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For one hundred years, the American Gas Association has been committed to leveraging and utilizing America’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. This is our story…

1812

NATURAL GAS LIGHTING

In 1812, a Baltimore artist named Rembrandt Peale added gas lighting to his museum. Four years later, backed by investors who saw great promise in gas lighting, Peale founded the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, and America’s first gas lamp was installed at the corner of Market and Lemon Streets in Baltimore on February 17, 1817. Gas lighting soon came to New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Louisville. By 1859, 297 gas companies were serving 5 million customers nationwide. 

1918

AGA BEGINS

On June 6, 1918, at a meeting in New York City, members of the American Gas Institute and the National Commercial Gas Association came together to create the American Gas Association.

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1919

AMERICAN GAS

1919 saw the first publication of American Gas Association Monthly, created to provide member company employees and interested industry professionals with information that would help enhance their effectiveness and that of their companies. Now called American Gas, the magazine covers all aspects of the natural gas industry, focusing on technological advancements, safety, emerging economic and regulatory trends and workforce development. American Gas produces ten issues each year for its 11,000 subscribers who can also read it online at aga.org.

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1925

AGA LABORATORIES

In 1925, AGA founded the AGA Laboratories in Cleveland, Ohio, which were responsible for both developing new natural gas products and services and testing them for safety and performance. AGA broadened its reach adding a laboratory in Los Angeles in 1930. Even after AGA sold the labs to the Canadian Standards Association in 1998, the AGA “Blue Star” certification mark affixed to natural gas products assured safety inspectors that those products had met all industry safety and reliability standards. The Gas Technology Institute continues this mission today as it develops, demonstrates and licenses new energy technologies.

1946

INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS' SHOW

In 1946, AGA first participated in the National Association of Homebuilders’ Annual Convention and Exhibition, partnering with the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association to tell home builders about the advantages of installing natural gas heating, water heating, clothes dryers, cooking and lighting. Now the International Builders' Show has grown to attract more than 100,000 attendees each year. AGA has participated in the conference for 72 consecutive years, hosting natural gas utilities and appliance manufacturers in our booth offering attendees demonstrations, contests and souvenirs.

1970

THE MOVE TO WASHINGTON

Lobbying Congress and federal agencies from New York City was proving to be both impractical and costly, and in 1970, AGA moved its headquarters to Rosslyn, Virginia to improve its ability to serve its members. In 1999, AGA moved again to its current space at 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., just across from the United States Capitol, and within walking distance of most federal agencies. AGA has consistently been named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C.

1989

FINANCIAL OUTREACH

In 1989, AGA created the American Gas Index Fund (GASFX) to facilitate investment in AGA’s publicly traded member companies. No trade association had ever created such an investment opportunity, and the fund has become an unqualified success. Groups from AGA regularly meet analysts and investors from across the country and overseas and the AGA Financial Forum is attended by nearly 600 members of the financial community on an annual basis. 

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For 40 years, AGA’s Chair has spoken each January to the New York Society of Security Analysts (now the CFA Society New York) and at investor gatherings around the country.

2011

PIPELINE SAFETY

In 2011, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood brought together federal, state and industry stakeholders to discuss steps for making continued improvements to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, and, in particular, accelerating the replacement of pipelines no longer fit for service to help ensure a safe and reliable system for the next 100 years. AGA ushered in a new era in its ongoing focus on safety  by adopting a “Commitment to Enhancing Safety,” a report that details actions taken by AGA and individual operators that go above and beyond current regulation to help ensure the safe and reliable operation of the nation’s network of natural gas pipelines.

Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Act

2017

AGA EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

AGA holds more than 100 events and conferences each year, sharing best practices and hosting industry-critical dialogue for nearly 8,500 participants. The annual AGA Operations Conference is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America and the world. In 2017, there were more than 500 operations management professionals in attendance, including 80 speakers and over 100 technical presentations that cover a variety of topics.

2018

WORLD GAS CONFERENCE

In 2011, AGA led an American delegation to an International Gas Union (IGU) meeting in Croatia that won the Presidency of the IGU. At the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris in 2015, the U.S. began the three-year term atop this organization. As the world largest producer and consumer of natural gas, the United States has sought to lead the international gas community by example, demonstrating what can happen when the industry unites behind a shared set of goals and speaks with a singular and powerful voice. In June 2018, energy industry leaders, policy-makers and experts from around the world will come together in Washington, DC for the 27th World Gas Conference.

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ENERGY FUTURE

“America’s natural gas utilities are charting a course for the next hundred years – thinking about the energy consumers of the future and adapting our companies to meet their needs. We continue to enhance the safety of the natural gas delivery system to provide the reliable service that our customers — 177 million Americans — have always enjoyed. To help ensure a bright energy future, we are advancing new technologies to create cleaner options for the millions of Americans we serve today and the millions more who want to fuel their homes and communities with natural gas.”

Kimberly J. Harris
Chair, American Gas Association
President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy

LEARN MORE

Dig deeper into AGA's history in the February issue of American Gas

aga_logo

For one hundred years, the American Gas Association has been committed to leveraging and utilizing America’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. This is our story…

1812

NATURAL GAS LIGHTING

In 1812, a Baltimore artist named Rembrandt Peale added gas lighting to his museum. Four years later, backed by investors who saw great promise in gas lighting, Peale founded the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, and America’s first gas lamp was installed at the corner of Market and Lemon Streets in Baltimore on February 17, 1817. Gas lighting soon came to New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Louisville. By 1859, 297 gas companies were serving 5 million customers nationwide. 

