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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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U.S. Oil, Gas Industry Said Ready to Thrive with Economic Stimulus, Fair Trade

U.S. Oil, Gas Industry Said Ready to Thrive with Economic Stimulus, Fair Trade

The U.S. oil and natural gas sector could thrive with federal stimulus packages and with the resumption of fair trade worldwide, a top Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) executive said Tuesday in North Dakota. Fed President Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis branch spoke at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. He discussed the Biden administration’s proposed stimulus…

May 18, 2021
California Calls to Replace Natural Gas Space Heating With All-Electric

California Calls to Replace Natural Gas Space Heating With All-Electric

Starting in 2023, California building standards are to call for electric heat pump space heating to replace natural gas, but the rules fall short of requiring all-electric dwellings in new construction.  The California Energy Commission (CEC) said the rules would be the first in the nation to make heat pumps the baseline technology in a…

May 18, 2021
Sempra’s SoCalGas, Los Angeles Utility Partner in Hydrogen Initiative

Sempra’s SoCalGas, Los Angeles Utility Partner in Hydrogen Initiative

The nation’s largest municipal utility and largest investor-owned natural gas distributor have joined a green hydrogen-buying coalition, HyDeal LA, to create commercial-scale buying for the Los Angeles area. Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have joined the effort to “achieve at-scale green hydrogen procurement”…

May 18, 2021
North Dakota Reports Higher Natural Gas Production, Lower Flaring in March

North Dakota Reports Higher Natural Gas Production, Lower Flaring in March

Natural gas production outpaced oil in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale during March, according to the state Dakota Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). Gas production was 89.2 Bcf (2.8 Bcf/d), compared to 75.7 Bcf (2.7 Bcf/d) in February. Oil production totaled 34.3. million bbl (1.1 million b/d) from 30.3 million bbl (1.08 million b/d).  The state…

May 17, 2021
North Dakota Governor Sets Carbon-Neutral Goal by 2030

North Dakota Governor Sets Carbon-Neutral Goal by 2030

North Dakota, the nation’s second largest oil-producing state, will strive to become carbon-neutral by decade’s end, Gov. Doug Burgum said Wednesday. At the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, Burgum cited the global energy sustainability effort that North Dakota intends to join. He encouraged the oil and gas industry representatives in the audience to support…

May 16, 2021
Energy Transfer, Continental Execs Dissect Bakken Prospects, DAPL’s Future

Energy Transfer, Continental Execs Dissect Bakken Prospects, DAPL’s Future

Continental Resources Inc. and Energy Transfer LP executives said Wednesday the future prospects for the Bakken Shale are strong, and they expect the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to continue to serve the region’s oil producers.   Speaking at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND, Continental Executive Chairman Harold Hamm and Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy…

May 13, 2021
Black Hills Natural Gas Operations Report Uri-Related Costs

Black Hills Natural Gas Operations Report Uri-Related Costs

Black Hills Corp. utilities absorbed more than $600 million in added costs in February related to the impacts from extreme cold weather. The bulk of the $565 million in additional charges for the Rapid City, SD-based operator were attributed to the natural gas utilities in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. “During this extreme…

May 13, 2021
NW Natural’s Management of Oregon NatGas Reduced Extra Costs During Winter Freeze

NW Natural’s Management of Oregon NatGas Reduced Extra Costs During Winter Freeze

Portland, OR-based NW Natural finessed its natural gas supply and storage operations to avoid excessive extra costs during February, which helped lift first quarter profits by more than 20%, the CEO said last week. “During a widespread freeze in Oregon in February, our teams successfully managed gas operations to mitigate impacts on customers,” CEO David…

May 12, 2021
SoCalGas Looks to Produce Hydrogen from RNG; Clean Energy Inks More Deals

SoCalGas Looks to Produce Hydrogen from RNG; Clean Energy Inks More Deals

A growing interest in renewable natural gas (RNG) was underscored this month as Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. signed seven fleet and fueling station supply contracts and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) entered a demonstration project using supplies to produce hydrogen. Clean Energy, which has contracts with fleets in the ports of Los…

May 11, 2021
Sempra’s California, Texas Utilities Focusing on Decarbonization, Regulatory Boost

Sempra’s California, Texas Utilities Focusing on Decarbonization, Regulatory Boost

Energy infrastructure holding company Sempra Energy wants its California and Texas utilities to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, but they need some help from technology innovations and regulators, executives said. A key for California utilities, including Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), is developing renewable natural gas (RNG) as a decarbonizing tool, CEO Jeff Martin said…

May 8, 2021