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Natural Gas STAR Program

Natural Gas STAR Program Award Winners

EPA periodically recognizes the efforts and achievements of outstanding Natural Gas STAR partners during a special awards luncheon at the Program's Annual Implementation Workshop. Recognition is based on methane emission reductions achieved, implementation of a variety of technologies and practices, and support of Program activities, initiatives, and outreach. To be eligible, partners must submit an annual report to EPA each spring.

Examples of Natural Gas STAR Program contributions include:

  • Presentations and/or demonstrations at Program workshops
  • Contributions to case studies, technical documents, articles, videos, and/or Program tools
  • Sponsorship of a Technology Transfer Workshop
  • Development of employee incentive programs
  • Recruitment of new partners and/or endorser organizations
  • Providing peer support/guidance to new partners
  • Inclusion of Program participation information as part of company's environmental communications plan, website, and/or annual report

Specific award categories and criteria are as follows:

Partner of the Year: Partner of the Year is based on normalized emission reductions for the prior reporting year, achieved by implementing a variety of Natural Gas STAR technologies and practices. EPA also considers positive reporting trends such as increasing reduction totals or expanded implementation of new technologies and practices; internal corporate programs to promote Natural Gas STAR; internal and external outreach and education; and support for Natural Gas STAR Program activities, such as Partner Update articles or Technology Transfer Workshops. One Partner of the Year award is generally named in each major natural gas sector: production, processing, transmission and distribution.

Implementation Manager of the Year: Implementation Manager of the Year is awarded for outstanding leadership in outreach and technology transfer of Natural Gas STAR Program goals. EPA also considers internal outreach and education and support for Natural Gas STAR Program activities.

Rookie of the Year: Rookie of the Year recognizes new Program partners that demonstrate strong program participation. Normalized emission reductions for the prior reporting year, implementation of a variety of technologies and practices, and participation in other Program activities are considerations in awarding Rookie of the Year.

Continuing Excellence: Continuing Excellence is presented based on a company submitting an annual report on a regular basis throughout the years, in conjunction with a high level of performance according to the criteria used for Partner of the Year.

Click on the tabs below to view award winners from past Annual Implementation Workshops.


Presented at 2012 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Southwestern Energy Company
  • Gathering and Processing Partner of the Year: Targa Resources, Inc.
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Iroquois Gas Transmission System
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: SourceGas, LLC
  • International Partner of the Year: GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Alena Jonas
  • Continuing Excellence - Five Years (Four awardees): Carolina Gas Transmission; Constellation Energy/Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; Southwestern Energy Company; Trunkline Gas
  • Continuing Excellence - Seven Years (Three awardees): Alliant Energy; Energen Resources; Gulf South Pipeline
  • Continuing Excellence - 10 Years: El Paso Pipeline Group
  • Continuing Excellence - 12 Years (Two awardees): CenterPoint Energy Minnesota Gas; Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence - 15 Years (Three awardees): Delmarva Power; Iroquois Gas Transmission System; PECO Energy Company
  • Continuing Excellence - 17 Years: AGL Resources

Presented at 2010 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: El Paso E&P Company, L.P.
  • Gathering and Processing Partner of the Year: ONEOK Partners
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Kinder Morgan (Natural Gas Pipelines)
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: New Jersey Natural Gas Company
  • Rookie of the Year: HighMount E&P LLC
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Mike Pontiff (Newfield Exploration Company)
  • International Partner of the Year: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
  • Continuing Excellence - Five Years (10 awardees): Alliance Pipeline LP; Consumers Energy; Equitable Gas Co.; Marathon Oil Company; New Jersey Natural Gas Company; New Mexico Gas Company; Nicor Gas; ONEOK Partners; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company; Quicksilver Resources
  • Continuing Excellence - Seven Years (Three awardees): Devon Energy; Puget Sound Energy; Shell Exploration and Production Company
  • Continuing Excellence - 10 Years: Hess Corporation's Americas Exploration and Production
  • Continuing Excellence - 15 Years (Three awardees): Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.; Public Service Electric and Gas Company
  • Continuing Excellence - 17 Years (Five awardees): Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.; National Grid; UGI Utilities, Inc.; Washington Gas; Williams Gas Pipeline

Presented at 2009 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Chesapeake Energy
  • Gathering and Processing Partner of the Year: Western Gas Resources
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Spectra Energy Transmission
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence - Five Years: Alliant Energy, Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P., Energen Resources, Enogex LLC, Gulf South Pipeline, Kinder Morgan, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation, Williams Production RMT Company
  • Continuing Excellence - Seven Years: DTE Energy- MichCon, ExxonMobil Production Company, Northern Natural Gas, Western Gas Resources
  • Continuing Excellence - 10 Years: CenterPoint Energy Minnesota Gas, ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company
  • Continuing Excellence - 12 Years: Consumers Energy, Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence - 15 Years: AGL Resources
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Andrew McCalmont (Chesapeake Energy)
  • Rookie of the Year: Comgas
  • International Partner of the Year: Enbridge, Inc.

