Census: Electricity Demand Declines Among U.S. Manufacturing Groups

Overall electricity use in U.S. manufacturing has declined in recent years, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

With an increase in technologies like co-generation, many manufacturing companies have the option to generate their own electricity in addition to pulling directly from the electric grid to run their processes. From 2006 through 2016, the manufacturing sector purchased 87% to 89% of their electricity from the grid and generated the remaining 11% to 13% onsite.

To read more from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, click here.

Quick Facts: Combined Heat & Power

The technology behind Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is simple: instead of sourcing electricity from the local utility and creating hot water or steam with traditional boilers, a CHP system performs both functions with one machine using low cost, plentiful natural gas.

Daughter of Titan Energy Founder to Run Boston Marathon in His Honor

Bridget Kearney, daughter of Titan Energy’s late founder John Kearney, is running the 2018 Boston Marathon! John was an avid marathon runner before he lost his hard fought battle with Lung Cancer in October, 2012. Bridget is raising funds and running for the Mass General team in his honor.  The fundraising money is directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.  

If you would like to help Bridget reach her goal, please click this link to donate.

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TitanGen Memo: Update on Solar Tariff Decision

Last week, the Trump Administration announced it will impose a 30% tariff on solar panels. It's important to ask: what actually drives panel prices and which panel producers have a right to exist in a free market system? How do we separate shortsighted political decisions from the right prescription for renewable energy job growth?

New Year Brings Low Temps, Higher Natural Gas Demand

To all of our East Coast readers riding out the “bomb cyclone,” we hope this finds you at 11 a.m. still in your pajamas, warm cup of cocoa in your hand, hunkering down on your couch to finally catch up on Stranger Things.

If this recent cold snap isn’t enough of a clue, 2018 is already a year for the record books. According to the Energy Information Administration, the lower 48 kicked off the New Year by experiencing the coldest day of the 21st century on Jan. 1. And with those bone-chilling temps, the demand for natural gas skyrocketed, helping to set a new record for natural gas consumption.

Overall, demand reached 150.7 billion cubic feet, which passed the previous single-day record of 143.3 Bcf on Jan. 7, 2014. However, residential and commercial natural gas consumption didn’t appear to set a record that day despite much colder-than-normal temps.

 

New Computer Data Center Powered by Natural Gas Opens in Seattle

Earlier this week, three companies - Cummins, McKinstry and Microsoft - unveiled a pilot project aimed at reducing energy loss through the use of natural gas-powered fuel cells.

The project, which is said to be the first of its kind, has begun taking place at the new Advanced Energy Lab in Seattle. It should improve reliability and efficiency, and reduce operating costs of a data center, according to Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft’s Development and Acquisition team.

"By generating electricity close by — literally on top of the computing hardware — Microsoft's new design eliminates the inefficiency of producing electricity at a distant power plant and transporting it long distances to data centers. That could trim the energy footprint of the fast-growing data-center business, eliminating a portion of the carbon emissions that fuel global warming, and, in the process, save Microsoft a lot of cash."

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Titan Donates to The Arc Quinebaug Valley

 Photo courtesy of the Putnam Town Crier.

Photo courtesy of the Putnam Town Crier.

This article first appeared in the Putnam Town Crier.

PUTNAM - On Oct. 13, Elaine Lind of Titan Energy New England, Inc. presented a donation check to Susan Desrosiers, Executive Director of The Arc Quinebaug Valley, in the amount of $250.

"The Arc Quinebaug Valley is very blessed to have the support of community businesses that surround us. Titan Energy New England, Inc. has always been willing to help our agency and is truly dedicated to The Arc's mission," said Desrosiers.

This gift will help to enhance services provided by The Arc for individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other life-affecting disabilities. Vocational, residential, recreation, day and retirement services offer opportunities for people with disabilities to reach their goals and be integral members of their community.

"Titan Energy New England, Inc. continues to make a difference at The Arc Quinebaug Valley through their generosity and kindness, and for that, we are forever grateful for their support," Desrosiers said.

Hartford Courant: How Your Business Can Stretch the Value of Your Energy Spend

If you’re a business or organization that counts utility costs among its top expenditures, Titan Energy may be able to save you significant amounts of time and money while freeing you to focus on what’s most important -- your core business.

Titan is an energy consultant that works with small, medium and large businesses, municipalities, school districts and nonprofits to maximize the value their energy spend yields in areas associated with electricity and natural gas procurement, energy efficiency (demand side management) and on-site generation using such technologies
as solar and co-generation. Its staff works to cull through and analyze data to get the best results possible to meet your needs.

In short, you can think of Titan as an adjunct employee in charge of energy management.

Read the entire article at www.courant.com.

Puerto Rico in the Dark

Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents have been without power since the island was pounded by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month. And they will remain without electrical power for the foreseeable future, according to authorities.

Harvey vs. Natural Gas: Is it Hurricane-Proof?

 Source: Bloomburg

Source: Bloomburg

U.S. energy markets have already begun pricing Hurricane Harvey’s effects. With refineries and pipelines out of service, gasoline futures have spiked. So far natural gas futures have hardly responded to Harvey, and it may be another week before they do. One thing is certain: The U.S. gas-production sector has changed drastically in the 12 years since Hurricane Katrina.

But, factors other than a hurricane can also affect the U.S. gas market — lower-than-usual gas storage inventories or heat waves causing a spike in demand for power. A sustained impact on Gulf of Mexico offshore production would also influence prices, even though the Gulf is far less significant than it once was.

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$3 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Halted due to Loss of Funding, Permits

Major energy companies Eversource and National Grid, alongside pipeline operator Enbridge, announced on June 29 that they notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the three companies would suspend the permitting process for their natural gas pipeline project.

The approximately $3.2 billion project, known as Access Northeast, allegedly needs more time to create a stronger political support for a proposed tariff on electric ratepayers, according to oil news-analysis company, OilandGas360. The original curated legislation would “allow the costs to be shouldered by electricity customers,” and was met with a large amount of backlash.

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