Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Generators Are the Electric Work Horses

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The EIA details just how important electricity generation from combined-cycle natural gas plants really is to our economy and future.

The following post was authored by David Manowitz at the Energy Information Information (EIA). You can look at these stats and not realize just how integral natural gas is to electricity generation, our energy security, our economy and our future. It’s yet another marvelous summary of the facts illustrating how fracking and the shale revolution changed everything. So nice to find a bureaucracy that is productive in sorting out the facts!

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Benton PUD (Public Utility District) Blows the Whistle on Wind Energy

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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A public utility district established in the 1934 in rural Washington, the Benton PUD, blows the whistle on exactly what is wrong with wind.

Benton County is located in Southeast Washington with the Columbia River wrapping around much of it and the Yakima River bisecting it. Prosser, the county seat has only about 5,700 people. Kennewick, a city of roughly 84,000, dominates the county. Food processing is one of the major industries. There is also a public utility district (the Benton PUD) that provides electricity to about 50,000 customers in Kennewick, Prosser and some other areas of the county. The Benton PUD, which operates on the ground, and not from some ivory tower newly painted bright green, has drafted a remarkable document that exposes the practical problems with wind energy.

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NoBurnBroome Illustrates Basic Energy Truth: There’s No Free Ride

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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NoBurnBroome opposes a Lithium-Ion battery recycling-incineration facility in Broome County and it’s proving something important.

Let me begin by stating as clearly as I can that I take no position on this matter. Moreover, I criticize no one involved on either side of the controversy over a a proposed Lithium-Ion battery recycling-incineration facility that would be located in Endicott, Broome County, New York. The single point I wish to make is simply this; there is no free ride with energy. Every type of energy carries with it benefits and costs, pluses and minuses and pros and cons that should be debated in a civil way, recognizing there is no one answer other than, perhaps, all of the above.

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Natural Gas Was the Big Gorilla of U.S. Energy in 2019

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Despite (or because of) low prices, the year 2019 was absolutely incredible for natural gas in the U.S. as it became the big energy gorilla.

Natural gas, as I have been oft to remark here, is a commodity business where low prices represent the solution to low prices and vice-versa. The ups and downs of any commodity industry are inextricably liked to prices that ultimately control how much is produced, who prospers and where that industry goes. Low prices are painful for producers but a bonanza for consumers. They sort the wheat from the chaff and serve to constantly reinvent the industry. Each cycle of low prices generates a new era of boundless opportunity as they attract consumers and that’s exactly what happened with gas in this country last year, painful as it was for some.

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Pennsylvania Leverages Its Natural Gas Advantage: New York Can’t

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Pennsylvania has some natural advantages over its neighbor New York and one of them is its natural gas but it’s much more than that. I am an occasional contributor to Shale Magazine and this is an article I wrote for the current issue. Check out the full edition of the latest issue!

Pennsylvania just enacted legislation that will leverage its natural gas advantage to stimulate the development of petrochemical and other businesses that use natural gas. That, itself, is a significant achievement that sets the Commonwealth apart from neighboring states such as Maryland and New York who have the same resources and refuse to use them. There is more to the story, though, and it may be the best part.

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Rep. Wendy Ullman, PovertyKeeper Ally, Does More Political Theater

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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We told you Rep. Wendy Ullman was only into doing political theater as a legislator but now she’s proven it by her comment to Tom Wolf.

Senator Lisa Baker and Rep. Jonathan Fritz have been long pursuing legislation that would treat any Delaware River Basin Commission fracking as a land condemnation deserving of compensation to landowners for the taking of their property. The legislation was getting legs early last year. The Delaware PovertyKeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper, together with its silent partner, the DRBC, went apoplectic and starting lobbying legislators to oppose equal justice and knock back the bill. Rep. Wendy Ullman joined them as an ally writing, an article in a Bucks County publication suggesting such basic fairness was somehow a threat to clean water. I wrote a point by point rebuttal effectively calling her piece “vacuous and deceptive” political theater and now she’s admitted it’s what she does (and Tom Wolf as well).

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New York Times Climate Hype Isn’t Helping But Natural Gas Does

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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The New York Times has turned into a demagogic trash newspaper peddling outright hype about climate while ignoring the benefits of natural gas.

The New York Times writes for those who wish certain things to be true and has been reliably wrong on so much. Who can forget Ian Urbina’s “Drilling Down” series? Well, most of us have, actually, because most of what he wrote was nonsense, long since proven wrong; relegated to the bottom of bird cages thrown out years ago. The New York Times has since shifted to the bigger, more amorphous and more exploitable issue of “climate change.” Its style remains the same, though. It’s one of professional hype, that is to say clever falsehoods, about a subject guaranteed to swell the pride of its affluent readers and enable their continued condescension toward anyone who actually puts heat in their pipes. It pays no attention, meanwhile, to the role of a particular type of heat in accomplishing what they say they want.

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