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How to Make the Grid Secure

LCG March 1, 2021--February’s winter weather has brought a new level of uncertainty to the Texas grid, on top of rapid renewables growth and hot summer weather. Not only did the blackouts solidify the need to plan for extreme weather in winter and summer, but they also brought Texas residents, the governor, and the legislature into a public conversation about demand-supply planning.

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Long Ridge Energy Announces Plans to Allow Transition to 100 Percent Hydrogen

LCG, March 4, 2021--Ohio's Long Ridge Energy Generation is retrofitting its 485-MW combined-cycle power plant to use a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen, making it the nation's first large gas turbine plant to transition operations to hydrogen fuel.

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DOE Chief Addresses Natural Gas Issue

LCG, June 24, 2003Today Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said that the U.S. gas supply crunch was not quite over yet.

Gas prices, which have been around twice last years at roughly $6 per million Btu, are likely to continue, at least according to Abraham. He noted that by no means are we out of the woods yet, although he did say that there was an increase in weekly gas inventories.

Recent storage rates are encouraging after a long, cold winter, but they are in part due to current mild summer temperatures.

Abraham is planning a National Petroleum Council meeting for Thursday in order to discuss possible measures to relieve the high prices and low supply.

Some economists and legislators are worried that the rising gas prices are hurting utilities and gas-dependent industries, although others believe supply will return to normal levels by November.

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