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  • Friday, July 31, 2020 9:36 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)


    “Petroleum energy demand dropped off the cliff sharply and rapidly at the same time crude oil production was peaking, particularly in Texas and the U.S.,” said Karr Ingham, Petroleum Economist for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and the creator of the monthly statewide upstream activity index. “That would have been bad enough; throw in a market share temper tantrum between Saudi Arabia and Russia at the worst possible time, and you have a thoroughly devastating impact on energy markets.”

    The Texas Petro Index

    The composite index was based at 100.0 in January of 1995. That base number tracks growth or decline in Texas oil and gas exploration and production. The Texas Petro Index tracks specifically:

    • Crude oil posted price

    • Natural gas price

    • Rig count

    • Drilling permits

    • Crude oil well completions

    • Natural gas well completions

    • Crude oil production volume

    • Crude oil production value

    • Natural gas production volume 

    • Natural gas production value

    • Total oil and gas employment

    • Oil and gas extraction employment

    • Oil and gas support Employment

    Gasoline demand on the rise

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused a drop across the board. However, the industry was already in a state of contraction for a full year prior to the pandemic, but production itself continued to climb. It had just started to slow when COVID-19 hit. 

    After falling below zero, crude prices have come back and are continuing to hover around the $40 mark. Likewise, U.S. gasoline demand has recovered, but not to pre-COVID levels. It is unlikely to see those levels again for a long time. Jet and diesel fuel have seen less of a recovery. With the future of travel still up in the air, so to speak, it could be a long time before demand for either of them shows any significant rise.

    Production is still falling even as demand is increasing. This is a good sign for recovery. It shows the debate over prorationing to now be truly moot. The Texas Railroad Commission was looking at implementing a 10% reduction in production, but we have now gone well beyond that. Without any help or mandates by the RRC, production decreased 13% in three months.

    Industry employment losses

    The industry was already losing employees in 2019, well before COVID, but since March those numbers completely dropped. It could be three months or more before the unemployment levels bottom out. From December 2018 through June 2020, there were 66,150 Texas upstream oil and gas jobs lost. Of those, February through June of this year saw 46,100 of those lost jobs.

    To read the full report click here



  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:35 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)


    In October of last year a new wind farm project began construction in Texas roughly 200 miles northwest of Austin.  Aviator Wind, LLC, once completed, will be a 525-megawatt farm with 191 wind turbines. It will be the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the United States. With a projected commercial operation date of next month, it already has power purchase agreements with McDonalds and Facebook. 

    A first for McDonalds

    The agreement with McDonalds was signed last fall. It is the first wind energy contract McDonalds has signed. They are hoping that this contract, along with another signed with an unnamed solar company also in Texas, will help them meet their Climate Action Target. The target they have set for themselves is to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 36% by 2030.

    Unlike McDonalds, Facebook was the largest corporate buyer of renewable power at the end of 2018. They even beat out Google for the title. Last September, they signed a power purchase agreement with the Aviator wind farm for 200-megawatts of power. 

    Aviator Wind is not a first for Kansai

    A Japanese firm, Kansai Electric Power recently purchased a 48.5% stake in the wind farm. This is their first onshore wind project in the United States, but most likely not its last. A press release by the company states, “ The global megatrend of decarbonization has been encouraging the installation of renewable energy infrastructure in North America. Kansai is committed to making our share of contribution to decarbonization through further development of renewable projects in the U.S. and other parts of the world.” The Aviator wind farm project is their fifth global wind project. They also have stakes in projects in England, Ireland and Finland.

    Wind farms are nothing new to Texas. In fact, Texas is home to many of the largest wind farms:

    • Roscoe Wind Farm covers 100,000 acres, produces 781.5-megawatts, and has 627 wind turbines.

    • Horse Hollow Wind Energy covers 47,000 acres, produces 735.5-megawatts, and has 421 wind turbines.

    • Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm covers 11,000 acres, produces 662.5-megawatts, and has 407 wind turbines. 

    • Los Vientos Wind Farm covers 30,000 acres, produces 910-megawatts, and has 400+ turbines.

    Wind power continues to grow

    According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Lone Star State had 14,198 wind turbines during the third quarter of 2019. Most of the wind best for wind farms blows on the western side of the state. So, years ago, Texas approved a $7 billion plan to support wind energy by constructing 3,600 miles of electric transmission lines. With that guaranteed support, wind energy companies flocked to the state. The wind power industry now supplies 25,000 jobs for Texans. With the fluctuations in fossil-fuel futures, wind farms will most likely continue to spout up in the landscapes of Texas.

