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  • ANGA Statement on Passage of Texas’ LNG Export Resolution

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 19, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Passage of Texas’ LNG Export Resolution

    Background: Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), issued the following statement on the passage of Texas S.C.R. 32, a resolution to help protect America's competitive advantage in energy markets:

    "ANGA applauds the Texas Legislature's passage of S.C.R 32. This bipartisan measure urges Congress and the president to advance policies that will enable America to export natural gas to ensure our nation's competitive advantage in energy markets as a global energy leader.

    "Allowing American natural gas access to the global marketplace acknowledges the paradigm shift arising from the shale energy revolution that has resulted in America moving from a posture of energy scarcity to one of energy abundance. These policy changes will benefit American workers and consumers while providing a huge boost to our economy and offering supply diversity to our allies abroad.

    "Domestic producers stand ready to provide abundant American energy to help power the world. LNG exports will allow the U.S. to enhance our energy security, strengthen our domestic manufacturing base and reduce emissions globally.

    "We are especially thankful to Sen. Paul Bettencourt and Rep. Gene Wu, who guided these measures through the Texas Legislature. We hope that Congress and the president will heed this bipartisan message from America's leading energy producing state and seize this exceptional opportunity."

  • ANGA Applauds New Texas Law to Uphold State’s Robust Energy Economy

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 18, 2015

    ANGA Applauds New Texas Law to Uphold State’s Robust Energy Economy

    Background: Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), issued the following statement after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Texas H.B. 40, legislation reaffirming state oversight of oil and natural gas regulations.

    "Texas' energy industry has been the backbone of the state's economy for decades. Oil and natural gas activities support roughly 40 percent of the state's economy. Leaders in Texas recognize the importance of upholding this industry, and ANGA commends Gov. Abbott for signing into law a proposal that takes concrete action to protect our abundant energy resources.

    "Last year in Texas, the oil and natural gas industry accounted for approximately $15.7 billion in state, county and local tax revenue. And, in 2013, Texas accounted for nearly 29 percent of all U.S. marketed natural gas production. This legislation ensures a continuation of the energy success story in Texas.

    "We applaud the Texas legislature for passing this critical legislation, and hope that more states will follow Texas' lead with regulatory structures that provide certainty to an industry that supports our energy security and economic growth."

    H.B. 40 protects both public safety and economic development with a uniform framework that will:

    • Preserve the ability of cities to address local surface activity, such as noise, traffic and lights; and
    • Ensure the state's effective oversight of oil and natural gas activities, such as drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production.

    Click here to learn more about the new law. Click here to read ANGA's testimony in support of H.B. 40.

  • Labor and Industry Agree: Natural Gas Infrastructure Can’t Wait

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog May 14, 2015

    Labor and Industry Agree: Natural Gas Infrastructure Can’t Wait

    Experts from labor, industry and government agreed at an event Thursday that greater investment in U.S. energy infrastructure would result in economic growth, jobs and access to clean and affordable energy for millions of American consumers.

    From left to right: Marty Durbin - ANGA, Marie Jordan - National Grid and Diane Leopold - Dominion Energy

    "As the world's leading natural gas producer, the U.S. must ensure that its energy infrastructure keeps pace with growing demand and the opportunity to strengthen the American economy and energy security," said Marty Durbin, president and CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance. "We need pipeline policies that remove delays and provide greater certainty while maintaining robust public and stakeholder input. This will help Americans fully realize the enormous potential natural gas offers, including a cleaner environment and lower energy bills."

    The event, "The Next Infrastructure Challenge: Connecting to a Clean, Reliable, Affordable Energy Future," took place at America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) in Washington. Panelists discussed the importance of investing in and modernizing America's energy infrastructure and the role of innovative partnerships and private capital investments in pipeline development. They also advocated for regulatory policies that speed the permitting process at the federal, state and local levels and discussed the impact of pipelines on jobs and America's economy.

    Click here to download the accompanying quote sheet for panelists remarks from the event.

