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The direct use of natural gas continues to be the most affordable energy option for home heating and offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than other home energy sources. After an extraordinarily warm winter last year, even normal conditions would mean that residential customers this year would use more gas on average and therefore see slightly higher bills. AGA predicts consumers will experience a nine to eleven percent increase in overall heating bills this winter compared to the 2015-16 winte​
Results of a new NAHB study that compared the price of a gas home to a comparable home with electric heating and appliances.
The American Gas Foundation released a study titled, “Expanding Natural Gas Service to Multifamily Buildings,” focusing on ways in which state and local government, natural gas utilities, and other interest groups have worked to improve access to natural gas service in multi-family structures in their localities.
Read about the GFEN Blue Flame Award Winner: Manitowoc's FilterQuick™ Frymaster Fryer
On average, residential natural gas bills may be 5 to 7 percent lower this winter compared to the pr​evious winter.Abundant supplies, reasonable temperatures and a moderate increase in total U.S. deman​d may result in residential natural gas bills lower compared to last year,” said Bruce McDowell, AGA​’s Managing  Director of Policy Analysis. “This winter, many Americans on average may see the second-lowest bills  they’ve seen in the past decade.” 
The average household winter heating fuel expenditures discussed in this STEO provide a broad guide to changes compared with last winter. However, fuel expenditures for individual households are highly dependent on the size and energy efficiency of individual homes and their heating equipment, thermostat settings, local weather conditions, and market size.
Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states—including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC—taking major steps that improved their scores in the ninth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The State Scorecard ranking of the states is issued annually with the support of the US Department of Energy.
Tim Seel discusses the latest Superior Radiant Products infrared lines and how commercial and industrial customers can improve heating efficiencies.
Broad Direct Fired Absorption chiller heaters deliver reliable comfort in a simple easy to operate package. Learn how EF Academy incorporated campus cooling and heating with natural gas for big savings.​
This freshly updated guide for natural gas information shows that natural gas customers saved an average of $693 per year from 2012-2013 while reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by half a million metric tons. In addition, emissions from distribution pipelines dropped an additional six percent in 2014 as utilities continued to upgrade and modernize infrastructure to enhance safety.
Cambridge Engineering announces the addition of a new remote control station that enhances the already notable energy efficiencies achieved from their SA-Series units. Dubbed CE-SmartTM, this control includes proprietary features and benefits that allow for the maximization of efficiency for any given space’s operating conditions.
IntelliChoice Energy (ICE) is proud to announce its 2015 quarterly webinar series!
Larry Olmsted is a Forbes contributor shows there are a lot of ways to cook pizza at home. He has tried many of them and the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box is his favorite to date.
An Action Plan for Net Zero Energy Housing in Canada Moves Forward.
Report demonstrates significant savings in direct comparison between SA-Series HTHV Direct Gas-Fired Heaters and Standard Unit Heaters.
Job Summary: Manages the implementation of the CenterPoint Energy’s Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP) in the Minnesota region. Provides support to the regulatory process and ensures that the CIP programs are implemented in compliance with all regulatory requirements and that energy conservation goals are achieved. Manages contract negotiations and administration for program contractors and vendors.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) is paving the streets in the center of Rutland, Vermont, running the largest commercial laundry in the state, as well as heating the hospital - and there won’t be a pipeline in the city until 2020.
NGVAmerica, the NGV industry and its advocates rally in support of the adoption of the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard that will be voted on at the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) meeting to be held July 13–17 in Detroit, Michigan. The adoption of the DGE standard is a critical issue that will have lasting effects on the future of the industry.
GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business announced the launch of its new, 10-megawatt (MW) class Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine for the 60-Hz North American segment, offering one of the highest electrical efficiency commercially available today.
The Obama Administration’s “Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions,” released at the end of March, included recognition that efforts to modernize infrastructure and enhance pipeline safety have significantly contributed to a declining trend in natural gas emissions.
The natural gas industry performed reliably in the face of colder than normal temperatures and numerous record-setting demand days this winter, the industry’s Natural Gas Council (NGC) said today.
Study by IHS CERA and the American Gas Foundation (AGF): The new abundance and availability of domestic natural gas is opening up opportunities for consumers, businesses and industries to expand their use of this fuel source, as detailed by a study released today.
German Agency certifies natural gas fired infrared heaters are exempt from European renewable energy requirement for buildings.