  • Friday, July 17, 2020 7:08 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)


    The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is a group of oil and gas companies in 130 countries representing over 30% of global operated oil and gas production. You have most likely heard of many of their members: BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Total. The goal of the member companies is accelerating the fossil fuel industry’s response to climate change.

    A close target

    This week, OGCI announced a target date of 2025 by which to reduce the collective carbon intensity of their members’ companies aggregated upstream oil and gas operations. This reduction should go from 23 kg CO2e/boe to between 20 and 21 kg CO2e/boe. Many companies have been issuing target dates of 2050 for net or near net zero emissions. The OGCI target feels like it is already on our doorstep.

    Paris Climate Agreement

    They feel it is important to set a sooner date than most in order to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement is an environmental accord drawn up in 2015. It has since been signed by nearly every nation on the globe. The Agreement itself is a 32 page document that proposes to:

    • Limit global temperature rise by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

    • Provide a framework for transparency, accountability and the achievement of more ambitious targets

    • Mobilize support for climate change mitigation and adaptations in developing nations


    President Obama entered the United States into the Paris Agreement through executive action in Sept. 2016. Upon entering office, President Trump started proceedings withdrawing the United States from the Agreement. But, because of restrictions within the Agreement, the U.S. will not be officially out until Nov. 4 of this year.

    OGCI want net zero 

    The OGCI, in a joint statement by its CEOs, said, “Encouraged by the progress we have made towards our target on methane intensity, we have come together to reduce by 2025 the collective average carbon intensity of our aggregated upstream oil and gas emissions. Together we are increasing the speed, scale, and impact of our actions to address climate change, as the world aims for net zero emissions as early as possible.”

    Their plan for doing this involves all member companies to implement action wherever it is possible. These actions include:

    • Improving energy efficiency

    • Reducing methane emissions

    • Minimizing flaring

    • Electrifying operations - using renewables when possible

    • Co-generating electricity and useful heat

    • Implementing carbon capture and storage

    The target will include both carbon dioxide and methane emissions. However, OGCI has decided not to include liquified natural gas (LNG) or gas-to-liquids (GTL) in their upstream target. Instead, these areas will work on a specific set of initiatives. 

    Originally posted on ShaleMag.com


  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:06 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

    Texas Energy Advocates Coalition does not make robo calls. Our coalition is the victim of business identity theft. If you recieve a call from someone using our name it is not us. We will not call you. We have reported the theft to the proper authorities. If you recieve a call, please feel free to report it to your local authorities. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we hope the ones doing this will be caught soon.

  • Friday, June 12, 2020 12:31 PM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

    On May 29, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy made a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). They are willing to provide up to $30 millionfor cost-shared research and development projects for the advancement of small-scale solid oxide fuel cell systems (SOFC) and hybrid energy systems technology. 

    The push for multi-use alternative energy

    Solid oxide fuel cells are not new. Currently, they are capable of running on a wide variety of gas or liquid fuels. Researchers in Switzerland have managed successfully to develop SOFCs that can reach 75% efficiency. The most efficient engines are only capable of reaching up to 50% efficiency. But there are a few drawbacks to SOFCs. It is possible for them to take up to 20 hours to reach their full efficiency potential, and they run rather hot, reaching temperatures between 932°F and 1830°F. This heat, on the other hand, can be utilized in hybrid SOFC systems for generating hydrogen, or it can be used where both heat and power, cogeneration, are both needed. The DOE is hoping this FOA will help advance the technology forward quickly making it more accessible and cost efficient to compete with other developing forms of alternative energy. 

    Energy of the future

    SOFCs may be the alternative energy of the future. They can be used to create not only electricity, but also hydrogen-rich synthesis gas while at the same time producing the heat as mentioned above. The researchers who developed the high efficiency SOFC stated, “The advantages of the proposed system, particularly in terms of investment cost and weight, would also prove beneficial in other applications related to the transport sector, such as cars, trucks, and airplanes, where the system’s weight constitutes a significant constraint for the design of the power plant.” And that is just what the DOE is hoping. “The Department of Energy plays an important role in advancing innovation to provide clean and reliable energy for the American people,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “This research on SOFC is intended to lower the cost of SOFC systems to a level where they are cost-competitive with alternate technologies with minimal subsidies. The Trump Administration supports researching these advanced technologies and working with private industry to make these systems commercially available for power generation and hydrogen production.”

