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South Australia Learns Renewable Energy Is Not Cheap

Fracking – Marita-Noon-4-160x160Marita Noon
Executive Director – Energy Makes America Great Inc. 

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South Australia has found out the hard way that renewable energy is very expensive and only under ideal conditions would electricity demand be met.

If a country’s goal is to decrease carbon emissions by increasing reliance on renewable energy, it only makes sense to install the new equipment in the location with the best potential, both in geography and government.

For Australia, which has a national Renewable Energy Target (RET) of 33,000 gigawatt hours of electricity generated by defined renewable sources by 2020, South Australia (SA) is that place. According to SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, who is also the Energy Minister, the federal government had determined that SA is where “the best conditions for wind farms” could be found.

The state government was amenable, with SA Premier Jay Wetherill promising to make Adelaide, its capitol city, “the first ‘carbon neutral’ city by 2050.” The state’s RET is for 50 percent renewable energy by 2025. Wetherall, in 2014, claimed: “This new target of half of the state’s power to be generated by renewable sources will create jobs and drive capital investment and advanced manufacturing industries.”

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Shale Gas News – August 27, 2016

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, talked about the Sunbury Pipeline, PA prosperity, scorching heat and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had David Murk, Pipeline Manager, at the American Petroleum Institute (API) as a guest.

David is a retired Captain in the US Coast Guard. In his capacity David is the lead for liquid and natural gas pipeline matters and is responsible for the oversight of infrastructure policy and technical issues to support and advocate for the safe, reliable and efficient transportation of petroleum liquid and natural gas by pipeline.

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Cuomo’s Crony Pet Project, SolarCity, Going Down?

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The only hope for the SolarCity boondoggle, centerpiece of Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion scam, is for Elon Musk to sell Tesla stockholders on a buyout.

We last reported on the SolarCity boondoggle back in May. I noted then “the key element of the Buffalo Billion fiasco now being looked at intensely by Preet Bharara is in serious trouble, Andrew Cuomo is in bigger trouble and the taxpayers of State of New York are in the biggest trouble of all.” Since then, things have only gotten curiouser and curiouser. Elon Musk, the trendy super-hustler, has ridden to the rescue of his cousins, the Rive brothers, with a proposal for Tesla to buy them out. It’s losing money, too, though and, given his own hype, he may not be able to talk his fellow stockholders into the family rescue. What will Cuomo do if the maestro of renewables happy talk fails to sell this one?

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Cynicism at Work: The New York Energy Game

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Politics is often little more than pure cynicism. The New York energy game provides a perfect illustration. Nothing is what it seems.

New York’s Governor Corruptocrat, Andrew Cuomo, is as cynical a politician as has ever occupied such a high position. He is utterly without shame. This is nowhere more evident than in the way he’s played the New York energy game. A series of recent news stories illustrate.

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Marcellus Gas Delivers “Incredible Opportunity for Development”

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Marcellus gas is delivering both economic development and clean inexpensive energy to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, creating a bright future.

It’s been eight long years since energy giant Tenaska (headquartered in Omaha, NE) first proposed building a natural gas-fueled power plant in South Huntingdon (Westmoreland County), Pennsylvania. Marcellus Drilling News reported in April when Tenaska announced that the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station, a 925-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fueled power plant project near Pittsburgh, had secured $780 million in funding. Our headline at the time of “Construction Begins…” was a bit premature as the first shovelful of dirt didn’t happen until earlier this week.

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Fellow Shale Advocates: Please Act to Support PennEast

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

The PennEast Pipeline needs all shale advocates to help support this important piece of infrastructure that will help reduce our natural gas and electricity costs.

I received an email this morning from United Shale Advocates asking for support of the PennEast pipeline by signing a letter to Secretary Bose at FERC. It deserves to be shared and so I am. The PennEast will provide so many economic benefits to hardworking families and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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The Fruits of Fractivism: An Update on the Threats

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Threats against the PennEast Pipeline project continue despite the fruits of this fractivism. Their hysterical opposition has created a dangerous situation.

Our buddy, Jim Willis, from Marcellus Drilling News, keeps his ear very close to the ground. He has an update relating to our “Fruits of Fractivism” story back in April:

“Three surveyors working on the PennEast Pipeline in Holland Township (Hunterdon Township), New Jersey were approached by a man with a rifle. The man asked them if they were there working on the PennEast. When the 3-man crew responded “yes,” the man waved the gun in the air, shouting at them that he would stop the pipeline. It was a clearly a menancing threat to the men who were doing nothing more than a survey. Holland Township Police later arrested Lester Kinney Jr., charging him with “making terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.” Although arrested for his crimes, you need an indictment (from a grand jury) in order to prosecute such a crime. The wheels of justice grind sloooooooooowly. We finally have some good news. A grand jury has indeed indicted Mr. Kinney for his criminal act. He will now either plead guilty, or go to trial.”

Well, good! The news made me wonder, though, if PennEast Pipeline opponents might have changed their tactics since this incident in April. Nah, not at all.

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Pipeline Infrastructure Crucial for Economy

Gene BarrGene Barr
President, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce of Business and Industry

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Pipeline infrastructure will give Pennsylvania’s economy the boost needed to create much needed jobs and supply low cost natural gas to millions of homes and businesses.

Pennsylvania’s economy continues to face headwinds. Unemployment has increased over the past year – now higher than the national average – with most jobs losses coming in the blue-collar construction, manufacturing and mining sectors. Policymakers and regulators can help stem this tide by enacting pro-growth policies, and that starts with building out infrastructure and authorizing the construction of several major pipeline projects.

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Post Carbon Institute Fellow Takes Another Run at Fracking

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Post Carbon Institute shill Brian Schwartz uses his perch at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to put out another shoddy attack on fracking.

Brian S. Schwartz is a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. He’s also associated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has used his position to push out one piece of junk science after another attacking anything to do with gas drilling or fracking. That’s no coincidence. Today, he released yet another junk science study suggesting shale development produces migraines, fatigue and sinus problems.

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Marcellus Shale Drillers Can Make Money at VERY Low Prices

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Marcellus Shale drillers have mastered the conditions and the technology for economically developing natural gas in the region (and making money).

The ace reporters and analysts at Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) recently came through yet another quarterly earnings season with their sanity mostly intact. I work with NGI expert analyst Patrick Rau on occasion. Pat is a terrific guy and one of the sharpest energy analysts I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He sat through dozens of quarterly earnings calls for drillers, oilfield services companies and more over the past month or so. What did Pat learn from all those calls? Well, that Marcellus Shale drillers (and Utica drillers) have so improved their drilling and fracking techniques as to be able to make money at extraordinarily low prices.

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