Natural Gas Pipelines Could Alleviate New England’s Energy Woes
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog July 16, 2014
As temperatures in New England dropped to historic lows last winter, many residents found their energy costs going up. It is a scenario that could happen in years to come without increased infrastructure to bring more natural gas to consumers in this area.
We have an abundance of natural gas and it offers consumers a clean and affordable source of energy. And while we don’t lack of supply, we do need more pipelines.
This week, I highlighted the prospects and challenges to natural gas demand at the summer meeting held by the Independent Oil and Gas Association (IOGA) of New York. In my presentation, I talked about the key economic and environmental benefits natural gas can provide the Northeast and more importantly, how a renewed pipeline system can bring natural gas to the places that need it most.
This region is home to some of America’s largest and most affordable natural gas resources. Yet, the few hundred miles from the Northern border of Pennsylvania through New England is increasingly constrained by an outdated pipeline system that impedes access and delivery, which leads to price spikes when demand peaks. And demand just continues to grow.
Natural gas now makes up more than 50 percent of New England’s energy mix, from less than 15 percent in 2000. According to industry studies, pipeline capacity would have to increase by about 50 percent to meet current needs.
There are many reasons for this increase in demand. First of all, Northeasterners are rightly concerned about their impact on the planet. As members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which relies in part on natural gas to reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector, these states are committed to long-term clean energy solutions that include natural gas. They also have correctly decided that natural gas is a cleaner and more affordable way to heat their homes than heating oil.
Seeing the challenges of building the infrastructure to get this gas where it needs to go, New England state leaders are proposing thoughtful approaches to meet demand by developing policies to make sure pipelines can get financed. We certainly support these efforts.
By prioritizing a secure, modern pipeline infrastructure to improve access and better serve its residents and businesses region-wide, the Northeast can become more energy secure, promote a cleaner environment and protect against energy price fluctuations for generations to come.
Paul Hartman serves as ANGA’s Northern Regional Director of State Affairs.
Making It Easy for Consumers to Choose Natural Gas for their Vehicles
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog July 14, 2014
The cliché of comparing apples to apples really does make sense when consumers are assessing the relative costs of using natural gas to fuel vehicles instead of diesel or gasoline. Because of that, a recent debate about how to measure natural gas for transportation is brewing. Our view is that we should be comparing gallons to gallons.
The Houston Chronicle recently documented this discussion in a story on the Fuel Fix Blog, reporting that 32 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Commerce Department seeking the use of gallon equivalency to measure natural gas.
When used as a transportation fuel, natural gas offers significant environmental and cost-saving benefits without diminishing the vehicle’s performance. Yet, while regular gasoline is sold to consumers in per-gallon units, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are sold by standards that are not uniform, making it difficult for consumers to compare the price of natural gas with other available fuels. To help make it easier for consumers, a new proposal under consideration would establish a common ‘diesel gallon equivalent’ or DGE unit for selling CNG and LNG to consumers.
First, some context. The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) is scheduled to vote this week on establishing a standard that would sell natural gas to consumers under a DGE unit of measurement. This proposal is in contrast to another proposal that suggests using a kilogram standard. NCWM is a group of state officials funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Thanks to today’s significant price advantage, a DGE standard for selling natural gas would allow consumers and fleets to accurately and easily make cost comparisons across all fueling options when choosing natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Making consumer choice easy can lead to greater adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel. According to the April 2014 “Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report” from the U.S. Department of Energy, consumer interest in alternative fuels generally increases when the cost savings comparisons are made on a "per gallon" basis.
Thanks to the demonstrated benefits of natural gas, using more of it to power cars and trucks is the smart economic and environmental choice. Adopting the proposal to sell natural gas in DGE units would make it easier for consumers to compare the price of natural gas to other fuels, allowing them to easily see the savings for themselves.
