The American Gas Association has elected Atmos Energy CEO Robert W. Best as its chairman for 2004. AGA’s other new officers include New Jersey Resources CEO Laurence Downes as the 2004 first vice chairman and DTE Energy COO Stephen Ewing at second vice chairman. Seven members also were elected to serve three-year terms on the AGA board: EnergySouth CEO John Davis, Avista Corp. CEO Gary Ely, TXU Gas President Michael McCall, Memphis Light Gas & Water CEO Herman Morris, Cinergy Corp. CEO James Rogers, Montana-Dakota Utilities CEO Ronald Tipton and Wisconsin Public Service CEO Larry Weyers. The AGA represents 191 local energy utility companies that deliver gas to 53 million homes throughout the United States.

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