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November 9th, 2012

Natural Gas ‚?? Surplus or Shortage For New England?

by Andrew Price, President & COO

Although the United States is awash in natural gas, New England is facing an unexpectedly constrained supply situation this winter. Pipeline infrastructure requires enormous capital investment; intrastate networks that deliver into New England have not had sufficient time to accommodate the vast new natural gas discoveries in the Mid-Atlantic US. Traditional sources of supply for northern New England, including the Sable Offshore Energy Project (Sable) in the waters off Nova Scotia, are not producing at expected levels. As a result New England consumers are stuck paying very high “basis” costs and are not realizing the full benefit of historic low natural gas commodity prices.

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November 1st, 2012

Colby College Biomass Facility

by Andrew Price, President & COO

I had the good fortune to attend the NNECERAPPA conference at Colby College in Waterville Maine on October 15th.  (NNECERAPPA stands for Northern New England Chapter Eastern Region Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers). Besides winning the award for conference with the longest and most confusing acronym, the conference was notable for an excellent presentation about, and tour of, Colby’s state-of-the-art wood chip combined heat and power plant.

 

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October 25th, 2012

Fuel Cells

by Andrew Price, President & COO

I am always looking for ways to stay current on the most recent energy technology developments. CES has been involved with several Fuel Cell projects recently, and I was fortunate to be able to participate in a Fuel Cell workshop on October 18th at the University of Southern Maine. The workshop was hosted by the Hydrogen Energy Center in conjunction with the University of Maine System. Speakers joined by video link from around the country and included: United Technologies Corp. (UTC), Harriman Associates, Fuel Cell Energy, General Motors, and the University of Maine.

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October 18th, 2012

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

by Andrew Price, President & COO

As I discussed in a previous blog entry, trucked natural gas can take the form of either Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The previous blog focused on CNG - natural gas compressed to about 3,500 psi to increase energy density. This blog will look at LNG.

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