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  • Energy Infrastructure a Critical Part of Our Energy Renaissance

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog July 28, 2015

    Energy Infrastructure a Critical Part of Our Energy Renaissance

    As a result of technological advancements that have brought about the shale revolution, the United States is now a global leader in natural gas and oil production. In order to fully realize this enormous potential, it is critical that policymakers create an environment that supports infrastructure development across all regions of the United States. That is why we joined API on a letter to Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell, urging the Energy Committee's support for including legislative proposals in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 that:

    • enhance the federal permitting processes for oil and natural gas pipelines, and
    • clarify outstanding jurisdictional issues regarding the siting and permitting of pipelines on federal lands.

    A robust and modern infrastructure system is vital to ensuring we can fully realize the benefits of our nation's abundant energy resources.

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    Click here to download the signed letter.

    July 28, 2015

    Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell:

    On behalf of America's Natural Gas Alliance and the American Petroleum Institute, I write to express our support for the inclusion of policies that enhance federal oil and natural gas infrastructure permitting in the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (the "Act").

    Technological breakthroughs in the oil and natural gas industry have unleashed an energy renaissance, establishing the United States as the world's largest natural gas and oil producer. The energy landscape is very different than it was during consideration of the last comprehensive energy bill in 2005. Since the beginning of 2005, natural gas production in the United States has increased 41 percent. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects a 48 percent increase in total natural gas production from 2010 to 2035 and an increase of over 4 million barrels of oil a day since 2008 (with a simultaneous reduction in the amount of imported oil). As a result of the shale energy revolution, America has moved from a position of energy scarcity to one of energy abundance.

    Our increased production is resulting in tremendous economic benefits and job creation. However, to fully realize the enormous potential of our oil and natural gas abundance, it is imperative that we also support the acceleration of infrastructure development in all regions of the United States. In fact, an analysis from the IHS consulting group found that essential infrastructure improvements in the oil and natural gas sector could, over the next decade, encourage as much as $1.15 trillion in new private capital investment, support 1.15 million new jobs, and add $120 billion on average per year to our nation's GDP.[1] A modernized infrastructure system alongside a rational and predictable regulatory regime will lead to a more secure connection between rising oil and natural gas production and growing regional demand. Achieving this balance will help us take full advantage of our vast domestic energy resource and strengthen our energy security.

    As the Committee moves forward with consideration of the Act, ANGA and API would like to express our support for legislative proposals[2] that seek to enhance federal permitting processes for oil and natural gas pipelines, as well as clarify outstanding jurisdictional issues regarding the siting and permitting of pipelines on federal lands. A robust energy infrastructure is vital to ensuring that we are fully realizing the benefits of our abundant domestic energy resources in all regions of the country.

    We appreciate the hard work of the Committee in seeking to advance our nation's energy policy in a manner that reflects our changed energy landscape and resulting opportunities. We look forward to working with you as this legislation moves forward.

    Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Frank J. Macchiarola

    Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

    America's Natural Gas Alliance

    Louis Finkel

    Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

    American Petroleum Institute


    [1] IHS Global, Inc., "Oil & Natural Gas Transportation & Storage Infrastructure: Status, Trends, & Economic Benefits", December 2013

    [2] ANGA and API support Amdt No. 11 introduced by Senator Capito and co-sponsored by Senator Heitkamp. This amendment will help improve coordination between FERC and other permitting agencies involved in federal authorizations for siting interstate natural gas pipelines. ANGA and API support Senators Cassidy and Barrasso's Amdt No. 10, which amends the Mineral Leasing Act to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior in siting natural gas pipeline rights-of-way across certain federal lands. ANGA and API also support Senators Barrasso and Heitkamp's Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act (Amdt No. 43) as well as Senators Hoeven and Manchin's North American Energy Infrastructure Act amendment.

  • Capture LNG Opportunity with Smart Energy Policy

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 28, 2015

    Capture LNG Opportunity with Smart Energy Policy

    Yesterday, we joined API on a letter to Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell, urging their support for Sections 2201 and 2202 of the Energy Policy and Modernization Act of 2015. Originally introduced as S. 33 by Senators Barrasso and Heinrich, these provisions will accelerate America's rise as a world-class exporter of natural gas, while strengthening our domestic economy and our position in global energy markets.

    It has been ten years since Congress last considered comprehensive energy. Since then, technological breakthroughs have unlocked generations-worth of energy supply and established the United States as the world's largest producer of natural gas. EIA now projects a 48 percent increase in total natural gas production from 2010 to 2035.