In an unlikely partnership between longtime adversaries, some of the nation's biggest energy companies and environmental groups announced Wednesday, March 20, 2013 that they have agreed on a voluntary set of standards for gas and oil fracking in the Northeast.
Rethinking Rethinking
Today’s natural gas industry delivers space and water heating, feedstock for chemical manufacturing and fertilizers, fuel for electricity generation and vehicles, and provides many other services to consumers throughout the U.S. economy. Natural gas contributes to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, complements the intermittency of renewable electricity generation, fuels the fires of industrial production, adds value to our national economy, and is produced right here at home.
Promise Promise
The Promise of Natural Gas sets out a vision that points to a decade or more of relative market stability projected for this domestic, abundant fuel—and what that potential means for our nation and energy consumers.
To formalize and support the close interagency coordination that is required to accelerate greater investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP, this order directs certain executive departments and agencies to convene national and regional stakeholders to identify, develop, and encourage the adoption of investment models and State best practice policies for industrial energy efficiency and CHP.​
In cities and towns throughout the country, natural gas utilities are working with their local governments to find cost-effective ways to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of clean natural gas.
Investment in plants and people drives a stampede toward growth.
Waste heat to power (WHP) is the process of capturing heat discarded by an existing industrial process and using that heat to generate power.
The Energy Department recently released a new methodology for evaluating homeowner savings through residential energy codes.
Webcast on Jun 28, 2012 - 2:00 Eastern Time This webcast will teach Federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. To register and for more information http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/femp/training/course_detail_live.cfm/CourseDateId=466​
The AGF study entitled “The Potential for Renewable Gas: Biogas Derived from Biomass Feedstocks and Upgraded to Pipeline Quality” suggests that policy makers and other stakeholders should further explore ways to enhance the production, distribution and use of this vital, domestic renewable resource. ​
The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has just released an update to the State Activities website, which contains a wealth of information about industrial energy use in each state in the U.S., along with new information on state-by-state ITP activities.
ACEEE released a new study Challenges Facing Combined Heat and Power Today: A State-by-State Assessment, which profiles CHP markets in each state and identifies which elements of the market are encouraging or discouraging CHP deployment.
A new report by the Western Governors' Association: "Industrial Energy Efficiency: Improving competitiveness, reducing emissions" is now available for download. The report draws attention to the value of industrial energy efficiency as an economic development strategy, and highlights the potential of CHP. It includes state policy recommendations in four areas, including policies to support combined heat and power.
Potential Gas Committee Members Unveil Increase in Natural Gas Resource Assessment since Year-end 2008 Report
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the release of five case studies on May 26 from a series spotlighting some of the most innovative projects funded under the Department's BetterBuildings program.​
The American Gas Association (AGA) recently released its latest study, “The Positive Natural Gas Supply Situation Benefits Consumers – A Look at January 2011,” which finds that customers are greatly benefitting from the sustained, stable production of domestic natural gas. According to the report, consumers bills would be approximately 40 to 70 percent higher today had natural gas prices in a supply-constrained 2006 persisted.
Members of the Gas Foodservice Equipment Network (GFEN) recently presented Frymaster with its prestigious 2011 Product of the Year Award in a ceremony held during the recent North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers tradeshow.
The award-winning Trane ComfortLink II Thermostat will be available in early 2011, and will be the most advanced home comfort device on the market.
The Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has provided 13 million in funding manufacturing. With this portfolio, ITP is pursuing a relarively large number of projects with limited funding ($300,000 or less) to focus the best minds in the nation on resolving industry's challenges.​
Funding opportunity announced for Research and Development of Fuel Cells for Stationary and Transportation Applications.
In conjunction with a consortium of industrial partners, Energy Concepts Company has commissioned a 2,000-ton ammonia absorption refrigeration unit that chills inlet air to a gas turbine.
For the first time ever, residential fuel cells, an alternative energy solution once used to power NASA shuttles to the moon, have been designed and developed for Americans to use to power their homes and businesses.
Reports detail strategies to save energy in large office buildings and large hospitals The U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released two technical reports that provide recommendations on how to achieve 50% energy savings in large office buildings and large hospitals. Conducted by NREL's Commercial Buildings Group, under the direction of DOE's Building Technologies Program, the studies support DOE's goal of significantly improving the energy ef​