Potential for Natural Gas Demand in the Power Sector

Potential for Natural Gas Demand in the Power Sector

As a forecaster, I have typically been inclined to go full steam ahead and use the fundamentals to drive my forecast.  However for the past 7 years, my approach has changed given the amount of uncertainty we see in the market.   These uncertainties are no longer driven by pure economic fundamentals, but stem from political bias.   These political bias ranges from perpetuating economic risk taking by keeping interest rates low to banning types of energy because of irrational fear.   This requires a sense of humility to realize your forecast may be far from the truth.  However, all is not lost, since it is still best to foresee than not to foresee at all (Henri Poincare).   In order to forecast in this world of uncertainty, one needs a scenario planning perspective.   The goal is not to point forecast, but to get a sense of risk and rewards.  One wants to find the plan that will be robust in multiple scenarios, if not downright one-sided to your favor – the latter being much less frequent.  A good starting point is to look at the world in terms of potentials.  This simplifies the multitude of scenarios one could create.  If one can tail-end your scenarios, you will have a better grasp of why you are looking at a certain view point to being able to drive to a scenario of better reasoning.

In the analysis work we did with the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas, we examined the tail-end potential for natural gas consumption in the power sector.   Our final results of this potential study can be found here.  We show that the potential gas demand in the power sector is significantly greater (30+% – 17 tcf vs. 12.8 tcf) than the highest potential examined in the latest National Petroleum Council report – Prudent Development – Realizing the Potential of North America’s Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources” The most likely reality as noted in the report are the results we presented. This will not likely be achieved in terms of total gas consumption in the power sector, but the results do highlight the need for the gas and power industry to be cognizant of each other.  Our result supports the premise for further continued monitoring and evaluation for natural gas demand in the power sector.  

Let us help you frame and develop a methodology to model your energy concerns.  The Center for Energy Economics is just one case about us that we delivered on our promise; leaving them with useful knowledge and the potential to grow without further consulting.

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