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Canada’s North Vancouver Launching Bitcoin Heating Pilot with MintGreen in 2022

Canada’s North Vancouver Launching Bitcoin Heating Pilot with MintGreen in 2022

The financial market novelty substitute for fossil fuels, waste heat from Bitcoin mining, has reached southwestern British Columbia (BC). MintGreen Blockchain Innovation Corp. announced the sale of the Bitcoin byproduct to Lonsdale Energy Corp. (LEC), a district heating utility owned by the City of North Vancouver.  The city’s hydronic district energy system delivers heat to…

October 19, 2021
Exports Have Little Impact on Rising U.S. Natural Gas Prices, CLNG Says

Exports Have Little Impact on Rising U.S. Natural Gas Prices, CLNG Says

U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports are not to blame for the sharp spike in Henry Hub prices, according to a leading trade group.  “The idea that LNG is having some outsized impact on price is mathematically impossible when we actually start to dig into this,” said Executive Director Charlie Riedl of the Center for…

October 19, 2021
British Columbia’s FortisBC Resumes Renewable Natural Gas Marketing Program

British Columbia’s FortisBC Resumes Renewable Natural Gas Marketing Program

After a two-year pause to round up new supplies, British Columbia (BC) distribution firm FortisBC resumed as of Friday (Oct. 15) a renewable natural gas (RNG) marketing program that turned out to be a success since starting small in 2011. The organic gas program, a North American first when it began, fuels a mini-boom for…

October 19, 2021
Natural Gas Futures Plummet Below $5 as Mild Weather to Prevail into Early November

Natural Gas Futures Plummet Below $5 as Mild Weather to Prevail into Early November

Natural gas futures extended their losses on Monday as cold weather remained largely absent from long-range forecasts. Despite higher global prices, the November Nymex gas futures contract plunged 42.1 cents to settle at $4.989/MMBtu. December dropped 36.4 cents to hit $5.236. Spot gas prices also continued to slide, with NGI’s Spot Gas National Avg. slipping…

October 18, 2021
Energy-Hungry China Could Deepen Global Natural Gas Shortage

Energy-Hungry China Could Deepen Global Natural Gas Shortage

While the prospect of a cold winter is threatening to send an energy market already in crisis spiraling further, efforts in China to secure the supplies it needs to get through the season could make matters worse. China is the world’s largest energy consumer, and it has rapidly transformed into a natural gas-buying behemoth in…

October 18, 2021
Russia Limits Additional Natural Gas Deliveries to Europe, Sending Prices Higher — LNG Recap

Russia Limits Additional Natural Gas Deliveries to Europe, Sending Prices Higher — LNG Recap

European natural gas prices jumped Monday after Russia booked little additional pipeline capacity to move more supplies to the continent next month. Gazprom PJSC booked no additional capacity for November through Ukraine during an auction Monday. The company took only about 35% of the available capacity via Belarus and Poland next month. The auction’s results…

October 18, 2021
China’s Thirst for Natural Gas to Test an Already Stretched Energy Market This Winter

China’s Thirst for Natural Gas to Test an Already Stretched Energy Market This Winter

While the prospect of a cold winter is threatening to send an energy market already in crisis spiraling further, efforts in China to secure the supplies it needs to get through the season could make matters worse. China is the world’s largest energy consumer, and it has rapidly transformed into a natural gas-buying behemoth in…

October 15, 2021
Global Natural Gas Markets Facing ‘Significant Uncertainty’ Heading Into Winter

Global Natural Gas Markets Facing ‘Significant Uncertainty’ Heading Into Winter

Moving the energy economy to net zero emissions is timely and costly, and the world now faces another dilemma: a natural gas market under “tremendous pressure” ahead of winter, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Wednesday. In launching its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO-2021), the global energy watchdog acknowledged that winter 2021/2022 is opening with…

October 13, 2021
ICE Reports Record Volume in September on European Natural Gas Trades

ICE Reports Record Volume in September on European Natural Gas Trades

Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) is logging more record trading activity on its European natural gas futures contracts amid increasing volatility in the global market. An unprecedented 5.5 million Dutch Title Transfer Facility (TTF) futures and options were traded in September, 37% higher than the previous monthly record set in January, ICE said. The exchange also…

October 13, 2021
LNG Growth Said Creating Competitive Global Natural Gas Markets

LNG Growth Said Creating Competitive Global Natural Gas Markets

Turbulence in natural gas pricing facing buyers across the globe is not a sign of an energy system breakdown but rather is a part of the ongoing creation of competitive markets, according to Carina Energy Consulting’s Sam Andrus.  A veteran trader and analyst with decades of experience in the natural gas business, Andrus spoke on…

October 12, 2021
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