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Virginia Natural Gas Recognized for its Commitment to Building the Future of Energy

VOGA AWARD

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Oct. 18, 2017 – Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Oil and Gas Association for its commitment to building the future of energy in the Commonwealth.

For the second consecutive year, the company has been named the Local Distribution Company of the Year for its proven track record of leadership and dedication to being the safest, most reliable natural gas company that provides exceptional customer service and supports the communities it serves in southeastern Virginia.

During a year highlighted by the successful transition to a new corporate brand following the merger of former parent, AGL Resources, with Southern Company, Virginia Natural Gas in 2016 continued to build upon its successes with a number of innovative projects, strategic partnerships and public awareness programs.

Virginia Natural Gas also was recognized with an award for community outreach for its successful three-year partnership with Old Dominion University to educate the public on safe digging practices and the importance of damage prevention.

In 2016, the company ranked second in customer satisfaction among mid-size utilities in the South and third nationally by J.D. Power 2016 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. It also was named Utility Customer Champion and Environmental Champions by Cogent Reports™, the syndicated division of Market Strategies International, for its leadership in customer engagement and satisfaction and environmental sustainability and stewardship.

The awards program was held Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Abingdon, Virginia.

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 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 www.southerncompanygas.com.

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