    New policy has the potential to turn this opportunity into long-lasting global energy leadership. That's why we commend Senators Barrasso and Heinrich for their continued leadership, and encourage members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to support Sections 2201 and 2202 as introduced.

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    Click here to download the signed letter.

    July 27, 2015

    Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell:

    On behalf of America's Natural Gas Alliance and the American Petroleum Institute, we write to express our strong support for Sections 2201 and Section 2202 of the Energy Policy and Modernization Act of 2015 (the "Act"). Originally introduced by Senators Barrasso and Heinrich as the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (S. 33), these provisions provide a streamlined process for natural gas export projects before the Department of Energy. This bill will accelerate America's rise as a world-class exporter of natural gas, creating U.S. jobs, growing our economy, and significantly strengthening the global energy market.

    Technological breakthroughs in the oil and natural gas industry have unleashed an energy renaissance, establishing the United States as the world's largest natural gas producer. We have enough natural gas to supply affordable energy domestically as well as to significantly increase U.S. participation in the global market for liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Act provides the Department of Energy a meaningful deadline to make decisions on pending applications that have completed the extensive environmental review process. Advancing this legislation will institute greater certainty into the LNG exports permitting process thereby accelerating investment in the U.S. economy and strengthening our strategic alliances abroad.

    Since the beginning of 2005, natural gas production in the United States has increased 41 percent. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects a 48 percent increase in total natural gas production from 2010 to 2035, and study after study agrees that expanding our export opportunities will create jobs, strengthen our economy, and enhance our national and energy security. We appreciate the leadership of Senators Barrasso and Heinrich and the bipartisan co-sponsors of S. 33 and applaud the Committee for its inclusion of these policies in the Act. As this legislation moves forward, ANGA and API strongly encourage members of the Committee to support the language as introduced and oppose any efforts to undermine or stall America's future growth as an energy superpower.

    Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Frank J. Macchiarola
    Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
    America's Natural Gas Alliance

    Louis Finkel
    Executive Vice President
    American Petroleum Institute

  • Harnessing the Power of a Jet Engine

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 27, 2015

    Harnessing the Power of a Jet Engine

    With as much as 425 tons between its wingtips, it takes a lot of thrust to propel Boeing's iconic 747 across the globe. This almost physics-defying feat of engineering is accomplished with four state-of-the-art General Electric CF6 jet engines. While each engine is capable of pumping out more than 60,000 pound-feet of thrust, what's truly amazing is their underlying design allows them to be quite effective at generating electricity.

    GE's CF6 engine - Photo credit: GE

    The jet engine has been in existence since the early 1900's. Building upon the work of his predecessors, Frank Whittle, a mechanical engineer in the Royal Air Force of England, patented the first turbo-jet engine in 1930. By 1937, Whittle had a working model of his engine that would eventually be modified and used by the aviation community.

    It didn't take long for the gas turbine to find applications in other sectors. Just two short years after the first successful display of a jet engine's ability, Switzerland adapted this technology into the first gas turbine to be used for electricity generation. By 1949, General Electric implemented the first U.S.-based gas turbine generator in Oklahoma City.

    Mechanically speaking, jet engines and natural gas turbines are extremely similar. There are four main pieces that make up a gas turbine: A compressor, a combustion chamber, a turbine and a shaft that connects the compressor to the turbine. The compressor is a series of blades that draws air into the combustion chamber and creates a high-pressure volume of gas. Inside the combustion chamber, natural gas is added to the air mixture and ignited. This process causes the gas to rapidly expand and leave the chamber through another set of blades that make up the turbine.

    The shaft connects the compressor and turbine, and improves efficiency as the system undertakes what's known as a "positive feedback loop." As the turbine spins faster so too does the compressor, which sucks in more air and in turn speeds up the turbine.

    On a jet, propulsion is created when hot turbine exhaust exits the engine. To produce electricity, engines like GE's CF6 are modified for stationary use and connected to a generator. These power generators are known as "aeroderivatives."

    GE's LM6000 engine is based on the company's CF6 aviation unit - Photo credit: GE

    From providing The Texas Medical Center in Houston with reliable heat and electricity, to helping Egypt keep up with electricity demand, the natural gas turbine plays an essential role in delivering electricity to the people who need it.

  • Electricity: It’s All in the Mix

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 23, 2015

    Electricity: It’s All in the Mix

    "Don't put all your eggs in one basket" is good advice. That the U.S. generated more electricity in April from natural gas than any other energy source is proof our nation is (finally) taking it seriously. The benefit, of course, is an increasingly reliable electrical system that ensures the lights turn on when we flip the switch. And it's natural gas that is now driving the trend toward greater fuel diversity.

