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Natural Gas Bans – Coming to Your Home Soon?

A home stove is a symbol of comfort and security. The smell of cookies in the oven, mom’s mac and cheese, the sizzle of a rib eye. That is why this headline is jarring: Your gas stove could be hurting everyone around you.” It is a recent…

Get Ready for a Cold and Costly Winter

Natural gas prices are rising and could be the most expensive in 13 years this winter. (Source)  That can translate to higher costs for homeowners for heat and cooking. Natural gas prices have doubled in 2021 already. Look for more increases,…

It's Chilling! Energy Markets and Higher Costs

The energy market is showing that supply and demand are still in effect. Right now, the highlight is the price of natural gas, used in homes but also by many utilities to make electricity. The price of natural gas is 70% above recent lows;…

Policymakers, Try This Energy Mash-up

Let’s put together two energy ideas. Policymakers ought to pay attention to the ways these ideas can work together. Headline One: 5% of Earth's Power Plants Create 73% of the Energy Sector's Emissions Headline Two: Gas could act as 'second…

Weekend Energy Consumer: Natural Gas Ban Edition

The headline: San Francisco votes to ban natural gas in newer buildings. That means heating and cooking with natural gas. That means apartments and homes, not just businesses. Dozens of cities have enacted similar bans, many in California.…

Quick Take - Gas or Gasoline?

Definitions are important if you are part of the energy industry. For instance – gas and gasoline. Not the same thing. When an energy person talks about gas it is typically natural gas, a fossil energy source from deep in the earth. It is…

Are Natural Gas Prices Going Up?

Home and business owners who use natural gas have had a bargain over the past several years. Prices for that fuel have been low. Utilities do “fuel adjustments” for their customers based on the cost of fuel, so customers have had the benefit. Think…

Should NC DEQ Choose Energy Winners and Losers?

North Carolina has declined permitting for the Southgate segment of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). That segment would come into the state from Virginia. The NC Department of Environmental Quality made that call, listing various objections…

Will Natural Gas Prices Blunt Renewable Growth?

Everyone likes a bargain, right? Depends on how that bargain is handled.  Depends on the smarts of the utility to be able to use that trend well for customers. That is the discussion as the Energy Information Agency said that for the…

Quick Take – Natural Gas Use Being Debated By Cities

Energy regulators meeting in Washington are facing off on cities that are banning the use of natural gas for cooking or heating in residences. “Depending on how widespread it becomes, the wave of bans, as well as other incentives for building…