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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 5, 2016

Our country has significant infrastructure needs. Here, the focus is on energy, but America’s roads, bridges, airports, ports and more all need attention, too. All of them – energy and otherwise – also need government approval processes that are fair and efficient so that important infrastructure projects can be built in a timely manner. 

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 3, 2016

Since closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant in 2014, Vermont depends on outside sources for about 60 percent of the electricity it uses. Like much of the rest of New England, Vermont would benefit by adding natural gas pipeline capacity to address peak demand periods in the winter.   

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 1, 2016

Oil production in Mississippi is rising after slowly declining from the mid-1980s through 2005. Since 2006, production has climbed 43.5 percent, and the state ranks 14th in the country in oil output, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).   

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pennsylvania  pipelines  infrastructure  natural-gas  marcellus 

Reid Porter

Reid Porter
Posted September 30, 2016

The need to continue to safely and responsibly develop and utilize American-produced energy has never been more important. In Pennsylvania, nothing could be more critical to the commonwealth, its residents and its business community. Additional pipeline infrastructure is the key to helping Pennsylvania fulfill the promise of its energy economy.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 27, 2016

In the heart of the U.S. industrial and agricultural belt, Illinois’ significant energy contribution is its infrastructure. The state hosts four crude oil refineries with a capacity of more than 962,000 barrels per day, making Illinois the largest refining state in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The state ranked fourth in the U.S. in refining as of January 2015.

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new-hampshire  pipelines  natural-gas  electricity  vote4energy  states2016 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 21, 2016

New Hampshire is without oil and natural gas reserves of its own. Nuclear accounted for about 47 percent of the state’s net electricity generation last year, with natural gas supplying about 30 percent. But since that gas – as well as natural gas for home heating – must come from elsewhere, the state (and the rest of New England for that matter) is engaged in an important conversation over ensuring adequate pipeline capacity to meet home, commercial and industrial needs.

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missouri  pipelines  infrastructure  vote4energy  states2016 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 20, 2016

Located in the heart of the country, Missouri is the crossroads for more than two dozen pipelines that deliver crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and natural gas liquids from producers to markets and, ultimately, consumers. Though the state produced only 150,000 barrels of oil last year, it remains a key component in America’s energy mix because of the infrastructure it hosts.

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Michael Tadeo

Michael Tadeo
Posted September 19, 2016

The benefits of pipeline infrastructure are being felt in one small Belgian city. Only get this: The deliverable is beer.

The Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges recently opened a beer pipeline connecting the brewery in the center of the town to a bottling plant about 2 miles away. The $4.5 million pipeline that took five months to build can deliver 12,000 bottles of beer an hour to the bottling plant. Not only will the pipeline increase efficiency in delivering this product to market, but its multi-million dollar construction likely provided an economic boost to the area.

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north-dakota  pipelines  economic-benefits  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 14, 2016

Each job is the economic lifeline for an individual and/or family, thousands of them. Sales tax revenues reflect economic activity along the construction corridor that benefits local businesses of all kinds. Property taxes typically support schools, hospitals, emergency services and other vital public services and facilities. If you’re a resident of one of the states traversed by the DAPL, the project is valuable to your community, to you and your neighbors – and the administration’s attempt to contravene the regular, lawful order puts that value at risk.

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natural-gas  electricity  economic-benefits  infrastructure  fracking  pipelines 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 14, 2016

CNBC has put out its annual ranking of America’s top states for business, an analysis based on a number of things including metrics for workforce, infrastructure, access to capital and quality of life. Another of those metrics, cost of living, caught our eye because energy was part of the calculation. Indeed, in CNBC’s ranking of the country’s 10 most expensive states to live in, the cost of energy to residents a key factor.

Five members of that dubious top 10 are New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, and energy costs there are higher than they need to be. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), those states and neighbors Maine and Vermont all had costs for residential electricity and natural gas that exceeded national averages this past winter. Of course, these states are located in a part of the country where more energy infrastructure (see previous posts here and here) could positively impact energy costs.  

A couple of charts show the cost being borne by consumers in those states, in part, because there’s inadequate natural gas pipeline infrastructure to meet home heating and power generation needs during peak winter months.

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