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Celebrating International Women’s Day
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog March 7, 2014
As the natural gas industry has grown, we’re proud of the strength and growing diversity of our workforce. Women are a growing presence in the natural gas industry, and play a critical role in securing our energy future.
Tomorrow, as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, ANGA shares its gratitude for the truly dedicated women we’re proud to have working alongside us, and the skill and professionalism they bring to our work.
They are managers and engineers, working in the field and behind the scenes to get the job done and help fuel America’s energy needs.
Take a moment to watch our video highlighting the work of just some of the women working in the field today:
Like Jamie, a completions engineer who manages operations for over 600 natural gas sites in Texas, the women of our industry are committed to the task at hand.
According to the latest IHS projections, job opportunities for women as petroleum engineers, managers, and professionals are expected to grow by almost 70,000 from 2010-2013. It’s a powerful trend.
From all of us at ANGA, we couldn’t do it without you – thank you.
.@SiemensUSA's Kaeser: #Energy is the lifeblood for global competitiveness. Build [#natgas] and we will come. #CERAWeek
From: @ANGAus March 5, 2014
ANGA Supports Lamar Smith Amendment to Whitfield-Manchin Legislation
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases March 4, 2014
Background: Following is a comment from Marty Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance in support of an amendment offered by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) to the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act" proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY):
“We support the efforts of Sen. Manchin and Rep. Whitfield to ensure that regulations to control and reduce air emissions from energy production can be achieved through technology that is commercially viable. An amendment by Chairman Smith to expand the language to include natural gas, among other fuels represents a positive addition to the legislation. Our nation’s abundant, affordable and clean natural gas is creating jobs, growing the economy and strengthening our energy security, with independent assessments projecting it will continue to do so for years to come. When it comes to energy and powering our nation, we need to ensure that we have a reasonable and practical regulatory framework.”
.@jiminhofe & @SenCarlLevin believe that #NGVs are the future of U.S. transportation - http://t.co/3KXy0hVy21
CERAWeek 2014 Liveblog
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 27, 2014
Bookmark this page and join us at 3:45 pm CST on Tuesday, March 4 as we begin liveblogging CERAWeek 2014 from Houston, TX. We promise bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of natural gas news from the many panels, briefings and keynotes at one of the world's largest energy conferences. If you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @ANGAus and the #CERAWeek conversation. Here's an initial schedule of what we plan to cover:
Tuesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 5
Thursday, March 6
Doug Lawler, President & CEO, Chesapeake Energy highlights focus on efficient capture to extend resource plays.
Lawler: Shale gas accounts for more than 40% of U.S. marketed production. Marcellus Shale is producing more than 2x the next highest producing shale play.
Lawler: Independents are driving shale growth in the U.S.
Russ Girling, President & CEO, TransCanada Corporation: North America is going to need a lot of energy infrastructure - more than $2 trillion for gas.
Girling: We can produce natural gas at economic prices that will sustain businesses through their economic cycles.
Javier Gutiérrez, President, Ecopetrol: You must be a part of the community where you want to develop your project. You must be transparent and develop trust.
Lawler: Technology and efficiency gains will result in continued opportunities for upstream development.
Dave McCurdy, President & CEO, American Gas Association: Natural gas is a foundation fuel that will be here for decades.
McCurdy: Most of the policies that we deal with are pre-shale. They were designed during a time of natural gas scarcity.
Keith White, VP, Business Development & Energy Supply, NW Natural: We're at an inflection point for natural gas demand.
Andrew Sunderman, Chief Financial Officer, Direct Energy: Only about 40% of the customers in Connecticut have access to natural gas. We believe it is essential to remove barriers to access.
Sunderman addresses the need to improve access to natural gas in the Northeast.
Colette Honorable, President, NARUC: Gas is more than a bridge fuel. This is a story we should be proud of, and it's a story that I'm happy to share.
Honorable is outlining the extensive investment that has gone into upgrading and replacing the extensive natural gas pipeline system.
Honorable: It's an exciting time in the [natural gas] industry. I can tell you natural gas is greatly embraced in Arkansas. The Fayetteville Shale is the 7th most prolific shale in the U.S. We support a strong role for natural gas in the fuel mix, but we also support a diverse mix. We strive to ensure that our regulators are equipped with the tools they need.
Paula Gant, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Oil & Natural Gas, U.S. Department of Energy: Thrilled to be part of an Administration that understands the opportunity of natural gas. The President has called natural gas out in his last three State of the Unions.
Gant: There's a tremendous opportunity with natural gas from an economic, environmental and national security perspective. We are the envy of the world.
Gant: We have an opportunity to reduce our GHG emissions while strengthening our economy.
