Monthly Archives: June 2017

Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: June 29, 2017

Consistent and possibly growing production and moderate demand are bearish indicators and ingredients for a lower pricing environment. But, lower prices have their effects too: higher natural gas to power generation and possibly lower production activity.

Will we continue to see a bounce-around of prices in a relatively stable domain between $2 and $3.50 per MMBtu? Or is there another factor that will break the market out of this range?

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Jackie Bavaro Natural Gas: It’s Your Energy

The July cover story of American Gas magazine titled, Paving the Way to Public Acceptance, discusses how three natural gas pipeline operators have built successful public engagement strategies to help inform and involve customers.

When it comes to communicating its message to the broader public, Williams, an energy infrastructure company which has been building pipelines for more than a century, has dramatically changed  its public expectations of corporate responsibility and transparency. The company uses a variety of outreach tools—from hosting public meetings to technology-based tactics, including telephone town halls with up to several thousand participants in attendance. Over time, Williams has also taken advantage of digital and social media engagement tools. For example, Williams combined a digitized version of the economic impact statement for its Atlantic Sunrise project with an interactive map. This allowed residents to click on their communities to learn how much tax revenue the project will generate, how many jobs will be added and what local initiatives will receive Williams’ grants.

July magCoupled with social media and traditional outreach, Dominion Energy  has built a strong framework for trust building and community support around its Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project. Dominion’s recent successful interaction with residents along the pipeline’s 600-mile alignment has been a true testament to its grassroots efforts. The pipeline’s customers are local utilities that have served communities across Virginia and North Carolina for many years. With building scheduled to begin this fall, Dominion has hosted a series of construction expos with more than 1,000 in attendance while advocates of the project have taken opportunities to meet the public, from open houses to Rotary meetings to city council sessions. Trusted community voices are an important part of helping people learn how energy projects impact the daily lives of all Americans.

To that end, Enbridge, uses virtually every available communication tool to engage customers. From door-to-door conversations to high-tech digital applications with meetings along the proposed route before any permitting starts. The company also makes sure siting and construction practices are consistent with the company’s overall values. That means acting with integrity, maintaining excellent and community relations and protecting the environment. For example, one of the proposed pipelines they are working on, Sabal Trail, adjusted its route alignment nearly 200 times in response to landowners, environmental groups and local government requests. Similarly, after receiving community input, another proposed pipeline, NEXUS, adopted 239 route changes covering over 90 percent of the pipeline route.

Relationship building and social listening skills are essential to reach consumers in today’s environment. In April, AGA launched Your Energy, a national campaign to help build support for natural gas at the local level by personalizing the issue and increasing awareness and support for natural gas projects. The campaign includes community outreach, social media engagement, advertising and other promotions and has pilots in Connecticut and Virginia.

To learn more about the campaign, click here.

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Jackie Bavaro Natural Gas on the World Stage

The June issue of American Gas magazine titled, “Forward to a Sustainable Future,” highlights natural gas as a critical component of a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system, worldwide.

Across the globe, there is a strong case for making natural gas part of a sustainable energy mix—and for its continued growth in global energy needs. According to the International Energy Agency’s Outlook, global natural gas demand grew by nearly 50 percent in 2016, with its share in primary energy demand expected to reach 24 percent, worldwide by 2040. With its environmental and economic benefits, natural gas will have a prominent role in a sustainable energy future, and it’s important that the industry continues to engage policymakers at all levels.

AMgasMajor technology breakthroughs will also have a tremendous impact on the natural gas industry. Advances in software, artificial intelligence and geospatial information systems could be applied to the efficiency and responsiveness of these energy processes. The goal is maintaining the role of natural gas in a sustainable energy plan, amid the portfolio of choices that energy companies and policymakers will have.

Organizational partnerships on the world stage have helped position natural gas for a prominent role in the drive toward a sustainable energy future. For example, the International Gas Union (IGU) has played a key part in this process by contributing data and peer-reviewed documents, engaging in debates and providing case studies on the use of gas for societal benefits. This allows a fact-based dialogue to continue on a global scale. David Carroll, IGU’s president, is leading this charge, knowing that it’s imperative to partner with organizations at an international level to ensure gas has a voice and that the prospects for natural gas are enhanced across the globe.

To that end, the World Gas Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., in June 2018. This event will include speakers from within and outside the gas industry, along with key policy makers presenting their views on the most timely and topical, technical and strategic issues and opportunities facing the natural gas industry. Twelve thousand participants from more than 100 countries are expected to attend. To learn more and to register, click here.

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