Category Archives: Natural Gas

Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2016 International Builders’ Show

In 2016, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously, January 19 – 21, 2016. One badge will provide access to all the exhibits with an estimated 90,000 attendees.

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As these build and design professionals enter the exhibition hall, the natural gas industry exhibit will be one of the first exhibits they see. This 2,500-square-foot exhibit will be the result of an important partnership between AGA members and manufacturers of gas appliances demonstrating the latest, most innovative technologies available to consumers. These manufacturers include Bevelo Gas & Electric Lights, BlueStar, FiveStar, Dettson Industries, Lennox Industries Inc., Marathon Engine Systems, Navien, Rinnai Corporation and RH Peterson Co.

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With the ups and downs on the road to a normal housing market, this month builder confidence reached its highest level since November 2005. IBS 2016 promises to be a successful event delivering the largest number of building professionals in one location. If you are interested in supporting the natural gas industry efforts at IBS as a volunteer or manufacturer, please contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

To see video highlights of AGA’s booth and manufacturers from the 2015 International Builders’ Show, click on the video below:

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Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: July 13, 2015

With a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States remanded to a lower court the EPA Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule that would limit pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Court said that the EPA did not properly account for the costs of the rule when determining emissions standards and needs to do so. The ruling may have larger implications for future rulemakings under the Clean Air Act, but one question remains for these observations of the gas market: how much have expectations for MATS already been baked into the electricity system. In other words, will this ruling do much to reverse existing trends with coal-fired power?

The natural gas market today is supplying nearly 20 percent more natural gas to power generators than last July. In fact, EIA data on electric generation share by fuel for April showed that natural gas overtook coal for the first time ever – natural gas with nearly 32 percent compared with coal’s 30 percent. Part of the reason is price. The spot at Henry Hub is nearly $1.70 per MMBtu below last year. But part of the reason is structural. Compliance with the EPA MATS began in April and analysts expected between 13 and 20 GW of coal-fired power plants to be either retired or repowered in 2015 alone. Some of the shift has already occurred and is contributing, at least in part, to the gas volumes to power generation. Does this market transformation render the Supreme Courts’ decision moot?

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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Lisa O'Leary American Gas Association Named Top Workplace for 2015

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The Washington Post recently released its Top Workplaces for 2015, including the American Gas Association (AGA) as number 28 out of 75 small employers. Watch the video below to meet some of the people on AGA’s staff who work tirelessly to help advocate for the natural gas industry.

For more information about the award, read AGA’s recent news release.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: June 26, 2015

After three straight weeks of triple digit working gas injections, net volumes to storage cooled slightly to 89 Bcf for the week ending June 6, 2015, then 75 Bcf one week later. At 2,508 Bcf underground storage continues to build above the five year average (+1.4 percent) and strongly exceeds the year-over-year storage position by 38 percent. Continuing a pace for injections that exceeds 80 Bcf per week will mean that working gas inventories would reach 4 Tcf by the start of the 2015-2016 winter heating season for the first time ever.

With natural gas abundance, particularly in the eastern United States, has come the need to reorient pipeline infrastructure and assets based on connecting burgeoning supply areas with demand locations. One of those possibilities launched a recent open season as Kinder Morgan reached out with its Utica Marcellus Texas pipeline, which is principally designed to carry propane, butanes, natural gasoline and condensate from the eastern U.S. to the Texas Gulf Coast. It isn’t a natural gas pipeline per se, however, the health of gas production in the Utica and Marcellus shale areas may be dependent on the development of midstream and pipeline infrastructure that moves liquids and gas from the supply rich areas pushing back on more traditional transportation corridors. This particular project will require the conversion of nearly 1,000 miles of gas pipeline to a liquids pipeline.

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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