“The U.S. Current Natural Gas Situation”

Michael Giberson What do changes in the domestic U.S. natural gas market have to tell us about the world oil market? Hirsch, Bezdek, and Wendling wrote, “The North American natural gas situation provides some useful lessons relevant to the peaking of conventional world oil production.” Here is their assessment of the North American natural gas … More “The U.S. Current Natural Gas Situation”

Austin Energy wants an electric power rate hike

Michael Giberson Deep in the heart of the competitive wholesale and retail electric power market that is (the ERCOT system in) Texas lies a little island of small-scale socialism: the municipal electric utility called Austin Energy. While power prices are dropping all around the state due to low natural gas prices, in the Texas state … More Austin Energy wants an electric power rate hike

Minnesota biomass projects squeezed by low natural gas prices, leaves some hoping for higher gas prices

Michael Giberson The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that low natural gas prices are putting the squeeze on biomass-based energy projects in Minnesota, in some cases including biomass projects supported by direct taxpayer or ratepayer subsidies. One example, an ethanol plant once gained about 20 percent of its heat from a $20 million biomass gasification system. … More Minnesota biomass projects squeezed by low natural gas prices, leaves some hoping for higher gas prices

Bad news for the natural gas suppliers, but good news for natural gas consumers

Michael Giberson I’ve been meaning to remark on natural gas prices for several days, especially since a regular reader pointed out that natural gas prices have reached their lowest levels in a decade. But now, in what may be a first, I’ll just outsource the discussion by favorably linking to a post on the Climate … More Bad news for the natural gas suppliers, but good news for natural gas consumers

Natural gas is too cheap and too plentiful

Michael Giberson Russel Smith thinks we should use government power to limit natural gas production in order to boost gas prices. Why? Because he is the executive director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association and cheap and plentiful gas is cutting into the business opportunities of renewable energy companies. “The price is so low, there’s so much … More Natural gas is too cheap and too plentiful