    Applications are being sought in three general areas:

    1. Small-scale distributed power generation SOFC systems.Projects are focused on small-scale applications (5-25 kilowatt)

    2. Hybrid systems using solid oxide systems for hydrogen and electricity production. Proposal for projects will include the validation and development of materials and hybrid energy systems required for improving the cost, performance, and reliability of SOEC using a configuration of hybrid SOFC/SOEC

    3. Cleaning process for coal-derived syngas to be used as SOFC fuel and testing of single and multiple cells on syngas. Projects will leverage existing equipment and develop new processes to clean the contaminants in coal-derived syngas, as well as support developers testing existing materials with a shorter development cycle that have a potential for faster near-term commercialization (approximately 5 years). Existing equipment for the design, fabrication, and testing of a small-scale syngas cleanup system can be connected to a small-scale SOFC (at least 100 watts) stack and a gasifier.


    For more information visit the Department of Energy’s website here.


  • Monday, May 11, 2020 8:40 PM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

    This is a unique time. The healthy are quarantined along with the sick. This is the world environmental extremists have dreamed of for decades. You may be ready to return to work and get your business up and running again, but if they get their way, that won’t happen. Jamie Margolin, in an op-ed piece for Teen Vogue, said, “If we can shut the world down to stop a virus, that also means it is possible to do the same for climate change. Treat all emergencies like emergencies! What would it look like when the world actually decides to take on the climate crisis? It would look like what we’re seeing right now.” 

    It is time for a Truth Talk

    Thursday, April 30, Marco Morano, creator of the film “Climate Hustle” and author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change,” and James Taylor, President of the Heartland Institute, presented a Truth Talk through Zoom. The topic: “Is the Coronavirus Lockdown the Future the Environmentalists Want?” Reading again the quote by Jamie Margolin, it certainly appears to be the case. And Jamie is not the only one. Here is a quote from the UK Guardian, “The mass shutdowns we now experience – likely necessary in a pandemic – could provide a model for imposing harsh actions to curb carbon emissions that activists consider as great or greater threats than the virus itself.”

    Environmental Extremists forgot emissions were down before the virus

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t think continuing mass shutdown or re-imposing them in the future is the correct way to handle carbon emissions. Emissions are down now, yes. But they were down and going down before the lockdowns came.  The rising use of natural gas is reducing emissions incredibly. Look at China and India, the biggest polluters in the world. They still use mostly coal, and their emissions are through the roof – or atmosphere, if you will. During the Truth Talk, James Taylor made an excellent point. Risk is part of living a life that is vibrant and enjoyable. That is not being callous to those who have lost their lives; it is simply acknowledging those who are still living. Marc Morano likened it to speed limits. Car crashes happen every day across the country. If we are serious about keeping everyone safe, why not reduce the speed limit to 10mph? Everyone would be safe. No serious wrecks. It is the means to an end, but do the means justify the end? Lockdowns for the sake of emissions? No, thank you. I want to live, run my business, and take care of my family in the way that living in America is supposed to guarantee that I can.

    Environmental extremists have been creating and pointing to models for decades. They must continue creating them because when the old models are proven grossly wrong, new ones must take their place. Sounds like the model predictions for the coronavirus. Those original models put the world on lockdown. Now we are being asked to trust the environmental extremist’s models that have never been right and stay locked down? Really?  

    Do your homework, don’t leave it to the “experts”

    According to the “experts” destruction of the natural environment through farming, mining and housing are bringing about things like the current pandemic.  Let’s, just for a moment, pretend green energy is capable of handling the energy needs of the world. The number of wind turbines and solar panels needed to create that kind of power would completely destroy the natural environment. Until something cleaner, more efficient, and more affordable than natural gas is invented, these environmental extremists are going to have to learn they cannot have it both ways. 

    America the beautiful

    The curve is flattening. It’s time to get back to living. In this country, being able to open and run a business to better one’s self and family is the American way. Don’t settle for the “new normal” that the environmental extremists want. America has one of the cleanest environments in the world, and we have the abundance of natural gas that came from the shale boom to thank. Let’s get back to work, like Americans.


  • Monday, March 09, 2020 6:24 PM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

    The voter demographic in the United States is changing. This year one out of every ten eligible voters belongs to Generation Z. For those of you, like myself, who have trouble keeping up with the rise and fall of generations, Gen Z covers people between the ages of 18-23. This is also the age group the least likely to get out and vote. 

    Another growing demographic is immigrants. This year they are making up another one in ten of eligible voters, but their populations are not evenly spread around the country. Just five states are home to 61% of immigrant voters. Those states order of the most to least immigrant voters are: California, New York, Florida, Texas and New Jersey. Pew Research also projects that this year Hispanic voters will be the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate, making up just over 13%. But that does not necessarily mean more of them will be voting. Pew Research reports:

    Voter turnout will play an important role in determining the relative electoral influence of different racial and ethnic groups. For example, while Hispanics will outnumber blacks among eligible voters next year, they may not actually cast more ballots than blacks due to different turnout patterns. In recent presidential elections, blacks were substantially more likely than Hispanics to vote. Indeed, the number of Hispanic eligible voters who didn’t vote has exceeded the number of those who did vote in every presidential election since 1996.