Energy Companies Work Together To Preserve Iconic Gulf Habitat
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog July 7, 2014
For years, fishing boats have flocked from the Louisiana Gulf Coast towns of Cocodrie and Dularge to a legendary trout-fishing spot called The Pickets – an old drilling platform that attracts speckled trout that leave coastal marshes for the open Gulf as temperatures rise each spring.
Not surprisingly, local community leaders were concerned when they learned that federal decommissioning regulations require the removal this year of the big rig, associated structures and pilings in Ship Shoal 26, as the area is officially known. They feared that the south-central coast would lose one of its iconic fishing destinations.
But thanks to a $1.2 million artificial-reef project led by energy companies such as Apache that work the Gulf, The Pickets will be preserved for generations to come.
After the old iron platform, wellheads and pilings are removed in July, they’ll be replaced by three artificial reefs made from about 15,000 tons of concrete. The plan is to array the reefs in a manner that protects and enhances scour holes – depressions in the sea floor created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets – and thus preserves the local habitat for trout and other fish. The project is funded by Apache, Fieldwood Energy, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and in-kind donations.
As this public-private partnership demonstrates, America’s oil and gas companies are giving back to their communities and the environment even as they meet our energy needs and generate strong job growth. Obie O'Brien, vice president of Governmental Affairs for Apache Corporation, put it well: “Hundreds of our employees and former employees live, work and raise their families along the coast. We understand the need for a strong and diverse environment because we live it every day."
ANGA companies have been involved in preservation activities across the country and we are proud of the efforts our companies have made to limit the footprint of our activities. Thanks to Apache and its partners, this part of the Gulf is a lot healthier for it.
And that’s no fish tale.
Proud to be Made in America
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog July 3, 2014
One of those things is the “Made in America” stamp. It stands for quality and is a sign of our nation’s cherished manufacturing base. For millions of families it also means good-paying jobs and thriving communities. And thanks to resources like natural gas, American manufacturing has a bright future.
Natural gas is a key ingredient of many products, including chemicals, textiles, paper and primary metals. Thanks to abundant supply and affordable prices, manufacturers that use natural gas in their supply chains are able to increase profits by reducing their costs. And if these manufacturers are using natural gas to generate their heat and power, they are experiencing even greater savings.
Not surprisingly, manufacturers are taking advantage of this opportunity by investing in new facilities – boosting economies in American communities such as Canton, Ohio (Timken); Kingsport, Tennessee (Eastman Chemical); Freeport, Texas (Dow Chemical); East Millinocket, Maine (Great Northern Paper) – the list goes on and on.
As natural gas helps large American companies like U.S. Steel survive and thrive, it’s doing the same for much smaller manufacturers, too -- like West Virginia’s family-owned Blenko Glass, where natural gas is the only suitable fuel for the high-temperature furnaces it needs to make hand-blown glass.
American natural gas provides such a strong advantage that foreign companies are moving production to our shores. For example, Mitsubishi and Siemens have built new plants that make natural gas turbines; Formosa Plastics is investing $2 billion to expand its chemical plants in Point Comfort, Texas; and Airbus is building a state-of-the-art aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama.
All of that investment is creating lots of jobs. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the National Association of Manufacturers forecasts an additional 1 million U.S. jobs in manufacturing by 2025 as a result of the natural gas revolution.
So if you decide to celebrate your holiday weekend with “Made in America” products, know that natural gas helps make it possible.
Happy Fourth of July from all of us at ANGA.
Southwestern Deploys Natural Gas Powered Rig in Arkansas
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 27, 2014
The United States has an abundant, domestic supply of natural gas to power America for generations to come. Increased utilization of this cleaner energy resource will dramatically accelerate U.S. efforts to reduce air pollution, as proven in the transportation and power generation sectors.
But just how flexible is natural gas?
Southwestern Energy, the first company to successfully produce natural gas from the resource-rich Fayetteville Shale, recently deployed its first of seven natural gas powered drilling rigs in the shale formation this spring. In addition to complying with strict air-emission regulations, many producers, like Southwestern, are voluntarily doing their part to employ technologies and programs to ensure air emissions are minimized at their operations.
