Liquified natural gas (LNG)
prices have surged over six percent in recent weeks, reaching a high of over $3.00 per mEOil in late September. This means that over two thirds of the gas that currently reaches consumers is priced at current market levels. There is an implied cost to consumers of more than three thousand dollars per moil, so it is little wonder that gas marketers are having such a good time. However, the market has not yet reached this high and there is no guarantee that prices will remain high for much longer. This means that a potential buyer needs to act now to lock in the best price before market forces send prices spiraling downward.
Currently, U.S. natural gas production levels are at an all time high. With the threat of hydraulic Fractures in the North American shale deposits, which are believed to unlock huge recoverable resources, many experts expect an increase in natural gas production in the U.S. If and when that happens, the price of liquefied natural gas will likely go through the roof, doubling or tripling in price in just a few short years. If you think that this is only a bubble waiting to burst, then you may need to re-evaluate your investment strategies
There are several reasons why we believe that U.S. domestic natural gas production is on the rise, one of which is the fact that the price of LPGA gas has been increasing each year. In addition, a lot of the increased demand is coming from rural areas, where food is more abundant and at less expensive prices. In short, more people in more places are driving the cost of natural gas up. The result is that today, the liquified natural gas price has reached a point where it makes more sense for people to buy than to burn.
Because the U.S. government has mandated that all electricity generation plants including those in the rural communities, together with the transmission grids must use some form of renewable energy, it is encouraging investors to start harnessing this power. What’s even better is that many of these plans are currently approved and may soon be enacted into law. The result is a positive sign for the liquified natural gas price, since governments are increasingly seen as being responsible for their own carbon emissions and therefore have the power to tax them.
In addition to government policy, another reason for the increase in natural gas prices is the competition between power generation plants. As competition heats up, it forces utility companies to offer lower prices to consumers, who then pass those savings on to the consumer. For example, in Georgia last month, the Duke Energy corporation announced that it would be developing two new power generation plants in the state. One will be located in Atlanta, while the other will be in North Carolina.
This decision by one of the largest power generation companies in the U.S. is an indication of the increasing importance of natural gas. It also shows that the U.S. is not leaving its oil supplies, which are dwindling at an alarming rate. The bottom line is that the U.S. needs to start diversifying its sources of non-energy sources
, especially natural gas. This is especially true now that the price of crude oil has reached an all-time high. For those who are interested in building power generation plants to generate electricity, they need to start exploring new forms of energy production.
There are many environmental concerns about the excessive use of fossil fuels and the resulting global warming. This is why the government is encouraging the use of renewable energy such as natural gas and others, which are expected to become more efficient and reliable over time. With more efficient power plants, there will be fewer harmful emissions from the plants. However, it is also a fact that many inefficient gas power plants have already been built in the U.S. The distortion of the natural gas electricity market can be attributed to several factors including the political structure of the country, technological differences, and varying regulations among the states. Many power plants that were constructed more than a few years ago are still not up to modern standards. As a result, the distortion has become worse as rates have increased and prices have continued to rise.
To encourage innovation among power plants and to support the cause of cleaner energy, the U.S. government has developed various programs such as the Office of Energy and Nuclear Energy, which works to promote the development and use of efficient and reliable nuclear energy and fuels. However, it is the distortion caused by political maneuvering that has affected the efficiency and reliability of gas prices. Although the price of this fuel is still quite high, it is expected to eventually become more affordable due to political pressures and increased market competition among fuel producers. Due to the increasing cost of crude oil and the need for a fuel with greater energy efficiency, it is predicted that the liquefied natural gases price will gradually decrease
over the coming years.