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  • How America’s Largest Airport Gets Its Green On

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog December 17, 2014

    How America’s Largest Airport Gets Its Green On

    Denver International Airport has gone green with natural gas to save money and preserve the Rocky Mountain air. More than 100 million Americans are expected to pack up and go this holiday season. Roads will be crowded, trains packed and airports at their peak.

    So how do America’s major aviation hubs handle the holiday rush, and do so in a sustainable manner? Take Denver International Airport as an example. Our country’s largest airport by size—53 square miles—its concourses will see more than a million passengers pass through its doors during the last two weeks of 2014 alone.

    Remarkably, DIA is also one of the country’s greenest aviation hubs, and during the holidays the airport draws upon its long-standing investments in sustainability to run efficiently and clean. What drove the push to go green? Good business sense.

    Looking at its operating costs, Denver International’s leadership concluded that prioritizing sustainability would deliver a double bottom line. Natural gas is not only affordable, but it’s also cleaner than conventional fuels.

    So airport officials invested in natural gas to power everything from the heating system that keeps holiday travelers warm to its baggage tugs. DIA retrofitted many of its vehicles, including 63 passenger buses, which every year shuttle more than 7 million passengers and airport employees between the terminal and the airport’s parking facility.

    And the switch to natural gas is paying off in a big way. Last year the airport’s vehicle fleet consumed 979,000 gallons of gasoline equivalent, resulting in more than $1.5 million in savings, according to DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery.

    The environmental benefits add to the $1.5 million in savings.

    By switching its vehicles to natural gas, DIA reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 39 percent. Last year the airport’s green push eliminated 3.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

    DIA’s commitment to sustainability isn’t limited to ground transportation and natural gas. It reverberates across all aspects of its operations. Take de-icing, for instance. This winter, a majority of the glycol spread on plane wings, removing ice before takeoff, will have been recycled at a dedicated facility on the airport’s grounds.

    DIA is thriving thanks to its ambitious push to green its operations by using more natural gas. The airport’s success is one more instance that shows when it comes to sustainability, the numbers do add up. Now that’s a great cause for holiday cheer.

  • ANGA Comments on New York’s Decision to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 17, 2014

    ANGA Comments on New York’s Decision to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

    Background: Following is a statement by Paul Hartman, Northeast director for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on New York’s decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing.

    “This is an ill-advised decision that denies New Yorkers the opportunity to take advantage of the many environmental and economic benefits that natural gas offers. This has always been a political, rather than a public health decision. Natural gas provides an engine for the economy of New York, which is the nation’s fifth largest natural gas user, and the state is forgoing the advantages its neighbors enjoy from natural gas production. The decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing is based on data that does not justify the Cuomo administration’s conclusions. Natural gas has been responsibly produced in communities across the country and we are proud of our industry’s safety record.”

  • ANGA Comments on Senate Confirmation of Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 16, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Senate Confirmation of Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on Senate confirmation of Colette Honorable for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    “We applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Colette Honorable as the newest FERC Commissioner. Ms. Honorable brings to the commission extensive knowledge and a long record as a leader in solving complex energy issues. As demonstrated through her role as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and vice chair of NARUC’s Gas Committee, Ms. Honorable clearly understands the need for responsible development of our nation’s natural gas resource and for a robust, safe and reliable infrastructure that can transport natural gas where and when it is needed.”

  • ANGA Comments on Passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 15, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, as part of the 2015 omnibus spending bill.

    “The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act will create jobs and bolster our nation¹s economic vitality in part by making better use of abundant, American natural gas. We applaud Congress for including this important measure in the omnibus spending bill and for recognizing the value that advanced manufacturing and innovation can bring to our economy. As domestic manufacturing continues to grow, natural gas stands ready to meet the energy needs of this burgeoning sector.”

