Posted April 12, 2018
The Environmental Defense Fund’s plan to send up a satellite in two or three years to monitor methane emissions on earth from space generated headlines (some of the coverage here and here) and at some point can add to the knowledge base useful in advancing emissions goals. While EDF prepares for orbit, on terra firma our industry continues to use state-of-the-science technologies to reduce methane emissions from natural gas systems. With success: Emissions decreased 16.3 percent between 1990 and 2015, even as production increased nearly 52 percent.
This is a terrific, ongoing story that sometimes can get lost in the daily back and forth over who’s doing what on climate: Industry reducing emissions while also producing a natural gas abundance that benefits consumers, manufacturers and the environment, taking a lead role in reducing carbon dioxide levels to 25-year lows.
Posted April 6, 2018
An epic battle is shaping up in New York City over a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion.
On one side is a group of public housing tenants who lost heat during freezing temperatures this winter and really don’t want a repeat experience next winter. They’ve signed a letter supporting the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, which would allow more natural gas to be piped into Brooklyn and Queens.
Posted April 3, 2018
Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy’s efforts to land a bailout from consumers have crossed over from the problematic to the absurd.
With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January rejecting a bid to alter the electricity marketplace in ways that would favor some generating facilities over others, FirstEnergy last week launched an end-run around FERC, asking U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to basically do what FERC wouldn’t do – bail out up to 85 generating units, all coal and nuclear – claiming there’s an emergency with the reliability of the electricity grid.To which the regional power grid operator, PJM Interconnection, quite accurately, responded: What emergency?
Posted March 27, 2018
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957 and that exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) quadrupled in 2017 over 2016. Here's why these developments are important for the United States.
Posted March 19, 2018
By now you may have seen our new ad, “Air Up Here,” highlighting the role natural gas has played in helping to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to their lowest levels in nearly 25 years.
While the ad focuses on how the industry is helping reduce greenhouse gases in our air, you may not realize that every cut in the ad features consumer goods the industry makes possible or makes better. Take a look at the ad and see if you can identify all of the products – many of which you likely own – made from materials produced from natural gas and oil. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
Posted March 8, 2018
The CERAWeek conference turned its attention to the nation’s electricity system, with lots of talk about renewables, power storage, wholesale markets and the like. Most interesting was Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Rob Powelson’s calling out of states that have adopted or are considering anti-natural gas policies. Check it out in my latest CERAWeek update.
Posted March 7, 2018
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has, well, energy. Lots of it.
The secretary kicked off natural gas day at the CERAWeek conference with a robust affirmation of the benefits of the American energy renaissance before a room filled with people largely responsible for bringing it about.
Posted February 28, 2018
Posted February 13, 2018
There are important reasons natural gas is the United States’ primary fuel for electricity generation – and will be in the years to come, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): 1) Natural gas is abundantly available – thanks to America’s energy renaissance; 2) Natural gas’ affordability has made it competitive in the marketplace; and 3) Among all the fuels used for power generation, natural gas is the definition of reliability – uniquely positioned as a fuel to furnish key attributes that ensure the health of the modern electricity grid.
Posted February 8, 2018
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity recently posted this blog attacking natural gas as a fuel for electricity generation during winter cold snaps. It’s a familiar refrain, which we’ve refuted a number of times (including here, here and here). The fact is our nation’s electric grid is as reliable as ever, which recent data indicates. False narratives about unfounded reliability concerns – as a tool for advocating one fuel type over another – hurt efforts to improve the grid’s reliability and resilience. As for the performance of natural gas as a generating fuel during extreme cold, let’s review the record.