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Richard Nemec began writing for NGI in 1995 and has 30 years experience in the energy industry. He holds BA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and a MA in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and completed MBA courses at Northwestern's Evening Graduate School of Management.

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West Coast Correspondent | Los Angeles, CA

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NGV Boosters Seeking Neutral Tailpipe Emission Standards

NGV Boosters Seeking Neutral Tailpipe Emission Standards

Ford Motor Co. is calling for major automakers to align with California’s stringent tailpipe emission standards, with a natural gas vehicle (NGV) trade organization cautioning that potential standards that could come during the Biden administration should not favor one technology over another. On Tuesday, Ford President Kumar Galhotra asked automakers to support the California fuel…

December 3, 2020
Two More California Cities Look to Go All-Electric as Natural Gas Bans Enacted

Two More California Cities Look to Go All-Electric as Natural Gas Bans Enacted

The city councils in Oakland and San Jose, CA, on Tuesday adopted natural gas bans in new residential and commercial buildings, joining dozens of municipalities in California and elsewhere around the country that have proposed or adopted similar measures. The Northern California city councils cited climate change as one reason to ban the use of…

December 3, 2020
California Regulators Warn PG&E of Safety Lapses

California Regulators Warn PG&E of Safety Lapses

California’s chief utility regulator last week warned Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) that it may face more oversight because of alleged shortcomings in its safety practices.  California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Marybel Batjer warned the San Francisco-based combination utility that it may be in violation of some of the six-part enhanced oversight as…

December 2, 2020
Sempra Utilities Ready Plan to Mix Hydrogen into Natural Gas Systems

Sempra Utilities Ready Plan to Mix Hydrogen into Natural Gas Systems

Sempra Energy’s two California utilities have formed a demonstration program aimed at mixing hydrogen into their natural gas distribution pipeline systems. Calling it a first for the state, Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas and Electric Co. plan to use surplus renewable power supplies to produce hydrogen that would be mixed into the…

November 30, 2020
PG&E Sued for Northern California Kincade Wildfire

PG&E Sued for Northern California Kincade Wildfire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) last week was sued by a group of government agencies and Sonoma County officials for allegedly causing the 77,000-acre Kincade Fire that ravaged Northern California in October 2019. PG&E is still in the early months of Chapter 11 reorganization, but earlier this year, the California Department of Forestry and…

November 24, 2020
Bakken’s Robust Production Threatened by Low Prices and Biden Presidency, North Dakota Officials Say

Bakken’s Robust Production Threatened by Low Prices and Biden Presidency, North Dakota Officials Say

North Dakota officials estimate that 25% of the Bakken Shale’s output could be negatively impacted by a change in energy policy under President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., threatening the 7,000 state-drawn, two-square-mile spacing units that contain all of the state’s future drilling sites. Nearly half (48%) of those units include federal-owned land and/or mineral rights,…

November 20, 2020
North Dakota Reaches 93% Natural Gas Capture Rate Amid Production Increases

North Dakota Reaches 93% Natural Gas Capture Rate Amid Production Increases

North Dakota’s operators have achieved a 93% natural gas capture rate statewide in September, when month/month oil and gas production increased.  In the state’s Bakken Shale, home of robust supplies of sweet light crude oil that is rich with associated gas, flaring has been excessive as production growth outpaced efforts to build sufficient midstream takeaway…

November 18, 2020
California NGVs Said to Achieve Carbon Negative Intensity

California NGVs Said to Achieve Carbon Negative Intensity

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) said its measurement of renewable natural gas vehicle (NGV) portfolios earlier this year showed their carbon intensity was less than zero under the statewide low carbon fuels standard (LCFS).* In 2Q2020 data recently released, CARB said the renewable NGV fuel mix achieved a carbon negative status, marking a first for…

November 17, 2020
Avista Utilities See Covid-19 Cut into Northwestern Power Demand

Avista Utilities See Covid-19 Cut into Northwestern Power Demand

Avista Corp. utilities in four northwestern states have committed to helping communities rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic, but they are getting hit in real time from the loss of demand. CEO Dennis Vermillion during a conference call to discuss third quarter earnings said the safety and health of customers, employees and communities were the top…

November 12, 2020
San Francisco to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings Starting Next Year

San Francisco to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings Starting Next Year

San Francisco’s elected board of supervisors on Tuesday agreed to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings beginning in 2021. The supervisors had imposed a gas ban earlier this year in new and remodeled municipal buildings, following the lead of a growing list of cities in California. At least 15 other cities in…

November 12, 2020
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