    Conversation with Sean McGarvey, President, North America's Building Trades Unions


    Conversation with Diane Leopold, President, Dominion Energy and Marie Jordan, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, National Grid


    Conversation with Kate MacGregor of the House Natural Resources Committee and Brandon Mooney of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

  • To the Moon and Back – Five Times

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog May 14, 2015

    To the Moon and Back – Five Times

    Supplying reliable and affordable energy to every region of the United States requires serious infrastructure. Altogether, more than 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipeline make up the energy superhighway system that spans across the US. End to end, these pipelines could reach to the moon and back five times.

    What's remarkable about this system of pipelines is their performance. The U.S. Department of Transportation describes pipelines as "the arteries of the Nation's energy infrastructure, as well as one of the safest and least costly ways to transport energy products." And while the U.S. already has the most extensive natural gas pipeline system in the world, the truth is we need even more.

    As a result of the shale revolution, America has vast supplies of natural gas. At the same time, natural gas usage in the U.S. is increasing as more Americans turn to this clean source of energy. Our pipeline system needs to expand as well.

    Since 2007, the U.S. has added enough capacity to transport 131 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, equivalent to 80% of the total natural gas used by homes in 2014, to meet new demands and deliver new supplies.

    While this growth has enabled natural gas to serve as a reliable source of energy across the country, one region remains underserved. In New England, where the demand for natural gas exceeds existing capacity during the cold winter months, constraints in pipeline capacity has led to problems with fluctuating energy prices. That is why it's so important that projects like Constitution Pipeline, Access Northeast and NE Energy Direct move ahead. It also highlights the urgency for New England's governors to bring more pipelines to the region.

    When we hear infrastructure, it's common to think of things like roads and bridges. But the unsung – and often unseen – hero of fueling our daily lives is the extraordinary web of natural gas pipelines criss-crossing America.

  • ANGA Statement on DOE Approval of Corpus Christi LNG Export Terminal

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 13, 2015

    ANGA Statement on DOE Approval of Corpus Christi LNG Export Terminal

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance President and CEO Marty Durbin on the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) granting final approval to Cheniere's Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.

    "The Energy Department's decision to grant final approval to the Corpus Christi LNG export facility is another positive step toward allowing our nation to take full advantage of the benefits that natural gas development offers. Exporting natural gas creates jobs, improves energy security and bolsters our economy. It also allows a greater level of energy prosperity around the world and cleaner air. We believe the U.S. can thrive in the global LNG market, and we look forward to sending some of our abundant and affordable natural gas to our friends overseas."

  • ANGA Statement on DOE’s Approval of the Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 7, 2015

    ANGA Statement on DOE’s Approval of the Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance President and CEO Marty Durbin on the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) granting final approval to Dominion's Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.

    "The Energy Department's decision to grant final approval to the Cove Point LNG export facility is a positive step toward allowing our nation to take full advantage of the benefits that natural gas development offers. From jobs and economic benefits, to increased energy security, exporting natural gas makes good sense for America and our allies. It also allows a greater level of energy prosperity around the world and cleaner air. We look forward to the availability of more U.S. LNG export terminals and to sending some of our vast supplies of affordable natural gas to our friends overseas."

  • Flower Power: Rooted in Tradition, Growing Our Energy Future

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog May 7, 2015

    Flower Power: Rooted in Tradition, Growing Our Energy Future

    Bloomaker, Joep and Lillian Paternostre's thriving flower business in Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley, is as much a tribute to their past as it is a testament to the future of gardening.

    While a significant amount of grocery store flowers in the US come from the Netherlands or California, the Paternostre's settled on Waynesboro, VA when looking for a location to start their horticulture company in 2002. Since then, Bloomaker's patented "Long Life Tulips" have risen in popularity and are now sold at major retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Costco. The company's unique flowers grow hydroponically indoors without any soil, a method the Paternostre's adapted from his native Holland, and are guaranteed to last 4-8 weeks.

    Bloomaker recently announced a new project that underscores the company's commitment to sustainable growth. Through a partnership with Virginia and Augusta County, Bloomaker will work with Columbia Gas to extend a nearby natural gas pipeline, about one mile away, to their greenhouse – a move the company hopes will strengthen its long-term competitiveness by reducing the heating bill for its greenhouses.