Gant: We're seeing increased rig productivity and that's a result of technological innovation. We continue to apply technology and innovation in ways that outpace our expectations.
Gant: The enhanced security of others improves our national security.
Gant: We have a regional diversity of this resource. Traditional natural gas consumers are now natural gas producers. Utica is an example of a new energy resource in a region that hasn't typically produced its own energy.
Bob Ineson, Managing Director, North American Natural Gas, IHS: IHS expects natural gas demand to increase 4 bcf/day per year on average from 2015 through 2021. The question for the panel is: will supply investment come in time?
Iain McIntosh, VP US Lands Ops, Baker Hughes: We putting more focus on the data gathered during the drilling phase. Data will ensure that we complete wells in the right way. Studies from the Eagle Ford Shale show that placing fracture stages in the right place could yield as much as 25% higher yields.
William Maloney, EVP Development and Production North America, Statoil: "Obviously, yes - America can meet the coming demand surge."
Maloney: Natural gas rig count is down 25%, yet production is up. Advancements in drilling techniques will increase efficiencies, while technology will continue to drive down the cost of development.
William Lawson, VP of Corporate Development, The Williams Companies: "Absolutely, yes" we will have enough supply to meet the demand surge. The critical component will be infrastructure.
Lawson: We've invested $6B in pipeline, gathering in the Northeast to help natural gas get to demand markets.
Lawson: NGLs have been providing producers an extra margin to make projects more attractive; however, infrastructure is still needed to get those products to the main markets.
Lawson: We're now giving our pipelines North to South capability to take Marcellus gas to the Southeast.
Lawson: The narrative for North America has changed. Today, given abundance of NGLs and ethane, you can see a long-term sustained advantage over other regions of the world that rely on naphtha.
Secretary Moniz talks about Obama Administration's "All of the Above" energy strategy, which is creating jobs and reducing emissions. Key part of the "All of the Above" strategy is natural gas.
Moniz: A skilled workforce is essential to taking full advantage of our nation's energy opportunities.
Moniz: (On transition from energy shortage to abundance) We were always an energy powerhouse, but oil imports created the impression that we were dependent on foreign energy sources. We have to temper this discussion.
Moniz: Even as we pursue low-carbon energy sources, we will still rely on oil and gas.
Moniz: Gas production has led directly to reduced CO2 emissions.
Moniz: As you know we have approved 1 license for LNG export, and the expectation is that exports will begin at the end of 2015. The current LNG Export process, as currently authorized, doesn't give us the ability to determine where the cargo goes. DOE has given 5 conditional approvals to LNG export applications, but these must now go through FERC's process.
Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund: We live in a real world, and in that real world the U.S. produces 28 Tcf/year. It's not should we use natural gas or should we use solar. We're going to use a lot of natural gas for electricity and manufacturing. And as wonderful as the economic benefits are, we shouldn't ask neighbors of development to give up clean air and water.
Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company: It's all about transparency, facts and science.
Odum: The natural gas industry is getting very good at collecting and recycling water so that less is used.
Odum: It's easy to say it's about doing it right, but doing it right has to be driven by cost-effective solutions. There's real stress around the cost of developing shale resources. The interesting thing is that we're finding new ways to do things better from an environmental standpoint, which fit into that picture.
Gov. John Hickenlooper: Colorado has $30 billion per year in oil and gas production and more than 110,000 industry-supported jobs.
Gov. Hickenlooper: If a local-control ballot initiative were to pass, you would create a lot of uncertainty in the Colorado business community. Investments would go to other states.
Colin Parfitt, President Supply and Trading, Chevron Corporation: In 2012 Chevron processed more than 5 Bcf/day. The United States and Canada are uniquely positioned to take advantage of their natural gas resources.
Parfitt: We have the technology, expertise, regulatory and transportation systems to take advantage of conventional and unconventional resources.
Parfitt: Shale gas is the fastest growing source of natural gas in the United States. It's supporting power generation, the steel production and a resurgent petrochemical industry.
Lamar McKay, Chief Executive, Upstream, BP Plc: The resource base in the United States for gas and oil is immense.
Gregory Ebel, President & CEO, Spectra Energy: How do we get to the nuts and bolts of bringing the new natural gas supply to market?
Ebel: In the next dozen years we're going to need to invest nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure. There's an inherent lag between production ramping up and infrastructure. There's an imposed lag when you consider the permitting process.
Ebel: Having long-term relationships and political support from Gov. Christie, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg was critical to getting (Spectra's) pipeline into Manhattan.
ANGA Statement on Tax Reform Proposal from Chairman Dave Camp
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases February 27, 2014
Background: Following is a statement by Dan Whitten, senior director of communications for America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) on the proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp Baucus (R-MI) to reform America’s tax code.
