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Even as electric power producers shift further to low-cost natural gas, some with big stakes in...

Even as electric power producers shift further to low-cost natural gas, some with big stakes in coal and nuclear argue too much reliance on one fuel could bring troubles later. While gas looks cheap now, utility execs worry that emerging efforts to export natural gas to other countries could lift U.S. prices, and state regulators have been burned by wild price swings in the past.
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  • Remember this, pResident. Obama said, that he is going to get rid of coal burning utility companies, and the cost of electricity to all, will skyrocket. I do believe that he is a man of his word. I don't agree with what he is doing and intends to do, but he is the man in charge. Did you vote for him? Wait till u see what is coming down the tube!
    If you look at the cost of college education, just think what it would be, if heating oil was a $1.00 a gallon! Just think of how much money you would have to spend on essentials, if gasoline was not knocking at the door of $4.00 a gallon.
    Why is it taking so long to make a decision on bringing the pipeline down from Canada, our neighbors. We get a good majority of our oil from Canada and Mexico, but yet, pResident Obama will not permit drilling in this country. He said, that drilling in the United States, our United States has increased, but not on federal land. It has increased on private lands. Homeowners land. If the Federal Gov't wanted increased revenue, it would sell the rights to drilling to the oil companies who pay millions for the rights to drill, so we can be free of imported oil.
    PA, the home state of our VP has it right, they are drilling. People are employed.
    25 Jan 2013, 07:36 PM Reply Like
  • Political spam. Your man lost the election. Get over it and stop posting erroneous smears.
    25 Jan 2013, 08:37 PM Reply Like
  • Your man is like a spam. Court just declared that what Obama did is not constitutional for unions. Anything for buying votes. Obama is not above law.
    25 Jan 2013, 08:39 PM Reply Like
  • Oh pa-lease...What the court decided was not just about Obama. Stop with the hate and open your eyes.
    26 Jan 2013, 07:02 AM Reply Like
  • Talk is cheap--and because Obama won doesn't mean hes right! The record speaks for its self--its going to be a long, long four years!
    27 Jan 2013, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • Fuel cost management is a major task for utility companies. They typically have long range plans for eventualities and take advantage of seasonality. Good examples are pump storage hydro power implemented by Dominion Resources in their Bath County project. Natural gas is usually in high demand and not an economic fuel during the Winter heating season. New plants are being constructed to use different alternate fuels. A good example is Duke's multi-fuel project that converts coal to gas but the plant can also run on Nat. gas. Utilities contract long term for fuel supplies and also use commodity markets to hedge positions purchased on the open market. Fuel adjustments are allowed to utility bills maintaining company rate of returns and credit ratings to continue needed projects to increase generation capacity for growing populations. The company themselves are only conduits of energy delivery to customers, regulated by state governments with the objective of providing power as economically as possible and to provide a fair return to investors. Their ability to manage fuel cost and take advantage of the most economical fuels to use at any particular time of day or season is all part of the service they provide.

     

    And, for my political friends - Fuel costs and inflation in general have seen moderate if any increase during the Obama administration. Nat. gas prices have declined, inflation last reported is near zero and interest rates for utilities to borrow money is the lowest I have ever seen being a utility company investor now for over 40 years. I own D, DUK, SO, PEG, EXC & AEP. These companies represent 6.1% of the value in my Traditional IRA portfolio.
    26 Jan 2013, 06:53 AM Reply Like
  • I voted for Obama, but his overall energy policy is a collection of back pedaling, flip flops and pandering to whatever group will get him votes. He was a big fan of increasing our nuclear power base- no more. He was a big fan of wind, but backlash in populated areas in the north east tempered his enthusiasm. He hates coal. So what! There is no way to do without it and if he wants any republican support for his initiatives he will have to a least tone down his anti-coal stance somewhat. Don't forget AEP is Ohio based and brow beating coal will sour his loyal followers who happen to work in a coal state.
    27 Jan 2013, 01:45 PM Reply Like
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