    With tradition of innovation in their hearts and the future on their mind, Joep and Lillian's strategic move to extend this natural gas pipeline will not only sharpen the company's competitive advantage, but it will also reduce Bloomaker's carbon footprint. But the Paternostre family's forward-thinking approach to gardening doesn't stop there. Their company now sells flowers in disposable containers, which require less energy for production than the more traditional glass vases. The company has also developed growing methods that use less energy since the flowers finish growing in consumers' homes instead of in its greenhouses.

    Bloomaker, which already sells eight million flowers a year, expects its operations to triple in the coming years with estimated sales jumping from $10 million annually to over $25 million by 2020. Fueled by the promise of affordable natural gas, Bloomaker's investment will create 98 new jobs at its rural headquarters and has the potential to turn the region into a national hub for flower production.

    While the Bloomaker story is a unique one, it shares a common narrative with companies of all sizes: just as a flower needs food to grow, a business needs affordable and reliable energy to thrive. Aided by growing pipeline infrastructure, Joep and Lillian Paternostre have found that energy source in natural gas.

  • ANGA Statement on Senate Legislation to Expedite Pipeline Permitting

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 6, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Senate Legislation to Expedite Pipeline Permitting

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance Executive Vice President Frank J. Macchiarola on legislation offered by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) that would expedite federal permitting of energy infrastructure.

    "We appreciate Senators Capito and Heitkamp's leadership in addressing constraints on pipeline permitting. The expansion of pipeline infrastructure will lead to greater use of natural gas and, as a result, will improve our economy, environment and energy security. This legislation is a step forward in addressing the complex challenges that the pipeline industry faces at a time when stronger natural gas infrastructure is essential to helping our nation realize the benefits of the shale gas revolution."

  • ANGA Applauds New England States’ Pledge to Address Natural Gas Infrastructure

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 24, 2015

    ANGA Applauds New England States’ Pledge to Address Natural Gas Infrastructure

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Executive Vice President Frank Macchiarola on the New England governors' commitment to work together on solutions for alleviating the region's high electricity costs and natural gas pipeline infrastructure constraints.

    "We are pleased the governors in New England recognize the economic and environmental benefits of America's abundant natural gas resources. The lack of sufficient natural gas pipeline creates significant challenges for families and businesses in the region. By upgrading the regional energy infrastructure to bring more natural gas into their communities, these governors know we can build a stronger economy fueled by a cleaner, more affordable energy resource. We look forward to working with the governors and supporting their efforts to enhance and expand natural gas capacity throughout New England."

  • Gas Day at CERAweek – Long term optimism about natural gas across a range of markets

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 23, 2015

    Gas Day at CERAweek – Long term optimism about natural gas across a range of markets

    The opportunities afforded both in the US and internationally by natural gas shone through during Wednesday's Gas Day at #CERAWeek. From environmental benefits to the efficiency that is coming into the industry and LNG Exports to the need for pipeline infrastructure, the speakers really tell the story best, so here are the high points in their own words.

    Domestically and abroad, the benefits of clean, affordable natural gas should lead to increased demand…

    "We know that natural gas will supply a growing share of global and North American energy. It's abundant and because of that, it's going to be very cost effective for years to come. But the future of gas is going to be, in my opinion, driven by one thing and that is price stability…The growing supply and a hundred plus years of reserves have changed this [price] dynamic. It's pretty clear that the prices are going to be stable and very competitive for years to come."
    — Al Monaco, President and CEO Enbridge

    And to support that demand, natural gas production continues to improve in efficiency…

    "We cut the rig count by 5 times in six years, what's happened to production? Production has not only increased, its accelerated. What we've been able to do in our business is double the speed of efficiency every three-and-a-half to five years…It's an amazing story that we have out there."
    — Steve Mueller, Chairman and CEO Southwestern Energy

    With growing demand and efficiency, we need more infrastructure to bring more natural gas to the marketplace…

    "The lower prices engendered more demand, and a lot of the petrochemical facilities being built right here on the Gulf Coast were driven by the belief on the part of the end users that natural gas was going to be abundant and reasonably priced for many years to come, or they wouldn't have made the investment decisions they did."

