Special to the Citizen:
The Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia honored the City of Madison at its Annual Membership Meeting last week as runner-up for the 2013 Project of the Year Award for Northern Georgia for the Stanton Springs Project.
The Cities of Covington and Social Circle were also recognized for this award. This award is presented annually to municipally-owned natural gas systems served by the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia.
The City of Madison formed a partnership with Covington and Social Circle to serve the Stanton Springs Industrial Park. The City of Madison is in the planning stages of Phase 3 of this project and will construct a third source of natural gas to the park as Baxter International ramps up to full production. Total usage is expected to exceed 2000/Mcf/day.
The City of Madison has been a member of the Gas Authority, a joint action agency comprised of cities across Georgia and other states, since 1987. The Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia is the largest non-profit natural gas joint-action agency in the United States, serving 78 Members in Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Florida that meet the gas needs of approximately 250,000 customers. The Gas Authority was formed in 1987 by an Act of the Georgia General Assembly to assist municipal members who own and operate natural gas distribution systems.
The Gas Authority provides a broad array of gas supply, marketing and financial services, which deliver significant benefits to its members. Services include gas supply and storage management, supply and capacity planning, regulatory representation, industrial customer assistance, budget assistance, rate design, budget forecasting, market development, communications, project financing, risk management assistance, regulatory compliance, and training.