“Chairman Camp’s proposal takes the first step toward a broad conversation on reforming America’s tax code. While we have several misgivings about the impact of the broader proposal on our members and our industry allies, this plan appears to recognize the importance of the current treatment of intangible drilling costs. As work continues on this plan we will engage with members of Congress in both parties to see that the difficult task of tax reform promotes a structure that allows our industry to continue job growth and drive the manufacturing renaissance our nation now enjoys.”
Future of Natural Gas to Highlight Discussions at 2014 CERAWeek Conference
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 27, 2014
The benefits of natural gas for our economy, environment and energy security are profound. Yet, there is much more potential for natural gas to be used across sectors in the U.S., and the world. Next week, the future for natural gas and its potential will be the focus of numerous panels and other programming at the CERAWeek 2014 conference.
Held annually in Houston, CERAWeek draws the “who’s who” in the world of energy – from academia, government and industry - to discuss the advances and achievements in energy and to look at what challenges lie ahead. There also will be discussions and speeches about new and emerging ideas developing and using energy more efficiently and affordably. Natural gas will lead the day on March 5, and it promises to be a day full of valuable high-level, forward-looking conversations.
In advance of this year’s conference, ANGA’s President & CEO Marty Durbin previews some possible takeaways. The agenda will include wide-ranging conversations about: natural gas exports; development techniques, and industry innovation; stability of supply and pricing, and; increasing the use of natural gas in transportation.
In addition, Marty will be speaking at CERAWeek on a panel focused on Texas and how it will structure its power market in the wake of renewed exploration and development of its oil and natural gas supplies. Also, ANGA’s member companies will have a big presence this year, with representatives from Anadarko, BHP Billiton and Chesapeake Energy participating in key programming throughout the week.
Look for more updates next week as CERAWeek 2014 kicks off and follow @ANGAus on Twitter where we’ll be covering much of the discussion on natural gas. We’ll see you in Houston.
Getting in the Maine Line
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 25, 2014
When you have something good, it’s easy to take it for granted. And if you currently live in a home with natural gas heating then this statement often rings true. But the reaction that some Maine residents are having to the prospect of getting natural gas heating for the first time serves as a good reminder of just how good life with natural gas can be.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Summit Natural Gas is preparing to break ground on a new pipeline that will connect homes and businesses in Cumberland, Yarmouth and Falmouth to natural gas. While the project won’t be complete until 2017, Summit Natural Gas has already signed more than 250 households and 25 businesses. They expect this to grow to 1,400 households and 350 businesses by the end of the year.
What’s got them so excited? Information provided by the Town of Cumberland shows that a homeowner who burns 850 gallons of oil in a year could save $1,130 by using natural gas instead. The Portland Press Herald cites an example of three schools that are slated to convert to natural gas by this fall and will save a total of about $163,000 each year. Take that to the bank.
This excitement comes at an interesting time for natural gas with a historically cold winter raising questions about price stability. But the fact remains that despite having the 10th coldest January on record and the highest amount of natural gas consumed, benchmark prices remained at $6 or less; compare this to the $7-13 range that we frequently experienced before the shale revolution. There should be no question that converting to natural gas for home heating delivers economic benefits relative to the other options out there. And the folks who live in Maine can’t wait to see the benefits.
Addressing "Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems"
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 21, 2014
Over the last week, members of the energy and environment press have been aflutter about methane. This comes in response to the release of a paper titled “Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems” in Science Magazine, whose primary claim is that there are higher-than-expected methane emissions.
It’s unfortunate that one reported finding - that there is little to no climate benefit from switching vehicles from diesel to natural gas – is not based on the paper’s data and conclusion. Brandt relies on a 2012 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper that uses an uncharacteristically low estimate of engine efficiency. The Council on Foreign Relations’ Michael Levi does a good job putting this claim into context, which you can read here.
The paper’s authors outline a number of causes for uncertainty, and so we outline them here:
Some of the news coverage is perpetuating a straw-man argument by limiting the benefits of using natural gas to reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While lower GHG emissions are one benefit of using natural gas, it is not the only one. Growing use of natural gas in the power and transportation sectors is helping cut hazardous emissions, increase our nation’s energy security and saving consumers money.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the emission sources of methane, this paper makes two positive observations. The first is that this greater-than-expected methane emissions are “unlikely to be large enough to negate climate benefits of coal-to-[natural gas] substitution.” The second is that hydraulic fracturing is unlikely to be a dominant contributor to total emissions.
There is no doubt that more information is needed to identify the sources of methane emissions, and to limit emissions during the natural gas development process. It is encouraging that early EPA data shows progress as the industry reduces its environmental footprint. As emissions capturing technology and so-called “green completions” are implemented across the country, we believe this downward trend will continue.
