What Makes Natural Gas Naturally Cheap, and Why Texans Should Watch the Price
Monday, January 22, 2018
Laurie Joseph & Jeff Mosier | Dallas News | January 16, 2018
There were concerns that the nation's new role as a natural gas exporter (much of that to Mexico) would cause price spikes.
The price is particularly important to Texas consumers since natural gas accounts for nearly 40 percent of the state's electricity generation. But in 2017, natural gas was the only energy commodity to drop in price, according to the S&P GSCI Energy Index.
Analysts and experts expect natural gas prices to remain relatively stable despite the increasing exports and increasing domestic use.
"If you go back to 2012, some of the critics of exports were saying, 'No. This is going to make the prices spike.'...What we found is that exports have gone up over 100 percent, and prices have actually gone down nationwide."
Steve Everley, spokesman for Texans for Natural Gas
"Gas is still pretty much a domestic market but will become more of an international market as the LNG [liquefied natural gas] export facilities are constructed and get online. But there's just an incredible supply of gas that's been identified, economically available that could be brought online in a short time."
Buddy Clark, co-chair of the energy group at Haynes and Boone
"It's possible that natural gas exports could one day significantly affect domestic prices. But experts agree that near-term prices will remain relatively low. And in the future, technology, efficiency, new natural gas discoveries and competition from Australia and other exporters seem likely to keep prices from skyrocketing."
Jeff Mosier, staff writer, The Dallas Morning News