By using natural gas to fuel drilling rigs, the industry has taken a significant step toward reducing its environmental footprint and curbing air emissions. Southwestern, like many other natural gas producers, is committed to the safe and responsible development of abundant, domestic natural gas.
Natural gas is good for our environment and our economy and the benefits are being felt in communities across the nation. The seven natural-gas powered rigs bought by Southwestern are being built in England, Arkansas, a small farming community east of Little Rock. The owner of England Oilfield Services, the manufacturer of the rigs, was born and raised in the area, and after traveling around the world working for the oil and gas industry, he decided to open his business in his hometown to help bring jobs to the area.
Natural gas is an integral part to the Arkansas economy. In fact, according to a 2012 analysis by IHS Global Insight, the gas industry in Arkansas will support 53,919 total jobs in 2015, which is projected to increase to more than 79,000 by 2035. In addition to adding jobs to the state, the natural gas industry will also be responsible for $7.2 billion in value added economic output in 2015, which is projected to increase to $10.5 billion by 2035.
We applaud Southwestern for leading by example through its sustainable efforts in the Fayetteville Shale and its commitment to the communities in which it operates. To learn more about Southwestern’s natural gas operations in the Fayetteville Shale, check out their website.
Fueling Colorado: Part Two
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 26, 2014
Previously, we brought you the story of how the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) converted its bus fleet to cleaner, more affordable natural gas. Today, we leave Roaring Fork Valley and head east on I-70, traveling through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery that Colorado has to offer. After passing the Mile-High City and turning north, we come to Weld County – and a group of communities where everything from school buses to snowplows now run on natural gas.Think Local
America’s natural gas production has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. In fact, the nation is on track to become a net natural gas exporter within the next five years. Fortunate to be among the most energy-rich states, Colorado‘s natural gas production jumped 38 percent between 2007 and 2012.
That abundant local energy is now a major economic driver for the area while lowering fuel bills for the region’s vehicle fleets.
“Why not use what you’re bringing up out of the ground?” asked Elizabeth Relford, transportation planner for Weld County Public Works.
From cargo vans to half-ton pickups to snowplows, natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are found throughout the county – with more to come. Weld County converted its first four vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) in 2010. Two years later, the county opened its first CNG fueling station. Today, Weld County’s fire departments, local city governments and the county itself operate nearly 90 natural gas vehicles (NGVs).
“We’ll have nine new LNG trucks by the end of the year,” Relford added.
Weld County’s school districts also have converted buses to run on natural gas. When facing budget cuts two years ago, Superintendent Dr. Jo Barbie met with Weld County and representatives of Noble Energy Inc., which operates in the county, to discuss the possibility of adding CNG buses and a refueling station. Noble stepped up by donating five buses that began operating in September 2013.
“It’s been amazing for us,” Barbie said. “They are much more economical and they improve air quality.” Barbie estimates the district will save $100,000 a year overall thanks to the CNG buses once they convert the entire 15-vehicle fleet in the coming years
Noble went a step further and donated two CNG buses to the Greeley School District, which serves about 20,000 students and operates a fleet of approximately 100 vehicles. Wayne Eads, chief operating officer of the Greeley School District, says they’ve been integrated into the fleet seamlessly. “What we’ve seen has been very positive,” Eads said. “When we saw temperatures fall below 30 degrees this winter, some of our diesel buses had trouble – but our NGVs did great.”
In addition to the cost-savings, the environmental benefits of NGVs are also noteworthy and attractive. They typically run 25% cleaner and they reduce smog-producing pollutants by up to 90%. On average, natural gas municipal fleets save 15-28% on fuel and maintenance costs, which tend to be lower over time.
Weld County boasts an abundant supply of natural gas and now uses more of it to fuel the county’s transportation demands. Along with generating real savings in transportation for Weld County, natural gas creates jobs and generates economic development for all of Colorado. With so many job creation, economic and environmental benefits, it’s easy to see why Weld and counties across Colorado are increasing their use of natural gas.Find out what natural gas is doing for other areas of transportation by visiting thinkaboutit.org.
