Marcellus Gas Heads to Florida Electric Power Plants

Sabal Trail Pipeline route – click for larger version

Do you know which of our 50 states (57 states if you’re Obama) generates the most electricity? It’s Texas! How about the state that generates the second highest amount of electricity? That would be Florida. California, our most populous state (maybe not anymore now that it’s run by lib Dems) is not in the top 2 for electric generation. Over the past few years, Florida has been dumping coal generating plants and instead building new natural gas-fired electric generating plants. Traditionally Florida has sourced its natgas from the Gulf Coast, but increasingly they now get their natural gas from–yep–the Marcellus/Utica. Say what? That’s right! How does our gas get all the way to Florida? Pipelines, of course. Specifically, Williams flows our gas south along the mighty Transco Pipeline. Marcellus gas volumes along the Transco are about to increase dramatically as the Atlantic Sunrise project comes online (see today’s story about the rest of Atlantic Sunrise going online Sept. 10). Our gas flows south on Transco to a point in Alabama where Transco connects with the Sabal Trail Pipeline–and Sabal Trail goes all the way to the Orlando area. RBN Energy does a deep dive into how our gas gets to Florida in a 2-part series. Below is part one…

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