SoCal Winter Assessment Revisited: Core Customers At Risk, CPUC Head Says

SoCal Winter Assessment Revisited: Core Customers At Risk, CPUC Head Says

Overlooked in last month’s rollout of the latest winter energy assessment for Southern California were comments by the head of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), indicating that unlike last winter, residential and small business customers could be at risk of natural gas shortages.

December 6, 2017

SoCal NatGas Prices Ease Off Following Record Highs, But Constraints Point to More Volatility

One day after traders saw unseasonable triple-digit temperatures combine with infrastructure constraints to drive SoCal Citygate to a record-high $12.57/MMBtu, cash prices in Southern California eased Tuesday, but ongoing supply constraints threaten more volatility for the region.

October 24, 2017
Aliso Canyon Leak’s Root Cause A Waiting Game

Aliso Canyon Leak’s Root Cause A Waiting Game

A three-part study into the root cause of the well failure that resulted in the largest methane leak ever at the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility continues to move slowly on separate tracks and with little public attention.

October 17, 2017

NASA Pinpoints California’s Largest Ongoing Methane Sources: Agriculture and Waste Industries

With help from the U.S. space program, California agencies are pinpointing major methane hot spots, most of which are not connected to oil and natural gas operations, according to Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas).

October 5, 2017

Anti-Methane Groups Challenging NGV Trucking in California

Groups that have been unrelenting in trying to shut down California’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility are turning their attention to the use of heavy duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) trucks, disputing claims that vehicles running on renewable natural gas (RNG) or biomethane are as “clean” as current electric vehicle (EV) technologies.

September 29, 2017

California Heat Wave Puts Utilities, Grid Operator on Hot Seat

After a long stretch of summer with below-normal temperatures across most of the state, California is embroiled in its first sustained heat wave, sending electric grid peaks to highs for the year and putting a strain on the utilities and grid operator, which are operating without the full use of the natural gas storage facility at Aliso Canyon in Southern California, the hottest of the hot spots.

August 30, 2017

Aliso Cleared to Restart Following Weekend Court Rulings

A California appeals court Saturday lifted a temporary restraining order that sought to prevent the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility from reopening.

July 31, 2017

Earthquake Analysis Urged Before Aliso NatGas Storage Field Reopens

The County of Los Angeles on Monday asked the Los Angeles Superior Court for an injunction to prevent the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field from reopening until state regulators complete an earthquake and risk analysis.

July 25, 2017

Aliso NatGas Storage Facility Cleared to Reopen at 28% of Maximum Capacity

California’s largest natural gas storage facility, Aliso Canyon, was cleared to reopen at limited capacity late Wednesday following months of rigorous inspections and well analysis by state engineering and safety enforcement experts.

July 20, 2017

Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Leak’s Root Cause Still Unclear

The root cause analysis for the natural gas storage well leak at the Aliso Canyon facility in Southern California, which ended 18 months ago, is apparently months from completion, according to state officials.

July 14, 2017