 Source: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/source_natural_gas_all.cfm
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ANGA Comments on House Passage of H.R.6, a bill to expedite permitting for LNG Exports
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases June 25, 2014
“We are pleased to see the House pass the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R.6) to streamline and expedite the federal process for approving LNG export terminals. When considering the numerous benefits natural gas offers, expanding opportunities to export this resource will create jobs, strengthen our economy and enhance U.S. energy security.
"The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that natural gas production will climb 56 percent by 2040, allowing us to power our economy and fuel a manufacturing renaissance at home, while helping our friends and allies abroad. We look forward to working with the Senate as it considers legislation to bring more natural gas – and its benefits – to a growing global energy market.”
ANGA Submits Letter to Hill in Support of Streamlining LNG Permitting Process
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 24, 2014
Frank Macchiarola, Executive Vice President of Government Relations, submitted the following letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi supporting the goal of speeding permit approvals for terminals to export liquefied natural gas laid out in H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act. A pdf of this letter can be downloaded here.
Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi,
As you prepare to debate and consider H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, I write on behalf of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (“ANGA”) in support of such efforts to streamline and expedite the federal process for approving LNG export terminals. Given the acknowledged abundance of domestic natural gas, expanding our export opportunities will create jobs, strengthen our economy, and enhance our national security and energy security.
Recent events in Europe highlight the important role LNG exports can play to help our allies and strengthen our national security, further bolstering the strong consensus that exists on the economic benefits of LNG exports. Furthermore, our abundant natural gas resources can affordably and reliably supply both our future domestic fuel needs and a robust export market.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts natural gas production to climb 56% from 2012 to 2040, allowing us to power our economy and fuel a manufacturing renaissance at home, while helping our friends and allies abroad. We appreciate your leadership on this critical issue. Please let us know how ANGA can continue to be a resource in the future.
Frank J. Macchiarola
Executive Vice President, Government Relations
Chocolate; Natural Gas: Made in Pennsylvania
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 24, 2014
This week, ANGA’s President and CEO Marty Durbin will be at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), where he’ll address the many economic and environmental benefits of natural gas.
The Hershey Company uses natural gas for space heating, cooking and drying at its manufacturing plant. Natural gas is also used at many of the company’s tourist attractions, including Hershey’s Bake Shoppe and nearby Hershey Park, which welcomes more than three million visitors each year.
The Hershey Company is just one American business benefiting from affordable and clean natural gas resources. As many MACRUC attendees consider adding more natural gas to their utility portfolios, they can look to their conference host as an example of the benefits that come from using more natural gas.
Colorado’s Weld County Leads Nation in Employment Growth – Thanks to Natural Gas
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 23, 2014
As our nation’s economy continues toward full recovery, Weld County stands out as an example of job creation thanks in large part to robust natural gas development.
Because of Colorado’s robust development of clean, abundant and affordable natural gas, Weld County’s employment rate has surpassed the national average and is distinguishing itself as a job-creation leader.
The Denver Post reported last week that Weld County had the largest percentage increase in employment in the United States in 2013, with a six percentage increase compared to a nationwide rate of just a 1.8 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Much of the dramatic growth in Weld County is due to the development of natural gas, which is making it possible for Weld County to attract new businesses and industries and to create new jobs.
Reports the Post:
Weld County’s success exemplifies the benefits that come from robust natural gas development. When considering that one county had a job growth rate nearly four times that of the entire nation that is something significant to consider as we make choices about how to develop our own domestic energy sources. We at ANGA congratulate Weld County on this significant milestone and encourage other counties to examine the environmental, economic and job creation benefits associated with safe and responsible natural gas development. This way, successes like Weld’s can be created in more counties across the country.
ANGA CEO Tells Congress: “Time is of the Essence” on LNG Exports
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 20, 2014
ANGA CEO Marty Durbin appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Council on Thursday. In his written testimony, Durbin emphasized that natural gas is a “game-changing resource” and stressed the need to move quickly on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to ensure that the U.S. is a global energy leader.
ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin (second from right) speaks to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
In his written testimony, Durbin stated: “With respect to LNG exports, time is of the essence…Given the disparity between projected demand, and the number of facilities being proposed worldwide, the window of opportunity for the U.S. to get involved is narrow. The facilities that come online the fastest will have a competitive advantage in serving the expected global LNG demand.”
With regard to concerns about supply, Durbin stated: “The Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Potential Gas Committee, and MIT all project ample domestic supplies of natural gas to power our nation for generations. The U.S has enough natural gas at reasonable prices to sustain substantial increases in and to support exports”
Durbin also emphasized: “In addition to helping reduce the trade deficit, LNG exports offer supply diversity to our strategic allies and bolster the U.S. ability to influence global energy dynamics.” He added, “The promise of U.S. LNG exports in the near term have reportedly provided greater leverage to countries negotiating new contracts with existing supplies, including Russia.”
Finally, Durbin summed up the state of energy in America thusly, “The shale energy revolution has allowed us to transition from a posture of energy scarcity to one of energy abundance in just a few short years. As this hearing demonstrates, we have the ability to harness clean, abundant and affordable natural gas for both domestic consumption and for exports. This paradigm shift is driving economic growth, environmental improvements and enhanced energy security.”
ANGA thanks the Committee for the opportunity to testify on our energy future and we look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure America takes full advantage of our vast reserves of abundant, affordable natural gas.
You can read Durbin’s testimony HERE.
.@MartyJDurbin: #natgas abundance has made the notion of a sweet spot irrelevant. We can meet U.S. needs and finite world demand. #energy
From: @ANGAus June 19, 2014
Natural Gas: Continuing a History of American Innovation
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 12, 2014
Two-hundred and sixty two years ago this week, Benjamin Franklin made energy history. With a makeshift kite and a key, he was able to prove that lightning was simply electricity. A feat of American innovation, Franklin’s discovery set the U.S. and the world on a path toward harnessing the electricity that now powers our everyday life.
Since that fateful night, America has continued the tradition of electricity innovation. In the early 2000s, another American innovator by the name of George Mitchell combined Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Drilling techniques in order to produce natural gas from America’s rich shale plays. Today, this clean, abundant and reliable domestic energy source has helped reshape American power generation.
To celebrate the legacy of Benjamin Franklin and the centuries of electric and energy innovation that succeeded him, we wanted to share some of the lightning-hot discoveries that paved the way for our energy innovations today:
1752: Ben Franklin discovers lightning is electricity
1882: First commercial electric power station opens: Pearl Street Station in Lower Manhattan opened in 1882 marking the inception of the electric utilities industry in the United States and launching commercial demand for energy across the country.
1889: First successful natural gas powered turbine: Charles Gordon Curtis invented the Curtis Steam Turbine in 1889—eventually selling it to General Electric in 1896. GE and Curtis continued work on the Curtis Turbine creating a model that enabled power plants to generate efficient and cost effective energy. These low prices enabled a power supply boom that changed America’s reliance on energy in two decades.
1927: First electronic television debuts: Philo T. Farnsworth debuted the first entirely electronic television in 1927 in San Francisco. This model changed the concept of television from a machine that produced a scattered image to one that electronically recreated images on screens.
1929: Horizontal drilling revolutionizes extraction: An oil well in Texon, Texas holds the record for first recorded use of the horizontal drilling technique. But, due to poor capabilities in downhole drilling motors, the process did not become viable until the 1980’s with the development of other important drilling technologies.
1947: Hydraulic fracturing developed in Kansas: The development of the hydraulic fracturing technique took place in the Hugoton gas field in Kansas. While the technique did not become commercially used until 1949, the new technique revolutionized the quantity of oil and gas production in the US. Eventually, this technique positioned our country as one of the largest oil and gas producers in the world.
