The US Energy Information Administration expects the US to become a net exporter of natural gas in 2017 for the first time since 1958. The prediction is based on declining pipeline imports from Canada, increased pipeline exports to Mexico, and greater liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Asia and Europe. By 2026, the EIA projects US. exports at 4 trillion cubic feet. Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG facility has begun LNG deliveries to foreign markets, and four other large LNG export terminals are currently under construction. The sudden abundance of natural gas in the country as a low-priced resource has inspired a rush of proposals for new or expanded pipelines to move the resource to domestic and foreign consumers.

US coal exports have increased more than 60% this year due to soaring demand from Europe and Asia. The revival in exports compared to this time last year is attributed to increasing demand from China, South Korea, the UK and France.

UK Royal Mail has agreed to purchase 100 electric vans from Peugeot to be used as delivery vehicles. The vans will go into service starting this December at delivery offices around the UK, supported by a comprehensive rollout of EV charging infrastructure. The lithium-ion battery pack is fitted under the load floor, ensuring there is no loss of load space compared with petrol models. The van will carry a gross payload of 552 kg (1,217 lbs).

A hydrogen fuel cell powered street sweeper has started operating in the Netherlands town of Hoogezand. The street sweeper operates much more silently than its conventional counterparts as hydrogen fuel cells make no noise. The operator fills the tank with hydrogen, which the machine then uses to create the electricity that drives its powertrain. The only emission from this process is pure water. The vehicle can operate for one and half days on a single charge. (See photo above)

Disney Cruise Line now has 3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels in its cruise liner lineup. The ships are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany with scheduled completion dates of 2021, 2022 and 2023. The ships are to be approximately the same size – 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned.

The US state of New York wants 50% renewable electricity by 2030. To achieve this goal the government announced plans to build 80 miles of transmission infrastructure in the northern part of the state to bring electricity generated by hydroelectric facilities and wind farms to the lower, more populous, part of the state. Construction is expected to take four years and would begin in 2019, with the cost about $450 million. The current 230 kilo-volt transmission lines will be increased to  345 kV.

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1 Comment on Energy Facts of the Day

  1. Elroy Jetson says:

    I wonder how much of New York State’s planned renewable energy target will be met by ‘free’ electricity from Ontario?