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Virginia Natural Gas Named Environmental Champion by its Customers for Third Straight Year

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – April 27, 2017 – For the third consecutive year, Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized by its customers for its contributions to improving the environment.

The company recently was named an Environmental Champion based on the Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement: Residential, a Cogent Reports™ study by Market Strategies International. The nationwide study surveyed approximately 58,000 residential customers of the largest natural gas and electric utilities.

The findings are based on ratings of five key environmental attributes. Virginia Natural Gas ranks among the highest in the south region for its commitment to using environmentally friendly energy, encouraging green initiatives for buildings/vehicles, providing tools/programs to help customers save energy, seeking ways to protect the environment and supporting environmental causes.

Headquartered in its LEED certified building in Virginia Beach, Virginia Natural Gas demonstrates its dedication to safeguarding the environment in a number of ways. The company participates in recycling and conservations programs that reduce the impact on the environment and takes a strategic approach to using clean natural gas in its fleet operations.

Virginia Natural Gas also has made significant investments to modernize its natural gas pipeline infrastructure that has resulted in lower emissions, and has helped its customers save energy and lower their carbon footprint through the successful energy efficiency program. During the last three years, more than 51,000 customers have participated in the energySMART program, which provides rebates, incentives and a free online energy audit tool to make homes and businesses more energy efficient.

“We are proud to be recognized by our customers as stewards of the environment,” said Jim Kibler, president of Virginia Natural Gas. “We are privileged to deliver clean, affordable and reliable natural gas to the homes and businesses of our customers each day, and never take for granted our responsibility to help build a sustainable future with them.”

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

 

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 293,000 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 4.6 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 investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at southerncompanygas.com.

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