Power sector emissions fall to lowest level in 30 years, thanks to natural gas

Power sector emissions fall to lowest level in 30 years, thanks to natural gas

Thanks to the increased use of natural gas, carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. power sector were at their lowest in 30 years, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration monthly report. The federal agency reported total fossil fuel consumption in the national power sector was at its lowest level since 1994. The report reads: … Continue reading Power sector emissions fall to lowest level in 30 years, thanks to natural gas

EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop again, thanks to natural gas

EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop again, thanks to natural gas

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.5 percent in 2016 from 2015 levels and 12 percent from 2005 levels, according to EPA’s most recent edition of the “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks.” The 2016 decline was largely a result of substitution from coal to natural gas consumption in the electric power sector and … Continue reading EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions drop again, thanks to natural gas

Chronicle: Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy

Chronicle: Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy

A recent opinion piece in the Houston Chronicle makes the point that to maintain a first-world standard of living, a nation needs abundant, affordable and reliable sources of energy. Natural gas checks all boxes. The piece titled “Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy,” points out that activists who oppose natural gas pipelines because … Continue reading Chronicle: Natural gas pipelines key to U.S. energy policy

U.S. saw record natural gas production in 2017

U.S. saw record natural gas production in 2017

U.S. natural gas production reached record levels last year, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released report. Gross withdrawals reached 90.9 billion cubic feet per day in 2017, the agency’s highest volume on record. Marketed natural gas production also reached record levels. The Appalachian region, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale fields … Continue reading U.S. saw record natural gas production in 2017

Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

According to Carnegie Mellon University’s Power Sector Carbon Index (PSCI)— a quarterly report that tracks carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and intensity from the U.S. power sector — U.S. electricity generation CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1988. Natural gas’ share of the total electricity generation mix has increased 67 percent since 2005. The increased utilization … Continue reading Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

According to a report released by the Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania had 62.7 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in 2016. The only state with more natural gas was Texas, which had at least 88.3 trillion cubic feet. Pennsylvania had the largest net increase in natural gas proved reserves of all states in 2016, adding 6.1 … Continue reading Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

ISO analysis highlights consequences of pipeline capacity constraints

ISO analysis highlights consequences of pipeline capacity constraints

The northeast region was recently reminded of the importance of adequate energy infrastructure when the ISO New England released an analysis that recapped the region’s 2017-2018 winter experiences, including a brutal cold snap that froze the northeast from Dec. 26, 2017, through Jan. 8, 2018. During that stretch, all major cities in New England endured average temperatures … Continue reading ISO analysis highlights consequences of pipeline capacity constraints

Calculating the benefits of US LNG exports

Calculating the benefits of US LNG exports

The cumulative contribution to US economic growth from the addition of more LNG plants will range from $716 billion to $1.267 trillion between 2013 and 2050 under three cases, an ICF Inc. study commissioned by LNG Allies recently projected. The updated ICF study summarizes the potential for significant economic benefits and job growth from the … Continue reading Calculating the benefits of US LNG exports

2025 U.S. emissions target reached, thanks to natural gas

2025 U.S. emissions target reached, thanks to natural gas

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently reported that the U.S. has already met the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) 2025 carbon emission reduction targets, thanks in large part to the increased utilization of cleaner-burning natural gas. In a recent edition of the journal Environmental Science & Technology, co-author and CMU professor Paul Fischbeck writes: “To be sure, while … Continue reading 2025 U.S. emissions target reached, thanks to natural gas

Natural gas and renewables generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017

Natural gas and renewables generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy recently released the 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. Among the findings, natural gas and renewables combined to generate 50 percent of U.S. electricity in 2017, up from 31 percent in 2008. Natural gas retained its position as the No. 1 electricity generation producer in the U.S. … Continue reading Natural gas and renewables generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017