    "The tragedy of it is you have all this natural gas, a tremendous asset there [in the Marcellus], many of them getting paid pretty poorly because there is so much of it and you have this tremendous market a couple hundred miles away and that's why we and others are trying to build capacity to New England, which has the highest natural gas prices and the highest electricity prices in the nation and yet they are sitting almost on top of these tremendous reserves."
    — Richard Kinder, Chairman and CEO, Kinder Morgan

    The demand isn't just domestic. Natural gas's role in reducing emissions is a powerful selling point for Europe and beyond…

    "I'm very positive about gas. I think that's about the future of gas and the development of gas and also because of the climate change targets, not just in Europe but worldwide gas will be the future fuel…Gas is the best solution. It's the only solution and we need really worldwide gas advocacy."
    — Claudio Descalzi, CEO, Eni

    In addition the environmental upsides, natural gas's economic benefits make a compelling case for LNG exports…

    Gas "has a critical role to play in the global energy mix…We must avoid the polarization that renewables are good and fossil fuels are bad… Significant growth in North America is leading to the reality of LNG exports from the US. The rapid growth of natural gas in the power sector is having an environmental and economic benefit."
    — Andy Brown, Upstream International Director, Royal Dutch Shell

    With all of natural gas' benefits considered, the outlook for US LNG exports looks bright…

    "The outlook for the US gas supply as a provider of LNG is still very strong. We expect the US market will continue to grow at a fairly significant pace and become a very significant part of the LNG picture on a global basis over the next five years."
    — Charif Souki, Chairman, CEO and President Cheniere

    "US LNG exports will continue to grow because worldwide, LNG demand will continue to grow. I believe that US LNG projects will be cheaper to build, cheaper to operate and US natural gas prices will be cheaper than most places in the rest of the world."
    — Michael Smith, CEO - Freeport LNG

    Stay up to date with ANGA's coverage of #CERAWeek by following @DanWhitten.

  • ANGA Statement on Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 23, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, on committee passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.

    "ANGA applauds the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on the passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act. Under the leadership of Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden and Chairman Ryan, this bipartisan and bicameral legislation will enable the United States to more effectively negotiate trade agreements in order to grow the U.S. economy, create more jobs here at home, and lower our trade deficit. The United States is now a leader in energy production and this legislation will better enable us to export our abundant energy to allies overseas while strengthening our energy security here at home. We urge Congress to swiftly pass this bill and send to the President for his signature."

  • ANGA Statement on the Quadrennial Energy Review

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 21, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Quadrennial Energy Review

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin on the Department of Energy's Quadrennial Energy Review on energy infrastructure.

    "Last month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers highlighted the significant benefits of natural gas in strengthening our economy and environment.

    "With today's release of the QER, the Obama administration reaffirmed the role natural gas will play in ensuring energy security, economic growth and environmental improvement. An expanded and modernized energy infrastructure is critical to realizing those benefits. We are pleased to see the recognition and importance of certainty in the permitting process to enhance our nation's energy infrastructure and support efforts to improve these processes.

    "We will work with Congress and the administration to ensure our energy infrastructure allows us to achieve the economic, environmental and security benefits that our abundant natural gas resources will bring."

  • American Energy - Connecting Cove Point to Shibuya Crossing

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 21, 2015

    American Energy - Connecting Cove Point to Shibuya Crossing

    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility that recently broke ground at Cove Point in Calvert County, Maryland represents more than "just" 3,000 jobs and $40 million in property tax revenue for the state's economy. It is a prime example of how America's natural gas revolution is solidifying our position as a global energy leader.

    While still reeling from the effects of the 2011 tsunami disaster, Japan is in need of energy. Given that domestic energy resources meet less than nine percent of total demand, Japan imports liquefied natural gas (LNG) to make up the difference. Not only is Japan is the world's largest importer of liquefied natural gas, but 43 percent of Japan's electricity came from natural gas in 2013.