1812

NATURAL GAS LIGHTING

In 1812, a Baltimore artist named Rembrandt Peale added gas lighting to his museum. Four years later, backed by investors who saw great promise in gas lighting, Peale founded the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, and America’s first gas lamp was installed at the corner of Market and Lemon Streets in Baltimore on February 17, 1817. Gas lighting soon came to New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Louisville. By 1859, 297 gas companies were serving 5 million customers nationwide. 

1918

AGA BEGINS

On June 6, 1918, at a meeting in New York City, members of the American Gas Institute and the National Commercial Gas Association came together to create the American Gas Association.

aga-name-logo

1918

AGA BEGINS

On June 6, 1918, at a meeting in New York City, members of the American Gas Institute and the National Commercial Gas Association came together to create the American Gas Association.

aga-name-logo
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1919

AMERICAN GAS

1919 saw the first publication of American Gas Association Monthly, created to provide member company employees and interested industry professionals with information that would help enhance their effectiveness and that of their companies. Now called American Gas, the magazine covers all aspects of the natural gas industry, focusing on technological advancements, safety, emerging economic and regulatory trends and workforce development. American Gas produces ten issues each year for its 11,000 subscribers who can also read it online at aga.org.

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1925

AGA LABORATORIES

In 1925, AGA founded the AGA Laboratories in Cleveland, Ohio, which were responsible for both developing new natural gas products and services and testing them for safety and performance. AGA broadened its reach adding a laboratory in Los Angeles in 1930. Even after AGA sold the labs to the Canadian Standards Association in 1998, the AGA “Blue Star” certification mark affixed to natural gas products assured safety inspectors that those products had met all industry safety and reliability standards. The Gas Technology Institute continues this mission today as it develops, demonstrates and licenses new energy technologies.

1946

INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS' SHOW

In 1946, AGA first participated in the National Association of Homebuilders’ Annual Convention and Exhibition, partnering with the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association to tell home builders about the advantages of installing natural gas heating, water heating, clothes dryers, cooking and lighting. Now the International Builders' Show has grown to attract more than 100,000 attendees each year. AGA has participated in the conference for 72 consecutive years, hosting natural gas utilities and appliance manufacturers in our booth offering attendees demonstrations, contests and souvenirs.

1970

THE MOVE TO WASHINGTON

Lobbying Congress and federal agencies from New York City was proving to be both impractical and costly, and in 1970, AGA moved its headquarters to Rosslyn, Virginia to improve its ability to serve its members. In 1999, AGA moved again to its current space at 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., just across from the United States Capitol, and within walking distance of most federal agencies. AGA has consistently been named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C.

1970

THE MOVE TO WASHINGTON

Lobbying Congress and federal agencies from New York City was proving to be both impractical and costly, and in 1970, AGA moved its headquarters to Rosslyn, Virginia to improve its ability to serve its members. In 1999, AGA moved again to its current space at 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., just across from the United States Capitol, and within walking distance of most federal agencies. AGA has consistently been named one of the top 15 trade associations in the United States in the APCO Worldwide TradeMarks survey of over 300 leading policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C.

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1989

FINANCIAL OUTREACH

In 1989, AGA created the American Gas Index Fund (GASFX) to facilitate investment in AGA’s publicly traded member companies. No trade association had ever created such an investment opportunity, and the fund has become an unqualified success. Groups from AGA regularly meet analysts and investors from across the country and overseas and the AGA Financial Forum is attended by nearly 600 members of the financial community on an annual basis. 

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For 40 years, AGA’s Chair has spoken each January to the New York Society of Security Analysts (now the CFA Society New York) and at investor gatherings around the country.

2011

PIPELINE SAFETY

In 2011, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood brought together federal, state and industry stakeholders to discuss steps for making continued improvements to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, and, in particular, accelerating the replacement of pipelines no longer fit for service to help ensure a safe and reliable system for the next 100 years. AGA ushered in a new era in its ongoing focus on safety  by adopting a “Commitment to Enhancing Safety,” a report that details actions taken by AGA and individual operators that go above and beyond current regulation to help ensure the safe and reliable operation of the nation’s network of natural gas pipelines.

Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Act

2017

AGA EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

AGA holds more than 100 events and conferences each year, sharing best practices and hosting industry-critical dialogue for nearly 8,500 participants. The annual AGA Operations Conference is the natural gas industry’s premier gathering of natural gas utility and transmission company operations management from across North America and the world. In 2017, there were more than 500 operations management professionals in attendance, including 80 speakers and over 100 technical presentations that cover a variety of topics.

2018

WORLD GAS CONFERENCE

In 2011, AGA led an American delegation to an International Gas Union (IGU) meeting in Croatia that won the Presidency of the IGU. At the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris in 2015, the U.S. began the three-year term atop this organization. As the world largest producer and consumer of natural gas, the United States has sought to lead the international gas community by example, demonstrating what can happen when the industry unites behind a shared set of goals and speaks with a singular and powerful voice. In June 2018, energy industry leaders, policy-makers and experts from around the world will come together in Washington, DC for the 27th World Gas Conference.

Group 4

ENERGY FUTURE

“America’s natural gas utilities are charting a course for the next hundred years – thinking about the energy consumers of the future and adapting our companies to meet their needs. We continue to enhance the safety of the natural gas delivery system to provide the reliable service that our customers — 177 million Americans — have always enjoyed. To help ensure a bright energy future, we are advancing new technologies to create cleaner options for the millions of Americans we serve today and the millions more who want to fuel their homes and communities with natural gas.”

Kimberly J. Harris
Chair, American Gas Association
President & CEO, Puget Sound Energy

LEARN MORE

Dig deeper into AGA's history in the February issue of American Gas