  • ANGA Comments on Congress’ Inclusion of Reforms in the Defense Authorization Bill

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 12, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Congress’ Inclusion of Reforms in the Defense Authorization Bill

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for America’s Natural Gas Alliance on congressional approval today of the National Defense Authorizations Act. The measure includes provisions that streamline Bureau of Land Management permitting and level the playing field for natural gas vehicles.

    “This bipartisan legislation makes progress on ANGA’s priorities. It strengthens the successful BLM pilot project program and creates a more efficient and effective permitting system that distributes resources to the offices with the biggest workloads. By moving forward with this legislation, Congress takes an important step to achieve reasonable time frames for processing drilling permit applications on public lands and to reduce undue permitting backlogs.”

    “This bill also promotes the tangible benefits that natural gas vehicles offer in increasing the use of an abundant and affordable American resource. This provision helps pave the way for the deployment of cleaner, more efficient vehicles on our highways and allows our nation to enjoy the environmental and economic advantages natural gas offers.”

  • ANGA Statement on Report on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Sites

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases December 9, 2014

    ANGA Statement on Report on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Sites

    Background: Following is a statement by Erica Bowman, Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis for America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on the release of a study conducted by University of Texas on methane emissions from specific elements of the natural gas production process.

    “While we are still reviewing the study, it provides further support for the findings of other credible researchers -- that greater use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas producers have reduced methane emissions by 25 percent since 1990, even as production has grown 37 percent. The study shows emissions to be lower than current EPA estimates and that a small number of sources are responsible for the majority of emissions. We remain committed to working with stakeholders to ensure that as an industry, we continue the substantial progress we have made through ongoing innovation.”

  • ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Standards

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases November 26, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Standards

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on EPA’s ozone standards proposal.

    “Safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in shale regions across the country is supporting 1.7 million jobs and $238 billion in economic activity every year. This has helped fuel a renaissance in manufacturing projected to add 1 million new jobs by 2025. Meanwhile our nation’s air quality has improved dramatically. However, today’s proposed ozone rule from the EPA threatens this progress. It is a step in the wrong direction and would hinder our ability to experience a sustained economic recovery. Legislation sponsored by Senator Thune and Congressman Pete Olsen would continue both the environmental and economic progress we have made, and strikes the right balance by allowing communities to catch up with existing strict standards before being subjected to a spate of overly burdensome and costly new mandates. Today’s proposal from EPA fails to achieve the critical balance needed to move our nation forward.”

  • ANGA Comments on Final DOE Approval of the Freeport LNG Export Facility

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases November 14, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Final DOE Approval of the Freeport LNG Export Facility

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) decision to grant final approval to Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to export natural gas to non-free trade agreement nations.

    “The Department of Energy's decision to grant final approval to the Freeport liquefied natural gas export terminal is another positive step toward strengthening America's energy security. This approval, which clears the way for Freeport LNG's facility to export up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, comes on the heels of a recent EIA analysis finding that increased shale production is poised to meet increased demand from added LNG exports. Furthermore, there is a growing chorus of experts, public and private, who agree that increased LNG exports will provide significant benefits to our nation. We applaud the administration on this decision and continue to urge them to provide swift approval for the remaining terminals that are under review.”

    *For more information on how LNG is produced, stored and transported, please watch our new video here: www.anga.us/lng.

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    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus November 7, 2014

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  • Big things are happening in Louisiana

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 31, 2014

    Big things are happening in Louisiana

    Big things are happening in Louisiana—thanks in large part to the state’s natural gas resources.

    A new report from LSU, Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2015 and 2016, highlights this progress: Louisiana is thriving, the job market is growing and natural gas continues to drive the state’s “industrial renaissance.” Louisiana’s job market is doing so well, in fact, that for the first time ever, more than two million people will be employed across the state – with more than 34,000 new jobs expected next year alone.

