From: Jack Gerard, API
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Shale Energy Yields Big Savings for Schools, States
Date: Wed Jun 11 14:44:21 MDT 2014
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Thanks to shale energy, American familes saved an average of $1,200 per household in 2012 due to the combined impact of higher household wages and lower costs for energy and energy-intensive products. Go here to learn more about the economic benefits of shale – including how much household savings are expected to grow.

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    Shale Energy Yields Big Savings
for Schools, States

Dear Scott,

The list of benefits delivered by shale energy just got longer. To the known benefits of jobs, economic growth, energy security, consumer savings, and a manufacturing renaissance we can now add savings for schools and local and state governments. The abundant, affordable supply of energy unlocked from shale and other tight-rock formations using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling saves taxpayers money by lowering electricity and heating costs for governments and schools.

A new study by IHS Global Insight estimated energy savings during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and the results are great news for school districts and taxpayers:

  • U.S. public elementary and secondary school districts saved approximately 9.3 percent on electricity and 21.3 percent on natural gas, for a total of $1.2 billion.
  • School districts saved enough in energy costs to employ over 14,200 teachers.
  • State and local governments saved an estimated 9.5 percent on electricity and 21.6 percent on natural gas for a total of $720 million, or the cost to employ about 10,995 government workers.

As many states still struggle with tight budgets in the aftermath of the recession, energy savings provide welcome relief that can translate to more funding for education and local services. With smart policy choices that ensure we take full advantage of the vast energy resources accessible through hydraulic fracturing, the economic benefits of shale energy will continue to grow.


Jack Gerard
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