1952: IBM's launches first mass-produced computer: IBM’s 701 launched the company’s line of “the most advanced, most flexible high-speed computer in the world.” IBM changed the computer game by offering a commercially available computer with memory to store programs.
1962: First telecommunications satellite launched: In November 1962, Bell Telephone Laboratories launched the Telstar from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Telstar, a low-altitude satellite powered by solar array, reinvented the transmission of television and communications signals.
1990: Combined cycle technology transforms natural gas efficiency: The combined cycle joins steam and natural gas to increase the efficiency of natural gas power. Combined cycle technology does this through reusing exhaust heat formerly lost through the exhaust stack. With the introduction of the combined cycle, natural gas power plants have the ability to generate power with 39% more efficiency over existing forms of power generation.
2003: Combination of hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling: In 2003, George Mitchell combined the long-used practices of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to change the nature of natural gas production. Since Mitchell’s explorations and reinventions of drilling processes in the Barnett Shale in the early 2000’s, the commercialization of shale gas has revolutionized energy security in the United States.
2009 to present: Renewable energy power generation boosts sustainability: Advances in the combination of natural gas and renewable energy have changed the landscape of sustainable energy practices. In 2009, Florida Power & Light engineered a way to use natural gas as a supplement to solar power -- the process ensures consistent, affordable and clean energy regardless of the weather.
2012: First “flex” plant opens in the U.S.: Siemens opened the first U.S. flex plant in 2012. These new “flex” plants operate with the ability to start and stop operations quickly as supplements to solar and wind energy.
Thanks to the continued advancement of natural gas technology for power generation, and the rich history of energy in the U.S. we now enjoy cleaner air, lower cost, efficient and reliable electricity at the flip of a switch. And we think that’s something Ben Franklin would be proud of.
Learn more about the benefits of natural gas by visiting http://thinkaboutit.org/.
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New Study: Public Schools Saved Big Bucks Last Year Because of Natural Gas Boom
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog June 9, 2014
A new study shows just how significant the energy boom has been on the state and local level. During the past year, public school districts, as well as state and local governments, saved nearly $2 billion because of unconventional oil and natural gas development.
In total, U.S. public elementary and secondary school districts saved approximately 21.3 percent on natural gas, for a total of $467. Combined with oil, the total savings were $1.2 billion. These savings could be used to employ an additional 14,246 teachers, with 5,450 of those coming because of natural gas.
At the same time, state and local governments saved an estimated 9.5 percent on electricity and 21.6 percent on natural gas, for a total of $720 million, or the cost to employ about 10,995 government workers.
As for some individual states, natural gas production saved Colorado schools $3 million and saved state and local governments another $2 million. These savings are enough to employ 40 teachers and another 30 government workers. Natural gas production saved New York over $53 million and California $118 million.
As states and municipalities continue to embrace natural gas, there’s no doubt they will save even more money. And that will help them meet their budgets and retain and hire new teachers and workers. The natural gas boom is truly transforming America and making a difference on the local level.
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ANGA Comments on Inclusion of CNG Language in Senate National Defense Authorization Act
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases June 4, 2014
Following is a statement from Frank Macchiarola, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) on the inclusion of language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calling for development and deployment of alternative fuel vehicle fueling stations, including compressed natural gas (CNG), to serve the Department of Defense.
“We are pleased to see the Senate Armed Services Committee recognize that natural gas can play a significant role in strengthening our domestic energy security and our national security thanks to its economic and environmental advantages. With policies that support the development of a robust infrastructure network, the Department of Defense can increase its use of natural gas vehicles, which will help the military reduce energy costs and meet broader energy goals. We look forward working with members of the Committee and the Senate to move this measure forward."
