Natural Gas News – April 18, 2018

Natural Gas News – April 18, 2018

Timing Could Be Everything in Michigan Fight Over DTE Natural Gas Plant

Bridgemi reported: Michigan utility regulators are nearing a deadline to decide DTE Energy’s proposal to replace an old coal plant with a $1 billion natural gas one in St. Clair County, plans that have drawn fierce pushback from environmentalists. Many of the arguments before the three-member Public Ser-vice Commission are complicated, including how best to deliver reliable electricity at low prices to DTE Electric’s 2.2 million customers. In the case’s final stretch, both sides have increasingly focused on a simpler question: Must DTE comply with new state guidelines for proving power plants meet the public’s interest? The deadline is April 27. DTE says no. Its opponents — including Michigan Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, a nonprofit group focused on the Midwest — argue otherwise. The stakes are high. DTE calls the plant a key piece of its plan to keep the lights on while weaning itself from high-polluting coal in favor of cleaner, cheaper fuel sources: a combination of natural gas and renewable resources. For more on this story visit bridgemi.com or click https://bit.ly/2HbG9se

Upward Trend of Natural Gas Production Could Benefit Consumers

World Oil reported: Natural gas production in the U.S. is projected to break the domestic record in 2018, and again in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). These increases, continuing a trend of the past decade, have been driven by an explosion in shale gas production, the EIA reports. And with supply remaining high, reports say natural gas prices nationally are expected to remain steady in upcoming months. While consumers could continue to benefit in coming years, the affordability of natural gas may be a boon to manufacturers and job creation as well. With natural gas expected to remain the most-consumed fuel in the U.S. industrial sector. For more on this story visit worldoil.com or click https://bit.ly/2HaXlOx

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