    As recently as 2000, more than half (52 percent) of electricity generated in our country came from one source - coal. Nuclear and natural gas accounted for roughly 20 percent each with renewables making up the rest.

    While we still get more electricity from coal than any other source, its share of generation has shrunk to around 39 percent. Meanwhile, other sources of electricity are expanding their contributions, resulting in a more diverse energy market. Natural gas has nearly doubled since 2000, and now accounts for more than a quarter of our energy mix (27 percent). That diversification creates jobs and regional economic benefits.

    The trend toward a more diverse and balanced electricity market is one that experts expect to continue, and it will result in a cleaner and more sustainable U.S. energy mix.

    In fact, a growing role for natural gas is one reason why overall greenhouse gas emissions from the United States are falling - even while we're producing more electricity than ever. In 2015, CO2 emissions from the power sector are expected to fall to their lowest levels since 1994, or 15.4 percent below 2005 levels.

    Renewable energy will also benefit. When the sun sets or the wind dies down, renewable energy can't deliver the "always on" power American consumers rightly demand. Because natural gas can quickly ramp up and down to meet fluctuations in electricity demand, it can reliably step in when the wind isn't blowing or the sun isn't shining. Renewable energy sources now account for about 13 percent of the energy mix, and that figure is likely to continue to grow thanks to the reliability that natural gas can deliver to the overall electric grid.

    You shouldn't put all your energy eggs in one basket. A growing role for natural gas is helping ensure that doesn't happen.

  • Carnival Cruise Line Embarks on Cleaner Direction

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 23, 2015

    Carnival Cruise Line Embarks on Cleaner Direction

    Each year, more than 10 million Americans set sail on a cruise. While the vast majority of the cruise ships, some the size of floating cities, are powered by diesel engines, a cleaner option now exists.

    The world's largest cruise ship company—Carnival Cruise Line — recently announced plans to launch a cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). But this isn't just your average cruise ship. With a 6,600-passenger capacity, it will carry more vacationers than any other cruise ship in operation.

    A shift to liquefied natural gas means these American cruise ships will no longer emit soot particles or sulfur oxides. That's right – a total elimination of two harmful pollutants - making the ships eco and ocean-friendly.

    Carnival will build four new ships that are scheduled to hit oceans in 2019. The vessels will be 100 percent powered by LNG while at sea, and they will use LNG to generate electricity while stationed at the port. This marks the first time a cruise ship will use LNG to power ships both in the port and at sea.

    Speaking about the announcement, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald remarked: "Every step of the way, our focus is on designing state-of-the-art ships that provide a vacation experience our guests will love, and we are putting all of our creative energy and resources into making sure we achieve that goal."

  • ANGA Statement on EPA’s Proposed Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge Program

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases July 23, 2015

    ANGA Statement on EPA’s Proposed Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge Program

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and CEO Marty Durbin on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Natural Gas Star Methane Challenge program.

    "We will be reviewing the details of the proposed Natural Gas Star program in the days ahead to see how the program would work in tandem with existing and upcoming regulations. We have always said that the best way to achieve reductions in methane is through collaborative measures. The fact that we have cut methane emissions from production activities by 38 percent since 2005 while increasing production by 35 percent bears that out. By contrast, it is clear that direct regulation will lead to regulatory uncertainty and fewer reductions over a longer period of time."

  • ANGA Statement on the Senate ENR Committee's Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases July 22, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Senate ENR Committee's Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Frank J. Macchiarola on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.

    "ANGA applauds Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell on the introduction of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The Committee's efforts are commendable as they seek to shape policies that better reflect our nation's changing energy landscape. In particular, we are pleased with the inclusion of legislation creating greater certainty and transparency in the LNG exports application process. This legislation will better enable the United States to leverage our abundant natural gas resources, secure greater energy diplomacy, and strengthen energy security while creating domestic economic opportunities.

    "We know the Committee recognizes the need for critical energy infrastructure and, specifically, we will continue to explore bipartisan solutions to address permitting challenges for natural gas pipelines. A modernized natural gas pipeline system is essential to ensuring reliable delivery of natural gas from supply basins to demand centers and such infrastructure will help strengthen economic and employment growth throughout the United States.

    "A strong energy exports policy and enhanced infrastructure are essential to ensuring we fully realize the potential of the shale revolution. We appreciate the leadership of Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell on these issues and look forward to continuing our work with the Committee as this legislation moves forward."

  • ANGA Statement on the House Energy and Power Subcommittee’s Energy Bill

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases July 21, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the House Energy and Power Subcommittee’s Energy Bill

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Frank J. Macchiarola on the House Energy and Power Subcommittee's energy bill.

