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  • 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:

  • 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."

  • RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #US energy imports & exports to come into balance for first time since 1950s http://t.co/Kd1JLj96O8 http://t.…

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus April 15, 2015

    RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #US energy imports & exports to come into balance for first time since 1950s http://t.co/Kd1JLj96O8 http://t.…

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • ANGA Comments on BLM's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 20, 2015

    ANGA Comments on BLM's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

    Background: Following is a comment by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, on the release of hydraulic fracturing rules today by the Bureau of Land Management.

    "BLM's rule is a step in the wrong direction. We are disappointed that the rule did not appropriately recognize the extensive regulatory structures already in place in states across this country. This overly burdensome approach adds an unneeded regulatory layer that could affect our members' ability to produce this clean, abundant and affordable natural gas resource."

    "State regulators have shown that they best understand the unique geological conditions that exist within their borders, and they have the expertise needed to oversee natural gas development."

    "With our industry's commitment to safe and responsible development and with strong state regulation that provides the public with confidence in our work, America can take full advantage of the many economic, environmental and energy security benefits this domestic energy resource offers. Unfortunately, BLM's rule could impede our nation's ability to enjoy those benefits."

  • ANGA Statement on Introduction of the Clean Air Strong Economies (CASE) Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 17, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Introduction of the Clean Air Strong Economies (CASE) Act

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Executive Vice President Frank J. Macchiarola on legislation, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep Pete Olson (R-TX), that would establish achievable emissions standards for ozone.

    "We applaud Senators John Thune and Joe Manchin and Congressman Pete Olson for once again proposing common sense ozone legislation that creates a balanced approach toward cleaner air while allowing for continued economic growth. ANGA supports the Clean Air Strong Economies Act (S.751) as a practical approach to improving our nation's air quality through realistic and achievable emissions regulations. Safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in shale regions across the country supports 1.7 million jobs and $238 billion in economic activity every year and has helped fuel a manufacturing renaissance projected to add 1 million jobs by 2025. The Clean Air Strong Economic Act seeks to continue that progress by working to avoid overly burdensome and costly regulations. We look forward to working with the House and Senate to advance this legislation."

  • How Texas Can Double Its Investment Using Natural Gas, Again

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog March 12, 2015

    How Texas Can Double Its Investment Using Natural Gas, Again

    Everything is bigger in Texas, and that could include the state's adoption of natural gas transportation and infrastructure.

    That's why leaders in Austin on Thursday unveiled new legislation that builds on the success of the state's natural gas transportation fleet. Senator Carlos Uresti is introducing a bill that will convert as many as 28,000 state fleet vehicles to natural gas and establish 20 new natural gas fueling stations every year for ten years. That's Texas-sized progress.

    SB 12 builds on the 2012-2014 Clean Transportation Triangle Initiative to a statewide level, prioritizing innovation, clean energy and smart spending for Texas. The program promotes the upgrade of the thousands of cars and trucks the state maintains, creating direct economic benefits in jobs and significant cost savings as the UTSA study demonstrated.

    And the program has had a substantial economic impact. State grants worth about $53 million have generated $128 million in economic return, including private spending on natural gas vehicles and filling stations in the state, according to a study by the University of Texas at San Antonio. It also has helped clean the air.

    The legislation may offer lessons for other states as they explore new ways to pay forward the shale boom while reducing emissions. In 2014 alone, the Texas Triangle Initiative grants created 927 jobs, financed 618 natural gas-powered vehicles and helped build 54 fueling stations.

    For other states, the Texas example offers an intriguing model: invest in natural gas in a big way and double the economic return.

  • ANGA Statement on SB 12 (TX), the Alternative Fuels Initiative

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 12, 2015

    ANGA Statement on SB 12 (TX), the Alternative Fuels Initiative

    Background: The following is a statement issued by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on the introduction by State Sen. Carlos Uresti (TX) of SB 12, the Alternative Fuels Initiative, to promote the increased use of natural gas vehicles by the state.

    "The benefits of natural gas are clear: it's better for the environment, it's cost effective and it's produced right here at home. We are pleased that Texas continues to seek opportunities to promote more widespread use of this clean energy source. By transitioning the state's vehicle fleet to natural gas, Texans are helping to improve air quality in a cost effective way."

    "We look forward to working with Sen. Uresti and the entire legislature to ensure that clean, abundant and affordable natural gas continues to drive Texas and that there is a healthy network of stations throughout the state to fuel natural gas vehicles. We also hope that other states will follow Texas' lead to adopt and invest in natural gas vehicles to power a cleaner future."

  • ANGA Statement on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases March 3, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

    Background: The following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address to the General Assembly today.

    "Enacting another tax on natural gas development as a means to fix a budget shortfall is the wrong path forward for Pennsylvanians. With the benefit of a policy environment that has encouraged economic development, the natural gas industry has helped create good-paying jobs, lowered energy bills and delivered unprecedented economic opportunity."

    "From powering new electric generation in Bradford and Lycoming counties, to heating Elk Lake schools in Susquehanna County, from fueling Lower Merion School District's natural gas school buses, to helping save family farms in Washington County, natural gas development is powering Pennsylvania's twenty-first century economy. The governor's severance tax proposal jeopardizes these advances, and future economic growth that comes from a robust natural gas industry in Pennsylvania."

