Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted April 12, 2018
The Environmental Defense Fund’s plan to send up a satellite in two or three years to monitor methane emissions on earth from space generated headlines (some of the coverage here and here) and at some point can add to the knowledge base useful in advancing emissions goals. While EDF prepares for orbit, on terra firma our industry continues to use state-of-the-science technologies to reduce methane emissions from natural gas systems. With success: Emissions decreased 16.3 percent between 1990 and 2015, even as production increased nearly 52 percent.
This is a terrific, ongoing story that sometimes can get lost in the daily back and forth over who’s doing what on climate: Industry reducing emissions while also producing a natural gas abundance that benefits consumers, manufacturers and the environment, taking a lead role in reducing carbon dioxide levels to 25-year lows.
Posted April 10, 2018
Men and women who’ve worn the uniform of the United States view “energy security” through a different lens than the rest of us. To many of them the American energy revolution – with oil production projected to reach 10.7 million barrels per day this year, and the U.S. becoming a net natural gas exporter for the first time in nearly 60 years – means our armed forces are less likely to be deployed to faraway places to protect energy interests. The point was underscored at a Vets4Energy event today at API.
Posted April 6, 2018
An epic battle is shaping up in New York City over a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion.
On one side is a group of public housing tenants who lost heat during freezing temperatures this winter and really don’t want a repeat experience next winter. They’ve signed a letter supporting the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, which would allow more natural gas to be piped into Brooklyn and Queens.
Posted April 3, 2018
Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy’s efforts to land a bailout from consumers have crossed over from the problematic to the absurd.
With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January rejecting a bid to alter the electricity marketplace in ways that would favor some generating facilities over others, FirstEnergy last week launched an end-run around FERC, asking U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to basically do what FERC wouldn’t do – bail out up to 85 generating units, all coal and nuclear – claiming there’s an emergency with the reliability of the electricity grid.To which the regional power grid operator, PJM Interconnection, quite accurately, responded: What emergency?
Posted March 29, 2018
Recent analysis of the potential economic benefits of offshore natural gas and oil, finding that coastal states and the nation could see billions in annual industry spending, job creation and federal revenue sharing dollars over a 20-year period, has the attention of leaders in one of those key states – Virginia.
A group of 21 Virginia businesses, associations and other organizations have written to federal officials in support of opening more of the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS) to safe development. The comments were filed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is putting together a new federal offshore leasing plan that will blueprint development from 2019-2024.
Posted March 29, 2018
Women continue to advance in the natural gas and oil industry. Yes, there’s more progress to be made – and it will be made – yet, it’s clear the old narrative that our industry remains the realm of men is just so yesterday – yesteryear, really.
This week Royal Dutch Shell announced former Maersk Oil CEO Gretchen Watkins will become president of its North American operations. Last week, Susan Dio was named chairwoman and president of BP America. There are other recent examples, including Julie Robertson, president and CEO of Noble Corporation and Vicki Hollub, president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum.
Posted March 27, 2018
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957 and that exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) quadrupled in 2017 over 2016. Here's why these developments are important for the United States.
Posted March 26, 2018
Let’s correct a false narrative out there, that the Trump Administration is rolling back natural gas and oil regulation to benefit industry. A different view is that federal officials are deploying smarter, more efficient, more effective regulation of industry operations, onshore and offshore – which will work best to ensure the safe and well-managed energy development America needs for economic growth and national security, today and well into the future.By smart, efficient and effective regulation we mean clear, commonsense rules that take into account industry’s innovation, advanced technologies and experience, as well as its long, demonstrated commitment to establishing useful standards for operations, equipment and personnel. All of these have strengthened the culture of safety in our industry – particularly in its offshore activities.
Posted March 23, 2018
Safely tapping America’s offshore natural gas and oil reserves could provide billions of dollars for the economies of coastal states – a big reason why the needs and voices across entire states, not just their coastal areas, must be considered in the offshore energy conversation.
For example, federal revenue sharing could help transform state economies by sending billions in royalties, rentals and fees to state coffers. By putting revenue-sharing programs in place – like those already working for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – North and South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia and other states could benefit from offshore energy development.
Posted March 20, 2018
Through advanced technologies, innovative thinking and practices, the natural gas and oil industry is good at what it does, which is to safely supply the leading energy sources for the U.S. economy and Americans’ modern way of life.But here’s the thing: While technology and innovation certainly describe today’s natural gas and oil industry, they must be accompanied by things like accountability, attention to detail and old-fashioned hard work by the women and men who work in it.