Tennessee Valley Authority to Build New Gas Plant to Replace Two Coal Plants
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 19, 2014
The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced plans to build a $1 billion combined cycle natural gas plant in Western Kentucky that will be completed within three years. The 1,000 megawatt facility will replace two of the TVA’s oldest coal plants.
“It’s a big deal to build something of that magnitude,” TVA board member Pete Mahurin of Bowling Green, Ky., told the AP.
According to Black & Veatch, the average combined cycle natural gas plant is approximately 39 percent more efficient than the oldest 50 percent of existing coal generation capacity-and 58 percent more efficient than the oldest 10 percent of coal-fired plants.
To put that another way, for the oldest power-generating facilities, you need to burn 60% more coal to generate equivalent power to what you can produce with cleaner and more efficient natural gas.
The TVA’s decision is great news for its 9 million consumers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. But it’s also great news for the rest of us, when you consider that natural gas burns cleaner than the dominant energy source for power generation with 80 percent fewer nitrogen oxide emissions, and virtually no sulfur dioxide, mercury or particulate pollution. That means cleaner air for us all. We at ANGA have been actively engaged with TVA stakeholders for more than three years to talk with them about the benefits of using more natural gas for power generation. We are pleased that once it considered the stability of price and abundance of supply, TVA chose to put its confidence in natural gas.
Bringing the Heat: ANGA CEO Talks Extreme Weather, Stable Natural Gas
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 14, 2014
As the East Coast is once again blanketed in snow and ice, the conversation is again turning to extreme weather and energy and heating costs. In this video, ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin explains how U.S. natural gas abundance is stabilizing prices for consumers, while record cold weather and energy demand shows the importance of expanding pipeline infrastructure in the gas-rich Northeast.
Bottom line: In the new era of shale gas abundance, abundant supplies of this resource—found in 31 states across the nation—ensure there is plenty of natural gas supply to meet consumers’ and businesses’ rising demand for heat and electricity.
The “soaring” prices referenced by the media (and competing energy sources) remain in the low $5/mmbtu range. That’s compared to prices in the pre-shale era that hit $10 during the extreme winter of 2000-2001 and $13 during the 2008 hurricane season. And, at wholesale prices of $5.50/mmbtu, natural gas continues to offer the lowest levelized cost of electricity among all energy sources.
With plenty of natural gas supply, the issue facing the Northeast is a shortage of pipeline infrastructure to allow the region to take full advantage of its own vast Marcellus Shale resource. The good news for the future? We’ve seen $1.5 billion invested in pipeline in the region in each of the last two years, with similar annual investment levels projected this year and next year.
As Durbin notes, individual contract arrangements also impact the wholesale prices paid by power generators and LDCs alike. For that reason, many large natural gas customers are electing to pursue long-term contracts that lock-in stable, attractive prices and avoid the more price-sensitive spot market.
In the pre-shale era, natural gas supplies—and thus, prices—were vulnerable to extreme weather. At the time, for example, much of our natural gas resource was located offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and could be disrupted during hurricane season. But thanks to innovations in onshore production and the geographical diversity of shale gas, natural gas supplies are far more abundant and geographically diverse. The result? Affordable heat and energy for natural gas customers for decades to come.
ANGA Welcomes Sen. Mary Landrieu as New Senate Energy Committee Chair
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases February 12, 2014
Background: Following is a statement from Marty Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer for America’s Natural Gas Alliance on Sen. Mary Landrieu being named Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“Sen. Landrieu has been a very strong supporter of our domestic energy industry. We look forward to working with her as she leads the committee through discussions on how to affordably and reliably power our nation’s growing energy demands.”
ANGA Announces Frank J. Macchiarola as Executive Vice President
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases February 12, 2014
ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin today announced that Frank J. Macchiarola has been named ANGA’s Executive Vice President, Government Affairs.
In this capacity, Macchiarola will strategically integrate ANGA’s federal and state government affairs activities with its broader advocacy resources – communications, market development and research/policy analysis. His first day at ANGA will be March 17, 2014.
“Frank brings a trusted, experienced hand to ANGA. He will help execute our mission to promote greater use of abundant, domestic and affordable natural gas,” said Durbin. “Frank understands the economic, environmental and security benefits of natural gas, and his experience with complex national policy issues – from energy to health care – will bring great value to our team.”
Macchiarola joins ANGA from the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP where, as partner in the policy resolution group, he advised clients on energy legislation and policy along with healthcare, education and labor issues. Prior to his time at Bracewell, Macchiarola was Minority Staff Director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) under then-Ranking Member Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). He also previously served as both Majority and Minority Staff Director and Counsel to Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) in his role as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“It is an exciting time for American natural gas and it is a real privilege to lead ANGA’s advocacy efforts to advance the greater use of this clean domestic energy source,” said Macchiarola. “I look forward to representing ANGA’s members in their essential role in energy policy discussions affecting natural gas use, development and production.”
Macchiarola earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.
ANGA Statement on DOE Authorization of Cameron LNG Export Terminal
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases February 11, 2014
Background: Following is a comment by Erica Bowman, Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis on the Department of Energy's (DOE) decision to conditionally authorize the Cameron LNG Terminal in Louisiana to export domestically produced natural gas.
"We welcome the Department of Energy’s decision to conditionally approve the Cameron LNG Terminal in Louisiana. The ability of our nation to export natural gas is made possible by an abundance of domestic supply that enables us to affordably meet our increasing energy demands here at home while also competing in an ever-growing global energy market.
"A range of experts have concluded that selling some of our nation's abundant supplies of natural gas overseas will improve the U.S. trade balance and deliver jobs and economic benefits here at home. Today’s decision is a positive step forward and we at ANGA encourage the administration to approve additional terminals – and to do so quickly."
Natural Gas and the Polar Vortex: 6 Things You Should Know
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 7, 2014
The shale gas revolution of the past decade has made electricity from cleaner-burning natural gas available at low, stable prices across our nation. Utilities in charge of supplying electric power are finding long-term value and significant emissions reductions with the fuel.
The natural gas now being produced in record quantities is driving everything from renewed U.S. manufacturing, to the U.S. leading the world in carbon reductions, to the potential for our nation to become a net natural gas exporter by 2020.
And the Northeast’s Marcellus Shale offers game-changing potential for a region where affordable, clean and reliable electricity and heating is crucial. But as a cold January made clear, for the densely populated Northeast to reap the full benefits of the natural gas abundance right in its own backyard, it is essential that the region break through its current natural gas pipeline bottleneck.
As one analyst put it, it’s the “ultimate irony” that a region so rich in natural gas abundance was unable to put these vast resources to their full use. All stakeholders—from the natural gas industry, to regional policymakers, to our customers—have a strong stake in turning this around. With another cold front expected this weekend, here are a few important things to know:
1. Record Cold Means Soaring Demand and Utilities Work Hard to Prepare:
During the Polar Vortex, temperatures were 20 to 40 degrees below normal for this time of year. Snowfall from Ohio through New England has been two to three times its typical rate. For many areas, weather this extreme had not been seen since the mid-1990s. Additionally, this past January was the 10th coldest on record since 1897. From securing long-term contracts at stable prices to stocking up in the off season to coordinating with nearby markets, electric utilities use a growing array of tools to buffer the impact on their customers and maintain reliable service.
2. The Northeast Has Plenty of Gas, But It Needs More Pipelines:
The U.S. Northeast is home to the second largest natural gas field in the world. There is no shortage of this resource to meet the region’s growing needs. However, pipeline infrastructure has not kept pace. he Federal Regulatory Energy Commission recently concluded that the recent spike in wholesale natural gas prices in the Northeast was due to pipeline constraints, not natural gas supply. When extreme weather prompts extreme demand, as ICF’s Frank Brock explains, “there’s a transportation constraint, not a lack of supply.”
3. Double-Digit Wholesale Prices Hit Just 1.1% of Regional Market:
With the Polar Vortex gripping the Northeast, January 7th set a new record for regional natural gas demand. Of the total 18 bcf in regional demand that day, just 1.1% was purchased with double-digit prices—just 0.2 bcf. More infrastructure will go a long ways to alleviating those swings, but it is important to put them in context.
4. Regional Leaders Are Focused on Expanding Infrastructure:
Regional leaders fully understand the importance of expanding infrastructure. As Teri Viswanath, an analyst at BNP Paribas, explains: There is a “known problem with insufficient pipeline capacity to meet the growing demand for gas in the Northeast.” New England governors are pressing plans to expand pipeline infrastructure, many echoing the recent call from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) “to bolster our capacity to bring natural gas into New England.”
5. Projects Are Underway to Ease the Northeast Pipeline Bottleneck:
Spectra Energy’s New Jersey-New York pipeline expansion brought an additional 800,000 mcf/d of delivery capacity online late last year. When operating at capacity, that’s enough gas to heat 8 million homes. And, progress continues, Spectra's Algonquin pipeline will expand their existing system as far north as Boston. And Kinder Morgan’s proposed “Northeast Expansion Project,” if completed, could increase capacity by an additional 15 percent.
6. BOTTOM LINE:
With colder days surely ahead this year and in the years to come, Northeast energy decision makers must act quickly to ensure there is adequate infrastructure for the region to take advantage of its massive supplies of affordable natural gas. The benefits of natural gas are clear: to our economy, environment and energy security.