  • ANGA Statement on Gov. Wolf's budget address http://t.co/R09JscIetk #natgas #shale #energycostsavings #jobs #taxes

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus March 3, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Gov. Wolf's budget address http://t.co/R09JscIetk #natgas #shale #energycostsavings #jobs #taxes

  • FracFocus: A Valuable Tool Becomes Even Better

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog March 3, 2015

    FracFocus: A Valuable Tool Becomes Even Better

    FracFocus – the nationwide system for well-by-well reporting of fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process – announced several new features last week, including:

    • A "self-checking" system to help companies detect and correct errors before entries are submitted
    • Expanding the public's ability to search with pulldown menus and new search fields, including disclosure submission date
    • Providing the ability to extract data in machine-readable format, rather than only in PDF format
    • Updating educational information on chemical use, oil & gas production and potential environmental impacts

    As the database approaches its fourth anniversary in April, the growth and continued enhancement of FracFocus is a testament to our industry's commitment to disclosure and transparency in the communities where we operate. It's a critical tool for encouraging the safe and responsible development of clean, abundant natural gas.

    Created by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), with support from ANGA member companies and others in the natural gas community, FracFocus allows the public to search for and view nearly 100,000 well disclosures for operations on both government and private land. Twenty state oil and gas agencies currently house disclosures on the website, and a licensed version of the system operates in five Canadian provinces. The site has attracted more than a million visitors from 134 countries.

  • ANGA Statement on Colorado’s Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendations

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases February 25, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Colorado’s Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendations

    Background: The following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), on Gov. Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendations.

    "We recognize the Governor's task force for coming up with a set of recommendations. And we are strong supporters of local engagement in communities where we operate."

    "Natural gas production leads to billions of dollars of investments in the state each year and raises millions more in tax revenue, all while creating and supporting thousands of jobs. Colorado residents have some of the lowest energy bills in the nation. Meanwhile Colorado is driving toward cleaner air thanks to greater use of natural gas."

    "The state also has been recognized as a national leader for its comprehensive oil and natural gas regulations. We will be reviewing the recommendations with our members to consider their effect. However, any policy going forward must protect human health and the environment while also continuing this economic, environmental and energy security success story delivered by Colorado natural gas."

  • Huge! @AmChemistry says US exports linked to #ShaleGas could total  $123 billion by 2030. #jobs http://t.co/qE3O02Nb0Y

    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus February 25, 2015

    Huge! @AmChemistry says US exports linked to #ShaleGas could total $123 billion by 2030. #jobs http://t.co/qE3O02Nb0Y

  • Carnegie Mellon Study: U.S. LNG Offers GHG Advantage

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 24, 2015

    Carnegie Mellon Study: U.S. LNG Offers GHG Advantage

    Carnegie Mellon University released a study last week finding that using U.S. natural gas would emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than alternative energy sources available to European and Asian markets. According to the study, here's how U.S. natural gas stacks up, from an emissions perspective, when used for electrical and thermal energy generation (using a 100 year GWP):


    The study offers two additional (and important) observations:

    1) Exported natural gas is a cleaner fuel source under 100 and 20-year GWP scenarios.

    • 100-year GWP: "Life cycle emissions from exported U.S. LNG are 13% lower than those from Russian natural gas exports, and result in about 45% fewer emissions than coal electricity generation."
    • 20-year GWP: "U.S. LNG would reduce emissions from electricity production via Russian gas by 27% and cut emissions from electricity production from coal by 32%."

    2) Life cycle emissions are sensitive to the fugitive emissions rate, and Russian natural gas yields increased emissions due to the longer pipeline needed to deliver gas to market. This results in an emissions increase of 14% when using a 20-year GWP.

    Exporting natural gas makes clear economic sense at home, and this study adds to the growing body of evidence1 that it also makes environmental sense. Methane emissions from the U.S. natural gas sector have been cut by 17% since 1990, and the industry is poised to make further reductions through innovation. As this happens, the environmental case for natural gas exports will only grow stronger.

    1. Click here to download DOE's NETL study on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from LNG exports.

  • ICYMI: New White House Report Recognizes Vast Economic and Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog February 23, 2015

    ICYMI: New White House Report Recognizes Vast Economic and Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

    Last week, the White House Council of Economic Advisers released its annual Economic Report of the President, which highlighted the significant role natural gas plays in delivering economic and environmental benefits to the nation, and positioning America as a global energy leader.

    Technological innovations in drilling operations have enabled operators to develop natural gas more safely and efficiently while increasing homegrown supply year after year. Over the past decade, natural gas production in the U.S. has increased nearly 40 percent, and will continue to increase through 2030 according to the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) 2014 projections.

    Even as natural gas production increases, the United States has reduced its carbon footprint more than any other nation in the world. According to the report, the U.S. reduced its total carbon emissions by 12 percent from 2005 through 2012. These reductions are largely due to a greater reliance on clean natural gas in power generation, as well as its use as a transportation fuel, and energy efficiency. As President Obama looks for ways to transition to a clean energy future, natural gas should remain a key component of his solution.

    Exports of LNG were also recognized as another near-term opportunity not only for the American economy, but the global economy. Despite EIA's projected price increase of 2 percent resulting from an 'almost impossible' 12 bcf per day expansion of natural gas exports, the Council concludes that expanded natural gas exports would generate more jobs, incentivize increased domestic production, strengthen U.S. geopolitical security, promote a cleaner environment at home and abroad, and help American manufacturers maintain a healthy competitive cost advantage in natural gas.

    The oil and gas industry has also been pivotal in reducing the national trade deficit and growing GDP. The Council said that the oil and gas sectors contributed more than 0.2 percent to real GDP growth between 2012 and 2014.

    We hope the administration will carefully consider all of the benefits of this clean, abundant fuel source before proposing any new regulations that could inhibit production in the future. The facts of this White House report are clear: a thriving natural gas industry is a driving force of American prosperity and a cleaner environment, and will remain a driving force for the foreseeable future.

    Click here to download the full Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers.