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  • A Fuel Secure Enough for Fort Knox

    From: ANGA Blog

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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

    From: ANGA Blog

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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

    From: ANGA Blog

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • 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.

  • ANGA Statement on Senate Legislation to Expedite Pipeline Permitting

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases May 6, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Senate Legislation to Expedite Pipeline Permitting

    Background: Following is a statement by America's Natural Gas Alliance Executive Vice President Frank J. Macchiarola on legislation offered by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) that would expedite federal permitting of energy infrastructure.

    "We appreciate Senators Capito and Heitkamp's leadership in addressing constraints on pipeline permitting. The expansion of pipeline infrastructure will lead to greater use of natural gas and, as a result, will improve our economy, environment and energy security. This legislation is a step forward in addressing the complex challenges that the pipeline industry faces at a time when stronger natural gas infrastructure is essential to helping our nation realize the benefits of the shale gas revolution."

  • ANGA Applauds New England States’ Pledge to Address Natural Gas Infrastructure

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 24, 2015

    ANGA Applauds New England States’ Pledge to Address Natural Gas Infrastructure

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA Executive Vice President Frank Macchiarola on the New England governors' commitment to work together on solutions for alleviating the region's high electricity costs and natural gas pipeline infrastructure constraints.

    "We are pleased the governors in New England recognize the economic and environmental benefits of America's abundant natural gas resources. The lack of sufficient natural gas pipeline creates significant challenges for families and businesses in the region. By upgrading the regional energy infrastructure to bring more natural gas into their communities, these governors know we can build a stronger economy fueled by a cleaner, more affordable energy resource. We look forward to working with the governors and supporting their efforts to enhance and expand natural gas capacity throughout New England."

  • Gas Day at CERAweek – Long term optimism about natural gas across a range of markets

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 23, 2015

    Gas Day at CERAweek – Long term optimism about natural gas across a range of markets

    The opportunities afforded both in the US and internationally by natural gas shone through during Wednesday's Gas Day at #CERAWeek. From environmental benefits to the efficiency that is coming into the industry and LNG Exports to the need for pipeline infrastructure, the speakers really tell the story best, so here are the high points in their own words.

    Domestically and abroad, the benefits of clean, affordable natural gas should lead to increased demand…

    "We know that natural gas will supply a growing share of global and North American energy. It's abundant and because of that, it's going to be very cost effective for years to come. But the future of gas is going to be, in my opinion, driven by one thing and that is price stability…The growing supply and a hundred plus years of reserves have changed this [price] dynamic. It's pretty clear that the prices are going to be stable and very competitive for years to come."
    — Al Monaco, President and CEO Enbridge

    And to support that demand, natural gas production continues to improve in efficiency…

    "We cut the rig count by 5 times in six years, what's happened to production? Production has not only increased, its accelerated. What we've been able to do in our business is double the speed of efficiency every three-and-a-half to five years…It's an amazing story that we have out there."
    — Steve Mueller, Chairman and CEO Southwestern Energy

    With growing demand and efficiency, we need more infrastructure to bring more natural gas to the marketplace…

    "The lower prices engendered more demand, and a lot of the petrochemical facilities being built right here on the Gulf Coast were driven by the belief on the part of the end users that natural gas was going to be abundant and reasonably priced for many years to come, or they wouldn't have made the investment decisions they did."

    "The tragedy of it is you have all this natural gas, a tremendous asset there [in the Marcellus], many of them getting paid pretty poorly because there is so much of it and you have this tremendous market a couple hundred miles away and that's why we and others are trying to build capacity to New England, which has the highest natural gas prices and the highest electricity prices in the nation and yet they are sitting almost on top of these tremendous reserves."
    — Richard Kinder, Chairman and CEO, Kinder Morgan

    The demand isn't just domestic. Natural gas's role in reducing emissions is a powerful selling point for Europe and beyond…

    "I'm very positive about gas. I think that's about the future of gas and the development of gas and also because of the climate change targets, not just in Europe but worldwide gas will be the future fuel…Gas is the best solution. It's the only solution and we need really worldwide gas advocacy."
    — Claudio Descalzi, CEO, Eni

    In addition the environmental upsides, natural gas's economic benefits make a compelling case for LNG exports…

    Gas "has a critical role to play in the global energy mix…We must avoid the polarization that renewables are good and fossil fuels are bad… Significant growth in North America is leading to the reality of LNG exports from the US. The rapid growth of natural gas in the power sector is having an environmental and economic benefit."
    — Andy Brown, Upstream International Director, Royal Dutch Shell

    With all of natural gas' benefits considered, the outlook for US LNG exports looks bright…

    "The outlook for the US gas supply as a provider of LNG is still very strong. We expect the US market will continue to grow at a fairly significant pace and become a very significant part of the LNG picture on a global basis over the next five years."
    — Charif Souki, Chairman, CEO and President Cheniere

    "US LNG exports will continue to grow because worldwide, LNG demand will continue to grow. I believe that US LNG projects will be cheaper to build, cheaper to operate and US natural gas prices will be cheaper than most places in the rest of the world."
    — Michael Smith, CEO - Freeport LNG

    Stay up to date with ANGA's coverage of #CERAWeek by following @DanWhitten.

  • ANGA Statement on Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 23, 2015

    ANGA Statement on Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act

    Background: Following is a statement by Frank J. Macchiarola, executive vice president of government affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, on committee passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.

    "ANGA applauds the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on the passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act. Under the leadership of Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden and Chairman Ryan, this bipartisan and bicameral legislation will enable the United States to more effectively negotiate trade agreements in order to grow the U.S. economy, create more jobs here at home, and lower our trade deficit. The United States is now a leader in energy production and this legislation will better enable us to export our abundant energy to allies overseas while strengthening our energy security here at home. We urge Congress to swiftly pass this bill and send to the President for his signature."

  • American Energy - Connecting Cove Point to Shibuya Crossing

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 21, 2015

    American Energy - Connecting Cove Point to Shibuya Crossing

    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility that recently broke ground at Cove Point in Calvert County, Maryland represents more than "just" 3,000 jobs and $40 million in property tax revenue for the state's economy. It is a prime example of how America's natural gas revolution is solidifying our position as a global energy leader.

    While still reeling from the effects of the 2011 tsunami disaster, Japan is in need of energy. Given that domestic energy resources meet less than nine percent of total demand, Japan imports liquefied natural gas (LNG) to make up the difference. Not only is Japan is the world's largest importer of liquefied natural gas, but 43 percent of Japan's electricity came from natural gas in 2013.


    Japan's ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, discusses the importance of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Cove Point for Japan's energy supply.

    As Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who was on-site at Cove Point for the groundbreaking ceremony in March, pointed out, "through Cove Point, we will have the ability to share some of America's newfound energy bounty with overseas markets in places like Japan and India while continuing to meet our needs here at home."


    Japan's Shibuya Crossing is packed with energy - from the thousands of pedestrians crossing the busy intersection to the neon signs that adorn the adjacent buildings.

    There's no denying that the partnership between Maryland and Japan is a boon for the state's economy (potentially increasing state exports by $5 billion, year-over-year). It is also a major tool for strengthening ties between the US and Japan, which has been a critical partner of the US in the Asia-Pacific region for decades.

    What's in store at Cove Point adds up to substantial economic, environmental and national security benefits for the US and Maryland ­– and underscores the transformative effect the natural gas boom is having nationwide.

  • #CERAweek Oil Day: Down Market Does Nothing to Quell Talk of Natural Gas Benefits

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 21, 2015

    #CERAweek Oil Day: Down Market Does Nothing to Quell Talk of Natural Gas Benefits

    Today was Oil Day at CERAweek, but that didn't keep people from saying important things about natural gas. ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson highlighted the export of liquefied natural gas and natural gas' role in improving air quality in a speech that also laid out the power of innovation, efficiency and plain old industry perseverance in the face of a down market. Tillerson's speech was one of a bevy of presentations by industry executives and government officials given at this 34th annual conference, hosted in Houston by the analytics firm IHS.

    Tillerson was particularly proud of the emissions reductions associated with natural gas here in America through greater use in power generation, and overseas by sending American liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other nations where it burns cleaner than alternatives.