Natural Gas: Economic Benefits at Home and Abroad
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 5, 2014
We already know that using more natural gas to generate electricity is a boon for American consumers: this abundant energy resource is lowering our energy bills and reducing manufacturing costs for the products we buy every day. But a report published last week shows that natural gas has the potential to spread the wealth beyond our borders, too.
The study, published by the Center for Global Development (CGD), found that the greater use of natural gas for electricity could help lift some countries out of poverty by providing greater access to affordable and reliable power. More than one billion people worldwide currently live without basic electricity and lack access to education and sanitation systems. For these reasons, improving global energy access is a major policy priority for the United States; it is no coincidence that the CGD study comes on the heels of a significant change in how the U.S. pursues this goal.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is our the main development finance institution here in the U.S., and it plays a large role in determining which global energy projects receive funding. As part of the Obama Administrations effort to promote renewable energy technology, OPIC has primarily focused on financing wind, solar and other renewable fuels. However, thanks to a new provision in Congress’s 2014 spending bill, natural gas projects are now temporarily fair game.
What does this mean? CGD’s analysis finds that OPIC’s investment in natural gas projects (in addition to the renewable energy projects currently supported) could give more than 60 million people in poor nations access to electricity. A renewables-only portfolio would serve only 20–27 million people.
Just last week, President Obama praised the potential for this resource to improve our economy in his State of the Union address. We are glad to see natural gas being used to better other nation’s well-being.
Annual Factbook Finds Demand for Natural Gas Strong While Lowering Emissions
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog February 5, 2014
The Sustainable Energy in America Fact Book produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, shows demand for natural gas remaining strong in the near future and, thanks in large part to greater use today, natural gas has already helped the U.S reach half of its 2020 emissions reduction goals.
This release is an update to a 2013 report and aims to provide, “up-to-date, accurate market intelligence” about the factors that are helping move the U.S. toward “cleaner energy production and more efficient energy use.”
Just some of the natural gas highlights from the report include:
Reduced Emissions: “Total U.S. emissions peaked in 2007 and have fallen 9.8 percent since 2005. Even without a legislated federal carbon reduction policy, the U.S. is more than halfway to its goal of a 17 percent reduction on emissions by 2020, relative to 2005 levels, due in large part to the contributions of natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency.”
Demand Across Sectors…: “Demand for gas reached an all-time high in 2013 and is on pace to rise further in 2014. Natural gas demand grew by more than 3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd) in 2011-2012…Low prices have made it the fuel of choice for new power plant build, spurred fuel-switching for homes and businesses, and captured the attention of fuel-hungry transport industries.
…Including Transportation: “Natural gas use in the transportation is up 33 percent since 2007.”
Meeting Our Growing Demand: “Natural gas production and consumption hit all-time highs in 2013 and natural gas-fired power plants provided 28 percent of U.S. electricity in 2013, up from just 22 percent in 2007.”
We agree that with an abundance of natural gas projected to be affordable well in to the future, this critical resource will continue to meet our growing energy needs. The report mentions that many of the gains in emission reductions have been achieved through both natural gas and renewables. That is being exemplified by companies, such as Florida Power and Light reliably delivering clean electricity to their customers 24/7 with their natural gas and solar plant.
You can read the full 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook online where natural gas is featured in section three, and check out our Florida Power and Light ad to see just one of the many ways natural gas is helping provide clean power across America today.
ANGA Comments on House Legislation to Advance Natural Gas Vehicles
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases February 4, 2014
Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America's Natural Gas Alliance, on three bills sponsored by U.S. Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Sam Graves (R-MO) to improve the ability of long haul truck drivers to access and utilize natural gas as a fuel.
“The efforts of Representatives Terry and Graves serve to improve infrastructure for long haul trucks fueled by clean, abundant American natural gas and to speed adoption of natural gas vehicles themselves. We appreciate the work they are doing to advance natural gas vehicles and take full advantage of the environmental, energy security and costs benefits that natural gas offers.
“Natural gas vehicles reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide, and their use allows America to take advantage of its own energy resources to fuel the transportation sector. With natural gas now both able to meet the performance needs and provide cost benefits for long haul trucks, fleets are making the choice to adopt natural gas vehicles.
“This legislation also is in line with the president’s goal in the State of the Union Address of putting people to work building fueling stations and shifting more cars and trucks to run on American natural gas. We stand ready to work with Mr. Terry and Mr. Graves to move this and other legislation ahead that will take greater advantage of America’s vast natural gas resource to the benefit of communities across the nation."
