CCCA Economic Dashboard: July 11, 2014

July 14, 2014 17:08 by Jill Mortensen in Dashboard, Economy, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Below please find the CC Capital Advisors dashboard as of July 11, 2014.  For a larger image, please click here. 

CCCA Economic Dashboard: July 4, 2014

July 7, 2014 17:36 by Jill Mortensen in Capital Markets, Economy, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Below is the CC Capital Advisors dashboard for July 4, 2014.  Please click HERE for a larger image. 

CCCA Economic Dashboard: June 13, 2014

June 17, 2014 10:16 by Jill Mortensen in Dashboard, Economy, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of June 13, 2014. [More]

CCCA Economic Dashboard: June 6, 2014

June 10, 2014 10:39 by Jill Mortensen in Capital Markets, Dashboard, Economy, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Attached is the CCCA economic dashboard as of June 6, 2014. [More]

"Shale Boom is Only in the First Inning."

February 25, 2014 18:35 by Bill Conway in Energy, Natural Gas, Utilities  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Ryan Lance, CEO of Conoco-Phillips was recently quoted saying, the "shale boom is only in the first inning".  This level of optimism is expected from the CEO of a large energy company.  However, for those of us active in the energy space, the recent developments in the shale gas arena are going to make the energy sector an exciting place to be for the next several years.  The article in the Denver Business Journal can be found HERE.  

Cedigaz: Global gas storage capacity to rise 48% by 2030

Cedigaz has reported that world wide gas storage is expected to increase from 377 billion cubic meters (bcm) at the beginning of 2013 to as much as 631 bcm by 2030.  New storage markets in Asia and the Middle East account for ~60% of this new capacity.  China is seen as a key driver of growth, as much of their storage infrastructure will need to be built from scratch. In more mature markets, such as the US and EU, growth in storage capacity will be limited. Instead the focus will be on new facilities that increase peak deliverability and back up renewable sources such as wind.  Both of these trends seem to favor cavern storage as opposed to man made.  At the beginning of 2013, there were 688 underground gas storage facilities in operation. More than two thirds of these are in North America: 414 in the US and 59 in Canada.  Europe boasts 144 storage locations (99 bcm) and 51 facilities (115.5 bcm) in the CIS. Asia has 18 sites (9.3 bcm), Argentina has one, and Iran has one. These figures are according to Cedigaz data.  Globally, there are 95 projects under construction for an additional 68 bcm of working capacity.  These will be completed by 2020-2025.  141 additional projects are identified at various stages of the planning process, with varying degrees of probability to complete construction. Click to read the full article here.

Laclede Gas Purchase of Missouri Gas Energy Approved

July 18, 2013 17:28 by Clayton Reeves in Cooperatives, M&A, Natural Gas, Regulation, Utilities  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Yesterday, state utility regulators approved the combination of Missouri's two largest natural gas companies. The Missouri Public Service Commission unanimously sent an agreement through that allows Laclede Gas Co. to purchase Missouri Gas Energy. The combined entity will have more than 1.1 million customers. The deal prevents Laclede Gas from seeking a general rate increase in its current service area until October 2015.  However, through the MGE territory, Laclede could seek an immediate rate hike. Read the full story here.

The Rise of Private Public Partnerships

July 18, 2013 14:53 by Bill Conway in Capital Markets, Economy, Energy, M&A, Natural Gas, Private Equity, Regulation, Telecom, Utilities, Water  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Establishing Private Public Partnerships (P3) should have the attention of many municipal organizations across the country since, even in good economic conditions, infrastructure assets are not the highest and best use of a cities limited resources. [More]

BNSF Railway to Test Switch to Natural Gas

March 7, 2013 08:55 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The viability of CNG as a fuel for locomotives is yet another example of how the shale gas "BOOM" is changing the way we live.  As the article states, the conversion to CNG could be equivalent to the move from steam engines to diesel.  The need for CNG terminal stations and the supply infrastructure will also create opportunities for financing entities.    View WSJ Article Here.

Natural Gas Generation to Continue Expanding

February 27, 2013 10:55 by Bill Conway in Capital Markets, Cooperatives, Energy, Engineering & Construction, Natural Gas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Black & Veatch has published a report titled "Coal: Begining the Long Goodbye", outlining their thoughts, supported with some good facts and details, on the future of natural gas and coal generation.  With many coal facilities being shuttered, utility executives should be planning for a future that includes natural gas.  The report indicates gas is a competitive resource at $4.5 to $6 per cubic foot, and has set a price target of $5 in 2020.    Click Here to Read Article.

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