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Nicor Gas Recognized as 2018 Environmental Champion

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – May 18, 2018 – Nicor Gas has been named a Top Utility Environmental Champion of 2018 according to a new Cogent Reports survey of utility customers nationwide conducted by Market Strategies International. The results designate the top 43 utilities throughout the country that have shown dedication to environmental stewardship and are published in a report titled Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™ Residential.

Nicor Gas was recognized based on the study of nearly 63,000 customers, served by 131 of the largest residential gas and electric utility providers, who were asked to rate their utility company’s commitment to the environment. To be named an Environmental Champion, a utility needs to show customers its dedication to supporting the environment by promoting clean energy, enabling consumption management, facilitating environmental causes, encouraging environmentally friendly fleets and buildings, and consistently seeking ways to protect the environment.

“We are proud to be recognized by our customers as stewards of the environment,” said Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas. “We believe it’s important to protect and preserve the environment and are committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to the homes and businesses we serve each day.” 

Nicor Gas 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 its successful energy efficiency program, energySMART. During the last six years, Nicor Gas has helped Illinois homeowners, renters and businesses save more than 100 million therms of natural gas and earn more than $90 million in rebates and cash incentives for energy-efficient upgrades.

This recent recognition by Cogent Reports compliments the Most Trusted Brand and Customer Champion designations Nicor Gas received in 2017.

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit

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 


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