Posts Tagged ‘natural gas’

HS Infrastructure Underway

June 20, 2017

Residential Gas Equipment Rebates

June 1, 2012

Con Edison will rebate $1000. towards the purchase of 96 % AFUE condensing boilers, which can be used in residential applications for either hydronic space heating or pool water heating. For the former, an additional $100. is available for outdoor reset devices to modulate output water temperature. Contact us at for design and applications.

Energy Outlook

September 20, 2011

* Working gas in storage was 3,112 Bcf as of Friday, September 9, 2011, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 87 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 140 Bcf less than last year at this time and 52 Bcf below the 5-year average of 3,164 Bcf. In the East Region, stocks were 89 Bcf below the 5-year average following net injections of 59 Bcf…At 3,112 Bcf, total working gas is within the 5-year historical range.

* Statoil has signed a US $5,000,000. agreement with the University of Texas Austin to perform R&D.

* President Clinton favors building energy retrofits. Here is what he had to say today:

In the developed world, Clinton says an “enormous numbers of jobs” can be created by renewed commitments to energy efficiency. “The U.S. is about twice as energy efficient as we were back in the first oil embargo in the 1970s but more than twice as inefficient as our largest competitors,” he says. “We could create 1 million jobs here if we had a systematic way to finance building retrofits everywhere.”

Weekend Links

September 17, 2011


NREL shows there are diminishing returns for EVs, even if lithium remains available for the next twenty years.

* A discussion of smart meters and RF exposure issues.

* Marcellus Shale wall map


* Be the quietest person in the room and learn something of value.

Weekly Energy Perspective

May 11, 2010

Natural Gas:

The NYMEX prompt-month contract decreased $0.34 per million British thermal units last week to $3.92/MMBtu on Friday. The 12-month NYMEX strip price was down $0.24/MMBtu to $4.73/MMBtu. Last week, the Henry Hub cash price decreased $0.125/MMBtu to $3.94/MMBtu.

The EIA has changed its reporting methodology for natural gas production. Production estimates for January 2010 were lowered by 0.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd).


The EIA storage inventory for the week ending April 23 rose by 83 billion cubic feet (Bcf) to 1.912 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). The build was higher than the expected 70 Bcf. The storage level is 303 Bcf above the five-year average and 101 Bcf more than the same period in 2009.


The upper two-thirds of the nation will have colder-than-normal to much-colder-than-normal temperatures during the six- to 10-day period. The southern part of Texas and Florida will have warmer-than-normal temperatures during the same period. During the eight- to 14-day period, most of the upper half of the country will have colder-than-normal temperatures while the southeast regions will have warmer-than-normal temperatures. The remainder of the country will have normal temperatures.


Send-out volumes last week from LNG terminals totaled about 0.88 Bcfd, which was 0.7 Bcfd less than a year ago. Canadian imports were 6.76 Bcfd, which was 1.07 Bcfd more than a year ago.

Exploration and production:

The total U.S. oil and gas rig count increased by one last week to 1,483 rigs. The gas rig count increased by two and stands at 958. The Canadian rig count decreased by two to 108.

A new study by the North Dakota Industrial Commission indicates that the Three Forks-Sanish formation could hold up to 1.9 billion barrels of recoverable oil based on current technology.


Electricity generation for the week ending April 24 was 1.1 percent less than the prior week and 2.9 percent less than a year ago. Year-to-date electricity usage is 2.2 percent higher than last year.


The NYMEX WTI prompt-month contract settled at $86.15/Bbl on Friday, up $1.03/Bbl for the week.  ICE Brent futures closed at $87.44/Bbl on Friday up $0.19/Bbl for the week.

For the week ending April 23, crude oil inventories increased by 2 million barrels (MMBbls), distillate inventories increased by 2.9 MMBbls, and gasoline inventories decreased by 3 MMBbls. The decrease in gasoline inventories was unexpected. U.S. refinery utilization increased 3 percent to 89 percent.

Compared to last year, the EIA estimates that the four-week rolling average U.S. gasoline demand was up 3.1 percent from last year. Distillate fuel demand was up 1.5 percent and jet fuel demand was down 4 percent. Total products supplied to the U.S. market were up by 1 percent compared to last year. According to the American Automobile Association, the weekly average U.S. retail gasoline price rose $0.031 to $2.883 per gallon.

The Nigerian militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, attacked a Brass River oil terminal cutting production by 12,000 barrels per day. The terminal operator Eni declared a force majeure on deliveries from the terminal.


U.S. gross domestic product grew at 3.2 percent during the first quarter 2010 as a result of increased household spending. Consumer spending which accounts for about 70 percent of the U.S. economy rose by 3.6 percent in the first quarter. The increase was the largest since first quarter 2007.

The Consumer Confidence Index rose to 57.9 in April to its highest level since September 2008. The index measures how consumers feel about business conditions, the job market and the economy for the next six months.

The World Bank forecast global economic growth of 3.1 percent this year last week, more than the 2.7 percent it forecast in January, however it is still cautious about the fragility of the economy in some advanced countries.

Chinese manufacturing grew at an accelerated pace in April. The Purchasing Manager’s Index rose to 55.7 up from 55.1 in March. This compares to the record low of 38.8 recorded in November 2008 during the credit crisis.

Photo: Ansel Adams, Yosemite

Energy Independence

April 7, 2010


Below is an except from President Obama’s announcement regarding federal leases for US off-shore drilling:

“Some of the press may be wondering why we are announcing offshore drilling in a hangar at Andrews Air Force Base.  Well, if there’s any doubt about the leadership that our military is showing, you just need to look at this F-18 fighter and the light-armored vehicle behind me.  The Army and Marine Corps have been testing this vehicle on a mixture of biofuels.  And this Navy fighter jet — appropriately called the Green Hornet — will be flown for the first time in just a few days, on Earth Day.  If tests go as planned, it will be the first plane ever to fly faster than the speed of sound on a fuel mix that is half biomass.  The Air Force is also testing jet engines using biofuels and had the first successful biofuel-powered test flight just last week. I don’t want to drum up any kind of rivalry here, but — (laughter.)

“Now, the Pentagon isn’t seeking these alternative fuels just to protect our environment; they’re pursuing these homegrown energy sources to protect our national security.  Our military leaders recognize the security imperative of increasing the use of alternative fuels, decreasing energy use, reducing our reliance on imported oil, making ourselves more energy-efficient. That’s why the Navy, led by Secretary Mabus, who’s here today, has set a goal of using 50-percent alternative fuels in all planes, vehicles, and ships in the next 10 years.  That’s why the Defense Department has invested $2.7 billion this year alone to improve energy efficiency.”

Photos from the Road

We were in Austin and Houston last week. Here are some shots …

Electric Automobile Charging Stations

The City of Houston has built infrastructure to install 15 Coulomb charging stations. The costs varied depending on location, availability of power, conduit size, and labor. Below is their infrastructure cost exclusive of the manufactured charging station module.

Location Type Number of Stations Total Installation Price Unit Price
Street Side 1 $2300 $2300
Underground Garage 2 $4100 $2050
Street Side 2 $2800 $1400
Parking Garage 5 $4300 $860
Parking Lot 3 $3200 $1066
Parking Lot 1 $7400 $7400
15 $24100