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800-MW Gas-Fired Power Plant Planned for Lordstown, Ohio

Posted in Energy
Clean Energy Future Lordstown LLC plans to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Lordstown, Ohio by mid-2018. The Business Journal has the details: [T]he project, which would be privately funded, as an “800 megawatt gas fired, combined cycle power station” that will replace “regional electricity capacity” once coal-fired generating stations go offline. “The project… Continue Reading

PA: Universities and Charities Benefiting from Marcellus Shale

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the windfall PA universities and charities are seeing from the Marcellus Shale:  Some universities and charities don’t need a gas well in their backyards to be enriched by the Marcellus shale frenzy. Contributions of mineral rights and royalty checks are flowing in from landowners who are sitting on fortunes because of the… Continue Reading

Effects of Falling Oil and Gas Prices

Posted in Energy
Columbus Business First reports on some of the (less-known) effects of falling oil and gas prices:  Falling gasoline prices have always been good for the economy, allowing consumers to spend money elsewhere instead of on refueling their vehicles. But this time there are losers as oil prices fall – businesses and workers involved in the domestic energy… Continue Reading

EIA: Natural Gas Imports and Exports 2008

Posted in Energy
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has issued its overview of the U.S. – International natural gas trade for 2008.  It finds, for example, "In 2008 there was a 9 percent decrease in net imports from Canada. Despite this decrease Canadian pipeline imports continued to account for the vast majority of U.S. natural gas imports."  A… Continue Reading

U.S. Shale Gas

Posted in Energy
The Natural Gas Supply Association has calculated that 25 percent of U.S. natural gas demand could be met by shales located in Appalachia, the Barnett Permian Basin of Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.  A copy of the statement can be found here.… Continue Reading

New Study from U.S. Geological Survey

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A new U.S. Geological Survey study released by the Interior Department estimates that there is 85.4 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas frozen in Alaska’s North Slope region, according to this article from CNN.  Natural gas hydrates recoverable with current technologies?  Cool. [Update:  You can find a copy of the assessment here,… Continue Reading

Natural Gas and Oil Market Speculation

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From the National Regulatory Research Institute:  "Speculation in itself is not a bad thing.  Good speculation provides a valuable market function.  It helps local gas distribution companies and other large gas consumers, for example, to hedge against rising prices, and so to reduce risk – a significant benefit amid highly volatile gas prices and the… Continue Reading

New Marcellus Shale Estimate

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This is a large increase:  A Penn State University geoscientist estimates that there may be more than  360 Tcf of natural gas recoverable in the Marcellus Shale.  This is seven times greater than his earlier estimate.… Continue Reading