    Japan's ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, discusses the importance of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Cove Point for Japan's energy supply.

    As Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who was on-site at Cove Point for the groundbreaking ceremony in March, pointed out, "through Cove Point, we will have the ability to share some of America's newfound energy bounty with overseas markets in places like Japan and India while continuing to meet our needs here at home."


    Japan's Shibuya Crossing is packed with energy - from the thousands of pedestrians crossing the busy intersection to the neon signs that adorn the adjacent buildings.

    There's no denying that the partnership between Maryland and Japan is a boon for the state's economy (potentially increasing state exports by $5 billion, year-over-year). It is also a major tool for strengthening ties between the US and Japan, which has been a critical partner of the US in the Asia-Pacific region for decades.

    What's in store at Cove Point adds up to substantial economic, environmental and national security benefits for the US and Maryland ­– and underscores the transformative effect the natural gas boom is having nationwide.

  • #CERAweek Oil Day: Down Market Does Nothing to Quell Talk of Natural Gas Benefits

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 21, 2015

    #CERAweek Oil Day: Down Market Does Nothing to Quell Talk of Natural Gas Benefits

    Today was Oil Day at CERAweek, but that didn't keep people from saying important things about natural gas. ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson highlighted the export of liquefied natural gas and natural gas' role in improving air quality in a speech that also laid out the power of innovation, efficiency and plain old industry perseverance in the face of a down market. Tillerson's speech was one of a bevy of presentations by industry executives and government officials given at this 34th annual conference, hosted in Houston by the analytics firm IHS.

    Tillerson was particularly proud of the emissions reductions associated with natural gas here in America through greater use in power generation, and overseas by sending American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other nations where it burns cleaner than alternatives.

    Photo by @ExxonMobil

    Exxon's Rex Tillerson: "Gas from shale has become instrumental in reducing US CO2 emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s" #CERAWeek
    — Ed Crooks (@Ed_Crooks) April 21, 2015

    "Because natural gas emits up to 60 percent less carbon dioxide than other major fuel sources when used for power generation, natural gas from shale has become instrumental in reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s," Tillerson said. "Moreover, allowing the export of LNG would also put the United States in the position of contributing to further reductions in greenhouse gases and pollution by making it possible for more nations – especially those in the dynamic economies of Asia – to turn to cleaner burning natural gas."

    Tillerson's talk followed by one day speeches by two important Washington policy makers who also had positive things to say about natural gas. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski told reporters yesterday that the Energy Department should speed the process of permitting LNG export facilities. This came in response to a question about ANGA's recently released White Paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports are America's once in a Generation Opportunity, which urged Congress and the administration to take steps to speed up the process.

    And Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said "natural gas is a great fuel especially in electricity generation. It's key to achieving reduced emissions and we have great opportunities for that across this country."While Jewell hailed regulations to reduce methane emissions (a position we do not endorse), she also praised industry for "stepping up on this issue" with voluntary measures.

    BP Group Chief Executive Robert Dudley said natural gas probably will take a larger share of the world's fossil energy pie because of its lower emissions. "I think it's inevitable that natural gas will win the horse race," he said.

  • More Than A V8: Your Car Wishes It Had This Engine

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 20, 2015

    More Than A V8: Your Car Wishes It Had This Engine

    The engine in your car – or the engine in a tractor trailer for that matter - has nothing on the engines powering some of the world's largest container ships. Of course it should come as no surprise that these engines pack a major punch. After all, they are propelling ships four football fields long after all.

    But let's do the math. A 2015 Honda Civic for instance has a 143 horsepower engine. And some of the most powerful cars, like Ford's new GT, clock in with more than 600 horsepower. But the engines pushing some of the world's largest container ships across the ocean have a whopping 109,000 horsepower. That's the power equivalent of 180 Ford GTs.

    All that power is generated from a massive engine that can weigh up to 240 tons—roughly the same weight as seven fully loaded semi-trucks—and that's just the engine.

    With the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG), these engines run cleaner than ever. The LNG that powers these cargo ships' mammoth marine engines emits 25% less CO2, so converting just one of these container ships from diesel to LNG is the equivalent of taking millions of cars off the road.