    "We are encouraged by the House Energy and Power Subcommittee's recognition of the need for critical energy infrastructure and reliability planning, as well as its continued commitment to promote workforce development for the energy and manufacturing sectors. Chairmen Upton and Whitfield and Ranking Members Pallone and Rush should be commended for the thorough and deliberative process they have undertaken to develop this legislation. We are, however, disappointed that the subcommittee draft excluded legislation providing greater certainty and transparency for LNG export applicants.

    "Earlier this year, the House passed LNG export legislation with significant bipartisan support. Omitting these provisions misses an opportunity to leverage such bipartisan support to promote the use of our abundant natural resources for greater energy diplomacy and strengthened energy security. A robust export policy is essential to building the meaningful 'Architecture of Abundance' this committee is working so hard to foster. We will continue working with the committee as the process moves forward and are hopeful that policies advancing LNG exports will be restored."

  • When it Comes to Electricity, Two Cycles are Better than One

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  • From: ANGA Blog July 9, 2015

    When it Comes to Electricity, Two Cycles are Better than One

    Quickly becoming the workhorses of our nation's power generation fleet, combined cycle power plants are revolutionizing how electricity is produced in the United States. These plants are high-tech, efficient and they run on natural gas.

    General Electric's 9HA combined cycle gas turbine, also known as "HArriet"

    The way we generate electricity has remained unchanged since 1882, when New York's Pearl Street Station, the first centralized power plant in the United States, began operation. The process used by that facility – and most plants currently in operation today - starts with boiling water, capturing the steam and channeling it through a generator to produce electricity. You can think of a generator as an electric motor in reverse: where a motor receives an electrical current that causes it to spin, a generator receives an external force – steam, in this case – that causes it to spin and produce an electrical current.

    There are two things to note about this process. The first is that electricity is generated in only one process or "cycle." The second is that it takes a lot of energy to boil water. While considerable advancements have been made since the days of the Pearl Street Station, efficiency levels for the coal and nuclear plants that use this same process range from 32-48 percent and 33-37 percent.

    Combined cycle power plants address both of these issues. Instead of using natural gas to boil water, it is combusted in a jet engine-like turbine that directly turns a generator. Not only is this a more efficient use of natural gas,but heatfrom the combustion process is also captured and used toboil water, create steam and drive a second generator. This means that a combined cycle plant is generating electricity from natural gas in two cycles, and achieving efficiency levels of more than 60 percent.

    As utilities seek cleaner ways to generate the electricity we need, they are increasingly turning to this technology. In 2014, Florida Power and Light began operating a new combined cycle plant at its Riviera Beach location. The new plant, which replaces an older oil and gas-fired unit, produces enough electricity to power 250,000 homes. It also uses 33 percent less fuel. This saves Florida Power and Light's customers money and it significantly reduces emissions.

    Florida Power and Light isn't alone. According to industry analyst Black & Veatch, combined cycle power plants accounted for 21 percent of electricity in 2014. With reduced emissions and increased fuel savings, it's no surprise that these plants will account for 38 percent of total U.S. generation by 2038.

    Two cycles certainly are better than one.

  • A Fuel Secure Enough for Fort Knox

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  • From: ANGA Blog June 25, 2015

    A Fuel Secure Enough for Fort Knox

    Earlier this year, Fort Knox went off the grid. The electrical grid, that is.

    The Army base, which spans more than 100,000 acres across three Kentucky counties, is the first U.S. military base that can operate completely on its own without any outside power sources.

    By embracing the nation's ample natural gas resources, along with renewables such as solar panels and geothermal technology, Fort Knox has created an entirely self-contained energy infrastructure that can produce more than enough power to keep the base operational under any circumstance.

    The switch to natural gas and renewables came after a 2009 ice storm damaged utility lines and left Fort Knox without electricity for an entire week, severely downgrading the base's operations.

    Army officials began exploring opportunities to strengthen Fort Knox's energy security, and quickly discovered the key to reliable power resting just beneath the base: trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.

    According to Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, "The solution at Fort Knox is a natural gas driven solution. Natural gas is dropping in cost. Natural gas is readily available and it's even available under our base."

    Today Fort Knox has six power generating sites that convert national gas into electricity, helping to save the base roughly $8 million in energy costs annually – funds the Army can now rededicate to better support our men and women in uniform.

    Better yet, geological studies indicate there's enough natural gas available on site to power the base for at least 30 years. When combined with the base's conservation initiatives and its investments in geothermal heating and cooling, solar energy and other renewables, experts predict natural gas will ensure Fort Knox can celebrate its energy independence for decades to come.