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ANGA Comments on EPA Proposal to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plants
From: ANGA Press Releases
From: ANGA Press Releases June 1, 2014
Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin, on EPA's proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
“Natural gas is already providing significant economic and environmental benefits, and the President has repeatedly recognized the role natural gas will continue to play in growing our economy, strengthening our energy security and reducing emissions. As we consider EPA’s proposal with our members and with our power generation customers, we agree the rules should be flexible and fair and we believe they should recognize the ability of natural gas to play an increasing role in the delivery of reliable, safe and clean power. We look forward to working with the administration as this process moves forward”
Start your (NGV) engines
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog May 23, 2014
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Across the country, families will take advantage of the warmer weather by hitting the road for a mini-vacation over the long weekend. In fact, an estimated 31.8 million Americans are expected to take a road trip of more than 50 miles this weekend, according to the American Automobile Association.
Among those putting pedal to the metal will be drivers at the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, two of the marquee events in auto racing. We’re pleased to note that this year they’ll be using the new Pennzoil Platinum with Pure Plus Tech, a first-of-its-kind synthetic motor oil made from natural gas. They’re joining a growing trend toward the use of natural gas in transportation: from coast to coast, commercial fleets and individual car owners are increasingly taking advantage of the many benefits of natural gas to fuel their vehicles.
So as we wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend, we think it’s a great time to consider the benefits of using natural gas to fuel more American cars, trucks and buses to natural gas:
For the sake of the environment and your wallet, consider switching to a natural gas vehicle for your next purchase. To find a natural gas fueling station near you, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator.
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog May 20, 2014
Colorado is rich in natural resources, from its lakes and waterways, to its famed Rocky Mountains. It is also home to some of the nation’s most abundant natural gas reserves, an important resource that Coloradans rely on every day. For Colorado consumers, natural gas provides a cleaner, more affordable option for cooking, home heating and generating electricity, powering everything from smartphones to dishwashers.
In addition to these daily uses, there is another way Colorado benefits from natural gas: through affordable, cleaner fuel for their cars and trucks.
City and state governments and company fleet managers turn to natural gas for its cost-saving and environmental advantages, and as the call for natural gas in transportation continues growing, Colorado answers the demand.
In this new two-part “Fueling Colorado” series, we take a look at how Colorado leads by example and keeps the rest us moving using clean, affordable natural gas.Clean and Green in Roaring Fork Valley
Located in the Western part of the state, this beautiful corner of Colorado includes Aspen and other towns and attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Keeping the air clean and preserving the beautiful mountain vistas for residents and visitors alike is a top priority.
Several years ago, community leaders began looking for new ways to help with clean air while keeping costs low for important community services – and they focused on the local bus system. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) operates dozens of vehicles and has transported passengers nearly 80 million miles throughout the valley since service began in the 1980s. In the beginning, the buses were noisy and disruptive, creating air pollution and costing the region a lot of money to fuel.
RFTA initially wasn’t sure if making the switch to natural gas would work.
“We thought it wasn’t feasible,” Dan Blankenship, CEO of RFTA said.
That changed in 2011, when the Aspen Strategy Center helped organize a research project that included meetings with vehicle manufacturers, natural gas suppliers, other transit authority managers and clean energy experts. The group learned that RFTA could reduce emissions and save thousands of dollars each year by converting to natural gas.
“We looked at the numbers and saw we could save $200,000 a year by purchasing natural gas buses,” Blankenship said. After operating the buses for a year, the actual savings reached $200,000, he added.
Converting to natural gas lowers a vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 20 percent, and slashes fuel costs for fleets like RFTA’s by between 15 and 28 percent.
RFTA’s first natural-gas-fueled bus arrived in January 2013, followed by 21 more that now transport passengers throughout the valley, including as part of its “VelociRFTA” initiative, the nation’s first rural bus rapid transit service.
“The buses have been very reliable, and residents and visitors really appreciate how quiet they are,” Blankenship said. “We like using a fuel that is abundant and affordable and that we can be assured would be available, even in a global crisis. It’s comforting to know that our vehicles are fueled by energy that’s produced domestically, including here in Colorado.”
The RFTA is just one example of how a fleet has embraced natural gas to cleanly and affordably power its operations while protecting the local environment, all while serving its customers.
