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Andrew Baker

Andrew joined NGI in 2018 to support coverage of Mexico’s newly liberalized oil and gas sector, and his role has since expanded to include the rest of North America. Before joining NGI, Andrew covered Latin America’s hydrocarbon and electric power industries from 2014 to 2018 for Business News Americas in Santiago, Chile. He speaks fluent Spanish, and holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of Minnesota.

DTE Spinning Off Midstream Natural Gas Unit From Utility Business

DTE Spinning Off Midstream Natural Gas Unit From Utility Business

DTE Energy’s board has approved a plan to spin off the nonutility natural gas pipeline, storage and gathering business, transforming the company “into a predominantly pure-play regulated electric and natural gas utility.” DTE Midstream would become an independent, publicly traded company under the planned transaction, the Detroit-based utility said Tuesday.  The separation would align “the…

October 27, 2020
AMLO Mulling Rollback of ‘Neoliberal’ Energy Policies as U.S. Legislators Sound Alarm

AMLO Mulling Rollback of ‘Neoliberal’ Energy Policies as U.S. Legislators Sound Alarm

Mexico president Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he is considering amending the constitution to rein in the “neoliberal” 2013-2014 constitutional energy reform of his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto. During his daily morning press briefing, López Obrador said a possible counter-reform would reaffirm the state’s predominance in the energy sector, and put a stop to…

October 26, 2020
Battle Lines Clear on Energy, Climate After Final Presidential Debate

Battle Lines Clear on Energy, Climate After Final Presidential Debate

The final presidential debate on Thursday crystallized stark differences between the candidates on climate and energy policy, as Joseph R. Biden Jr. stressed the urgency of addressing climate change while President Trump warned that the Democratic nominee’s plans would hurt the economy. Calling climate change “an existential threat to humanity,” Biden said, “We have a…

October 23, 2020
Presidential Candidates Clash on Climate, Energy in Final Debate

Presidential Candidates Clash on Climate, Energy in Final Debate

The final presidential debate on Thursday crystallized stark differences between the candidates on climate and energy policy, as Joseph R. Biden Jr. stressed the urgency of addressing climate change while President Trump warned that the Democratic nominee’s plans would hurt the economy. Calling climate change “an existential threat to humanity,” Biden said, “We have a…

October 23, 2020
Iberdrola’s Avangrid Offers $8.3B Cash for New Mexico Utility PNM Resources

Iberdrola’s Avangrid Offers $8.3B Cash for New Mexico Utility PNM Resources

The board of Iberdrola subsidiary Avangrid Inc. has approved the acquisition of New Mexico-based PNM Resources in an all-cash transaction valued at $8.3 billion. The merger would create “one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility industry with 10 regulated electricity companies in six states (New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Texas)…

October 22, 2020
LNG Imports in Latin America Fall as Pandemic Takes Toll

LNG Imports in Latin America Fall as Pandemic Takes Toll

Imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Latin America fell by 4.2 million tons (Mt), or 32%, during January-September versus the same period in 2019 as the coronavirus ravaged the region’s economies, according to new analysis by data intelligence firm Kpler. Latin America has seen a particularly sharp decline this year compared to other LNG-importing…

October 22, 2020
Natural Gas Preferred to Other Fossil Fuels, Says Survey, but Still Partisan Split

Natural Gas Preferred to Other Fossil Fuels, Says Survey, but Still Partisan Split

Natural gas is viewed more favorably than other fossil fuels around the world, although sentiment is largely divided along ideological lines, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The survey was conducted between October 2019 and March in 20 countries including the United States, Canada, Brazil and Russia, along with several countries across Europe…

October 22, 2020
Pemex Remains Outlier as Fellow Latin American NOCs Embrace Divestment, Liberalization

Pemex Remains Outlier as Fellow Latin American NOCs Embrace Divestment, Liberalization

As Latin America’s national oil companies (NOCs) pivot toward partnerships with the private sector and divestment of non-core assets, Mexico’s Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) remains an outlier even in the wake of Covid-19, a panel of experts agreed earlier this month. Even before the pandemic, the region’s oil-exporting countries were struggling to navigate a “lower-for-longer” oil…

October 21, 2020
Latin America Sees Sharpest Decline in LNG Imports Amid Pandemic, Data Show

Latin America Sees Sharpest Decline in LNG Imports Amid Pandemic, Data Show

Imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Latin America fell by 4.2 million tons (Mt), or 32%, during January-September versus the same period in 2019 as the coronavirus ravaged the region’s economies, according to new analysis by data intelligence firm Kpler. Latin America has seen a particularly sharp decline this year compared to other LNG-importing…

October 19, 2020
Oklahoma Pure-Play Chaparral Exits Bankruptcy as Private E&P

Oklahoma Pure-Play Chaparral Exits Bankruptcy as Private E&P

Oklahoma City-based independent Chaparral Energy Inc. has emerged from bankruptcy for a second time, this time as a privately held company. The Anadarko Basin-focused exploration and production (E&P) firm said it has equitized all $300 million of its unsecured senior notes due 2023, reduced its annual interest expense by more than $25 million and “significantly…

October 16, 2020