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April 28 Webinar: Future of Renewable Energy and Its Impact on Natural Gas Generation

  • April 28, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Natural Gas is Critical in the Energy Future

Jim Piro, President and CEO of Portland General Electric (PGE) was recently interviewed by the Portland Business Journal about the significant transition underway in the energy landscape. The key takeaway is that PGE is carefully and deliberately moving through it. Mr. Piro wants PGE to learn from others, not pioneer new, unproven resources and regulatory regimes. Mr. Piro also reaffirmed the critical role that natural gas must play in PGE’s generation portfolio to ensure that customers always have electricity when they need it:

 “[I]f the wind doesn’t blow for a day or so batteries can’t help you through that. Gas is needed to bridge that difference… If the lights don’t go on, customers aren’t going to worry about whether the gas is in the ground or not in the ground; they’re going to wonder why [PGE] didn’t meet their needs.”

 Not everyone is happy with PGE’s approach as indicated in a guest editorial by the Sierra Club and other Oregon environmental organizations recently published in the Oregonian. Unfortunately, the authors of the opinion piece use inflammatory language and outdated information to support their case. Their claim about “notoriously volatile” natural gas prices caught our eye and we’d like to set the record straight.

According to the to U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) natural gas prices were relatively stable from 1981 to 2000, averaging $3.95/Dekatherm (Dth) when adjusted for inflation ($2015). Gas prices during the first decade of the 21st century were indeed volatile as North America struggled to produce enough natural gas to meet growing demand. From 2001 to 2010 natural gas averaged $6.61/Dth and experienced significant volatility associated with cold and hot weather, and hurricanes that disrupted conventional supply resources.onemoretime

 All that changed with the advent of shale gas which began to come online in 2007 and reached game-changing status around 2010. The average price of natural gas from 2011 to 2015 was $3.57/Dth. In 2015, natural gas averaged $2.62/Dth. The future looks equally stable. EIA projects that natural gas prices will rise to $5/Dth ($2015) and remain there as production technologies become more efficient, quicker to come on line and better for the environment. This is a dramatic change from its 2008 price forecast.

Natural gas is an abundant, cleaner, affordable energy resource. As Mr. Piro notes, it is a vital part of enabling more renewable resources in our region and elsewhere. Without natural gas, our power supply will become less reliable and more expensive. Those are the facts.

Natural Gas Supplies in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest natural gas customers benefit from their proximity to the prolific Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) and U.S. Rocky Mountain (Rockies) natural gas-producing regions.

June 7 -8, 2017: 14th Annual Energy Conference

  • Annual Energy Conference
    June 7, 2017 - June 8, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Benefits of Direct Use of Natural Gas

For many years, energy agencies have alerted Americans to the importance of energy efficiency. A variety of tags and certifications, backed by financial incentives, encourage us to understand our equipment buying options. We know that it makes sense to spend a little more on a product so that we can save money and energy throughout its useful life.

These efforts continue to reduce per capita energy use for both natural gas and electric customers. And the more energy we save, the lower our impact on the environment.

NWGA Releases the 2016 Gas Outlook

This study, compiled by the NWGA and its members, provides a consensus industry perspective of the Pacific Northwest’s current and projected natural gas supply, demand, prices and delivery capabilities through 2026. The Pacific Northwest, in this case, includes British Columbia (BC) and the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

We have updated data in this 2016 Outlook, but most key conclusions are similar to last year. Most of the trends identified in the 2015 Outlook continue to be relevant. Where appropriate, revised analyses and updated tables/graphics provide details of what’s new.

To download the complete study click here.

8/11 Serves as Reminder to Call 811 Before Digging

PORTLAND, Ore. — NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) hopes this date, 8/11, will serve as a reminder to call 811 before digging to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes a line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Scott Gallegos, compliance supervisor for NW Natural. “It really is the only way to know which lines are buried in your area.”

Striking a gas pipeline can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. That’s why it is a federal law to call 811 at least two business days before digging.

When the call is made, the homeowner or contractor is connected to the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utilities of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested site to mark the locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

2012 Gas Outlook

Released annually, the Gas Outlook is a detailed ten-year look at expected natural gas demand, supply availability and prices in the Northwest. The Outlook offers unique insight, representing a consensus view of the regional natural gas market developed by industry participants directly serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

“We have seen unprecedented change in the natural gas industry over the past few years,
” said Frank Morehouse, NWGA Board President. “The Gas Outlook helps industry observers gain insight on what those changes mean for our region,” he added.

