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Why I'm Bullish on Natural Gas

Smog in Tehran Iran

Most politicians, energy experts and consumers cite the abundant supply and low price of natural gas realized by the U.S. Shale Gas Revolution as reason to celebrate. However, natural gas producers, investors, and speculators who have bet on higher prices still continue to “sing the blues.” Despite recent NYMEX natural gas futures prices hovering around $2.05/MMBtu and lower physical natural gas prices, I am very bullish on natural gas for a variety of reasons. In fact, I believe that three times the current price is a bargain for the benefits that the fuel provides. 

Recent events in the Chinese stock market and the steep decline in crude oil prices are wreaking havoc on global economies and reducing revenues to OPEC producing countries, respectively.  However, when things are not going well economically, it forces national and local governments to rethink their energy policies and the fuels they rely on to heat and cool homes and businesses, produce electricity, and transport people and goods. It is indeed a time when fuels traditionally used in a country are vulnerable to new thinking that puts a premium on human health and environmental issues.

Fortunately, abundant and inexpensive U.S. shale gas and LNG Exports from the U.S. to Europe, Asia and South America will provide more economic options to national and local governments that want to begin attacking chronic air pollution problems in their large urban centers. As natural gas takes center stage as a solution to chronic air pollution, demand for the fuel will increase and so will prices. Let me explain. Read more about Why I'm Bullish on Natural Gas

I Think I Figured Out How to Make Sense of the Clean Power Plan

Risk factors for Critical Energy Infrastructure

As an energy expert, it’s difficult to escape news and commentary about EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan. However, I’m not a lawyer, but someone interested in how to make sense of the plan when it comes to cybersecurity and energy markets. More important, I’ve asked myself if the Clean Power Plan is just a speed bump or really a rule that is masking a megatrend. I’m leaning toward the latter when it comes to the energy sector, but have specific ideas when it comes to cybersecurity and ensuring reliable secure supplies and reasonable prices of electricity, natural gas, crude oil and refined petroleum products.  Read more about I Think I Figured Out How to Make Sense of the Clean Power Plan

Making Oil & Gas Pipelines More Resilient

Meaning of Infrastructure Resilience

 Some Blue Sky Ideas On Achieving Resiliency 

  1. It's not just a cybersecurity problem- physical security, aging infrastructure, traditional IT security and Industrial Control Security [Operational Technology] have to be considered. 
  2. The Government can’t do it for the industry.
  3. Who is responsible for resilience in your company- CIO, CISO, Chief Engineer, Chief OT Operations or the Chief Risk Officer? 
  4. Establish a Resiliency Office in your company that pulls togetger all factors that make up resiliency.
  5. Establish an Industry Sponsored Oil & Gas Infrastructure Resiliency Center.
  6. Need cybersecurity and technological breakthroughs that enable us to systematically manage risks and not over react to latest attack.
  7. Greater need for resilient SCADA and PLCs to detect pipeline problems and automated oil and gas shut off system when leaks occur in aging pipelines.

 Read more at Presentation made at Oil & Gas Cybersecurity Conference in 2015

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Energy Independence Usher in New Era of Cybersecurity Risks

Clean Energy Block Building Blocks

I had planned on discussing this topic at the 2015 Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Security Conference in Atlanta GA on October 29, 2015. However, I wasn't able to attend the meeting since I had a family emergency. I will post the presentation or talk shortly. Below is an abstract from my presentation. Read more about EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Energy Independence Usher in New Era of Cybersecurity Risks

Creating a Global Spot Market in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

LNG Landing Prices June 2015

It’s no secret that Cheniere Energy’s chief executive Charif Souki would like to link LNG to global natural gas prices and unlink it to the value of oil. This is a great idea whose time has come. North America’s plentiful shale gas and future LNG Export facilities like Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal,  Dominion’s Cove Point terminal,  Freeport LNG's Freeport terminal plus cross border pipeline facilities to Mexico and Canada will make this a reality. Read more about Creating a Global Spot Market in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Why It’s Time for a Physical Natural Gas Market Remake

What Flamingos and gas price indices have in common?

Two articles in the September issue of Energy Risk Magazine raised troubling issues about the growing popularity of physical natural gas prices indices, declining number of transactions used to calculate them and growing regulatory risks that energy companies face from the FERC’s enforcement staff. Also falling liquidity at physical natural gas hubs could affect natural gas futures and swaps. Read more about Why It’s Time for a Physical Natural Gas Market Remake

Natural Gas Pipelines face modernization- Are Oil Pipelines Next?

Federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commisson issued proposed regulations that would help to modernize the interstate natural gas pipelines in the U.S. Rumor has it that the Department of Energy pressured FERC to do so in an effort to reduce natural gas (methane) leaks from aging pipelines. Methane is a green house gas that makes significant contributions to global warming. Read more about Natural Gas Pipelines face modernization- Are Oil Pipelines Next?

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Tom is a very thoughtful, conscientious professional in the energy industry, knowledgeable on a wide variety of matters relating to the regulation of energy systems, including oil, petroleum products, natural gas, electricity and hydroeletricity. He has shown great leadership in understanding and using technology to improve regulation, and had expanded that competency to address issues related to cyber security. He is particularly aware of the impact of regulation on businesses, the economy, and consumers.

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at American Gas Association

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