President Obama Praises Natural Gas in State of the Union Speech
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog January 29, 2014
“One of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to American energy," President Obama said during his fifth State of the Union speech on Tuesday. "Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas.”
Few could have predicted, when President Obama first took office in 2009, just how profoundly America’s vast energy resources would figure into his eight years in office. But the shale energy revolution, in both natural gas and oil, will be inextricably and positively linked to this time period.
Consider these facts:
Like all presidents, President Obama has faced many challenges. He also was fortunate to experience the economic and environmental windfall of the shale gas revolution. Now, it’s up to us to let him know he should continue to take advantage of natural gas and continue this truly great American energy story.
Natural gas and the state of our union
From: News from the Web
From: News from the Web January 28, 2014
Author: Marty Durbin
Publication: The Hill
When President Obama first took the oath of office in January of 2009, few could have predicted just how profoundly America’s vast energy resources would figure into his eight years in office. But the shale energy revolution, in both natural gas and oil, will be inextricably and positively linked to this time period.
Since 2009, U.S. production of shale gas has tripled, and we are now the world’s largest natural gas producer. In fact, as the president himself notes, by the time he leaves office, the U.S. is projected to be a net LNG exporter. This is a far cry from the long-term dependency on natural gas imports projected less than a decade ago.
Greater use of this abundant, affordable, clean and domestic resource has reduced air pollution and brought carbon emissions to their lowest point since the 1990s, all while creating good paying jobs in a broad range of industries and boosting our economy. Some criticize the president for not doing enough on climate issues while others believe he’s too aggressive. Regardless of your view, however, the good news is that natural gas will be a foundation fuel in our economy for decades to come, bringing with it both environmental and economic benefits.
My message to the president, therefore, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address: Stay the course on American energy.
Unconventional natural gas production will support 1.4 million jobs in 2015.
Meanwhile, natural gas is forecast to be the fuel of choice for 65 percent of new power plant additions through 2040 while driving a U.S. manufacturing resurgence.
The American Chemistry Council, for example, has identified 124 investment projects worth $83 billion since 2010 in which U.S. production is expanding due to abundant, affordable natural gas.
Investments driven by this prolific natural gas supply also will help make possible President Obama’s vision of “rebuilding the middle class and the ladders into the middle class, and reversing the trend toward economic bifurcation in this society.”
The top 10 states in shale gas production enjoy higher than average job growth— around 8 percent annually, compared to 1.6 percent nationwide. Jobs in and around our industry offer opportunities across the board—from those with a high-school diploma, to those with advanced engineering degrees. And energy from shale is lifting the disposable income of the average U.S. household by $1,200 a year through affordable electricity and heat, as well as lower cost manufactured goods.
Exports of LNG also will help the president meet his goal of doubling American exports by 2015, by reducing our trade deficit by $164 billion in 2020, according to IHS Global Insight. But if we’re unable to approve the construction of export facilities soon, our nation may lose out to international competitors.
Tax policy is also critical. While comprehensive tax reform is facing long odds this year, the president has consistently proposed changes in the tax code that would blunt the ability of natural gas producers to continue their amazing string of technological innovation that is driving our energy revolution. We continue to believe this would be the wrong approach.
President Obama recently commented that presidents are “part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right." As historians contemplate their first drafts on the Obama presidency, there will no doubt be a bolded footnote on energy.
Like all presidents, President Obama has faced many challenges. He also, however, was fortunate to experience the economic and environmental windfall of the shale gas revolution. Whether and how he chooses to leverage this plot twist in his final two years remains to be written, but the groundwork has been laid for a great American energy story.
Durbin is president and chief executive officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance.
ANGA Comments on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases January 28, 2014
Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America's Natural Gas Alliance, on the President’s State of the Union Address.
"We welcome President Obama’s continued support for the opportunities that natural gas is bringing our nation. It is clear from tonight’s speech that the president recognizes the role natural gas is playing in meeting our nation’s economic and environmental needs.
“As the president mentioned, there is great promise for natural gas in our transportation sector as trucks, trains and cargo ships transition to this clean and abundant fuel. The 1.4 million well-paying jobs that natural gas development will support in 2015 can help narrow America’s income inequality.
“The abundance of natural gas and its geographical diversity is bringing manufacturers back to U.S. shores, improving the economic well-being of communities across the country and enhancing energy security by using more of this clean, affordable and domestic resource.
"ANGA stands ready to work with the Administration, Congress and policymakers around the country to see that our nation capitalizes on the many environmental, economic and national security benefits offered by natural gas."
Natural Gas Enables Solar-Powered Electricity in Florida
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog January 16, 2014
Natural gas is helping make it possible for electric utilities to reliably incorporate more renewable sources of energy – such as solar – to meet the ever-growing demands of customers in a growing economy.