    Natural gas is serving as a building block for the petrochemical and manufacturing industries. All told, more than $103 billion in industrial projects have been announced or are in the works in Louisiana. Just this week, South African petrochemical company Sasol announced an $8.1 billion investment in a new ethane cracker in Lake Charles that will triple its chemical production capacity in the U.S.

    LNG exports are another bright spot in Louisiana’s economy. Sempra Energy’s $10 billion Cameron LNG project is estimated to support more than 3,000 jobs. Cheniere Energy’s $18 billion Sabine Pass project will add 120 high-paying direct jobs, 4,500 construction jobs and support 1,500 more in the area.

    In light of the growing impact of natural gas on Louisiana’s economy, it’s no surprise that both Marty Durbin, ANGA’s president and CEO, and Frank Macchiarola, ANGA’s executive vice president of government affairs, were in Louisiana last week.

    On Wednesday, Frank spoke at LSU’s Energy Summit in Baton Rouge about the outlook for LNG exports. And Marty was in New Orleans Thursday, speaking to the Louisiana Chemical Association about natural gas’ role in the resurgence of the petrochemical industry across Louisiana.

    As Marty noted in his speech last week, 50 percent of expected growth in the domestic market for natural gas will be driven by the southeast United States as it supports gas-fired power generation, industrial growth and LNG exports.

    We’re excited about everything natural gas can do to support this growing economic momentum in Louisiana and across the Southeast.

  • ANGA Comments on EIA Study of Export Scenarios

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases October 29, 2014

    ANGA Comments on EIA Study of Export Scenarios

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Vice President for Research and Policy Development Erica Bowman, on a report released today by the Energy Information Administration that models different impacts of liquefied natural gas export scenarios.

    “This report further demonstrates the many benefits that our nation’s natural gas resource offers. Abundant supplies of natural gas are creating clean and affordable energy.

    “While today’s study does not represent EIA’s projection of the most likely export scenarios, it does show that U.S. natural gas production can increase substantially to meet new demand and that the economy will benefit from this growth. Even under the most aggressive export scenarios the overwhelming majority of natural gas used to fill LNG export demand originates from additional production, not from existing domestic applications. In fact, domestic manufacturing consumption is projected to grow from current levels under all LNG export scenarios.

    “EIA’s reference case projection shows LNG exports of less than 10 billion cubic feet a day by 2040, while this study evaluates much larger export scenarios. Under any but the most implausible scenarios, prices remain stable at levels below $6.00 a million British thermal units through 2030. We welcome this additional data and look forward to working with all stakeholders as we seek to take advantage of this window of opportunity for America.”

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  • From: @ANGAus October 25, 2014

    RT @DanWhitten: #natgas a game changer for Louisiana economy: Letter to editor by @ANGAus CEO @martyjdurbin http://t.co/A9yvzCFuvR via @no…

  • Natural Gas: Ready for Winter!

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 24, 2014

    Natural Gas: Ready for Winter!

    With increased production, high storage levels and more pipelines, natural gas is prepared to keep families warm and bills affordable this winter.

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  • From: @ANGAus October 24, 2014

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    From: @ANGAus

  • From: @ANGAus October 14, 2014

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  • Milder Weather, Natural Gas to Contribute to Lower Heating Bill this Winter

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 9, 2014

    Milder Weather, Natural Gas to Contribute to Lower Heating Bill this Winter

    EIA released their Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook yesterday, delivering mixed news for families this winter: U.S. households can expect lower energy bills, unless of course you live in New England. Natural gas is the least expensive fuel for heating, according to EIA. But natural gas pipeline constraints are pushing power prices sharply higher in the Northeast,” according to Jonathan Fahey of the Associated Press. This highlights the real need for infrastructure in New England, as the rest of the country enjoys lower costs, including lower costs for natural gas, weather permitting of course. EIA forecasts the following average heating bills by fuel source:

    • Natural Gas: $649
    • Electricity: $938
    • Propane: $1,724
    • Heating Oil: $1,992

    And here’s a look at how those average bills have changed over time:

    With the exception of the South, natural gas is the dominant fuel source for home heating. Electrical heating is a close second in all regions but the Northeast, which is heavily reliant on heating oil – the most expensive option.