Breakthroughs in drilling technology have unlocked vast reserves of shale gas, replacing past concerns over declining production with plentiful supply. Regional demand for natural gas is expected to grow annually by an average of 0.9 percent per year, leading to a cumulative growth of 8.1 percent by 2021. The role of natural gas as a fuel to generate electricity is a key question discussed in the 2012 Gas Outlook.

Read Entire 2012 Gas Outlook Here

 

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June 7 -8, 2017: 14th Annual Energy Conference

unknown14th Annual Energy Conference
June 7 – 8, 2017

Annual Energy Conference Program

 

Skamania Lodge: Discounted rates are $152, plus lodge fees and taxes for a forest view room and $172, plus lodge fees and taxes for a river view room. The Lodge now has a 5-day cancellation policy. The lodge is currently SOLD OUT for the night of June 8, you may request to be put on the waitlist.  Reservations are available now by contacting the Lodge 1-800-221-7117 and let them you are attending the Annual Energy Conference. Make online using the code 1XW46U.

Alternative Lodging Options:

Best Western Plus at Columbia River Inn                           Columbia Gorge Inn
735 WaNaPa Street                                                                    404 Wa Na Pa Street
Cascade Locks OR 97014                                                         Cascade Locks OR 97014 
Reservations: 541-374-8777                                                    Telphone:  541-374-0015
                                                                                                       Online Reservations

CANCELLATIONS:
Refund, less $50 fee, will be given up to May 26, 2017. After that date, we have already confirmed headcounts and committed to your cost of attendance. We are happy to allow substitutions by calling 503.344.6637.

Continuing Education Credits: We have applied to receive approval for attorneys (Oregon and Washington) to earn CLEs for the attendance at the annual energy conference.

Who is attending?