Presented at 2008 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Gathering and Processing Partner of the Year: ONEOK Partners
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: El Paso Pipeline Group
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Consolidated Edison Company of New York
  • Continuing Excellence-Five Years: Devon Energy Corporation, Newfield Exploration Company, Puget Sound Energy and Shell Exploration and Production
  • Continuing Excellence-Seven Years: Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence-12 Years: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Iroquois Gas Transmission and PECO Energy Company
  • Continuing Excellence-15 Years: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc and Williams Gas Pipeline
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Aaron Hutchison (Marathon Oil Company)
  • Rookie of the Year: Laclede Gas Company
  • International Partner of the Year: ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd.

Presented at 2007 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: EnCana Oil & Gas Inc.
  • Processing Partner of the Year: Enbridge Energy Partners, Inc.
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Alliant Energy
  • Continuing Excellence-Five Years: Northern Natural Gas Company
  • Continuing Excellence-10 Years: Consumers Energy; Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence-12 Years: Chevron Corporation; Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Scott Mason (EnCana Oil & Gas Inc.)
  • Rookie of the Year: Southwestern Energy Company

Presented at 2006 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Marathon Oil Company
  • Processing Partner of the Year: Duke Energy Field Services
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Kinder Morgan
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence-Five Years: Atmos Energy Corporation
  • Implementation Manager of the Year (two awardees): Shankar Ananthakrishna (Targa Midstream Services) and Krish Ravishankar (Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation)
  • Rookie of the Year: ONEOK Partners GP, L.L.C. (formerly Northern Plains Natural Gas Company) (Transmission)

Presented at 2005 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Devon Energy
  • Processing Partner of the Year: Enbridge Energy Partners
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Northern Natural Gas
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: DTE Energy - MichCon
  • Continuing Excellence (six awardees): Kerr-McGee; Western Gas Resources; Columbia Gas & Columbia Gulf Transmission; Duke Energy Gas Transmission; Southwest Gas; El Paso Pipeline Group
  • 10 Year Partners (six awardees): BP; Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation; Consolidated Edison Company of New York; Great lakes Gas Transmission Company; PSNC Energy; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Steven O’Connell (Devon Energy)
  • Rookie of the Year: Newfield Exploration Company (Production)
  • International: Occidental Oil and Gas

Presented at 2004 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Shell Exploration and Production Company
  • Processing Partner of the Year: GulfTerra Energy Partners (formerly El Paso Field Services)
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: NiSource Distribution Companies
  • Continuing Excellence (four awardees): BP; Kerr-McGee; El Paso Pipeline Group; Pioneer Natural Resources
  • 10 Year Partners (nine awardees): Atlanta Gas Light Company; Baltimore Gas and Electric Company; Citizens Gas and Coke Utility; Niagara Mohawk Energy; Northern Indiana Public Services Company (a NiSource Company); Public Service Electric and Gas Company; UGI Utilities, Inc.; Washington Gas; Williams Gas Pipeline-Transco
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Don Anderson (Western Gas Resources)
  • Rookie of the Year: Devon Energy Corporation (Production)

Presented at 2003 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: BP
  • Processing Partner of the Year: Western Gas Resources
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: El Paso Pipeline Group
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • Continuing Excellence (three awardees): Kerr-McGee; ChevronTexaco; and Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf Transmission
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: Reid Smith (BP)
  • Rookie of the Year: Northern Natural Gas (Transmission)

Presented at 2002 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Processing Partner of the Year: Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Duke Energy Gas Transmission
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Continuing Excellence (two awardees): Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf Transmission; BP
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: John Cordaway (El Paso Pipeline Group)
  • Rookie of the Year- Production: Murphy Exploration and Production
  • Rookie of the Year- Distribution: North Carolina Natural Gas Company

Presented at 2001 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: BP
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation and Columbia Gulf Transmission Company
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: PECO Energy
  • Continuing Excellence: Enron Transportation Services
  • Implementation Manager of the Year: James “Bubba” Frederick (Unocal)
  • Rookie of the Year- Processing: Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Rookie of the Year- Transmission: PG&E National Energy Group
  • Rookie of the Year- Production: Ocean Energy, Inc.

Presented at 2000 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Kerr-McGee Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Columbia Transmission Segment
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Bay State Gas Company

Presented at 1999 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Chevron U.S.A. Production Company
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Enron
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Presented at 1998 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Mobil Exploration and Producing US
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Enron
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Brooklyn Union

Presented at 1997 Annual Workshop

  • Production Partner of the Year: Marathon Oil
  • Transmission Partner of the Year: Enron
  • Distribution Partner of the Year: Atlanta Gas Light