    And LNG-fueled engines aren't forcing you to sacrifice power—they even deliver the same amount of energy at 20% the cost of standard marine fuels. This means potentially big savings for consumers.

    The bottom line is, equipping more of these giants with engines that run on LNG is a clean and affordable way to make a big impact on international trade.

    This is the second article in a three-part series exploring how cargo ships are fueling a global economic and environmental recovery. Next week, we'll look at what's fueling the world's most environmentally-friendly ship.

  • ANGA White Paper: LNG Exports Represent Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America to Boost Economy, Improve Energy Security

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 16, 2015

    ANGA White Paper: LNG Exports Represent Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America to Boost Economy, Improve Energy Security

    Washington, DC — Marty Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), today announced the release of a new white paper, encouraging U.S. policymakers to move expeditiously to approve terminals that allow for the export of liquefied natural gas.

    The paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports Are America's Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity, paints a compelling picture of a U.S. energy resource that is poised to transform global markets, increase strategic geopolitical advantages for America and its allies and reduce carbon emissions on a global scale, all while continuing to drive economic growth at home.

    "The latest estimates confirm, again, that our natural gas supply is sustainable, reliable and large enough to last more than a century," Durbin said. "This means the U.S. can be a global energy leader without sacrificing our domestic advantage. But we must accelerate approval of export facilities in order to secure that role and maximize the benefits both here at home and globally."

    The white paper details the significant economic, environmental and geopolitical benefit derived from LNG exports, and cites extensive research showing such exports would result in negligible cost increases for natural gas here at home.

  • ANGA Supports FERC Gas Day Decision

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 16, 2015

    ANGA Supports FERC Gas Day Decision

    Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer for America's Natural Gas Alliance on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) steps to address the gas day.

    "We were pleased by the steps FERC took with regard to the gas day. By accounting for the views of natural gas producers, and others within the natural gas community, and retaining 9 a.m. Central Time as the start of the gas day, FERC has taken a common sense approach. FERC clearly recognized the need for a flexible system based on its acceptance of the recommendations by the North American Energy Standards Board."

  • Carpe Diem: LNG Exports a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 16, 2015

    Carpe Diem: LNG Exports a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity for America

    The United States can be a global energy leader by exporting its abundant and stable supply of natural gas without sacrificing the price advantage enjoyed by domestic manufacturers, but we need to act soon.

    ANGA's new white paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports Are America's Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity, paints a compelling picture of a US energy asset that is poised to transform global markets, increase geopolitical and strategic advantages for America and its allies and reduce carbon emissions on a global scale.

    There is little debate that the sheer volume of natural gas we have in the US has changed the global energy equation. Just last week a group of American geologists from the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) issued a biennial report and, for the sixth study in a row, it shows that US natural gas resources are at record levels. To put the numbers in perspective, the total volume of natural gas consumption in the United States in 2014 was 27 trillion cubic feet. The total volume of US natural gas that is recoverable right now, with no additional advances in technology, is 2,853 trillion cubic feet.

    The effects of this abundance are being felt across the globe — from Shell's recently announced deal to acquire BG Group for $70 billion to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals for more terminals at Cheniere's Sabine Pass export facility in Louisiana to long-term contracts for natural gas from critical allies like Japan.

    To really take advantage of the opportunities this natural gas abundance has created for the US, we must take important steps that will strengthen our energy security and provide a cleaner energy alternative for markets around the globe.

    That's why we are urging the Energy Department to move forward with swift approval of all export terminals now in its queue and asking Congress to pass legislation that will help expedite the permitting process.

    Click here to download a copy of the white paper.

    Watch ANGA CEO Marty Durbin and ANGA Chief Economist Erica Bowman discuss the state of play for LNG Exports:

  • Meet the Workhorse of the Gulf

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 9, 2015

    Meet the Workhorse of the Gulf

    Nearly 90 percent of America's offshore oil rigs are in the Gulf of Mexico. When Gulf energy production began in earnest in the 1950s, drillers hired Louisiana fisherman to provide supplies and services to the oil rigs. But the heavy-duty nature of the work made that practice unsustainable and the drilling industry began using specialty vessels.

