Texas: The Oil Star State

A combination of inexhaustible reserves and innovative technologies have propelled Texas to the top of the list of energy-producing states. In the U.S., the Lone Star State leads in oil reserves. It produces the highest amount of oil, natural gas, and lignite coal. The state also yields more wind power than any other state.

Even globally, Texas is an energy powerhouse. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the state ranks second in the world for natural gas production and seventh in oil. In 2015, an average of 3.4 million barrels of oil per day was produced, which is almost the same output level of known middle eastern major oil exporters Iran and United Arab Emirates.

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As oil and natural gas production from shale has flourished, incomes have been raised, and utility rates were reduced. These have allowed Americans to save an equivalent of $1,200 in real disposable household income.

The boost in energy production has also helped the establishment, reopening, and expansion of businesses in the chemical and manufacturing industries. These have led to an industry output of $37 billion and the creation of 81,000 permanent jobs back in 2013, according to then Governor Rick Perry.

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With Texas continuing to fuel the nation’s hydrocarbon production, supplying 20 percent of the U.S. oil output, continuous economic progress, less reliance on foreign oil, and energy independence as a nation is on the horizon.

Primera Energy LLC, an oil and gas industry leader in Texas, is helmed by Brian Alfaro. He has hopes for the nation to be self-sufficient in energy and fuel supply. Learn more about energy by following this Twitter account.

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The Role of Natural Gas in Reducing Coal Dependence

Of all the fossil fuels, coal is by and large the most easily accessible and also most sharply criticized. Coal is known for producing copious quantities of noxious fumes and greenhouse gases. The continued use of coal in power generation across the world remains one of the major stumbling blocks in achieving key goals in air pollution.

 

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And coal’s effects are evident in daily life. Old industrial cities in the 19th century were known to be shrouded in thick layers of smog and soot. Even today, working in close proximity to power plants that run on coal is a known health hazard, contributing to a whole array of respiratory diseases.

It would be strange, then, for the primary contender for replacing this most noxious of polluters would be another fossil fuel source. To the surprise of some, natural gas holds the key to ending coal dependence. Natural gas produces the least amount of greenhouse gas emissions among the fossil fuels, and developments have made natural gas a more readily available and economic fuel source.

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The growing volume of natural gas plants has already made a visible impact toward greater sustainability, thus making possible a wide-scale decommissioning of coal-fired power plants in recent years. Already, an unprecedented number of coal plant closures has significantly contributed to meeting and exceeding emission reduction goals set out in the Waxman-Markey legislation. Meanwhile, watchdog organizations like the Sierra Club remain optimistic that further reductions can be achieved, provided the continuation of current trends.

Brian Alfaro helms Primera Energy, LLC, a Texas-based energy company dedicated to innovative and environmentally sound methods of petroleum and natural gas exploration and extraction. Visit this blog for more updates on the energy industry.

Methane: Key Facts On Natural Gas’ Principle Component

Methane is the principal component of natural gas, itself a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon compounds that frequently form around coal and petroleum. Natural gas is looking to be a promising transitional fuel. The growth of natural gas power throughout the United States alone has helped it begin the transition away from heavily polluting coal.

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Although natural gas is the primary source of combustible methane used in energy production, methane itself is a common byproduct of many industrial and agricultural processes. Much methane itself is produced from flatulence produced by cattle farming and from the decomposition of waste in modern sanitary landfills. Ways of harnessing methane produced elsewhere have been in place. Gas extracted from landfills and agriculture, for instance, have been used domestically for energy production in the same way as natural gas.

On its own, methane is a very potent pollutant, even more so than the exhaust it produces during energy production. In general, environmentalists feel it safer to burn the methane than to let it escape into the atmosphere. Domestic natural gas consumption and flaring have been done in response to this, and the growth of natural gas production offers both an economic solution to natural gas along with a few potential concerns. To keep off methane pollution modern plants have to keep facilities sealed tightly to prevent leaks.

Methane can be burned in conventional steam turbine energy systems as with coal and petroleum. Today, however, plants dedicated to burning natural gas utilize special systems that burn the gas more effectively, producing more power from fuel gas in the process.

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Brian Alfaro and Primera Energy are dedicated to minimizing the ecological impact of their oil and gas exploration operations in Texas. Visit this Facebook page for more on his company’s commitment to sound energy production.