Amid a primarily harsh global energy landscape, LNG Allies CEO Fred Hutchison called the PGC report “a wonderful news storey.” He claims that it proves that the US has a 100-year natural gas supply base for both domestic and export markets. Furthermore, he stated that there is “every reason to assume” that natural gas costs in the United States will remain far lower than those in Europe and Asia. Milkov agreed with Hutchison on the issue of domestic supplies.
The latest PGC evaluation, according to Tom McNulty, Energy Practice Leader at Valuescope Inc. in Houston, “underscores the United States’ role as the world’s leading natural gas player.” “Thank you for all the dedicated effort that has been made to move this process along,” said Audrey Puleio, a project manager at Dirigo Solar. The company is based out of Portland, which developed a solar farm with the Augusta Board of Trade.
Councilors voted unanimously in support of the ordinance modifications. However, they adopted them as an emergency measure, which means they were enacted after the first reading and without the need for a second reading. Ward 3 City Councilor Mike Michaud, who pushed for the moratorium, said councilors heard from solar companies with projects in Augusta that have been stalled because of the moratorium and that now that the new standards are in place, “it’s time to move forward.”