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Tracy Burleson The International Builders’ Show 2016

More than 110,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, designers and suppliers attended the third annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19 through 21. The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once-again co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center to offer an exhibition and educational experience for all facets of the residential construction industry.

IMG_0879In its 70th year at the show, the American Gas Association (AGA) partnered with 10 natural gas appliance manufacturers to feature the latest industry technology in a 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit booth, powered entirely by an EcoPower micro CHP unit. Other manufacturers included Rinnai, Navien, BlueStar, RH Peterson, Westport, Lennox, FiveStar, Marathon, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting, and Dettson West.

IMG_0846According to show organizers, many of this year’s new products focused on home technology and increased energy efficiency – two factors boosting the return of buyers to the new home market. This theme was reflected in the AGA booth with the addition of a Ford F-150 pickup truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), provided by Westport, as well as the introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity for new and existing natural gas tankless water heaters by Rinnai.

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Another unique feature of the booth this year, was a colorful natural gas range and oven on display by BlueStar, designed in the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, rose quartz and serenity, just two of the more than 750 color choices consumers can select from when designing their own appliances.

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Throughout the week AGA booth attendees had the opportunity to register to win a beautiful natural gas urn by RH Peterson. AGA would like to congratulate Carl Fernandez, of Prairieville, Louisiana, for being the lucky winner.

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AGA looks forward to being a part of the 4th Annual DCW when IBS and KBIS join forces on January 10 through 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The two shows will continue to co-locate through 2022, alternating between Orlando and Las Vegas every two years. For information about next year’s show and beyond, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

For more photos of the Builders’ Show, check out AGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Watch video highlights below.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: January 28, 2016

The year has started with low hydrocarbon commodity prices; news of struggles of production companies to remain in business; a modest start to United States oil exports following congressional action in late 2015; and, expectations that the first LNG exports from Sabine Pass will materialize within the next 45 days or so.

In addition, natural gas accounted for more power generation than coal in six of the first 11 months of 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration. Energy resources are plentiful, cheap, and a great consumer value in the U.S. What’s not to like? Time will tell and many factors not the least of which may be overall U.S. economic conditions will be in play. Stay tuned.

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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Tracy Burleson Ecopower Can Help Consumers Save Money on Utility Bills

Households across the Unites States that use natural gas for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $840 less per year than homes using strictly electricity for those same appliances. The ecopower microCHP demonstrates how natural gas is not only clean, domestic and abundant, but may be more efficient and affordable as well.

Using a natural gas or propane fueled Marathon engine, the ecopower system is designed to produce heat while simultaneously co-generating electricity, essentially providing consumers with their own on-site power plant. While creating the thermal energy for space heating, domestic hot water and other appliances, the system is also producing electricity to supplement or replace the reliance on grid supplied energy, reducing your overall utility bill and saving you money.ecopower

Benefits of installing ecopower:

  • Provides heat and electrical power
  • Runs on low-cost natural gas
  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • May reduce your energy bill

 

Producing 13,000 – 47,000 BTUs per hour, the ecopower system will modulate based on the thermal needs of the application. Sensors located in the buffer storage tank tell the engine when to slow down and speed up as needed, ensuring the unit runs as long as possible in order to create the 1.2 – 4.4kW of byproduct electricity per hour. Accordin to ecopower, any application with a large thermal demand, such as large homes, multi-family buildings, pools, hotels, sports facilities and nursing homes, is the ideal candidate for one or more ecopower units.

With an engine life of more than 40,000 hours and long service intervals, the Marathon Engine is the prime energy source for ecopower. Clean burning natural gas contributes to the long life and thermal efficiency of the system.

For more information, please visit www.ecopowermicrochp.com or visit the American Gas Association booth C2615 at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19 through 21.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of ecopower alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richard Meyer Natural Gas Market Indicators: January 15, 2016

Final data for 2015 is not yet in, but preliminary data from Bentek and other sources suggest the following: last year was a record year for U.S. natural gas production, consumption, volumes in storage, exports to Mexico, and volumes to power generation. Meanwhile, economy-wide U.S. carbon dioxide emissions likely dropped one percent, according to projections from EIA.

So where does that leave us for 2016? Rig counts continue to drop and natural gas production has flattened. Volumes to power generation are higher still, but many of the structural drivers in 2015 will not be present in 2016, such as implementation of the EPA MATS rule that spurred many coal-fired power plant retirements. Questions about 2016 demand remain, but supply indicators appear strong as the next three months of winter unfold.

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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