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Virginia Natural Gas wins awards for achievements in state’s energy industry

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Oct. 17, 2016 – Virginia Natural Gas, highly regarded as an industry leader, has been honored by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Oil and Gas Association as the 2015 Local Distribution Company of the Year.

The company was evaluated on its demonstrated dedication to safety and environmental stewardship, providing outstanding customer service to its more than 290,000 customers in southeast Virginia, and operating the safest and most reliable natural gas distribution system in the state.

Virginia Natural Gas has built its reputation on committed leadership through a number of innovative projects, strategic partnerships and public awareness programs that focus on the safety of its people, the public and its pipelines. The company also ranks second in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the South and third nationally by J.D. Power and Associates.

"Virginia Natural Gas has shown a commitment to safety through its numerous projects and initiatives," said Beth Stockner, director of public relations for VOGA and award committee member. "This is the first year that the category of LDC of the year has been given. We are pleased to able to name Virginia Natural Gas as the inaugural LDC of the year."

Virginia Natural Gas also earned the Partnership Award for its ongoing collaborations with two local cities on its pipeline infrastructure modernization projects. The company established partnerships with the cities of Norfolk and Newport News help to better coordinate construction activities and customer communication on its infrastructure modernization program, known as Steps to Advance Virginia’s Energy (SAVE) plan, which has resulting in significant savings in paving costs and reduced construction schedules.

The SAVE projects have been critical in the company replacing more than 160 miles of aging pipeline infrastructure from its system since 2012 when the partnerships began.

“Our partnership has strengthened our relationship with Virginia Natural Gas whose mission of safeguarding the communities it serves closely aligns with our goals,” said Janice Healy, senior site and subdivision specialist, City of Newport News. “We have taken great pride in working together to share information, help resolve issues and limit potential disruptions to residents.”

“The regular meetings with Virginia Natural Gas representatives are much more than updates on upcoming projects,” said Freda Burns, right of way administrator, City of Norfolk. “It reinforces our shared responsibility to Norfolk and its stakeholders. We look forward to working with Virginia Natural Gas in the future.”

To learn more about Virginia Natural Gas, visit www.virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook (facebook.com/VirginiaNaturalGasCo) and Twitter (Twitter.com/VaNaturalGas).

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.  Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized as one of the safest, most reliable and customer-focused natural gas service providers, and in 2016 was ranked second in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the South and third nationally by J.D. Power and Associates. Also in 2016, Virginia Natural Gas was recognized as an Environmental Champion by Cogent™ Reports and as the Local Distribution Company of the Year by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association. For more information, visit www.virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/VaNaturalGasCo) and Twitter (Twitter.com/VaNaturalGas).

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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