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Introduction To The U.S. Natural Gas System
1/2 day on-demand seminar with Live Q&A
Available Now (15 day access)

An understanding of the structure and function of the North American natural gas system (production through delivery) is necessary to comprehend the U.S. natural gas industry and  markets.

You will receive a comprehensive understanding of the structure and functions of the U. S. natural gas industry; how the physical infrastructure works; who the players are and how the various segments of operations interface with each other.

This online training program is a fast way to bring you up-to-speed on the fundamentals of this key industry. You will receive an introduction to the natural gas industry; the three segments of the industry; how gas distribution utilities operate; how independent gas suppliers  interface in the marketplace; understand how sales and retail transportation transactions are executed; learn the essentials necessary when evaluating alternative methods of obtaining gas supply for a commercial or industrial facility; and gain a better understanding of the important factors that can impact prices and risks in today's dynamic natural gas marketplace.

This proven online training program features the same material used in the popular PGS in-person classroom seminar. Register today and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS for their energy training needs.

Seminar Agenda
Click each session to see a list of topics covered.
Session 1: Modules 1-3
What You Will Learn
  1. What is natural gas, the different types of natural gas, specifications and measurement units and conversions, key consumption sectors and demand drivers.
  2. The terminology, concepts and mechanics of the natural gas industry infrastructure components and how the natural gas industry operates across the value chain spectrum.
  3. Where the gas supply is, how gas is produced, related production economic issues and the relationship to current supply issues, concerns and directions.
  4. What gas gathering is, how it works and is managed and what are the economic issues and concerns of the other parts of the infrastructure value chain.
  5. What happens at different gas processing stages and NGL extraction flows.
  6. What "pipeline quality gas" is and the different concerns along the value chain about gas quality and interchangeability.
  7. How the natural gas industry has been transformed since the fracking revolution and LNG exports, and why doing business is a so different.
  8. Who the key commercial value chain participants are and how they manage their respective segments.
  9. Front, Middle and Back Office roles, responsibilities and duties.
What You Will Also Learn
  1. The key parts of pipeline, natural gas storage and LNG import terminal infrastructures and how these critical value chain components operate.
  2. Impact of FERC policies on new pipelines, expansions and capacity.
  3. Differences and economics of different types of underground storage and using storage as a physical hedge.
  4. Who regulates what, where, how and why and the evolution of FERC policy, major Orders and regulations to today's "open access" environment.
  5. State regulatory concerns, issues and the changing role of state regulators.
Session 2: Module 4
What You Will Learn

Regulation and Market Impacts

FERC Regulation and Restructuring

Major FERC Orders and Initiatives

State Regulatory Players and Processes 

LDC Rates and Economic

How This Online Course Works

Get the best of both worlds with this blended learning approach.

  1. Learn at your own pace and on your own schedule as you first enjoy the internet-streamed, on-demand seminar. Speed up, slow down, or repeat sections of the presentation.
  2. Upon completion, join us for one of our regularly scheduled live online Q&A sessions. A calendar of live Q&A dates and times is provided in the program access instructions you will receive. You can also email your questions directly to the instructor.
Course Access

You will receive immediate online access to the on-demand training presentation. The audio for the online seminar is only available through your computer or other Internet connected device. You will also receive links in your access instructions to PDFs for all the presentation materials in case you want to print or keep a copy.

The on-demand training presentations are available for a total of 15 days from the time any one of the training presentations is first accessed. After 15 days, your access to the on-demand presentations will expire. However the PDF formatted training program slides and other documents you receive are yours to keep.

Your Instructor
Jim Crist
President of Lumen Group, Inc

Jim Crist is President of Lumen Group, Inc. headquartered in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He has over 27 years experience in the energy industry covering coal, gas, oil, propane, and electricity. Jim has conducted many strategic studies of the industry and prepared market and business assessments for several large energy companies. Before founding Lumen Group in 1996, Jim spent 20 years working for major energy companies in engineering, technology development, rate and regulatory policy development and marketing. He served as marketing vice president in both regulated and deregulated entities.  His consulting practice provides strategic planning, marketing and business development, and rate and regulatory consulting, along with serving as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings in several jurisdictions.

Program Pricing
$395 for single attendee, $295 per attendee thereafter.
Special pricing is available for groups. Please click here for more information.

If you have additional questions please email or call (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to training program access. Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or corporate check. Your credit card will be charged at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Cancellations for online training programs can be made before the program access instructions are sent by PGS, and cancellations will result in a credit. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

Who Should Attend

This training program will benefit a wide variety of organizations and professionals in both the natural gas and electric power industries. Energy producers, utilities, energy marketers, industrial companies, electric generators, and liquids processors will gain valuable insights, as will energy and electric power executives, traders, marketers, (sales, purchasing & risk management professionals), accountants, trading support staff, auditors, attorneys, government regulators, rate specialists, plant operators, engineers and corporate planners. Anyone who wants a solid understanding of how the U.S. natural gas systems infrastructures fit together and operate will benefit.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level online training program has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required..

Why Choose PGS?

PGS training programs are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register today, and join the over 10,000 industry professionals who trust PGS with their energy training needs