GAS POWER Direct [Feb. 18, 2015]

Pennsylvania Moves to Tax Natural Gas Extraction

Pennsylvania seems poised to levy a severance tax on natural gas extraction after new Governor Tom Wolf proposed a change in the state’s treatment of gas production that could produce…

Massachusetts Looks to Boost Natural Gas Infrastructure

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is considering a bill that would enact sweeping changes in the state’s energy mix, among them a tax to support construction of new natural gas…

Using Fuel Cells for Distributed CHP in Gas Transmission

Moving natural gas through long-distance pipelines requires substantial energy, and much of that energy is lost when the gas must be reduced in pressure before it reaches end users. But…

European Power Markets Force Changes at RWE, E.ON, and Vattenfall

Persistently low prices on the wholesale electricity market are forcing RWE—the third-largest electricity provider in Europe, serving 16 million customers—to consider dismantling some gas-fired power plants and shipping them abroad,…

Global CHP Still Struggling to Break Out of Its Niche

Despite its efficiency and environmental benefits, combined heat and power (CHP) generation has languished at around 10% of worldwide capacity for more than a decade. But a global review shows…

U.S. Will Seek to Cut Upstream Methane Emissions Up to 45% by 2025

The Obama administration announced on Jan. 14 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose new regulations to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, as well…