    The specialty supply boats evolved into what are now called offshore supply vessels, or OSVs. About the length of a football field, the typical OSV traveling to and from offshore oil rigs carries a large load: it might be 253,000 gallons of fuel oil, which is more than 21,000 times the capacity of the average car's gas tank; or it might be 10,250 cubic feet of dry cement, which is more than 36 times the capacity of the largest cement trunks. These workhorses of the Gulf also provide support for deep-water rig mooring and offshore and subsea rig construction.

    Now, the latest evolution of OSVs involves their own fuel source. Traditionally run on diesel fuel engines, OSVs now are starting to use a cleaner fuel: natural gas.

    Harvey Energy, a new 302-foot vessel operated by Harvey Gulf International Marine, runs on Wartsila's patented dual fuel engine that uses 99 percent natural gas and 1 percent diesel. According to Chad Verret, Harvey Gulf's Executive Vice President for LNG Operations, "using natural gas helps us deliver on our mission - providing excellent marine service while causing no harm to the environment." The OSV now serves Shell Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and will be fueled at a new LNG marine fueling facility in Port Fourchon, Lousiana.

    "LNG is creating a paradigm shift going forward," said John Hatley, the Americas Vice President for Wartsila, the maker of the M/V Harvey Energy's dual fuel engine. "First, it's safe, proven technology. Second, environmental: it provides tremendous emission reductions across the board. Third, economics: it's compelling because it's fairly low cost and abundant. And fourth, and maybe superior to all, it's energy security for the United States… It's a tremendous boost to the U.S. economy and that means jobs."

  • ANGA Statement on the Growing Natural Gas Resource Estimate

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 8, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Growing Natural Gas Resource Estimate

    Background: Following is a comment by America's Natural Gas Alliance's Chief Economist Erica Bowman on the Potential Gas Committee report today that shows a historically high assessment of the nation's natural gas resource. The 50th anniversary biennial technically recoverable resource estimate eclipses the 2013 record assessment by nearly 6 percent.

    "The Potential Gas Committee's report once again shows that with innovation and a better understanding of the science behind natural gas production, estimates about the size of this resource continue to grow. No other energy source has the potential to improve air quality, boost America's economy and add to our nation's energy security on such a large scale. And now it is time to put this clean and abundant resource to work to help our economy grow by exporting natural gas, increasing its use in power generation and employing it to fuel our nation's manufacturing renaissance."

  • UPS Doubles Down on Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 7, 2015

    UPS Doubles Down on Natural Gas

    UPS already operates one of the largest natural gas vehicle (NGV) fleets in the world, and the company's investment in this alternative fuel technology is growing.

    Just last week, UPS announced plans to more than double its U.S.-based NGV fleet. In the next year it will add more than 1,400 new trucks, which includes 800 tractors and 600 package delivery vehicles.

    The new vehicles will be deployed in Atlanta, Denver and Dallas, among other large cities. To support its growing fleet, UPS will build 15 additional natural gas fueling stations.

    "CNG is an important building block in our long-term fleet strategy and offers environmental and economic advantages," says Mitch Nichols, UPS Senior Vice President of Transportation and Engineering. With these additional 1,400 trucks, UPS' alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet will log more than 350 million miles per year, well on its way to achieving its goal of 1 billion miles by the end of 2017.

  • How Electricity is Delivered to Your Home (in Five Steps)

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 1, 2015

    How Electricity is Delivered to Your Home (in Five Steps)

    Have you ever wondered how electricity gets delivered to your home? We break a complicated process down into five easy steps:

    1) Generate

    Though it may be obvious, the first step is to generate electricity. A lot of electricity to be exact: according to the Energy Information Administration, the United States generated more than 1 billion megawatt hours from natural gas in 2014. That's enough to charge more than 12 million Tesla Model S vehicles.

    A rendering of Dominion's Warren County, VA Power Station
    the largest power plant to enter service in 2014.

