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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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Sempra Building ‘Strong’ LNG Franchise in North America, Says CEO

Sempra Building ‘Strong’ LNG Franchise in North America, Says CEO

Sempra Energy’s planned portfolio of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities is among the most competitive in North America, according to CEO Jeffrey Martin, who on Thursday outlined progress on the three big projects in Louisiana, Texas and Mexico. “We think we have built a strong franchise in our LNG business, and to fund its…

November 6, 2020
One Northwest Methanol Plant in Washington Gets Positive Assessment

One Northwest Methanol Plant in Washington Gets Positive Assessment

More than seven years after China-backed efforts began to build natural gas-fed methanol manufacturing along the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, a single site may have been resuscitated in Washington. The Washington Ecology Department issued a draft second supplemental environmental impact statement (SSEIS) for the proposed Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) methanol facility in Port…

November 5, 2020
Black Hills Sees Natural Gas Continuing as Long-Term Choice for Customers

Black Hills Sees Natural Gas Continuing as Long-Term Choice for Customers

Natural gas is a long-term player and not a transitional fuel for the eight states in which Rapid City, SD-based Black Hills Corp. operates, CEO Linn Evans said Tuesday. During a 3Q2020 earnings call, Evans said he was not expecting any local lockdowns in the utility service areas, with the worst of the Covid-19 impacts…

November 4, 2020
SoCalGas Unleashes California-Produced RNG Fueling

SoCalGas Unleashes California-Produced RNG Fueling

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) said renewable natural gas (RNG) supply now is flowing at most of the natural gas vehicle fueling stations it operates. The Sempra Energy utility recently began purchasing RNG from multi-dairy connected Calgren Dairy Fuels in the state. Calgren produces RNG as part of a rapidly growing biomethane industry. Eventually, 18…

November 4, 2020
Pinnacle West’s Arizona Utility Dodges Summer Heat Issues with Mix of Fuels, Conservation

Pinnacle West’s Arizona Utility Dodges Summer Heat Issues with Mix of Fuels, Conservation

During the hottest July and August temperatures ever recorded, Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service (APS) relied on its fossil fuel generation fleet, along with nuclear and customer conservation, to avoid a power emergency, the CEO of parent company Pinnacle West Capital Corp. said last week. “Our fossil fleets equivalent availability factor, or the percentage of time…

November 3, 2020
Trading Losses, Wildfires Put PGE in Red for Quarter

Trading Losses, Wildfires Put PGE in Red for Quarter

Wholesale energy trading losses of upward of $128 million pushed Portland General Electric (PGE) into reporting a loss for 3Q2020, but CEO Maria Pope indicated on an earnings conference call that the damage from the losses has been contained to the quarter and there will be no more impact in the months and quarters ahead. …

November 2, 2020
PG&E Turns a Profit, Looks for New Leadership Post-Restructuring

PG&E Turns a Profit, Looks for New Leadership Post-Restructuring

Fresh out of bankruptcy reorganization, PG&E Corp. and combination utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) expect to have a new executive team in place by the end of this year, management said Thursday. Interim CEO Bill Smith discussed the restructuring process and responses to recent wildfires in Northern California during a 3Q2020 earnings conference…

October 30, 2020
SoCal Edison Power Line Possibly Sparks California’s Silverardo Wildfire

SoCal Edison Power Line Possibly Sparks California’s Silverardo Wildfire

A Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) power line may have been involved in the start of a wildfire raging in a foothills portion of Orange County, officials at parent company Edison International (EI) said Tuesday. SCE earlier this week told state regulators the 11,000-acre Silverado Fire in Orange County was 5% contained, and there “was…

October 29, 2020
North Dakota Redirects Covid Funds to Cut DUCs, Stimulate Oilfield Work

North Dakota Redirects Covid Funds to Cut DUCs, Stimulate Oilfield Work

North Dakota officials last Friday re-allocated $16 million from federal Covid-19 funds to reduce a growing number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUC) while creating up to 1,000 temporary jobs in the oil and gas sector. The action by the state Emergency Commission chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum was part of an effort to reassign…

October 26, 2020
West Coast Coal-Fired Power Dwindling

West Coast Coal-Fired Power Dwindling

With the closing of the final coal-fired generation plant in Oregon by Portland General Electric Co. (PGE), the West Coast is down to one coal plant in Washington, which is slated to close in 2025. As part of a 2010 agreement with stakeholders and regulators, PGE last week said the Boardman Generating Station in eastern…

October 22, 2020