  • ANGA Welcomes Godlewski as New NGVAmerica President

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases October 8, 2014

    ANGA Welcomes Godlewski as New NGVAmerica President

    Background: Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer for America’s Natural Gas Alliance made the following statement praising the decision by Natural Gas Vehicles for America’s (NGVAmerica) board of directors for appointing Matthew Godlewski as the organization’s next president.

    “Matt’s appointment represents an important new direction for NGVAmerica and for the natural gas vehicle industry as a whole. His experience, his vision for the future of this burgeoning industry and his leadership will bring important stakeholders together to better leverage abundant, American natural gas in our transportation sector. Doing so will improve air quality, strengthen our economy and enhance our energy security. We are excited to have Matt on board at NGVAmerica.”

  • ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Legislation

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases October 8, 2014

    ANGA Comments on Proposed Ozone Legislation

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

    “Senator Thune and Congressman Pete Olson have proposed legislation that creates a balanced approach toward cleaner air that also advances economic growth. ANGA supports the Clean Air, Strong Economies Act (S.2833, H.R. 5505) as a commonsense method 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 is supporting 1.7 million jobs and $238 billion in economic activity every year. This has helped fuel a renaissance in manufacturing projected to add 1 million new jobs by 2025. This legislation seeks to sustain 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.”

  • New Study Points to Major Marine and Rail Opportunities with Greater Use of LNG

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog October 7, 2014

    New Study Points to Major Marine and Rail Opportunities with Greater Use of LNG

    Thousands of miles of rail, inland waterways and coastal routes crisscross America moving products, energy and people. A new study out today confirms that thanks to its cleaner profile and low cost, greater use of natural gas as a marine and rail fuel is becoming a welcome reality.

    The study, performed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) and commissioned by ANGA, sought to identify locations across three key areas- the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River and its tributaries - with the best potential for demand growth to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure investment.

    What GNA found was truly impressive: With continued coordination between end-users, suppliers, and stakeholders, potential U.S. LNG demand from high horsepower users—in just these three regions—could reach one billion gallons annually by 2029, approximately seven times all current domestic LNG use for transportation.

    Much like power generation, manufacturing and on-road transportation, use of natural gas for marine and rail is being driven by abundant supplies, low cost and a cleaner profile. A 2014 MARAD study finds that LNG as a marine fuel has clear environmental advantages: next to established ship fuels, it emits 85 percent less NOx and SOx, 90 percent less particulate matter and 30 percent less carbon dioxide.

    Already, LNG-powered marine vessels are underway or under construction at many of our nation’s shipyards. From Harvey Gulf’s LNG-powered offshore service vessels to the world’s first LNG-powered container ship being built for TOTE in San Diego, there are currently 19 confirmed orders for LNG or LNG-conversion-ready vessels in North America. GNA estimates that within 15 years, 363 U.S.-flagged vessels could generate 380 million gallons of LNG demand annually.

    Of the three key areas studies in this report, GNA projects that the Gulf of Mexico will feature the largest amount of LNG vessel activity. This presents a unique opportunity to develop the region into the world’s leading bunkering—or refueling—destination for LNG.

    Not far behind LNG adoption in the marine space, major railroads across the country are in various stages of testing LNG as a locomotive fuel, with the study estimating that commercial locomotive adoption is likely to begin later this decade. Again, fuel cost is driving innovation. Class I railroads in North America consume approximately four billion gallons of diesel each year. If the railroads converted even one third of their operations to natural gas, they would be able to save approximately $2.6 million each day.

    With so much to gain from the adoption of LNG as a high horsepower fuel for marine and rail, producers, pipeline operators and end users all have a stake in working together to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

    Want to learn more? Read the full report here.