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J.D. Power: Virginia Natural Gas ranks second in mid-size utility segment, third nationally in customer satisfaction

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sept. 15, 2016 – Virginia Natural Gas ranks second in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the South and third nationally, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

“I could not be prouder of our employees whose efforts reflect a true commitment to providing exceptional customer service,” said Jim Kibler, president of Virginia Natural Gas. “This recognition shows how we are committed to being the safest, most customer-focused and reliable natural gas service provider to our community."

The survey is based on responses from approximately 62,000 residential customers of the largest 82 natural gas utilities. Each utility was rated on a 1,000-point scale in six categories, including safety and reliability; billing and payment; corporate citizenship; customer service; price; and communications outreach to their customers.

Virginia Natural Gas’ 744-point customer satisfaction rating represents a 62-point improvement from last year’s survey. The company continues to provide safe and reliable service and distinguishes itself by communicating with customers through a number of channels that build awareness about affordability and benefits of natural gas, as well as pipeline safety, payment options and the impact the company is making on the community.

To learn more about Virginia Natural Gas, visit www.virginianaturalgas.com.

About Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Natural Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides natural gas service to 290,000 customers in southeast Virginia.  For more information, visit www.virginianaturalgas.com.

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company.  Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at www.southerncompanygas.com.

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