  • ANGA Statement on the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s Decision on Long-term Gas Supply Contracts

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases June 24, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s Decision on Long-term Gas Supply Contracts

    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 Louisiana Public Service Commission's (LPSC) decision to set up a pilot program establishing guidelines that encourage and enable flexible long-term natural gas contracts.

    "We commend the Louisiana Public Service Commission on its decision to set up a pilot program establishing guidelines that encourage and enable flexible long-term natural gas arrangements for power companies. By allowing electricity generators to enter into long-term contracts, utilities, natural gas producers and particularly customers can enjoy greater price stability and predictability, as well as enhanced supply security.

    "We urge other public service commissions to follow Louisiana's lead to examine the benefits long-term gas contracts can deliver to states all across the country. Abundant and affordable natural gas is ready to play a critical role in power generation by creating greater fuel diversity, maintaining electric system reliability and powering a cleaner energy future."

  • ANGA Statement on Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases June 24, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Passage of the Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Frank J. Macchiarola on passage of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

    "ANGA applauds Congress on the bipartisan passage of Trade Promotion Authority. This much needed measure is a win for the American economy. This legislation will enable the United States to more effectively negotiate trade agreements with our allies and will create American jobs and lower our trade deficit. The United States is a leader in energy production, and this legislation will help us to export a portion of our nation's abundant and clean natural gas to new markets abroad and make America more energy secure."

  • FERC Order Allows Continued Natural Gas Power and Infrastructure Growth

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases June 10, 2015

    FERC Order Allows Continued Natural Gas Power and Infrastructure Growth

    Background: Following is a statement by Amy Farrell, vice president of market development for America's Natural Gas Alliance on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) order last night on electricity capacity markets.

    "While we are still reviewing FERC's order on capacity performance, it appears the order supports electricity reliability and allows for natural gas to be a growing part of our nation's energy mix.

    "Specifically, provisions in the order that enable natural gas combined cycle units to secure fuel and invest in infrastructure can lead to reliable electricity supply and allow the PJM region to take advantage of our nation's natural gas abundance.

    "We look forward to continuing our work with FERC and all regional transmission organizations to ensure market policies are in place that make it possible for all American electricity consumers to benefit from this clean and affordable energy resource."

  • America’s Ports - Transforming Land and Sea

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  • From: ANGA Blog June 4, 2015

    America’s Ports - Transforming Land and Sea

    American port cities are undergoing a transformation with the increased use of liquefied natural gas (LNG), powering growth in domestic commerce and international trade. Many port cities, including Jacksonville and Portland, are planning to build LNG export terminals to transport abundant U.S. natural gas to Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. At the same time, many boats and on-road commercial vehicles are switching to LNG-powered engines because of the low cost of available U.S. natural gas and its clean-burning nature, leading to improved economic and environmental outcomes.

    The Southeast Transportation Trailblazer

    JAXPORT, the port of Jacksonville, FL, is the number one port for the export of vehicles in America. It's also the hub for a growing LNG marine industry in the United States, with major natural gas players hoping to produce LNG for shipping fuel and exports there. Sea Star Lines and its parent company TOTE will use LNG-powered container ships for its Jacksonville-to-Puerto Rico run. Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream LLC are building an LNG plant in Jacksonville to supply those ships, along with others that enter the market. In addition, public utility JEA, in cooperation with Sempra, is studying the feasibility of a public-private partnership to build an LNG plant. Finally, Eagle LNG Partners is looking to build an LNG terminal that would export LNG to the Caribbean as well as fuel ships traveling between East Coast ports. It could also provide fuel for railroads and trucks looking to switch to natural gas. Powering cargo ships and other vehicles involved in trade out of JAXPORT is expected to economically strengthen the region and its extensive trade network. Local officials and business leaders expect the expansion of LNG transport capabilities to further benefit the city by employing skilled blue-collar workers.

    The Northwest Economic Stimulus

    In 2014, Portland, Oregon generated a local economic impact of over $300 million through its marine terminals and infrastructure. This figure is likely to increase by more than $50 million in annual tax revenue to the county when the port welcomes its first LNG terminal to export natural gas to Asia. The construction is expected to create 3,000 jobs and, once fully operational, the terminal projects to employ 125.

    Stretching down through Washington, the pipeline that will service the project could also supply "new clean local industries," diversifying the local Portland economy. Taking advantage of abundant U.S. natural gas, the LNG terminal will increase economic activity through exports and spur local development with a clean energy resource.