One of the nation’s largest utilities, Florida Power & Light (FPL), uses natural gas and solar to provide clean electricity day and night, rain or shine. Take a look at this video to see how FPL uses natural gas to ensure that customers receive clean, affordable, uninterrupted, power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
FPL’s Martin Next Generation Clean Energy Center is the first power plant in the country to generate electricity from both solar and natural gas. When the sun is shining, the plant makes good use of the Sunshine State’s greatest asset, but also uses natural gas to ensure its plant produces power at full capacity. At night and on cloudy days, natural gas ensures that FPL customers can still rely on the power they need to live their lives.
Thanks to the combination of natural gas and solar energy, each year, this high-tech power plant reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 62,000 metric tons.
Using natural gas to deliver renewable energy? That’s something to think about.
For more information about the positive impact of natural gas, visit www.thinkaboutit.org.
ANGA Pledges to Work with Administration as it Develops Quadrennial Energy Report
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases January 9, 2014
Background: Following is a comment by ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin on the President’s Executive Order for his agencies to develop the first Quadrennial Energy Review next year.
“We stand ready to work with the Obama administration as it produces a report and recommendations for the Quadrennial Energy Review. The participation of our industry in addressing infrastructure and other issues related to the greater use of natural gas is particularly important as the administration looks to chart a path forward on energy policy. America’s clean and abundant natural gas resource must be a central element of any plan addressing our nation’s environmental, economic and energy security goals and we look forward to engaging constructively in the Quadrennial Energy Review process.”
Natural Gas Serves Up Smorgasbord of Savings
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog January 9, 2014
The family-owned Shady Maple companies are a Pennsylvania institution. With more than 300 bakery items made from scratch, 100 varieties of smoked meat and a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, the Shady Maple Farm Market draws more than one million customers annually. Next to the market is the Shady Maple Smorgasbord – a 200 foot long buffet stocked with some of the finest cooking in Lancaster County, which serves more than 1.4 million customers annually.
Shady Maple employs a staff of nearly 800, all of whom help this busy kitchen and market run smoothly. But when you ask Shady Maple owner Marvin Weaver what he thinks contributes most to his company’s ongoing success, he’ll tell you it’s the natural gas substation just a stone’s throw from the market.
In September 2012, because of its cost saving benefits, Weaver made the decision to convert Shady Maple’s heating, cooking, and hot water systems to natural gas. Weaver notes that he was able to complete this conversion with minimal disruption to his business. The market and restaurant closed for one day so a team could change the appropriate equipment and regulators. “The next day, we were back in business,” Weaver said.
Shady Maple’s substation connects into a natural gas line to supply the market with clean, reliable energy. Following the conversion, Weaver estimates that Shady Maple will save about $100,000 each year for the next three years – including the capital costs of building the substation. After those costs are paid, the savings could amount to $300,000 a year. Natural gas is simply that much more affordable than the fuel previously used at Shady Maple.
“You run a business, you want to keep your operating expenses as low as you can because it enables you to do more for your employees, for your customers,” Weaver said. “Every business that can go to natural gas will do this with open arms. It’s a no-brainer.”
We agree with Marvin: Natural gas is an affordable solution to power businesses of all sizes. Thanks to the savings offered by using more natural gas, Marvin continues to serve delicious food and keep energy costs down. And that’s worth thinking about.
New York Would Be Stronger if Governor Allowed Safe Natural Gas Development
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases January 8, 2014
With Governor Cuomo preparing to deliver his State of the State address today, America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) is calling upon him to recognize that as the fifth largest user of natural gas in the country, the state should open its borders to safe natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing.
While New York continues to derive massive benefits from natural gas use, half the equation is missing. Opening the state to hydraulic fracturing would create tens of thousands of jobs, add hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars into New York’s economy, and allow the state to contribute to its own clean air economy. By blocking high volume hydraulic fracturing, New York inexplicably is denying its citizens the benefits that neighboring states are getting from responsible natural gas development.
As the Governor mulls ways to advance the New York economy and open the state for business, here are some of the benefits natural gas produced in other states is bringing to New York:
As noted in the PlaNYC sustainability blueprint for New York City and the Governor’s Energy Highway, natural gas is an increasing and integral component in meeting New York State’s energy needs for the foreseeable future.
ANGA looks forward to supporting science-based public policy to ensure that New York and the rest of the nation take full advantage of the opportunities natural gas provides. This cannot happen in New York if the state does not allow natural gas development, governed by the same stringent regulations that neighboring states employ. We urge the Governor to follow the path that his fellow Governors from both parties have taken, not only to take advantage of natural gas use, but also of natural gas development which can take place safely and responsibly to the betterment of all New Yorkers.