PG&E Smells Success in Fresno Biogas Project

Leaving telltale signs that can only be renewable natural gas (RNG) from animal waste, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and its alternative energy partner BioEnergy Solutions struck paydirt Tuesday in a biogas-to-pipeline injection project in the agricultural fields of Fresno County in California. It is the first project in the state to deliver pipeline-quality RNG to a utility, according to PG&E.

March 5, 2008

FERC Asked to Reject SPP Request

Several alternative energy companies, qualifying cogeneration facilities (QFs) and electric power groups have asked FERC to reject a request by utilities located in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) to be relieved of their obligation to enter into new contracts to purchase electricity from QFs or small power producers under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

December 3, 2007

Senate Panel Penalizes Producers to Fund Alternative Energy Incentives

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday overwhelmingly passed an energy tax package that provides $28.5 billion in tax incentives for clean and alternative fuels, of which domestic oil and natural gas producers would pay more than $20 billion of the tab.

June 20, 2007

New CA Congressman Brings Alternative Energy Background

The only new face unseating an incumbent in California’s 53-member Congressional delegation turned out to be an alternative energy entrepreneur with a doctorate in mathematics. Rep.-elect Jerry McNerney, a wind energy specialist, unseated seven-term Rep. Richard Pombo from the state’s 11th District in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pombo was chairman of the House Resources Committee. Environmental groups have taken credit for defeating Pombo whom they accuse of trying to roll-back various environmental protections in California and elsewhere.

November 15, 2006

CA Releases Bioenergy Plan; Governor’s Action Plan to Follow

Leaving no area of alternative fuels untouched, the California Energy Commission (CEC) Monday released a plan and set of recommendations for the stepped up development of biomass — biologically derived renewable materials that can produce heat, power, transportation fuels and what state officials think can be other valued-added products and chemicals.

April 12, 2006

Natural Gas Utility Processes Ripe for Hydrogen Applications, Study Shows

Pushing greater use of hydrogen as an energy alternative may be a “market opportunity” for the natural gas industry, according to an in-progress study unveiled Tuesday as part of the National Hydrogen Association’s annual conference in Long Beach, CA.

March 16, 2006

California Firm Pushes Multi-Use Landfill Gas Conversion in Ohio Project

FirmGreen Energy, a privately held Newport Beach, CA, alternative energy company announced Wednesday that ground has been broken for a three-phase trash-to-energy project with the Franklin County Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). The project will involve capturing, cleaning and using methane and carbon dioxide (CO-2) from SWACO’s landfill gas in multiple end-use applications.

June 23, 2005

PUCO Sets Alternative Bidding, ‘Rate Stabilization’ Plans for FirstEnergy

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) last Wednesday ordered FirstEnergy Corp. to establish a competitive bidding process to determine standard offer generation service rates for the end of the company’s market development period, but provided for a modified rate stabilization plan if the bids are not acceptable to the Commission.

June 14, 2004

FERC Attaches String to Affiliate Transfer of Pipe, Storage Assets

FERC last week issued a certificate that paved the way for a new pipeline company, NGO Transmission Inc., to acquire 171 miles of existing pipe and storage facilities in central Ohio from a distribution affiliate, but there was a string attached. If it accepts the certificate, NGO Transmission, contrary to its wishes, would become an interstate gas pipeline subject to the agency’s open-access requirements.

November 3, 2003

Judge Keeps CPUC Plan Alive for PG&E Bankruptcy

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali has denied Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s request for a summary judgment against the alternative reorganization plan proposed by the California Public Utility Commission.

November 26, 2002