    A National Impact

    LNG is transforming more of America than many people may realize. In addition to JAXPORT and Portland, LNG terminal projects are being planned and executed in port cities around the U.S., spreading the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal on the coast of Louisiana and the Cove Point LNG export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay together will create 6,000 construction jobs and permanently employ over more than 150.

    LNG is transforming local economies across the country, strengthening businesses and providing clean fuel for the transportation industry.

  • ANGA Comments on EPA’s Release of its Study of Drinking Water and Hydraulic Fracturing

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases June 4, 2015

    ANGA Comments on EPA’s Release of its Study of Drinking Water and Hydraulic Fracturing

    Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance, on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of its study on drinking water and hydraulic fracturing.

    "Today's draft study affirms that hydraulic fracturing does not present systemic impacts on drinking water. Our industry is committed to continuous improvement as evidenced by advances in a host of technologies, such as water recycling and use of non-potable water. The natural gas community will continue to work with states to ensure the safe and responsible development of our nation's abundant and affordable natural gas resource, which has improved air quality through greater use in power generation and fueled an American manufacturing renaissance."

  • ANGA Statement on Okla. S.B. 656, Legislation to Promote the Greater Use of CNG Vehicles in the State

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases June 1, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Okla. S.B. 656, Legislation to Promote the Greater Use of CNG Vehicles in the State

    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 passage of Oklahoma S.B. 656, the Emergency and Transportation Revolving Fund, to promote the greater use of compressed natural gas vehicles in 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 Oklahoma is seeking opportunities to promote more widespread use of this clean energy source. By transitioning the state's vehicle fleet to natural gas, Oklahomans are helping to improve air quality in a cost effective way.

    "We applaud the state legislature for passing S.B. 656 to ensure that clean, abundant and affordable natural gas continues to drive Oklahoma. We encourage Gov. Fallin to sign this bill into law, and hope other states will follow Oklahoma's lead to adopt and invest in compressed natural gas vehicles to power a cleaner future."

  • Beneath Back-Country Beauty, a Striking Feat of Engineering

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  • From: ANGA Blog May 28, 2015

    Beneath Back-Country Beauty, a Striking Feat of Engineering

    Maine's Kennebec Valley is a nature-lover's paradise, known for its scenic hiking trails, powerful whitewater rapids and pristine lakes teeming with wild trout. But underneath the wide swaths of forests, campgrounds and waterways lies a striking feat of engineering and human grit: a 100-mile stretch of natural gas pipeline known as the Kennebec Valley Project that is fueling homes, businesses and industry throughout the region.

    Launched in 2013 by Summit Utilities, Inc., the $350 million Kennebec Valley Project is one of the largest commitments by a natural gas company in the state. As you can imagine, building a pipeline of this length is no small task. Much like a moving assembly line, pipeline construction is typically broken into smaller lengths known as "spreads," each with its own highly-specialized workforce.

    First, workers must clear, grade and trench the area. A stringing crew moves sections of the pipeline into place, utilizing special pipe bending machines to ensure the steel curves fit the planned path. Welders begin the arduous process of connecting and aligning sections of pipeline before the steel is thoroughly coated to protect from rust and corrosion. Because weld quality is critical to the function and safety of the line, inspectors monitor the welding and test each weld afterwards (commonly using radiography or ultrasound) to ensure it is joined correctly.

    Next, the now continuous pipeline is lowered into the trenches. Inspectors check the anticorrosive pipeline coating and give the pipe a final check. In some cases, sand or other protective materials may surround the pipe with some sections encased in concrete for added measure. Crews begin carefully backfilling the soil, making sure to properly layer the subsoil before the topsoil and employing special screens to filter out sharp rocks that could damage the steel.

    To ensure the pipeline is structurally secure and safe for natural gas transportation, its entire length must undergo extreme water pressure testing, known as hydrostatic testing. Finally, crews meticulously restore the land surrounding the pipeline. Workers carefully seed and fertilize the area, taking additional steps as necessary to prevent erosion and stabilize soils and streambeds. They also repair any damaged roads, bridges, and fences ensuring the land is returned as close to its original condition as possible

    The Kennebec Valley Project supported 700 jobs and has supplied energy services to 3,000 customers. As for Kennebec Valley, the region continues to attract hundreds of fishermen, hikers and outdoorsmen every year – but now, their visits to local restaurants, lodges and businesses are fueled by cleaner, more affordable natural gas energy.