 Lawrence Acker — Van Ness Feldman LLP  Teresa Acosta — Calpine Energy Solutions  Judy Adair — Northwest Gas Association  Rick Adair — Energy NewsData  Paula Allen — United Energy Trading  Ronald Amen — Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC  Dana Anderson — Avista  Darren Anderson — Idaho Power  Shalena Armstrong — Shell Energy  Mckenzie Avenetti — SUPREME PERLITE COMPANY  Nick Avenetti — Supreme Perlite Company  Graham Bailey — NORPAC  Jay Balasbas — Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission  Jay Balasbas — Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission  Donna Barnett — Perkins Coie  Keith Barnhart — Shell Energy North America  Beth Beatty — Cost Management Services, Inc.  David Bennett — FortisBC Energy Inc.  Walter Bennett — Williams Northwest Pipeline  Tim Boyd — The TSB Group  Ed Brewer — Willliams Northwest Pipeline  Edward Brewer — Williams Northwest Pipeline  Tyne Brownlow — International Paper  Ian Burkheimer — Plum Energy  Jeff Bush — Calpine Energy Solutions  John Campion — PSE  John Carr — Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities  Brent Carson — Van Ness Feldman LLP  Dan Casey — Thermic  Nick Caumanns — Cascadia Energy Ltd  Ed Coghlan — ON Semiconductor  Cliff Conte — Calpine Energy Solutions  Scott Corzine — Puget Sound Energy  Becky Coughlin — IGI/BP  Robert Cox — Kapstone Paper  Brian Cunnington — Cascade Natural Gas  Lynn Dahlberg — Williams Northwest Pipeline  Charles Deister — Jordan Cove LNG  Cynthia Des Brisay — FortisBC  Bill Donahue — Puget Sound Energy  Candice Engel  Ralph Epling — IGI Resources, a BP Energy Company  Carl Fink — Blue Planet Law  Grant Forsyth — Avista Corp.  Kelly Francone — Energy Strategies  Ken Fuhr — Independent Energy Consultants(BC)  Alan Garcia — NW Natural  Kimberly Gentle — Pend Oreille PUD  Laren Gertsch — Williams Northwest Pipeline  Rich Greenwell — Cost Management Services, Inc  Teresa Griffels — Portland General Electric  Sara Grigsby — SUPREME PERLITE COMPANY  Scott Gutting — Energy Strategies  Jena Hackett — International Paper  Steve Harper — Noble Gas & Power  Charley Hathaway — Northwest Procurement Solutions LLC  Tom Haymaker — Clark Public Utilities  Clifton Hazen — NW Natural  Leslie Heilbrunn — Portland General Electric  Kim Heiting — NW Natural  Eric Hiaasen — Clatskanie PUD  Nancy Holbrook — IGI Resources, Inc.  Chris Horn — Columbia Steel Casting Co.  Brandon Houskeeper — Puget Sound Energy  Sam Jackson — Apex Companies  Jason Johns — Stoel Rives LLP  Curtis Johnson — Calpine Energy Solutions  Garth Johnson — Enbridge Inc.  Scott Johnson — NW Natural  Cheryl Jones — Southern Cross Corp  Massoud Jourabchi — Northwest Power and Conservation Council  Robert Kahn — Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC)  Nick Kaiser — Nippon Dynawave Packaging Co.  Andreas Kammereck — Golder Associates Inc.  Bryn Karaus — Van Ness Feldman  Ryin Khandoker — Portland General Electric  Cathy Kim — Portland General Electric  John Kinder — Questar Pipeline, LLC  Alan Kiraly — SUPREME PERLITE COMPANY  Peter Kresnyak — Absolute Energy  Michele Kvam — Puget Sound Energy, Inc.  Mary Lang — FortisBC  Nancy Lange — NW Natural  Andrew Lightfoot — Puget Sound Energy  Tamy S Linver — NW Natural  Scott Madison — Intermountain Gas Company  Dave Madsen — Williams Northwest Pipeline  Daniel Mangeac — IGI Resources, INC.  Bruce Martin — WestRock Tacoma  Eric Martin — Stoel Rives LLP  Eric Martuscelli — Cascade Natural Gas Corporation  Jawad Masud — TransCanada  Josh McCall — BP  Mary McCordic — Shell Energy North America (Canada) Inc.  Gayle McCutchan — Calpine Energy Solutions  Gayle McCutchan — Calpine Energy Solutions  Mike McGrath — Intermountain Gas Company  Timothy McMahan — STOEL RIVES LLP  George Minter — SoCalGas  Jerry Mishler — Supreme Perlite Company  Jody Morehouse — Avista  Bob Morman — Cascade Natural Gas - MDU  Kirby Morrow — Absolute Energy  Stewart Muir — Resource Works  Tom Myrberg — Questar Pipeline, LLC  Stephen Newell — Ruby Pipeline  Thomas Pardee — Avista Corp  Joelyn Pineda — Shell Energy North America  Justin Pino — United Energy Trading  Rob Platt — United Energy Trading  Elizabeth Ponce — U.S. Cellular  Aldis Raisters — Georgia-Pacific  Jassi Randhawa — FortisBC  Rick Rautenbach — Enbridge  Connor Reiten — NWGA  Clay Riding — Northwest Innovation Works  Grant Ringel — Puget Sound Energy  Chris Robbins — Cascade Natural Gas Corp.  Mike Roberts — KapStone  Thad Roth — Energy Trust of Oregon  Shan Rowbotham — City of Ellensburg  Shan Rowbotham — City of Ellensburg  Dave Santen — NW Natural  Amy Schulties — NW Natural  Kaylene Schultz — Avista  Randy Schultz — IGI Resources, Inc.  Robert Schuster — FortisBC  Eric Scott — Avista Corporation  Mark Sellers-Vaughn — Cascade Natural Gas Corporation  Gary Sernovitz — Lime Rock Management  Steve Simmons — Northwest Power and Conservation Council  Tom Simpson — NW Natural  Gurvinder Singh — Puget Sound Energy  Heather Sixkiller — Portland General Electric  Trudy Slagle — Lamb Weston  Derrick Smith — MacKay Sposito  Teresa Smith — Pend Oreille PUD  Jared Sommer — BYU-Idaho  Tania Specogna — FortisBC Inc  Buddy Stanavich — City of Ellensburg  Mark Steele — Norpac Foods  Ashleigh Stewart — Boeing  Ashley Stowkowy — TransCanada  Ashley Stowkowy — TransCanada  Don Sturtevant — Simplot  Dennis Swanson — FortisBC  David Swenson — Intermountain Gas Company  Mona Tandon — Van Ness Feldman  Mike Thueson — BYU-Idaho  Gary Venz — Williams Northwest Pipeline  Fred Weisberg — Weisberg Law Corporation  Jay White — TransCanada  Keith White — NW Natural  Rusty Williams — BP  Bruce Wittmann — Wittmann Consulting LLC  Brian Wood — Nippon Dynawave Packaging Co.  Tom Yarborough — Weyerhaeuser Company  Dave Yexley — MDU Utilities Group-Cascade Natural Gas