Now that 2023 is behind us, we wanted to take a few moments in this week’s blog to do a quick recap of some of the great happenings here at Gas South in the last year.
Some of the more exciting news is that we were able to give back more than $4.5 million in profits to help support children in need in 2023—our most charitable year striving to Be A Fuel For Good yet! On top of that, our employees volunteered more than 1,200 hours. All of that is time and money that went to groups in the communities we serve that focus on childhood education, basic need and health—so children who need support can go on to lead successful lives.
We also made a shift last year to concentrate these philanthropic efforts on 10 Fuel For Good Allies. These are non-profit partners that do exceptional work to help children in need, and we’re excited to continue working with them in the year ahead.
Sustainability matters to us too, and that’s why, for the last several years, we’ve made ongoing investments to solar projects. By the end of 2024, that investment is predicted to total $63 million. Our plan is to continue seeking such opportunities because, in addition to helping support children in need, we know protecting the planet is one of the best ways to make a difference—and the difference is good.
Beyond helping the communities we serve, we’re also committed to supporting the needs of our employees. And part of how we do that is through our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), designed to cater to the personal and professional development of the great folks that help make Gas South an exceptional place to work. We’re always looking to build on this, and so we also created a new ERG last year called the Young Professionals Group, which was brought forth to help support employees 35 or younger (though anyone can be involved) through networking opportunities and mentorships. This latest group brings our total to five, and we’re excited to add even more to the roster in 2024.
On the customer front, we continued to make progress as well, and we’re happy to report our year-end total for 2023 came to more than 470,000 customers. That growth is important for our mission to Be A Fuel For Good, as it’s critical to the donation amounts we’re able to give back each year—and we’re thankful to each customer for being part of making that difference.
This expansion also means we need more space to do all this good. And so earlier in the year, we opened a new, bigger office at our Gainesville, Florida, location that accommodates about 150 employees based there. This new space is almost double that of our previous Gainesville office and was designed with innovation and collaboration in mind. Later in 2024, we’re also planning to relocate our Atlanta headquarters to The Battery, which promises more space and closer proximity to the Atlanta Braves, who we’ve been proud to be the official natural gas sponsor of for years.
Thanks for reading about some of our 2023 highlights. Whether it’s serving you with great natural gas rates and top-rated service or making a difference for employees and our communities, we’re looking forward to 2024.