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Yesterday, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) Sean Parnell, Alaska Governor, Unfunded liability, PERS, Oil Taxes, Reform, More Alaska Production, Governor's Budget, Lower Spending, Photo by Dave Harbourunveiled his FY 2015 budget, proposing $1.3 billion less in general fund spending than the current year and 150 fewer positions.  This FY 2015 budget proposes 18.4 percent less in general fund spending than the current year.  

– Nuke industry to Obama: You need us   
– Vehicle fuel economy hits record high
– House Dems press Obama to halt Keystone XL review
– Bipartisan push imperils ethanol mandate
GOP gangs up on endangered species law
– Activists to White House: 'Free John Podesta' on Keystone XL
– Panel eyes endangered species, fishing bills
– List: Regs, exec action to dominate 2014 climate debate

The Department of Revenue’s fall revenue forecast, released last week, showed a decrease in revenue due to lower oil prices, declining production, and the closing out of capital credit tax liabilities from the previous oil tax system. In fact, at current oil prices, Alaska’s revenue stream is about the same under the More Alaska Production Act, and the new tax system better protects Alaskans at even lower oil prices.  

The new budget proposal includes a recommendation to transfer $3 billion from a budget savings account into the state’s retirement trust funds. The effect is to pay down debt, resulting in lower fixed annual payments for the state.  “We need to tackle this problem now instead of pushing it off to our children and grandchildren,” said Parnell.  (More:

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Ziff Energy, a division of Solomon Associates, yesterday announced the release of its North American LNG Exports to 2020 report.   According to spokesperson, Stephanie Wick, report reviews the world liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply, Asian demand, and LNG exports from North America. It also details how countries including Australia and Russia, as well as some in East Africa and the Middle East, are actively developing LNG supply.

Figure 1 shows global LNG supply by project development phase, which includes existing LNG, under construction LNG, and proposed LNG. The report indicates Australia, Canada, and the United States will lead the world in LNG liquefaction additions.

Additional Ziff Energy reports recently released and available for purchase include :

•     Growth of North American Natural Gas Demand to 2020

•     Western Canada Oil Production to 2020

•     Gas for Power Generation to 2020

•     2012 U.S. and Canadian Gas Reserve Replacement

•     Western Canada Natural Gas Production to 2020

•     Canadian Gas Exports to 2020

•     North American Pipeline Costs

•     U.S. Gas Production Outlook to 2020

•     Associated Gas Production Outlook to 2020

•     Gas Price Differentials Forecast to 2020

•     Henry Hub Gas Price Outlook

•     Natural Gas Production Headwinds & Tailwinds

•     North American Natural Gas Storage

•     Unconventional Natural Gas Demand

•     Mexico Natural Gas Outlook to 2020

About Ziff Energy

Ziff Energy, a division of HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon), provides upstream performance assessment/improvement and custom consulting to the worldwide energy industry in more than 40 countries, and natural gas consulting services in North America. Solomon is the world’s leading performance improvement company for energy companies seeking to identify and close gaps in operational performance. Combining proven, patented methodologies with objective data analysis, and led by a team of oil and gas consultants steeped in hands-on operational experience, Solomon consistently helps clients with energy-intensive assets achieve greater efficiencies, enhanced reliability, and improved margins. Solomon is part of HSB Group, Inc. Learn more about Ziff Energy at For information about Solomon, visit