Ivey Site is an Example of Energy Development at its Best


Categorized in: blogrightrails, Colorado, Hydraulic Fracturing, Infrastructure, National

Adams County Commissioners will soon be considering whether to allow energy development at the Ivey site in the northwest corner of the county. This will be a safe, well-regulated project that will deliver enormous economic benefits to the region. But make no mistake: anti-energy activists will try to stop this project with fear, intimidation, and misinformation

The Ivey site development is an example of energy development at its best. It will contribute to America’s energy supply while helping the local community. Homes, schools, and parks are situated well outside the setback requirements for energy development at the Ivey site. The project will rely on pipelines, not trucks, for removing and transporting developed resources. This will help control traffic around the site. In addition, a solid emergency response plan has been developed, with support from local officials.

In addition to supporting jobs, the Ivey site will contribute more than $76 million in tax revenues over the life of the project. These funds can help improve our schools, libraries, parks, and government services.

It would be a mistake to sacrifice the opportunities of the Ivey site project for the unjustified fears promoted by anti-energy activists. Adams County Commissioners should support this sensible, local energy development.

New Jersey Legislature Should Reject the Nuclear Bailout


Categorized in: blogrightrails, National, Natural Gas, New Jersey

Should rate payers have to pay higher prices to prop up the nuclear industry?

The answer is no. Nuclear power plants aren’t making enough money in New Jersey’s electricity market, so state legislators want the people of New Jersey to pay them a subsidy to protect their earnings. The money they want will come out of ratepayers’ pockets.

If the nuclear industry cannot compete with alternative forms of energy, then it should not be up to us to subsidize the owners of these plants. Government interference in favor of nuclear power will help that industry at the expense of the average New Jersey resident. That is not the right thing for the government to do. There is no good reason for legislators to force residents to pay more for electricity to make these plants more profitable.

The New Jersey Legislature should stand up for families and businesses by rejecting the nuclear bailout.

Support Minnesota Line 3


Categorized in: blogrightrails, Infrastructure, Minnesota, National

A pipeline known as Line 3 has been delivering energy safely and efficiently to Minnesota for over 50 years. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is currently holding a public comment period to receive feedback on this project. 

It is now time to look toward the future and build a replacement pipeline so Minnesota residents have access to affordable and reliable energy in the years to come. Along with improving our energy infrastructure and safety standards, this project will also support good-paying jobs, provide a boost for local economies, and increase tax revenue for public services.

 

Ohio Ratepayers Shouldn’t have to Bail Out Aging Power Plants


Categorized in: blogrightrails, National, Ohio

Utilities in Ohio are asking state lawmakers for a BIG favor at the expense of electricity customers. If they get their way, your electric utility rates could increase in order to bailout four aging and uneconomic electric power plants – including one that is in Indiana. These bailouts could cost Ohio families and companies billions of dollars.

HB 381, SB 155, and HB 239 are just three of the several bailout bills being pushed by utility companies that would raise Ohioans’ electric bills. HB 381 proposes a massive bailout to FirstEnergy for two uneconomic nuclear power plants, and SB 155 and HB 239 propose a similar bailout to several electric utility companies for two aging power plants, one of which is in Indiana.

Ohio families shouldn’t have to pay more for electricity just to pad the bottom line of electric utility companies and prop up an aging out-of-state power plant. If these bailouts pass, they will be the next in a long line of subsidies to electric companies that have cost Ohioans nearly $15 billion in utility surcharges.

Preventing Needless Energy Taxes in Pennsylvania


Categorized in: National, Pennsylvania, Taxes

Time is not on our side. With a state budget that’s more than two months overdue, the House has returned to figure out how to balance the budget and fund our state. We must act now. Tell your representative that taxing Pennsylvania energy is not the answer to Harrisburg’s spending. Stop the severance tax today!

 

The governor and his allies don’t seem to care that this is a dangerous tax scheme that could threaten tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, put affordable energy for Pennsylvania families at risk, and threaten America’s energy security.

 

Pennsylvania should not be subjected to a new tax to fund Governor Wolf’s big spending plans. We have to let our representatives know that this energy tax would harm Pennsylvania families.

It’s Time to Fix the Renewable Fuel Standard


Categorized in: Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, RFS, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was supposedly created to help address environmental concerns. However its negative impacts on the American people and its unrealistic mandates produce more damaging effects than benefits.

Damaging Cars: Ethanol blends of more than 10% potentially could damage millions of vehicles and void engine warranties. Many cars, especially ones created before this mandate weren’t designed to accommodate ethanol blends, especially ones over 10%.

Increased Food Cost: The RFS ultimately takes away crops that would normally be used for food. This can cause the price of food and consumer goods to increase.

Hurting Small Business: An ethanol mandate can lead to overhead and delivery cost increases. This would cause a negative chain reaction leaving less money to be reinvested, resulting in small businesses struggling to find the funds to make new hires or even meet payrolls.

The RFS biofuel mandates are causing more harm than good and it needs to be fixed!

Why Florida Needs More Pipelines


Categorized in: Florida, Infrastructure, Natural Gas

Pipelines bring affordable, clean energy. That’s the simple message that Energy Citizens need to tell our fellow Floridians.

