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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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North Dakota Sees Oil, Natural Gas Production Climb in August

North Dakota Sees Oil, Natural Gas Production Climb in August

North Dakota oil and natural gas production shot up in August along with gas capture volumes, but the production surge is expected to fall back and continue declining by the end of the year. Oil production in August topped 36 million bbl (1.16 million b/d), compared with 32.3 million bbl (1.04 million b/d) in July.…

October 19, 2020
PG&E Says It May Have Been Involved in Yet Another Wildfire

PG&E Says It May Have Been Involved in Yet Another Wildfire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) once again has reported to California authorities that its distribution equipment in the far north remote Shasta County may have been involved in the Zogg Fire that has consumed more than 56,000 acres before being 99% contained on Monday.  The utility’s equipment has been traced to at least eight…

October 13, 2020
California Natural Gas Generation Declining as State Looks to Carbon-Free Future

California Natural Gas Generation Declining as State Looks to Carbon-Free Future

There are no new natural gas-fired generation projects under review by California regulators, and some projects remain unfinished, as the state looks toward a net-zero emissions future. This year the Stanton Energy Reliability Center, a 98 MW gas-fired peaking plant, has started up. In addition, 1,280 MW of gas-fired generation was added at two AES…

October 13, 2020
California Resources Bankruptcy Said Unlikely to Impact Abandoned Well Cleanup

California Resources Bankruptcy Said Unlikely to Impact Abandoned Well Cleanup

California’s oil and natural gas industry is pushing back against a report alleging that the state’s largest exploration operator, now mired in bankruptcy, could leave a billion-dollar abandoned well cleanup problem in its wake. The Sierra Club in a recent report labeled top producer California Resources Corp. (CRC), now in Chapter 11, as a stripper…

October 12, 2020
California Blackouts Initially Blamed on Mishandling of Natural Gas Generation, Other Factors

California Blackouts Initially Blamed on Mishandling of Natural Gas Generation, Other Factors

No single factor caused California’s rolling blackouts during the August heat storm, but mishandling natural gas-fired generation resources was cited as a reason as the grid operator used rotating outages during two days of peak power loads. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday issued…

October 10, 2020
Hydrogen Considered Possible Long-Term Solution to Decarbonize Global Energy Sector

Hydrogen Considered Possible Long-Term Solution to Decarbonize Global Energy Sector

Hydrogen may be the long-term solution to decarbonizing the U.S. energy future, rather than electrification, on the basis of cost and long-term grid capacity, according to a mix of energy thinkers analyzing the future transition away from natural gas and other fossil fuels. In the transportation sector alone, electrification’s added transmission grid upgrades would far…

October 8, 2020
California Boosts RNG, Improves Wildfire Protection

California Boosts RNG, Improves Wildfire Protection

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last month signed legislation to turn the biomass from forest waste and dead trees into renewable natural gas (RNG). According to the California Forestry and Fire Protection Department, aka CalFIRE, the state has nearly 150 million dead trees. Studies have pinpointed sources throughout the nation for producing RNG, including woody forest…

October 6, 2020
Hydrogen-Natural Gas Plant Tracking to Bloom in Utah Desert

Hydrogen-Natural Gas Plant Tracking to Bloom in Utah Desert

A project to transform a public sector coal-fired power plant in Delta, UT, into a combination hydrogen-natural gas generation facility that would move power to Los Angeles is being heralded as a breakthrough. Utah’s Intermountain Power Agency (IPA), which serves 21 municipal power utilities, contracted Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems to build a gas turbine system to…

October 5, 2020
Hydrogen-Natural Gas Plant Tracking to Bloom in Utah Desert

Hydrogen-Natural Gas Plant Tracking to Bloom in Utah Desert

A project to transform a public sector coal-fired power plant in Delta, UT, into a combination hydrogen-natural gas generation facility that would move power to Los Angeles is being heralded as a breakthrough. Utah’s Intermountain Power Agency (IPA), which serves 21 municipal power utilities, contracted Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems to build a gas turbine system to…

October 3, 2020
SoCal Edison Reaches Settlement with Insurers for 2017-18 Wildfires

SoCal Edison Reaches Settlement with Insurers for 2017-18 Wildfires

With more than two dozen wildfires now burning across the state, Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) said it has reached a $1 billion-plus settlement with insurance companies on the major fires involving its equipment in 2017 and 2018. The SCE settlement covers the 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein fires and 2018 mudslides in Montecito near Santa…

October 1, 2020