  • ANGA Statement on Passage of Texas’ LNG Export Resolution

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 19, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Passage of Texas’ LNG Export Resolution

    Background: Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), issued the following statement on the passage of Texas S.C.R. 32, a resolution to help protect America's competitive advantage in energy markets:

    "ANGA applauds the Texas Legislature's passage of S.C.R 32. This bipartisan measure urges Congress and the president to advance policies that will enable America to export natural gas to ensure our nation's competitive advantage in energy markets as a global energy leader.

    "Allowing American natural gas access to the global marketplace acknowledges the paradigm shift arising from the shale energy revolution that has resulted in America moving from a posture of energy scarcity to one of energy abundance. These policy changes will benefit American workers and consumers while providing a huge boost to our economy and offering supply diversity to our allies abroad.

    "Domestic producers stand ready to provide abundant American energy to help power the world. LNG exports will allow the U.S. to enhance our energy security, strengthen our domestic manufacturing base and reduce emissions globally.

    "We are especially thankful to Sen. Paul Bettencourt and Rep. Gene Wu, who guided these measures through the Texas Legislature. We hope that Congress and the president will heed this bipartisan message from America's leading energy producing state and seize this exceptional opportunity."

  • ANGA Applauds New Texas Law to Uphold State’s Robust Energy Economy

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  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 18, 2015

    ANGA Applauds New Texas Law to Uphold State’s Robust Energy Economy

    Background: Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), issued the following statement after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Texas H.B. 40, legislation reaffirming state oversight of oil and natural gas regulations.

    "Texas' energy industry has been the backbone of the state's economy for decades. Oil and natural gas activities support roughly 40 percent of the state's economy. Leaders in Texas recognize the importance of upholding this industry, and ANGA commends Gov. Abbott for signing into law a proposal that takes concrete action to protect our abundant energy resources.

    "Last year in Texas, the oil and natural gas industry accounted for approximately $15.7 billion in state, county and local tax revenue. And, in 2013, Texas accounted for nearly 29 percent of all U.S. marketed natural gas production. This legislation ensures a continuation of the energy success story in Texas.

    "We applaud the Texas legislature for passing this critical legislation, and hope that more states will follow Texas' lead with regulatory structures that provide certainty to an industry that supports our energy security and economic growth."

    H.B. 40 protects both public safety and economic development with a uniform framework that will:

    • Preserve the ability of cities to address local surface activity, such as noise, traffic and lights; and
    • Ensure the state's effective oversight of oil and natural gas activities, such as drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production.

    Click here to learn more about the new law. Click here to read ANGA's testimony in support of H.B. 40.

  • Labor and Industry Agree: Natural Gas Infrastructure Can’t Wait

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog May 14, 2015

    Labor and Industry Agree: Natural Gas Infrastructure Can’t Wait

    Experts from labor, industry and government agreed at an event Thursday that greater investment in U.S. energy infrastructure would result in economic growth, jobs and access to clean and affordable energy for millions of American consumers.

    From left to right: Marty Durbin - ANGA, Marie Jordan - National Grid and Diane Leopold - Dominion Energy

    "As the world's leading natural gas producer, the U.S. must ensure that its energy infrastructure keeps pace with growing demand and the opportunity to strengthen the American economy and energy security," said Marty Durbin, president and CEO of America's Natural Gas Alliance. "We need pipeline policies that remove delays and provide greater certainty while maintaining robust public and stakeholder input. This will help Americans fully realize the enormous potential natural gas offers, including a cleaner environment and lower energy bills."

    The event, "The Next Infrastructure Challenge: Connecting to a Clean, Reliable, Affordable Energy Future," took place at America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) in Washington. Panelists discussed the importance of investing in and modernizing America's energy infrastructure and the role of innovative partnerships and private capital investments in pipeline development. They also advocated for regulatory policies that speed the permitting process at the federal, state and local levels and discussed the impact of pipelines on jobs and America's economy.

    Click here to download the accompanying quote sheet for panelists remarks from the event.

    Conversation with Sean McGarvey, President, North America's Building Trades Unions


    Conversation with Diane Leopold, President, Dominion Energy and Marie Jordan, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, National Grid


    Conversation with Kate MacGregor of the House Natural Resources Committee and Brandon Mooney of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

  • To the Moon and Back – Five Times

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog May 14, 2015

    To the Moon and Back – Five Times

    Supplying reliable and affordable energy to every region of the United States requires serious infrastructure. Altogether, more than 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipeline make up the energy superhighway system that spans across the US. End to end, these pipelines could reach to the moon and back five times.

    What's remarkable about this system of pipelines is their performance. The U.S. Department of Transportation describes pipelines as "the arteries of the Nation's energy infrastructure, as well as one of the safest and least costly ways to transport energy products." And while the U.S. already has the most extensive natural gas pipeline system in the world, the truth is we need even more.

