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By Mark Blatt
January 6, 2007
An increasing number of mines and oil and gas companies are seeking new markets through the development of natural gas-fired power plants in America, a new report states.
Many of the companies, including Chesapeake Energy, Duke Energy and Exelon Corp., want to expand the number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants to serve their clients’ increasing energy needs.
Many energy and environmental experts have called the gas boom as an expensive distraction from the reality of global warming and climate change.
Chesapeake’s proposed gas-fired power plant at the Anacostia River is one of 12 LNG plants proposed in America over the next 10 years. (photo: Chesapeake Energy)
In the next five years, it is projected that there will be 4,300 megawatts of LNG installed in the United States. By 2030, that figure is expected to rise to 15,400 megawatts.
By that time, the proposed gas plant, dubbed “The Gateway,” will have more capacity than four of the nation’s new nuclear plants combined and will use only about 4 percent of the nation’s electricity, according to the Energy InformatiXO 카지노on Administration.
“The current gas and electricity market is in desperate need of reform,” said Mike Ellington, vice president and general counsel for the Southern Alliance for C바카라lean Energy.
Some American energy companies believe LNG will soon reach a point where it can rival coal as the best source of electricity.
“What the industry wants us to do is look at natural gas for the future and the reality is we haven’t figured out how to do it yet,” said Mark Wegmann, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon. “The reason LNG is here now is that natural gas is affordable.”
LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is liquid and comes from the Arctic to the 모나코 카지노Pacific. It emits no emissions or hazardous substances that must be cleaned up.
“It is the cleanest fuel available and the fuel that I think will replace coal in a generation,” said Tom Kossen, senior vice president for research at energy consultant Carbon Management. “For every megawatt of gas it requires a massive amount of natural gas to get it going.”
New York-based Exelon Inc. and Duke Energy Inc. have partnered on the proposed Gateway LNG plant to develop 1.2 million acre-fee