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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
A California appeals court Saturday lifted a temporary restraining order that sought to prevent the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility from reopening.
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.
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.
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.
Electric capacity is expected to be sufficient to meet forecast demand nationally, according to a FERC report released Thursday, but for the second year in a row the outage at Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility has the potential to become a hurdle for gas customers.