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Gas Members: Don’t Forget to Register for the Gas Metering & Measurement Training Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The IAMU Gas Department and KGM will offer a one-day Gas Metering & Measurement Training Workshop. The class will take place Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

This training opportunity is designed to provide natural gas personnel, regardless of experience, with a very specialized, in-depth training into natural gas metering and measurement. Proper natural gas measurement is critical to your utility’s success. Without the proper knowledge and understanding of natural gas measurement and measurement principles, your utility’s lost and unaccounted for gas may be inaccurate, you may receive customer complaints of “not enough gas” due to improper meter sizing, or you may be losing money due to inaccurate metering.

For more information or to register for the workshop, go to https://members.iamu.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1298855&group=

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Gas Metering & Measurement Training Workshop – Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Gas Department and KGM Gas Measurement Products & Services will offer a one-day Gas Metering & Measurement Training Workshop on Wednesday, December 18.  The workshop will take place at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.

Why You Should Attend:
This training opportunity provided by IAMU and KGM Gas Measurement Products & Services is designed to provide natural gas personnel, regardless of experience, with a very specialized, in-depth training into natural gas metering and measurement. Proper natural gas measurement is critical to your utility’s success! Without the proper knowledge and understanding of natural gas measurement and measurement principles, your utility’s lost and unaccounted for gas may be inaccurate, you may receive customer complaints of “not enough gas” due to improper meter sizing, or you may be losing money due to inaccurate metering.

Cost:

IAMU Members:  $265.00 per person

Non-Members:  $295.00 per person

 

Questions?

Contact the IAMU Gas Department at (800) 810-4268, or email Rod Parcel (rodparcel@iamu.org) & Nick Vandegriff (nvandegriff@iamu.org).

 

Register online HERE.  Registration deadline is Friday, December 13.

Tags:  Gas  Gas Metering 

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Gas Members: Be Sure to Register for the Gas Metering & Measurement Training Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The IAMU Gas Department and KGM will offer a one-day Gas Metering & Measurement Training Workshop. The class will take place Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.

This training opportunity is designed to provide natural gas personnel, regardless of experience, with a very specialized, in-depth training into natural gas metering and measurement. Proper natural gas measurement is critical to your utility’s success. Without the proper knowledge and understanding of natural gas measurement and measurement principles, your utility’s lost and unaccounted for gas may be inaccurate, you may receive customer complaints of “not enough gas” due to improper meter sizing, or you may be losing money due to inaccurate metering.

For more information or to register for the workshop, go to https://members.iamu.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1298855&group=

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National Observances: Public Power Week & Public Natural Gas Week is Oct. 6 - 12

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Electric and Natural Gas Members, it’s getting to be that time of year: Time for Public Power Week and Public Natural Gas Week.

These two national observances both take place Oct. 6 - 12. This is a time when you can bring awareness to what electric and natural gas utilities do for your communities. Both the American Public Power Association and the American Public Gas Association make customer-outreach materials available for use.

Public Power Week

Public Natural Gas Week

IAMU will share electric and natural gas posts on social media throughout the week of Oct. 6 – 12. If you don’t already follow our social media accounts, consider doing so and then feel free to share any of our posts on your social media.

Tags:  Gas  Public Natural Gas Week  Public Power Week  Water 

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APGA Launches Natural Gas Mutual Aid Program

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The American Public Gas Association (APGA) now offers a mutual aid program for municipal natural gas systems to provide and receive assistance from program participants around the country in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.

The APGA Mutual Aid Program supplements the Iowa Mutual Aid System, allowing other utilities from around the country to help in Iowa when needed and allowing for Iowa utilities to help out in other areas of the country.

Participation in the program is voluntary, but APGA and IAMU encourage as many members as possible to sign the Mutual Aid Agreement form to create a robust and effective nationwide mutual aid program. If your utility has already signed the Iowa Mutual Aid Agreement, your utility must ALSO sign the APGA agreement to be able to participate in the national program. If your municipal natural gas system would like to participate, the Mutual Aid Agreement form needs to be signed by the designated point of contact for the program. The forms should then be mailed or faxed to APGA or scanned and emailed directly to scook@apga.org.

In the event of an emergency, a utility can call for aid by sending a Request for Aid (RFA) form to APGA. APGA staff would identify potential matches based on what the system is requesting and then put the two (or more) systems in contact with each other. After the match has been made, the requesting and responding systems coordinate the logistics of the relief until completion.

The APGA Mutual Aid program was formally approved by the APGA Board of Directors in May 2019 and was developed with input from the APGA Operations & Safety Committee and APGA’s Mutual Aid Task Group, including IAMU. The program guidelines aim to allow as close to 100% participation from APGA members
as possible.

The final agreement addresses concerns brought forward by APGA membership, including indemnification, workers compensation, and Operator Qualification.

  • Indemnification - The APGA Mutual Aid Agreement states that the Requesting System indemnifies Responding Systems “to the full extent permitted by law, but without waiving and subject to all defenses including all constitutional, statutory and common law immunities and limits of liability, to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Responding System...”

  • Workers Compensation - The APGA Mutual Aid Agreement maintains that “At all times, employees of a Responding System continue to be employees of the Responding System and are not ever deemed to be employees of a Requesting System.” The agreement states that the Requesting System will compensate the Responding System’s employees’ “wages and salaries for paid time spent in Requesting System’s service area and paid time during travel to and from such service area, plus Responding System’s standard payable additives to cover all employee benefits and allowances.”

  • Operator Qualification - The APGA Mutual Aid Agreement puts the onus on the Requesting System to ensure that those working on their system are Operator Qualified. It states that the “Requesting System must specify in their request for aid what tasks are covered tasks per 49 CFR 192 subpart N. The Requesting System receiving personnel pursuant is required to confirm that Responding Company personnel’s knowledge, skills and ability are consistent with Requesting Company’s needs.

If your municipal natural gas utility has any questions about the APGA Mutual Aid Program, contact APGA staff at (202) 464-2742 or by email at scook@apga.org or visit www.apga.org/mutual-aid.

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