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Report: U.S. Will Be A Net Exporter Of Energy By 2020

Houston Matters learns more about the annual industry outlook from the Energy Information Administration.

An oil pumpjack in West Texas.

In its annual energy outlook, the Energy Information Administration projects the United States will become a net energy exporter starting sometime next year.

Growth is expected to continue in natural gas exports — including ever-increasing liquefied natural gas exports. And the agency says both natural gas and renewable energy will make up ever-larger shares of America’s electric generation.

So, what does all of this mean for Greater Houston’s energy industry? Is it good news for both upstream and downstream, West Houston and East? How do we square the findings of this government report with the policies put forth by the administration that wrote it, such as propping up coal?

In the audio above, Terry Yen, principal contributor to the EIA outlook walks Craig Cohen through the agency’s report. Then, Rachel Adams-Heard, who covers oil and gas for Bloomberg provides some analysis.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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