Power study ignores gas

The US Department of Energy overlooked something in the recommendations it published last week on the subject of electric power outages: natural gas.The recommendations appear in the final report of the department's Power Outage Study Team, which examined problems in several areas of the US last year. The team issued a draft report in January (OGJ, Feb. 7, 2000, p. 21).Demand threatProducers of natural gas should worry about anything that threatens demand for electricity, such as unreliable supply and policy overreaction. Fuel for power generation is the high-growth segment of the gas market.A December draft report on natural gas for the National Petroleum Council estimated that elect...

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