Industrial consumption of natural gas increased 3.3% annually in
the eight years between 1985 and 1992, according to an in-depth
analysis of industrial energy demand by the Gas Research Institute.
The increase, which was nearly twice the rate of competing fuels,
"was largely due to a 28% increase in gas used for industrial
heating and power, including a significant expansion of
cogeneration systems in the paper, chemical and petroleum
industries," GRI said. The report, "The Implications of the Changes
in Industrial Energy Demand 1985-1992 (GRI-99/0030), also analyzes
industrial energy consumption data nationally, regionally and by
industry. "The report looks in detail at changes in product mix,
processes and energy use during the eight-year period for the six
major energy-intensive industries - food, paper chemical, petroleum
refining, primary metals, and stone, clay and glass, and the two
most rapidly growing, but less energy-intensive industries, rubber
and metal durables," said Marie Lihn, GRI project manager. "The
data can provide real insight into potential future energy
consumption in each of these key industrial sectors." To order
copies of the report, call Kelly Murray at 703-526-7832 (fax 7808)
or e-mail at baseline@GRI.org. The report is $125 for GRI members,
$175 for non-members, plus shipping and taxes.
The three-member Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) agreed to begin
negotiating with an information services firm to implement an
Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) for the agency, which
regulates oil and gas activity in the state. Eventually, industry
data gathered by the TRC will be accessible via the Internet. The
project will provide an interactive web-based catalog of
exploration and production data. "When it comes to this project,
improved access to valuable technical data is just one benefit,"
said TRC Commissioner Charles Matthews. "I believe the entire
decision-making process for the industry is improved when critical
information is made more readily available."
EDMS will enhance the agency's ability to launch its Electronic
Compliance and Approval Process (ENCAP) project. ECAP is an
initiative that will give Texas producers and operators the ability
to electronically submit and process regulatory compliance
documents required by the TRC. Commissioner Michael Williams was
chosen to oversee the TRC's regulatory reform efforts, including
implementation of ECAP and other initiatives to reduce the agency's
reliance on paper forms and documents.
NSTAR will be the name of the new company created when BEC
Energy and Commonwealth Energy Systems merge. Final regulatory
approvals for the merger are expected this summer. The names of the
operating companies Boston Edison, Commonwealth Electric, Cambridge
Electric and Commonwealth Gas will not change.
Commonwealth Energy President and CEO Russell Wright, who will
be president and COO of NSTAR said, "It will be the largest
combination electric and gas company in New England."
The NSTAR companies will serve about 1.3 million customers in a
service territory that includes the Greater Boston area, central
and southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.
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