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Our Winter Weather Embarrassment

natural gas  infrastructure  consumers  heating fuels  electricity  massachusetts  connecticut  rhode island  vermont  new hampshire  maine 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 24, 2018

There’s a new data point from New England that underscores the region’s lack of sufficient natural gas infrastructure. A new study from ISO New England finds there’s a better than 80 percent chance that some or all of the region faces rolling blackouts in the near future – chiefly because it can’t get enough natural gas when there’s peak winter demand. For a country that leads the world in natural gas and oil production, having an entire region at the mercy of cold weather pretty much ranks as a national embarrassment – the kind of thing that happens in under-developed parts of the world. 

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The Winter Solution Beneath Our Feet: Natural Gas

natural gas  consumers  electricity  infrastructure  lng  pipelines 

Todd Snitchler

Todd Snitchler
Posted January 5, 2018

America, the most prosperous, energy-rich country in the world, shouldn’t leave any of its citizens at the mercy of freezing conditions, potentially risking human tragedy, when the solution is literally right below our feet.

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Cold, Consumers and U.S. Infrastructure Needs

natural gas pipelines  infrastructure  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 4, 2018

The overarching lesson is that public policy should serve the public. How many winters must New Englanders endure inadequate supply and unreasonably high costs before elected officials from town councils all the way up to the statehouses put consumers first? Here in Washington, trade groups including API have urged Congress to prioritize infrastructure spending, but it’s just an exercise if state and community policymakers stand in the way of needed infrastructure construction.

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Congress Still Needs to Protect Consumers From RFS

renewable fuel standard  rfs34  consumers  ethanol 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted November 10, 2017

On Nov. 30, EPA is scheduled to finalize 2018 ethanol volumes for the U.S. fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Yet, the RFS remains a broken program that’s also outdated, its original purposes overtaken by the U.S. energy renaissance. This week, API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola told reporters that Congress needs to protect American consumers from potential risks posed by RFS mandates.

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A Decrease in Emissions and Reduction in Consumer Costs Move Us Forward

emission reductions  natural gas  consumers  social-license-to-operate 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted November 3, 2017

“Today, the U.S. is both the largest producer of natural gas and the world leader in reducing emissions. When it comes to propelling the U.S. forward with energy in the 21st century, “we no longer have to choose between more energy and a cleaner environment.”

– API President and CEO Jack Gerard 

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Natural Gas – At the Heart of Powering America

electric-grid  consumers  natural gas  ferc 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 2, 2017

OK, going a little more visual today. Leading off, we’ve got a terrific new video that shows natural gas is the “heart” of our country’s 21st-century electric power system – very timely given the heat that’s being generated by Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to alter the electricity marketplace in ways that would favor certain generating facilities. The video makes these important points: Natural gas-fueled generation has unique attributes that enhance the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. power system; natural gas-fueled generation can quickly ramp up or down depending on generation needs; and competitive markets have made natural gas the fuel of choice, benefiting consumers.

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Let Markets Work for Electricity Grid, Consumers

electric-grid  natural gas  consumers  energy department  ferc 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 31, 2017

Sizing up points made on both sides of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission change the electricity marketplace: government intervention vs. market competition; propping up certain generation facilities vs. protecting consumers; diversity in power generation for diversity’s sake vs. what’s best for grid health. We’ll go with markets, consumers and grid health – all of which point toward electricity generation fueled by abundant, affordable, reliable natural gas.

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Natural Gas, Grid Reliability and Respecting Markets

ferc  electric-grid  natural gas  consumers 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 17, 2017

It’s unclear what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will do with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s request that FERC alter the electricity marketplace in favor of certain generating facilities – a proposal that by design would favor some energy sources over others.

Perry says his request to FERC was meant to be a conversation starter. But if it’s a conversation about government tilting the electricity market one way or another, it’s the wrong one.

Indeed, as the secretary tried to explain his FERC order to lawmakers at a House hearing last week he missed the mark when he questioned the reliability of natural gas, the leading fuel for U.S. electricity generation in 2016, and asserted that the natural gas and oil industry receives federal subsidies – it doesn’t.

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Keep NAFTA’s ISDS Protections for U.S. Investors

trade  canada  mexico  us energy  consumers  jobs  investments 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 10, 2017

With talks between the U.S., Canada and Mexico on modernizing NAFTA heading for a fourth round this week, our negotiators can help ensure the global competitiveness of U.S. energy companies by working to retain strong protections for U.S. investments abroad through the agreement’s investment protections and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision.

ISDS sounds a little wonky, but its basic mission is pretty straightforward: It helps protect U.S. investors from being treated unfairly by host nation governments. Conversely, there’s potential jeopardy if the U.S. allows ISDS to be weakened or removed in the current talks. It could undermine ISDS provisions globally in other treaties and agreements.

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New Poll: Voters in Ohio Counties Oppose Nuclear Bailouts

ohio  natural gas  consumers  electricity 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 5, 2017

Ohio voters continue to oppose bailouts for nuclear plants. As a statewide poll showed this summer, a new poll by API Ohio shows big opposition to a proposal to let nuclear plant owner FirstEnergy charge its customers a special fee to increase funding for its plants in three counties that are near FirstEnergy’s headquarters and its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants. The opposition in Lake, Summit and Ottawa counties is bipartisan and huge.

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