank Cheney WA
Odessa Food Bank Odessa WA
Rathdrum Community Food Bank Rathdrum ID
Warden Food Pantry Warden WA

* Distributor for donations to outlying food pantries