There are plans to build new pipelines in our state. Unfortunately, a committed band of activists are trying to stop this investment in Florida’s energy infrastructure. We can’t afford to let extremists stand in the way of these much-needed projects.

One of those pipelines is the Sabal Trail. Andrea Grover of Sabal Trail explains its importance in the Tallahassee Democrat:

Current natural gas pipeline infrastructure in Florida isn’t adequate to meet increased demand for natural gas. This is why Florida Power & Light (FPL) and Duke Energy back the Sabal Trail pipeline.

Their goal is to lower emissions, provide clean natural gas-fueled power plants and decrease customer bills. As one of the largest projects under construction in the industry, both FPL and Duke Energy will receive stable, reliable and low-cost natural gas supply from Sabal Trail.

FPL needs Sabal Trail to provide fuel for its natural gas-fueled power plants. The company has shut down several oil- and coal-fueled power plants and invested in new, highly efficient clean energy centers, saving its customers billions in fuel costs while reducing carbon emissions.

While Ms. Grover is talking about the Sabal Trail project, she could really be talking about any new pipeline. America is in the midst of an energy renaissance, and while we are currently the world’s top producer of natural gas, we need more infrastructures to maintain the US role as an energy superpower. Specific to Floridians, local consumers can’t take advantage of the benefits that America’s abundant natural gas will bring unless we expand the state’s energy infrastructure.

Let’s make sure that Energy Citizens get the word out about the importance of new pipelines this year.

Too much ethanol is a bad thing for Illinois’s fuel supply


Categorized in: E15, Illinois

Another really good commentary piece by Timothy Benson of The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights surfaced recently, this one in Investor’s Business Daily. Roundheads Against King Corn: Why the Renewable Fuel Standard Deserves to Die details how too much ethanol in our fuel supply – like the E15 blend – could hurt everyone from drivers to farmers.

It’s common knowledge that too much ethanol in gasoline could be bad for car and truck engines, and motor-driven tools and devices. But it could also be a drain on our economy. Benson lists some of the impacts of high-ethanol blends on Illinois, found in a study conducted by the Center for Regulatory Solutions:

For example, in The Heartland Institute’s home state of Illinois, CRS argues the RFS has led to unnecessarily high fuel costs totaling $5 billion through 2014, and CRS says the RFS will cost Illinois residents another $17 billion through 2024. These higher fuel costs will depress labor income by roughly $7 billion by 2024, spiking more than 7,000 potential new jobs per year and causing more than $12.1 billion in lost GDP.
The RFS has also increased demand for corn used for ethanol production. Diverting corn to ethanol production means livestock farmers have had to spend more on feed for their livestock. In 2012 alone, Illinois livestock farmers spent $164 million more on feed than they would have without RFS in place.

Illinois drivers have reasons to be concerned about ethanol mandates. Cars could not only get poorer mileage but could also experience engine damage, damage that warranties may not cover because of the ethanol-laden fuel government policies force filling stations to carry.

Energy Citizens will stay on top of developing legislation that could put too much ethanol in the Illinois fuel supply. Keep checking your inbox and we will let you know when drivers need to speak out on potentially harmful policies.

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The Strong Safety Record of Pipelines


Categorized in: Colorado, Infrastructure, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Pipelines have been in the news a lot lately. While activists trying to shut down new pipeline projects make wild claims about their safety, the scientific facts prove the opposite.

  • To prevent leaks, state-of-the-art technology similar to a doctor’s ultrasound machine or MRI is used on the inside of the pipe to scan the walls for any potential problems. In 2012 alone, $2.1 billion was spent by liquid pipeline operators to evaluate, inspect and maintain their pipelines.
  • Liquid pipeline incidents are down 50% since 1999.
  • Corrosion as a cause of pipeline incidents is down 76% since 1999.

Lawmakers and regulators should not be misled by false claims about pipelines. The industry’s commitment to safety through best practices and with the use of modern technology allows companies to ensure that pipelines deliver energy products safely 99.99% of the time. They are also needed to ensure that consumers have access to clean, affordable energy in the years to come. In the debate over expanding our energy infrastructure and greater natural gas use, it’s vital that we keep politics aside and instead focus on the long-term benefits for our country that take the form of lower energy prices, greater job creation, and environmental benefits.

Fix the Renewable Fuel Standard


Categorized in: Colorado, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New England, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, RFS, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

The Houston Chronicle ran an editorial that urges the next administration and Congress to take a hard look at what the newspaper calls the “ethanol happy hour.” In Blended fuels: The fuel standard has created unintended consequences and is ripe for overhaul Chronicle editors write that one thing has gone unnoticed – the blend wall:

That figurative barrier is called the blend wall – the threshold beyond which the U.S. gasoline supply contains more than 10 percent ethanol. Oil industry and small government advocates point to the wall in criticizing the Renewable Fuel Standard, a decade-old law requiring an increasing volume of ethanol and other renewable liquids in the nation’s fuel supply.

Automakers say they can’t guarantee that any but a few of their engines will run properly on mixes of less than 90 percent gasoline, and many fuel suppliers say it’s difficult and expensive to comply with the federal mandate.

Renewable Fuel Standard biofuel mandates could cause a lot of problems, among them potential economic harm. Like the Chronicle, Energy Citizens believes the RFS needs to be fixed.

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