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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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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
Wyoming, Montana Push for U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Coal Export Dispute

Wyoming, Montana Push for U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Coal Export Dispute

Wyoming and Montana on Tuesday filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging as unconstitutional the state of Washington’s rejection of an export terminal to process the states’ coal supplies for export to Asian markets. The two states in January asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Washington’s denial of a water permit for…

June 24, 2020
PG&E Reorganization Approved to Exit Bankruptcy

PG&E Reorganization Approved to Exit Bankruptcy

With approval of its $58 billion reorganization plan, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and its parent company said they will exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a “re-imagined” enterprise. Driven to bankruptcy by devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018, PG&E now is eligible to tap into a $21 billion state wildfire fund authorized under last…

June 22, 2020
PG&E Fined Following Guilty Plea for Camp Fire Tragedy

PG&E Fined Following Guilty Plea for Camp Fire Tragedy

After pleading guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and another count of starting a deadly fire in Paradise, CA in 2018, the sentencing of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Thursday was anticlimactic, with the court only imposing a fine of about $3.4 million. A restitution hearing is scheduled for early next year.

June 19, 2020
California’s San Luis Obispo Policy of All-Electric Seen as Knock to Natural Gas

California’s San Luis Obispo Policy of All-Electric Seen as Knock to Natural Gas

Following a growing trend, the city council in San Luis Obispo along California’s central coast on Tuesday established a policy calling for all-electric new buildings that would take effect Sept. 1.

June 18, 2020
PG&E Pleads Involuntary Manslaughter for 84 Deaths in Camp Fire, Agrees to $4M in Penalties

PG&E Pleads Involuntary Manslaughter for 84 Deaths in Camp Fire, Agrees to $4M in Penalties

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of starting a fire for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, CA.

June 17, 2020
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