    As every year, voting is one of the most important responsibilities of a citizen, but it seems there is always more emphasis on voting during a presidential election year. Politicians running for office are throwing around much talk this year about climate, fossil fuels and immigration policies, but what are the topics the average citizen is really concerned about?

    According to Gallop, there are five topics of the 16 they asked people about that came out as extremely important to voters: healthcare, national security, gun policy, education, and economy. The full chart is listed below:


    Extremely important

    Extremely important + Very important



    %

    %

    Healthcare

    35

    81

    Terrorism and national security

    34

    80

    Gun policy

    34

    74

    Education

    33

    83

    The economy

    30

    84

    Immigration

    28

    74

    Climate change

    26

    55

    Abortion

    25

    64

    The distribution of income and wealth in the U.S.

    25

    58

    The federal budget deficit

    23

    72

    Taxes

    23

    69

    Race relations

    23

    66

    The nation's infrastructure

    22

    74

    Foreign affairs

    21

    64

    Trade with other nations

    18

    68

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights

    11

    38


    Infrastructure came in 13th on the list. This is both a compliment and a disgrace to the energy industry. It is a compliment to the industry that they are doing such a good job at providing the people with what they need when they need it, that they are not at the forefront of people’s minds. But it is also a disgrace that more people don’t understand the importance of the fossil fuel industry and its infrastructure. If they did, it would be at least in the top five of the list. It is time to be an advocate for the industry now more than ever. Those who do not understand that everything they have and use everyday is thanks to the fossil fuel industry and the fracking method need to be made aware. Never assume others will vote the same way you would, so you don’t need to get out and vote. Obviously, if enough people do this, the cause you thought was a sure thing, will be lost. 

    Get out there, and stand tall and proud of the industry. Fossil fuels make this country great. Spread the word, and vote.

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 8:27 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

    You don’t have to watch the presidential debates to know the oil and natural gas industry is under attack. It’s beginning to feel as if no one realizes the importance of our oil and natural gas industry to our everyday lives and to our nation’s security. This means it is more important now than ever to be an oil and natural-gas advocate. We need to share the things we know about the industry with our friends and family, or with anyone who might not be savvy about where the things they use every day, and take for granted, come from. 

    Continuing to grow

    You have most likely heard that America is now the largest oil and natural gas producer in the world. But something you may not know is that according to the International Energy Agency, by 2025 U.S. oil production is expected to equal that of Saudi Arabia and Russia combined. As of 2018, Russia and Suadia Arabia were producing over 23 billion barrels of oil a day combined. This milestone might be reached with the help of our next fact. 

    An unheard of discovery

    In 2018, the largest oil and natural gas discovery in the history of the world was made in Texas and New Mexico. The U.S. Geological survey assessed it to contain 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 46.3 billion barrels of oil, and 20 billion barrels of natural-gas liquids. This is unheard of, and it is very good news for America’s continued energy security. It could even be much larger than the original estimate. Another company, RS Energy Group, estimated that it could be as large as 230 billion barrels of oil. 

    Let’s talk money

    It’s also imperative to let people know how important the oil and natural gas industry is financially, both to the individual and to Texas. Individually, fracking has lowered the cost of gasoline and electricity. The White House Council of Economic Advisors estimates that fracking is saving the average family around $2,500 a year. For the state of Texas, the industry exceeded $116 billion in taxes and royalties over the last ten years.

    Pipelines 

    Texas is home to about one-sixth of all the pipelines in the United States. As such, Texas was the first state to adopt pipeline safety regulations; it knew how important pipelines are. For one example, they make the roads safer for all of us. For every 50 miles of 20-inch pipeline, there are over one and a half fewer trucks transporting natural gas, crude oil and petroleum products on our highways. 



    Now is the time to become an advocate and spread the word about the benefits of the oil and natural gas industry. Losing this industry or adopting regulations that would hurt the industry would hurt us all in every area of our lives.



  • Monday, March 02, 2020 8:03 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

    Originally posted by Life:Powered

    Fracking. Sounds scary, right? Between the fracking ban recently proposed in Congress to presidential candidates pledging to end this so-called environmental menace, you’re probably hearing a lot about this unique method of harvesting energy.

    But what is fracking? Does it really threaten the planet? Why do we use it? In this post, our energy and environmental policy experts set the record straight.

