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PG&E Equipment Said Cause of California’s Dixie Fire

PG&E Equipment Said Cause of California’s Dixie Fire

An investigation by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE) has determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is responsible for last July’s Dixie wildfire in Northern California. After “a meticulous and thorough investigation,” CalFIRE determined the Dixie Fire was caused by “a tree contacting electrical distribution lines” owned and operated by PG&E…

January 6, 2022
SoCalGas, Bloom Energy Eyeing 2022 Hydrogen Blending Pilot

SoCalGas, Bloom Energy Eyeing 2022 Hydrogen Blending Pilot

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Bloom Energy on Tuesday (Dec. 14) announced a hydrogen blending pilot project envisioned for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) campus in Pasadena. The companies said they plan to generate and then blend hydrogen into Caltech’s existing natural gas network “to demonstrate how the natural gas infrastructure can be…

December 22, 2021
Another California City — San Diego — Phasing Out Natural Gas Use

Another California City — San Diego — Phasing Out Natural Gas Use

The city of San Diego, CA’s climate action plan is seeking to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2035 in part by phasing out natural gas use in new and existing buildings. Under the draft 2021 plan, natural gas would be banned in building construction starting in 2023, with an all-electric requirement in place at…

November 17, 2021
California Court Strikes Down Monterey County’s Ban on New Oil, Gas Drilling

California Court Strikes Down Monterey County’s Ban on New Oil, Gas Drilling

A Northern California county has lost an appeal to curb oil and natural gas development following an appeals court ruling. Monterey County voters in November 2016 approved Measure Z, a ballot initiative to prohibit new drilling activities in unincorporated areas. San Ramon, CA-based Chevron Corp. and other producers then filed a lawsuit, arguing the county…

October 18, 2021
Amplify Says Southern California Offshore Oil Spill Cleanup Continuing

Amplify Says Southern California Offshore Oil Spill Cleanup Continuing

An oil spill offshore Southern California over the weekend has shut down some local beaches and a cleanup effort is ongoing. Houston-based Amplify Energy Corp. in a note Monday said subsidiary Beta Offshore notified the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) on Saturday of an oil sheen about four miles off the coast. As of 8 a.m.…

October 4, 2021
Newsom Signs CA Law to Advance ‘Firm Zero-Carbon’ Electricity, Touts $15B Climate Package

Newsom Signs CA Law to Advance ‘Firm Zero-Carbon’ Electricity, Touts $15B Climate Package

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 423 to accelerate the deployment of “firm zero-carbon resources” for electricity production. The bill was one of 24 signed Friday alongside a $15 billion spending package focused on climate and clean energy efforts, as well as wildfire and drought resiliency. SB 423 defines…

September 27, 2021
California’s Request to Burn Natural Gas OK’d by DOE as Supply Risks Imminent

California’s Request to Burn Natural Gas OK’d by DOE as Supply Risks Imminent

The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved a request by California’s electric grid operator to dispatch more than 200 MW of natural gas-fired generation capacity beyond currently permitted levels to compensate for projected shortfalls in power supply. In a letter Wednesday (Sept. 7) to DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm, the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Mark…

September 13, 2021
BP Looks to Build U.S. RNG Portfolio in Iowa and California

BP Looks to Build U.S. RNG Portfolio in Iowa and California

BP plc subsidiaries are set to expand their renewable natural gas (RNG) resources in a deal with a Gevo Inc. Iowa facility now under construction BP Canada Energy Marketing Corp. and BP Products North America Inc. would buy the RNG, produced from dairy farm cow manure, from Gevo NW Iowa RNG LLC. Earlier this month…

August 18, 2021
California Proposes Limiting Natural Gas Use in New Construction Starting in 2023

California Proposes Limiting Natural Gas Use in New Construction Starting in 2023

In a major step toward eventual electrification, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday proposed limiting the use of natural gas in new and remodeled buildings beginning in 2023. The standards still need approval by the California Building Standards Commission, which is scheduled to take up the issue in December. “The impact of climate change…

August 16, 2021
Strong Week for Eagle Ford, Williston Sends U.S. Rig Count Sharply Higher

Strong Week for Eagle Ford, Williston Sends U.S. Rig Count Sharply Higher

The Eagle Ford Shale and Williston Basin led a surge in U.S. onshore drilling activity during the week ended Friday as the domestic rig count rose nine units to an even 500, according to the latest figures from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Ten oil-directed rigs were added in the United States for the week, offsetting…

August 13, 2021
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