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

Natural gas is the fuel of choice

Natural gas is the fuel of choice

Covering the annual energy conference CERTAWeek last week, Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson writes about the rising popularity of natural gas in his March 9 column, “Coal is out and oil is fading, making natural gas the fossil fuel of choice.” Tomlinson writes: “Coal is too dirty. Oil is too messy. And renewables are too intermittent. … Continue reading Natural gas is the fuel of choice

EPA report: Toxic air releases fall as natural gas utilization increases

EPA report: Toxic air releases fall as natural gas utilization increases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released is Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2016. Among the findings, the electric power sector decreased its releases of air toxics in 2016 by 35% from the prior year’s level. This was partially due to the increase in the utilization of natural gas and the continued shift away from coal … Continue reading EPA report: Toxic air releases fall as natural gas utilization increases

Natural Gas Works with Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

Natural Gas Works with Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

In a time when the U.S. is the world’s largest energy consumer, our nation is equipped with an abundant and versatile supply of resources. Ensuring we have the capacity to meet our energy needs is key, and that requires a diverse energy portfolio. Renewable energy, a quickly growing sector, is one piece of the puzzle. … Continue reading Natural Gas Works with Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

U.S. set to become ‘undisputed leader’ in oil and gas

U.S. set to become ‘undisputed leader’ in oil and gas

The Hill reports that a global energy chief foresees the United States becoming the “undisputed leader” in oil and gas production for “years to come.”   Fatih Birol, executive director for the International Energy Agency (IEA), made the comments while speaking at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on … Continue reading U.S. set to become ‘undisputed leader’ in oil and gas

Natural gas and renewables: The Dynamic Duo

Natural gas and renewables: The Dynamic Duo

Watch this video from Interstate Natural Gas Association of America: In the United States alone, there are over 52,000 operating utility-scale wind turbines and nearly 1.6 million solar installations. As abundant as they have become, it’s not always possible to install them and leave them alone to let them do their work, especially when you are dealing in large … Continue reading Natural gas and renewables: The Dynamic Duo

Pennsylvania natural gas production continues to climb

Pennsylvania natural gas production continues to climb

According to a report issued this month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration,  the shale gas boom in the northeastern U.S. has been the chief driver of growth in U.S. natural gas production since 2012. The EIA’s Drilling Productivity Report says that natural gas production in the Appalachia region — namely the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays — … Continue reading Pennsylvania natural gas production continues to climb

Record-breaking year projected for natural gas production

Record-breaking year projected for natural gas production

Bloomberg recently reported that U.S. natural gas production is expected to have a record-breaking year in 2018. Quoting the Energy Information Administration’s latest short-term outlook, published on Jan. 9, Bloomberg reports that U.S. oil and natural gas output in 2018 would hit its highest level ever, saying: “This year isn’t just expected to see the highest U.S. natural … Continue reading Record-breaking year projected for natural gas production

What happens when you don’t build natural gas pipelines?

What happens when you don’t build natural gas pipelines?

FORBES magazine recently asked, “What Happens When You Don’t Build Natural Gas Pipelines?” Author Jude Clement answered the question in a Jan. 7 article, pointing out that the lack of pipeline infrastructure in the Northeast has created a chain reaction, resulting in a natural gas shortage which has caused prices to skyrocket and CO2 emissions … Continue reading What happens when you don’t build natural gas pipelines?

U.S. consumes record volume of natural gas

U.S. consumes record volume of natural gas

Bloomberg recently reported that the U.S. burned the most natural gas ever on Jan. 2, breaking a record set during the polar vortex that blanketed the nation’s eastern half with arctic air in 2014. According to Bloomberg: “America consumed 143 billion cubic feet of gas as temperatures dipped to all-time lows on New Year’s Day, topping … Continue reading U.S. consumes record volume of natural gas