Identity Crisis: a Philadelphia Gas Works…that Doesn’t Sell Gas?

This is a glittering example of how people who fancy themselves as “smart” are actually quite stupid. The so-called political leaders of Philadelphia are commissioning a study (paid for by Mike Bloomberg) on how the city can convert Philadelphia Gas Works, the nation’s largest municipal-owned utility company, into dumping natgas. Because, ya know, global warming. It’s bizarre (and breath-taking) to watch just how stupid people can get.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Aug 19, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: EQT among world’s fastest-growing natural gas producers; Pa. grants $2M for solar tech at PGW’s liquefied natural gas plant; Group that wants Ohio voters to decide on nuclear plants bailout submits revised petition; The latest victims of the far-left’s environmental zealotry: Long Islanders; De Blasio exaggerates fossil fuel claims on the campaign trail; NTIEC Energy Camp sparks interest among local students; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Minnesota, D.C., and Baltimore under the microscope for accepting controversial help from special interests; Colorado is quickly becoming a patchwork of oil and gas rules after a major law change; NATIONAL: Unit trains now delivering U.S. propane to Mexico; INTERNATIONAL: Yamal LNG hits 20 mt milestone; BP publishes LNG contract templates to push industry standardization; U.S. efforts to derail Russian pipelines to Europe have failed since the 1960s. Will Nord Stream 2 be different?
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Environuts Want Philly to Ban New NatGas Hookups Like Berkeley

The City of Philadelphia owns the largest municipal-owned natural gas utility in the country, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). Philly sits not far from, and now benefits from, abundant, clean-burning natural gas deposits in the PA Marcellus. And yet there are those lunatic nutjobs who want Philadelphia to do what the city of Berkeley, California (which we call Beserkley) did and ban the use of natural gas in new buildings. Philly, to its shame, is conducting a “study” to figure out how to transition PGW away from selling natgas. The so-called study is being funded by Bloomberg, meaning it’s a shame from the start–not a true study but a propaganda piece.
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Philadelphia LNG Export Plant Approved by City Council Vote

Yesterday Philadelphia City Council approved a $60 million Marcellus LNG export facility, to be built on property owned by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). It was the final vote needed, held up by opposition from so-called environmentalists since March (see Philadelphia LNG Export Plant One Vote Away from Happening). Wackadoodle fossil fuel haters (holding up posters of The Lorax) were not happy at yesterday’s meeting when City Council voted 13-4 to approve the plan.
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DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River

Yesterday, over the shrill objections of THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) approved a plan put forth by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at the former DuPoint dynamite factory site. The purpose of the pier? To dock and load two ships at a time–loading them with either LNG (liquefied natural gas) and/or NGLs (natural gas liquids, like propane, butane and ethane).
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New Fortress Energy NJ LNG Export Site to Store/Export NGLs Too

A few weeks ago MDN brought you the news that THE Delaware Riverkeeper had finally (months after everyone else knew) woke up to the fact that New Fortress Energy is planning to build an LNG loading facility on the banks of the Delaware River, on the New Jersey side, near Philadelphia (see Riverkeeper Sounds Alarm re New LNG Export Facility on Dela. River). The Philadelphia Inquirer just got around to covering Riverkeeper’s mock outrage about the facility, but then dug deeper and discovered what is for us new information: New Fortress plans to ship not only LNG out of that facility, but NGLs too.
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Philly Council Delays Vote on LNG Export Plant, Loonies Protest

Earlier this month MDN told you that a plan to build a $60 million Marcellus LNG export facility on property owned by Philadelphia Gas Works was just one vote away from becoming reality (see Philadelphia LNG Export Plant One Vote Away from Happening). The final vote needed is by Philadelphia City Council. It was supposed to happen yesterday, but instead was delayed.
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Philadelphia LNG Export Plant One Vote Away from Happening

Russian native Boris Brevnov (former Enron executive) and his partner Charles Ryan (a Radnor native, once the chief country officer in Moscow for Deutsche Bank), are now one vote away from Philadelphia City Council approving a $60 million Marcellus LNG export facility, to be built on property owned by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW).
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Philly OKs $60M Plan to Partner with Russian re LNG Export Plant

Russian native Boris Brevnov, a former Enron executive, and banker Charles Ryan, a Radnor native who was once chief country officer in Moscow for Deutsche Bank, have just landed themselves a sweetheart deal with Philadelphia Gas Works to build a small LNG plant that will export Marcellus gas. The Philadelphia Gas Commission voted to approve a deal yesterday with Liberty Energy Trust. We frankly have mixed emotions about the news. We’re glad to see another LNG export facility, this one in PA (albeit quite small), but unhappy that these particular people are the ones building and operating it. Yes, there’s a lot of history to cover in this story.
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Phila. Gas Works Public Advocate Endorses LNG Export Plan