Find out more about what natural gas is doing for transportation by going to thinkaboutit.org.
Ford CNG F-150 Helping the City of Dallas, Oklahoma, ‘Go Further’
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog May 19, 2014
When used to power transportation, natural gas offers significant cost saving and clean air benefits, which makes it an ideal fuel for large-scale fleets. Realizing these benefits, the City of Dallas and the State of Oklahoma recently announced that they will add the iconic Ford F-150 that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) to their respective fleets. Dallas has ordered 65 F-150s to add to its fleet. Using more natural gas to power its fleets is the obvious choice, given the abundance of supply and active development in Texas, but Dallas’ position on the Texas Clean Transportation Triangle ensures that these new CNG F-150’s will have multiple locations at which they can be fueled. In fact, that fuel network has grown with the newest station opening in San Antonio. With this opening, the Clean Transportation Triangle is ‘complete’ and open for business, giving fleet and everyday drivers access to clean natural gas over more than 700 miles of Texas road linking Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. The City of Dallas expects to take delivery of their first CNG F-150s later this month and will have all 65 in its fleet by the end of the summer.
In Oklahoma, the Ford F-150 is just another example of that state leading by example in embracing more natural gas vehicles for public fleets. Governor Mary Fallin, along with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper have been leading an effort with many of their gubernatorial colleagues to increase the use of CNG vehicles in their respective state fleets. In Oklahoma, the selection of public refueling stations is robust and growing, offering drivers a more affordable option to power vehicles. In keeping with its tradition of not waiting for others to take the lead, the Sooner state will add 321 Ford F-150’s to its state fleet. Oklahoman’s can expect to start seeing these clean fuel vehicles hit the streets beginning in the mid-to late summer with all 321 in use by the end of the year.
Thanks to strong infrastructure and a supply of affordable natural gas, the City of Dallas and State of Oklahoma have made the smart choice to embrace more natural gas for its fleet vehicles. We think the decision will help both of them go further toward a cleaner transportation future.
To find a natural gas fueling station near you, check out this list from the U.S. Department of Energy. And to see more example of natural gas making a difference in transportation, visit thinkaboutit.org.
Former U.S. Energy Secretaries Join Growing Chorus Calling for LNG Exports
From: ANGA Blog
From: ANGA Blog May 16, 2014
Former U.S. Energy Secretaries Spencer Abraham and Bill Richardson have joined a growing chorus of experts calling for quicker approval of outstanding applications for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. The Department of Energy has already approved seven permits for export to countries with which the U.S. doesn’t have a free trade agreement, but there are still more than 20 permits waiting for approval.
In a CNBC.com column today, Abraham and Richardson emphasized that the “crisis involving Ukraine and Russia highlights the need for American energy leadership.” They added: “Our diplomats have limited options to combat Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but they can take greater advantage of a new tool in their toolbox that no administration has had for generations — U.S. energy abundance.”
According to a statement given to Bloomberg by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the Obama administration is likely to approve moreapplications for export terminals in the near future that will ultimately help ease Europe’s need for Russian natural gas. “The expectation is that the United States will become a substantial natural gas exporter towards the end of the decade, Moniz said”
However, expedited Energy Department export approvals are still vital. As Abraham and Richardson explain, speeding up exports will also give several of Russia’s neighbors leverage in contract negotiations and that “permit approvals are needed now because it takes years to construct.” With more than 20 export terminal applications waiting for DOE approval, the U.S. has the opportunity to send a strong message to Russia about their commitment to provide affordable natural gas while also providing significant domestic benefits.
Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers recently explained how LNG exports can boost the United States’ global influence at an Export-Import Bank Conference:
"We have the potential – there is no question – within the next decade for America to have the kind of influence in the world because of its ability to export fossil fuels that Saudi Arabia has had for the last several decades. Think about what that means for our influence in the world."
It’s imperative that the U.S. act quickly to expedite the approval process so the U.S. can take advantage of the unique opportunity it has to become a global energy leader.