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  • Revision:2010 Edition, 2010
  • Published Date:January 2010
  • Status:Active, Most Current
  • Document Language:English
  • Published By:American Gas Association (AGA)
  • Page Count:135
  • ANSI Approved:No
  • DoD Adopted:No



    The American Gas Association assumed its present status as a gasutility industry trade association in 1918, after a merger of twopredecessor organizations. Today it renders assistance to the gasutility industry and provides an advocacy platform for localdistribution companies, so that the industry may serve itscustomers more efficiently. The Association recognizes the need forfactual information regarding the gas industry for the use, notonly of industry organizations, but also interested outsidepublics. Its statistical efforts are a vital part of this function,and the publication of Gas Facts is one result of theseefforts.

    This publication contains detailed statistics for 2008 andsummary statistics for prior years for the gas utility industrywhich by definition, consists of the companies engaged in naturalgas distribution and transmission. The publication also containsrelevant data on the gas producing segment of the industry. Gasvolumes are expressed in millions of cubic feet (at 14.73 psi and60°F unless otherwise noted) and in British thermal units (Btu) topermit direct comparison with other energy data. A conversion tableis included as Appendix B. Throughout the publication numbers maynot add up to total due to independent rounding.

    The user should be aware that a large transportation market hasdeveloped, which directly impacts gas utility sales quantities,revenues and number of customers. Although total pipelinethroughput may remain the same, as transportation volumes toend-users increase, gas utility sales quantities to end-users willdecrease.

    Data presented in Gas Facts, broken down by companytype, are not necessarily comparable from year to year.Acquisitions, mergers and corporate reorganizations continue tocause the number of companies in any given category to vary fromyear to year. Some of these changes are significant and can cause adramatic shift in the data reported for a specific category fromprior years.

    In addition, data and resulting estimates are attributed toutility industry segments in Gas Facts as distribution,transmission or integrated, based not only on company operatingrevenues (see glossary) but also on how the company submittedinformation in the Uniform Statistical Report (USR). Forexample, if a company submits data under one corporate name, suchas qualifying revenue, for distribution and transmission activitiescombined, then it is placed in the integrated category. However, ifa large company submits data for its distribution companiesseparate from transmission companies, no effort is made torecombine the data to produce an integrated result. Distributiondata in this case is attributed to the distribution segment andtransmission data to the transmission segment.