In September, MDN told you that Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), the country’s largest municipal-owned utility company, floated a plan to partner with a private company to build a new LNG export facility at its Passyunk Plant located in south Philly (see Phila. Gas Works Floats New Plan for LNG Export Facility). One of the first steps in making such a plan a reality is to run it by the PGW “consumer advocate”–an group appointed to be the voice of consumers as a check on decisions made by PGW management. The consumer advocate has just spoken–and likes the LNG plan!
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Sep 26, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: PA General Assembly advances bill on conventional drilling; Natural gas company helps flood victims; NEXUS revenue questions: Sen. Gardner to meet with Woodmore board; State PUC urges Philly to get rid of ‘duplicative’ gas commission; Shell’s Pennsylvania cracker on schedule, budget; Environmentalists causing delays for midstream pipeline companies; For environmentalists fighting natural gas, safety issue comes to the forefront; Natural gas surges past $3 as traders focus on low storage levels; Houston energy co.’s unsolicited acquisition offer rejected; LNG shipping rates spike, no end in sight; OPEC sees competition with U.S. shale oil subsiding after 2023; Oil giants use size to overcome fracking challenges.
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Phila. Gas Works Floats New Plan for LNG Export Facility

Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), the largest municipal-owned utility in the country, and perhaps the oldest at 181 years old, floated a new proposal yesterday to partner with a private company to build a new LNG export facility at its Passyunk Plant, located in south Philly. This is not the first proposal to build an LNG export plant proffered by PGW. In 2015, City Councilman David Oh organized a meeting to discuss the feasibility of locating an LNG export facility inside city limits. PGW already has a small LNG facility in the city, but currently that facility is set up to import LNG, not export it. Councilman Oh wanted to explore the possibility of converting the site to export LNG. The very corrupt Philly City Council nixed a potential deal to sell PGW to UIL Holdings in 2014 (see Philly City Council Kills the Phila. Gas Works $1.86B Deal). Since that time, City Council members like Oh have tried to save face and figure out how they might turn around the near-bankrupt PGW. One of the most promising ideas is to set up a small export operation. A meeting to discuss that idea was held on the campus of Drexel University in April 2015. A meaningful portion of those attending were anti-drilling nutters who wouldn’t shut up and had to be escorted out by Drexel security personnel (see “Peaceful” Protesters Removed from LNG Export Hearing in Philly). With that as background, apparently PGW thought enough time had passed that maybe they could float a new, scaled-back plan to export LNG. However, the private company they want to cut a deal with, Liberty Energy Trust, is the same company that selfishly helped scuttle the sale of PGW to UIL back in 2014…
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Jun 27, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: PA PUC hosts natgas distribution emergency exercise; NY a cautionary tale for other states re shale gas; Chevron, Exxon worry warts over trade war; NERC says grid resiliency keeps on improving, without coal/nuke bailout; US reduces emissions while emissions from all other Paris accord counties goes up; will a hot summer boost natgas prices?; start treating natgas like the national treasure it is; China to be top natgas importer by 2019; regs & taxes causing drillers to leave Canada and drill for oil across the border in the US; and more!
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Marcellus Shale’s “Decade of Disruption” in Regional Energy Market

Last week an exclusive (invitation-only) event was held in Hershey, PA. It was the second annual Executive Energy Seminar: Regional Energy Markets 10 Years After Marcellus Shale event. This year’s theme (or the name for this year’s event), was “Decade of Disruption: Marcellus Shale and Regional Energy Markets.” The event was organized by John Hanger, a former Pennsylvania state utility regulator and former Secretary of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection under Ed “Fast Eddie” Rendell. Hanger also previously served as Secretary of Policy and Planning under current Gov. Tom Wolf. Hanger assembled an impressive group, including FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson, FERC Chairwoman Gladys Brown, current Secretary of PA DEP Pat McDonnell, and PJM Interconnection president Andrew Ott (among many others). RTO Insider scored an invite and reported on what was said. Below we have a few select portions of their coverage, of interest to the MDN audience…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: 2nd Circuit decision may not mark the end of the Constitution Pipeline after all; OH Gov Kasich not backing nuclear bailout; Indiana PA Chamber goes to Louisiana, has eyes opened re petchem; WV Congressman advocates for ethane storage; new chief of staff at FERC; the Golden Age of natgas; peak oil demand, again; electric vehicle prospects; first LNG cargo reaches Lithuania; and more!
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Aug 4, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Chambersburg, PA natgas utility one of the best in the country; Gov. Wolf says pipelines necessary to “live the life we want”; Gov. Wolf postures and wastes time while DEP permits languish; pipeline vet named as EQT’s new midstream president; residents push back against natgas pipeline in Chesapeake, VA; Caudrilla’s early-hour rig move incenses fooled antis; and more!
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