Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted August 15, 2016
Florida is a tale of two energy stories. On the consumption side, only Texas generates more net electricity from natural gas than Florida – which makes sense given Florida’s use of electricity to run air conditioners during the summer and home heating units during the winter. Production-wise, Florida is in the second tier of states in output (about 2 million barrels of oil in 2015, compared to Texas’ 1.26 billion barrels) – yet geologists believe there may be large oil and natural gas reserves on the outer continental shelf off Florida’s western coast.
Posted August 12, 2016
Woods. Maine has lots of woods. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nearly 90 percent of the state is forested. Hence the nickname: the Pine Tree State. Naturally, wood products factor heavily in Maine’s energy portfolio, with biomass supplying the largest share of the energy Maine uses annually (27.3 percent in 2014).
Yet, Maine is an all-of-the-above energy state – even with all those trees. Fuels from petroleum and natural gas are the next three largest energy sources, accounting for 52.8 percent of Maine’s energy use.
Posted August 11, 2016
Posted August 11, 2016
You might not think of Arizona as an energy state and to be sure, it ranks in the 30s in both oil and natural gas production. Arizona’s per capita energy consumption ranks 45th out of the 50 states. Yet, the state’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is the largest nuclear power plant in the country, and the state ranked second in the country in utility-scale electricity generation from solar energy.
But Arizona’s energy ties go deeper. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fuels from petroleum – natural gas, gasoline, fuel oil and others – supplied about 58 percent of the energy Arizonans used in 2014.
Posted August 10, 2016
Posted August 9, 2016
Posted August 8, 2016
The United States is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas – a fact that reflects energy production in so many of the individual states. At the same time, as an energy nation every single state is involved in the broad, economically beneficial energy supply chain. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the 50 states of energy, including their energy use profiles and specific energy issues in each state. Today we start with – New Jersey.
Posted August 4, 2016
Part of industry’s commitment to the country and its future growth and prosperity is supporting the educational needs of the next-generation workforce that will bring that future to life.
With experts saying much of that growth and prosperity – as well as the accompanying careers – will be built on a foundation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, a major part of industry’s outreach is focused on developing students’ interest in these topics as early as possible.
Posted July 29, 2016
Summer is the best time to enjoy all that delicious, movie theater air-conditioning, because the majority of big Hollywood blockbusters come out between May and August. According to the Economist, summer releases earn an average of $15 million more than releases at other times of the year. (Check out the Economist’s neat interactive graphic here.)
Whether it’s superheroes (Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse), super villains (Suicide Squad), adorable animated features (Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets), or a newly re-energized and CGI’d reboot of Ghostbusters, there’s plenty of movie magic on the big screen this summer in particular.
Big movies are very big business. The crop of 2015 movies brought in a record high $11 billion in box-office revenues. In fact, as the Economist graphic above notes, the number of films that earned more than $500 million from theaters worldwide increased from just five in 2006 to 14 last year.
What might surprise you is that the very process of transforming a movie from mere words in a script to a “coming attraction at a theater near you” takes a whole lot of energy from a variety of sources.
Stephanie Catarino Wissman
Posted July 28, 2016
In Pennsylvania, the energy revolution has been very, very good to the commonwealth. Marketed natural gas production, which exceeded 4.5 trillion cubic feet in 2015, more than double output from just three years earlier:
Over the past half-decade, fees paid by industry to the commonwealth have totaled more than a billion dollars. Much of the money stays at the local level and is distributed to the counties and municipalities with the most shale wells. The top beneficiaries for 2015 included Washington County ($5.68 million), Susquehanna County ($5.25 million) and Bradford County ($4.92 million). Even in a down year for the industry, revenue to the commonwealth totaled $187.7 million.