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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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California Utilities Indicate Power Infrastructure Ready for Wildfire Season Begins

California Utilities Indicate Power Infrastructure Ready for Wildfire Season Begins

California’s investor-owned utilities (IOU), whose infrastructure has caused numerous major wildfires in recent years, are prepared for this year’s fire season, including how planned power outages should limit customer impact, executives told regulators. As two fires were raging in Southern California, utility executives in separate hearings over the past week said infrastructure had been hardened…

August 14, 2020
GTI, EPRI Partner on $100M Initiative to Develop Natural Gas Alternatives

GTI, EPRI Partner on $100M Initiative to Develop Natural Gas Alternatives

Supported by U.S. natural gas and electric utilities, two industry research centers are collaborating on a $100 million effort to develop alternatives to natural gas. The national Low-Carbon Resources Initiative is being shaped and implemented by researchers at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Their goal is to bring…

August 13, 2020
Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels Use for Truck Fleets Said Accelerating

Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels Use for Truck Fleets Said Accelerating

Alternative fuels use in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is accelerating in nearly all U.S. transportation sectors, according to a new report. The Sustainable Fleets Report issued Tuesday was completed by a consortium headed by consultants Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA).  The study looked at natural gas vehicles (NGV), propane, battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hydrogen…

August 12, 2020
SDG&E Outlines Wildfire Preparedness for California Regulators

SDG&E Outlines Wildfire Preparedness for California Regulators

California officials are predicting another difficult wildfire season in California, but San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) CEO Caroline Winn said the combination utility expects that planned outages will unfold smoothly this year.  Winn spoke on Monday during a virtual hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which is hearing how the major…

August 12, 2020
NW Natural’s Customer Base Expanding Despite Pandemic, with RNG Opportunities Eyed

NW Natural’s Customer Base Expanding Despite Pandemic, with RNG Opportunities Eyed

Portland, OR-based NW Natural executives on Friday talked up prospects in the renewable natural gas (RNG) sector and the growth in the customer base, which has come despite depressed demand from Covid-19.  CEO David Anderson during the second quarter conference call said construction and conversions have led to adding more than 13,000 customers during the…

August 10, 2020
Black Hills Utilities Seeing Decarbonization Pressure in Some Service Areas

Black Hills Utilities Seeing Decarbonization Pressure in Some Service Areas

While acknowledging uncertainty for the rest of the year, Rapid City, SD-based Black Hills Corp. executives reported lighter impacts from Covid-19 in the eight-state utility service territories. The corporate-wide $2.7 billion, five-year capital expenditure program is moving along, and growth in customers and gross margins for the natural gas and electric utilities have continued in…

August 10, 2020
Pinnacle West Builds Renewables Resources, but Natural Gas Still Seen as Solid Risk Management Tool

Pinnacle West Builds Renewables Resources, but Natural Gas Still Seen as Solid Risk Management Tool

Phoenix-based Pinnacle West has a long-range commitment to add more alternative fuels to its utility mix, but natural gas should remain a risk management tool, the management team said during the second quarter earnings call. CEO Jeff Guldner said the integrated resource plan (IRP) for utility Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) filed in June called…

August 10, 2020
MDU Adjusts Capacity for Bakken Natural Gas Pipe, Eyes ‘21 to Begin Building

MDU Adjusts Capacity for Bakken Natural Gas Pipe, Eyes ‘21 to Begin Building

MDU Resources Group Inc.’s utility operations, spread across eight states, as well as a pipeline business serving the the Rockies and Bakken Shale, reported increased profits during the second quarter from a year ago, beating back Covid-19’s negative impacts by using geographic diversity and a mid-size market focus. CEO David Goodin said the Bismarck, ND-based…

August 7, 2020
Sempra Bullish on Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects, Including Mexico LNG Export Facility

Sempra Bullish on Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects, Including Mexico LNG Export Facility

San Diego-based Sempra Energy executives remain confident that the Energía Costa Azul (ECA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Mexico’s Baja California will go ahead as planned despite the ongoing delay in receiving an export permit from the Mexican government. CEO Jeff Martin acknowledged during the second quarter call to discuss results that the…

August 6, 2020
LA Operator AllenCo Under More Scrutiny for Oil Facility Violations

LA Operator AllenCo Under More Scrutiny for Oil Facility Violations

The Los Angeles (LA) City Attorney has filed 25 counts against embattled exploration and production operator AllenCo Energy Inc. for alleged environmental, health and safety violations at an oil production facility. The wellsite has been under scrutiny by the Department of Conservation’s California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), which in March issued a remedial order…

August 6, 2020
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