Report: U.S. Natural Gas’ Place in the Global Economy

Every now and again MDN editor Jim Willis attends a conference or seminar that reminds him how parochial we in the natural gas industry sometimes are. We often (understandably) have our heads down, focused on who’s drilling where and fretting over how we’ll get that gas to market. Sometimes it’s good to lift your head up and observe the entire energy landscape. Natural gas is one piece of the puzzle. An important piece, to be sure! But still, just one piece. Trends in coal, nuclear, solar, wind, hydro–they all play a part in the larger picture. The world of energy is dynamic and changing. New solar plants going up in Japan actually DO have an impact on Marcellus gas production–because that means Japan may decrease its LNG imports–which potentially would come from our LNG exports. You get the picture. This past May the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) held a one-day workshop with government, industry, and policy experts, to explore the outlook for U.S. natural gas markets in the global energy landscape. In November they condensed the material from that workshop into a report. Below is a full copy of that report. This will help you (as it does us) think about the bigger picture and where we here in the Marcellus/Utica fit into that picture…

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