    Photo by @ExxonMobil

    Exxon's Rex Tillerson: "Gas from shale has become instrumental in reducing US CO2 emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s" #CERAWeek
    — Ed Crooks (@Ed_Crooks) April 21, 2015

    "Because natural gas emits up to 60 percent less carbon dioxide than other major fuel sources when used for power generation, natural gas from shale has become instrumental in reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s," Tillerson said. "Moreover, allowing the export of LNG would also put the United States in the position of contributing to further reductions in greenhouse gases and pollution by making it possible for more nations – especially those in the dynamic economies of Asia – to turn to cleaner burning natural gas."

    Tillerson's talk followed by one day speeches by two important Washington policy makers who also had positive things to say about natural gas. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski told reporters yesterday that the Energy Department should speed the process of permitting LNG export facilities. This came in response to a question about ANGA's recently released White Paper, Carpe Diem: LNG Exports are America's once in a Generation Opportunity, which urged Congress and the administration to take steps to speed up the process.

    And Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said "natural gas is a great fuel especially in electricity generation. It's key to achieving reduced emissions and we have great opportunities for that across this country."While Jewell hailed regulations to reduce methane emissions (a position we do not endorse), she also praised industry for "stepping up on this issue" with voluntary measures.

    BP Group Chief Executive Robert Dudley said natural gas probably will take a larger share of the world's fossil energy pie because of its lower emissions. "I think it's inevitable that natural gas will win the horse race," he said.

  • ANGA Statement on the Quadrennial Energy Review

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 21, 2015

    ANGA Statement on the Quadrennial Energy Review

    Background: Following is a statement by ANGA President and Chief Executive Officer Marty Durbin on the Department of Energy's Quadrennial Energy Review on energy infrastructure.

    "Last month, the White House Council of Economic Advisers highlighted the significant benefits of natural gas in strengthening our economy and environment.

    "With today's release of the QER, the Obama administration reaffirmed the role natural gas will play in ensuring energy security, economic growth and environmental improvement. An expanded and modernized energy infrastructure is critical to realizing those benefits. We are pleased to see the recognition and importance of certainty in the permitting process to enhance our nation's energy infrastructure and support efforts to improve these processes.

    "We will work with Congress and the administration to ensure our energy infrastructure allows us to achieve the economic, environmental and security benefits that our abundant natural gas resources will bring."

  • More Than A V8: Your Car Wishes It Had This Engine

    From: ANGA Blog

  • From: ANGA Blog April 20, 2015

    More Than A V8: Your Car Wishes It Had This Engine

    The engine in your car – or the engine in a tractor trailer for that matter - has nothing on the engines powering some of the world's largest container ships. Of course it should come as no surprise that these engines pack a major punch. After all, they are propelling ships four football fields long after all.

    But let's do the math. A 2015 Honda Civic for instance has a 143 horsepower engine. And some of the most powerful cars, like Ford's new GT, clock in with more than 600 horsepower. But the engines pushing some of the world's largest container ships across the ocean have a whopping 109,000 horsepower. That's the power equivalent of 180 Ford GTs.

    All that power is generated from a massive engine that can weigh up to 240 tons—roughly the same weight as seven fully loaded semi-trucks—and that's just the engine.

    With the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG), these engines run cleaner than ever. The LNG that powers these cargo ships' mammoth marine engines emits 25% less CO2, so converting just one of these container ships from diesel to LNG is the equivalent of taking millions of cars off the road.

    And LNG-fueled engines aren't forcing you to sacrifice power—they even deliver the same amount of energy at 20% the cost of standard marine fuels. This means potentially big savings for consumers.

    The bottom line is, equipping more of these giants with engines that run on LNG is a clean and affordable way to make a big impact on international trade.

    This is the second article in a three-part series exploring how cargo ships are fueling a global economic and environmental recovery. Next week, we'll look at what's fueling the world's most environmentally-friendly ship.

  • ANGA Supports FERC Gas Day Decision

    From: ANGA Press Releases

  • From: ANGA Press Releases April 16, 2015

    ANGA Supports FERC Gas Day Decision

    Background: Following is a statement by Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer for America's Natural Gas Alliance on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) steps to address the gas day.

    "We were pleased by the steps FERC took with regard to the gas day. By accounting for the views of natural gas producers, and others within the natural gas community, and retaining 9 a.m. Central Time as the start of the gas day, FERC has taken a common sense approach. FERC clearly recognized the need for a flexible system based on its acceptance of the recommendations by the North American Energy Standards Board."