    2) Step it up

    Power plants typically produce electricity at 20,000 volts, but that electricity needs to be at an even higher voltage before it's fed into a power line. A "transformer" gets the job done by giving it a boost. When this occurs the electricity has been "stepped up."

    3) Transmit

    Power plants are often located hundreds of miles from homes and businesses, so a high-voltage transmission line is needed to deliver the electricity to the end-user. According to the Department of Energy, there are more than 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines in the US. When we say "high-voltage" we mean it: modern transmission lines can carry electricity at 765,000 volts.

    A look at electric transmission lines, greater than 345kV,
    along the East Coast. Map generated using EIA.gov.

    4) Step it down

    Before electricity meets your neighborhood's power lines, it needs to be "stepped down" by a "substation." As you might have guessed, this is the opposite of "stepping up." Electricity enters a substation at 765,000 volts and leaves as low as 4,000 volts.

    5) Distribute

    In this final step, the distribution system connects the substation to your home. This network of lines and small step-down transformers run throughout your neighborhood and has the important job of converting electricity to the lower voltages (240 and 120 volts) required by household appliances and fixtures.

  • ANGA Statement on Study of Methane Emissions by Washington State University

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 31, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Study of Methane Emissions by Washington State University

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin on the latest study by Washington State University with support by EDF showing reduced methane emissions in natural gas distribution.

    "This latest study sponsored by EDF shows once again that the natural gas industry has been reducing emissions substantially and that innovation and cooperative efforts have led to much greater reductions at a faster pace than any regulation would. Just as the production sector has cut methane emissions since the shale revolution began in 2005, the distribution sector also has taken steps to upgrade systems and reduce emissions. We hope that the administration will take note of the broad industry reductions as shown in this and previous EDF studies and in the Environmental Protection Agency's own data and will continue with cooperative steps that can lead to further substantial emissions reductions."

  • The World’s Largest Moving Object

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog March 27, 2015

    The World’s Largest Moving Object

    Ninety thousand cargo ships crisscross the seas every year, carrying a total of 17 million containers of cargo. What lies within is the stuff that fills our lives and moves our economy. From food to footwear to pharmaceuticals, getting these everyday goods from the production line to homes around the globe is a big job, and these ocean freighters have the muscle to do it.

    Make no mistake, these ships are massive. The first American Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fueled cargo ship set to launch this fall is more than two football fields long and cleaner than ever. Maersk's Triple-E ships, the world's newest and largest, is taller than the Eiffel Tower and can carry 18,000 twenty-foot containers – that's roughly 864 million bananas. The vessel is so impressive it inspired Lego to make a mini version using 1,516 bricks.

    However, unlike Legos, building these mammoth vessels is no small task. And until now, ensuring they are not only good for the economy, but also the planet seemed impossible.

    At Okpo, a port in South Korea, 46,000 people work to build 100 of the world's most impressive cargo ships annually, including the Maersk Triple-E. Photographer Alastair Wiper did an amazing job capturing this process for WIRED last year. Each vessel takes roughly three months, depending on size, and can require up to 12,000 steel plates – enough to cover eight football fields - which are broken into 127,000 pieces before being welded back together. But unlike their predecessors, these mega ships are designed for lower speeds. Lower speeds means lower fuel consumption, which means lower CO2 emissions.

    Back in the US, the Jones Act requires all ships sailing to and from US ports to be American-made. This 95-year old law, combined with recent booms in domestic energy production and a recovering manufacturing sector has kept thousands of Americans employed by the shipping industry in places like Philadelphia and along the West Coast.

    Construction of TOTE's new LNG-powered ship employed 600 in Southern California alone. But it's not just jobs these ships are supporting. With clean-burning LNG as its fuel and this TOTE's ship surpasses both the Environmental Protection Agency's clean air regulations and standards set by the United Nations to reduce air pollution in the maritime sector. This next generation of mega ships are some of the world's largest – and truly the most environmentally friendly.

    This is Part One of a three part series exploring how cargo ships are fueling a global economic and environmental recovery. Next week, we'll look at what powers cargo ships. Hint: it's a bit bigger than your car's engine.