    Definition: Fracking is a process of extracting oil and natural gas, particularly in deep shale formations. Fracking fluid (99% water and sand) is injected into underground wellbores at high pressure, fracturing the shale rock and allowing previously trapped oil and gas to flow freely upward to be harveste. Fracking has revolutionized the United States’ energy supply and unlocked massive new reserves of energy to power our economy, health, and quality of life.

    1. Fracking does NOT threaten groundwater.

    Although hydraulic fracturing is a critical component of the U.S. economy, Senator Bernie Sanders claims, “Fracking is a danger to our water supply. It’s a danger to the air we breathe, it has resulted in more earthquakes, and it’s highly explosive.”

    We’re not sure where Sen. Sanders thinks he gets drinking water, but if his water comes from underground (versus a lake or river, as in some cities), then it’s coming from an aquifer. While aquifers are on average 500 feet underground, fracking occurs in shale deposits 6,000 to 10,000 feet below the surface. In order to reach precious natural gas and oil so deep beneath our feet, a wellbore must be drilled from the surface to the shale deposits. These wellbores are encased in steel and cement to ensure fracking fluid does not cause contamination. This process is no different than a conventional oil and gas well, but the public has been scared into believing fracking poses many more hazards.

    2. Fracking does NOT harm air quality.

    The State of Texas has arguably the most comprehensive air monitoring systems to monitor harmful chemicals at and around fracking sites. Studies show minimal effect on air quality, well within safe air standards. Multiple studies have concluded the health risks of fracking are extremely low — and that the broader benefits of fracking, such as less pollution and cheaper, more reliable electricity, actually improve public health in the long run.

    3. Fracking does NOT exacerbate climate change.

    Fracking is the new target of the anti-climate change movement because it emits a small amount of methane. However, both the amount and the effect of methane emissions is incredibly small. New research found that “U.S. methane emissions are an insignificant contributor to global greenhouse gas concentrations, and their effect on future temperatures will be immeasurably small.”

    Additionally, even eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions would have essentially no effect. The Green New Deal, if implemented by the resolution’s goal of 2030, would cut temperatures by less than two-tenths of a degree in 2100.

    The best science indicates any future warming will continue to remain mild and manageable, and the better solution is to continue improving resiliency.

    4. Fracking does NOT cause life-threatening seismic activity.

    Seismic activity is very rarely the result of fracking and usually not strong enough to be felt. Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Geological Survey found that a recent uptick in earthquakes in the Central U.S. is the result of wastewater disposal, not fracking. Wastewater disposal practices are evolving and improving over time as entrepreneurs and scientists develop innovative new solutions and more companies turn to water recycling over disposal.

    5. Fracking IS critical to our quality of life and fighting poverty around the world.

    Fracking has unlocked unprecedented energy reserves, propelling America to its newfound status as one of the world’s leading energy producer and exporter.

    Though most people who don’t work in the energy industry don’t recognize, the availability of affordable, reliable energy has a massive impact on our everyday lives.

    For decades, OPEC’s stranglehold on global oil prices left the United States, and most other countries, at the mercy of other nations for the energy we depend on. The oil embargoes of the 1970s caused mass gas shortages, rationing, and skyrocketing prices — a phenomenon nearly unheard of today. Even after Iran launched missiles at our allies’ air bases and shot down a Ukranian passenger plane, causing significant global unrest, gas prices barely rose a few cents.

    Fortunately, America has become “energy dominant” — meaning we are massively self-reliant and produce enough energy to cover most of our oil needs, as well as export to our trading partners. Whereas the U.S. produced around 6.8 million barrels of petroleum per day in 2008, the country produced over 17 million barrels per day in 2019!

    Fracking contributed to 59% of total U.S. crude oil production and two thirds of natural gas production in the latest data available. Those proposing fracking bans evidently want to obliterate an entire sector of the country’s energy production based off unsupported and misleading allegations.

    Banning fracking would decimate our energy supply and cause electricity prices to skyrocket — meaning limited or expensive electricity to power our hospitals, banks, law enforcement agencies, businesses, farms, factories, grocery stores, and homes. Over a 5 year period, this measure would cost the United States nearly 15 million jobs. During a time when unemployment rates have reached historically low levels, should we be taking steps backwards?

    Since evidence overwhelmingly suggests fracking is a safe and effective tool to harvest the energy that powers our economy — not to mention has the power to eliminate poverty around the world — policymakers should focus instead on solutions that will actually benefit their constituents.

    Simply said, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


    About the authors:

    Parker Stathatos is Life:Powered's policy intern. He is a government and history student at The University of Texas.

    Katie Tahuahua is Life:Powered's communications manager. She previously served in two gubernatorial administrations and the Texas House of Representatives.

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