    As a result of the shale revolution, America has vast supplies of natural gas. At the same time, natural gas usage in the U.S. is increasing as more Americans turn to this clean source of energy. Our pipeline system needs to expand as well.

    Since 2007, the U.S. has added enough capacity to transport 131 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, equivalent to 80% of the total natural gas used by homes in 2014, to meet new demands and deliver new supplies.

    While this growth has enabled natural gas to serve as a reliable source of energy across the country, one region remains underserved. In New England, where the demand for natural gas exceeds existing capacity during the cold winter months, constraints in pipeline capacity has led to problems with fluctuating energy prices. That is why it's so important that projects like Constitution Pipeline, Access Northeast and NE Energy Direct move ahead. It also highlights the urgency for New England's governors to bring more pipelines to the region.

    When we hear infrastructure, it's common to think of things like roads and bridges. But the unsung – and often unseen – hero of fueling our daily lives is the extraordinary web of natural gas pipelines criss-crossing America.

  • ANGA Statement on DOE Approval of Corpus Christi LNG Export Terminal

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 13, 2015

    ANGA Statement on DOE Approval of Corpus Christi LNG Export Terminal

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance President and CEO Marty Durbin on the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) granting final approval to Cheniere's Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.

    "The Energy Department's decision to grant final approval to the Corpus Christi LNG export facility is another positive step toward allowing our nation to take full advantage of the benefits that natural gas development offers. Exporting natural gas creates jobs, improves energy security and bolsters our economy. It also allows a greater level of energy prosperity around the world and cleaner air. We believe the U.S. can thrive in the global LNG market, and we look forward to sending some of our abundant and affordable natural gas to our friends overseas."

  • ANGA Statement on DOE’s Approval of the Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 7, 2015

    ANGA Statement on DOE’s Approval of the Cove Point LNG Export Terminal

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance President and CEO Marty Durbin on the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) granting final approval to Dominion's Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.

    "The Energy Department's decision to grant final approval to the Cove Point LNG export facility is a positive step toward allowing our nation to take full advantage of the benefits that natural gas development offers. From jobs and economic benefits, to increased energy security, exporting natural gas makes good sense for America and our allies. It also allows a greater level of energy prosperity around the world and cleaner air. We look forward to the availability of more U.S. LNG export terminals and to sending some of our vast supplies of affordable natural gas to our friends overseas."

  • Flower Power: Rooted in Tradition, Growing Our Energy Future

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog May 7, 2015

    Flower Power: Rooted in Tradition, Growing Our Energy Future

    Bloomaker, Joep and Lillian Paternostre's thriving flower business in Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley, is as much a tribute to their past as it is a testament to the future of gardening.

    While a significant amount of grocery store flowers in the US come from the Netherlands or California, the Paternostre's settled on Waynesboro, VA when looking for a location to start their horticulture company in 2002. Since then, Bloomaker's patented "Long Life Tulips" have risen in popularity and are now sold at major retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Costco. The company's unique flowers grow hydroponically indoors without any soil, a method the Paternostre's adapted from his native Holland, and are guaranteed to last 4-8 weeks.

    Bloomaker recently announced a new project that underscores the company's commitment to sustainable growth. Through a partnership with Virginia and Augusta County, Bloomaker will work with Columbia Gas to extend a nearby natural gas pipeline, about one mile away, to their greenhouse – a move the company hopes will strengthen its long-term competitiveness by reducing the heating bill for its greenhouses.

    With tradition of innovation in their hearts and the future on their mind, Joep and Lillian's strategic move to extend this natural gas pipeline will not only sharpen the company's competitive advantage, but it will also reduce Bloomaker's carbon footprint. But the Paternostre family's forward-thinking approach to gardening doesn't stop there. Their company now sells flowers in disposable containers, which require less energy for production than the more traditional glass vases. The company has also developed growing methods that use less energy since the flowers finish growing in consumers' homes instead of in its greenhouses.

    Bloomaker, which already sells eight million flowers a year, expects its operations to triple in the coming years with estimated sales jumping from $10 million annually to over $25 million by 2020. Fueled by the promise of affordable natural gas, Bloomaker's investment will create 98 new jobs at its rural headquarters and has the potential to turn the region into a national hub for flower production.

    While the Bloomaker story is a unique one, it shares a common narrative with companies of all sizes: just as a flower needs food to grow, a business needs affordable and reliable energy to thrive. Aided by growing pipeline infrastructure, Joep and Lillian Paternostre have found that energy source in natural gas.