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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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Chevron Partners with Clean Energy Fuels on Port Truck Program

Chevron Partners with Clean Energy Fuels on Port Truck Program

Chevron Corp. announced Tuesday it is partnering with natural gas fueling retailer Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to provide truck operators in the Long Beach and Los Angeles Ports with renewable natural gas (RNG), a carbon-negative alternative fuel for fleets. Three years ago, commissions overseeing the Long Beach and Los Angeles Ports, the nation’s busiest handling…

July 10, 2020
Washington State Regulators React to Covid-19 in Setting Puget Sound Rates

Washington State Regulators React to Covid-19 in Setting Puget Sound Rates

The Covid-19 pandemic played a central role in how state of Washington regulators finalized a $205 million general rate request from Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE), and they indicated that will be their practice for as long as the virus is present. New natural gas and electric rates are effective July 20. In the…

July 9, 2020
Bakken Producers Scramble to Prepare for Life Without DAPL

Bakken Producers Scramble to Prepare for Life Without DAPL

Producers in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play are beginning to come to grips with operating without the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that is now under court order to shut down and be drained by early August. The immediate challenges are how to move up to 300,000 b/d to Gulf Coast refineries, and longer term up…

July 8, 2020
California Wildfire Advisory Board Issues Guidelines for Next Year

California Wildfire Advisory Board Issues Guidelines for Next Year

Following a mandate in the state’s wildfire relief law, California’s Wildfire Safety Advisory Board has adopted utility guidelines for next year, stressing closer alignment of utility mitigation plans and state oversight authorities. Striving for a “holistic approach” to wildfire mitigation, the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) advisory board action fulfills provisions of a 2019 wildfire…

July 6, 2020
PG&E Throws Support Behind California Natural Gas Ban Movement

PG&E Throws Support Behind California Natural Gas Ban Movement

Following a movement to ban natural gas in new buildings that began in California and is spreading nationwide, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) said it is in support, if it can be done in a cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The California Energy Commission (CEC), which previously ratified…

July 6, 2020
California Rejects Bid to Delay Aliso Natural Gas Storage Safety Tests

California Rejects Bid to Delay Aliso Natural Gas Storage Safety Tests

California regulators have rejected a request from Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to postpone well testing at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility because of the coronavirus lockdown. Since the largest methane leak ever occurred at the 3,200-acre, 86 Bcf capacity facility over a four-month period in 2015-2016, new state regulations require all storage wells…

July 2, 2020
Tucson Electric Moves to Decarbonize, but Keeps Gas-Fired Power

Tucson Electric Moves to Decarbonize, but Keeps Gas-Fired Power

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) last week unveiled a 2020 integrated resource plan (IRP) that would phase out coal-fired generation and emphasize renewables and efficiency, and while retaining its natural gas-fired power plants. The plan would retire the remaining units at TEP’s coal-fired Springerville Generating Station and add 1,400 MW of energy storage over the next…

June 30, 2020
California Resources Reports $1.7B Impairment, Cites Doubt as Going Concern

California Resources Reports $1.7B Impairment, Cites Doubt as Going Concern

California Resources Corp. (CRC), the state’s largest producer, last week in its delayed Form 10-Q filing for 1Q2020 to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had taken a $1.7 billion impairment charge. Net losses for the quarter totaled $1.79 billion, (minus $36.43/share), compared with a $67 million loss (minus $1.38) for the same…

June 30, 2020
California Regulators Extend Aliso Canyon Investigation Another Year

California Regulators Extend Aliso Canyon Investigation Another Year

Pointing to the complexity of issues, California regulators on Thursday extended until late 2021 their investigation of Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) role in the nation’s largest ever methane leak at the Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility in 2015-16. Under state law, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has 12 months to complete…

June 29, 2020
Nevada ‘Clean Cars’ Program Aims to Boost Low-Emissions Sales

Nevada ‘Clean Cars’ Program Aims to Boost Low-Emissions Sales

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday introduced a multi-year regulatory effort to promote more low- and zero-emission vehicle sales, including natural gas vehicles (NGV) and the use of renewable natural gas (RNG).  New regulations, targeted for 2024, would be part of the “Clean Cars Nevada,” involving the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and Department…

June 25, 2020
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