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Column: Mexico’s Electricity Reform Would Lead to More, Not Less, Reliance on NatGas Imports

Column: Mexico’s Electricity Reform Would Lead to More, Not Less, Reliance on NatGas Imports

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. The year 2022 is littered with risk for economic activity in Mexico. The persistence of an inflationary environment, the expectation of meager…

January 14, 2022
California Blueprint Looking to Forge ‘Oil-Free Future,’ Lead Nation in Climate Change Fight

California Blueprint Looking to Forge ‘Oil-Free Future,’ Lead Nation in Climate Change Fight

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed 2022-2023 budget proposal to continue confronting the state’s “greatest existential threats” – the pandemic and climate change – while bolstering economic growth. Specifically for energy, Newsom’s ambition under his California Blueprint is to create “an oil-free future” for California by reducing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels while…

January 12, 2022
Constitutional Reform Unlikely in 2022, but Mexico Energy Sector Risk Still High, Analysts Say

Constitutional Reform Unlikely in 2022, but Mexico Energy Sector Risk Still High, Analysts Say

For this upcoming year, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposed constitutional energy reform – whether it gets enough votes to pass or not – will set the tone of his political agenda, according to analysts and experts in the field.

January 10, 2022
Mexican Energy Companies On Edge in New Year, Top Industry Lawyer Says

Mexican Energy Companies On Edge in New Year, Top Industry Lawyer Says

“Widespread uncertainty is impacting energy companies in Mexico on a daily basis,” David Enríquez, senior partner at the Mexico City-based law firm Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados, told NGI’s Mexico GPI. “Some companies don’t even know if they will continue to exist in the next few months or if they’re going to have a permit to…

January 7, 2022
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
TransAlta Completes Canada Switch to Natural Gas Generation from Coal

TransAlta Completes Canada Switch to Natural Gas Generation from Coal

Calgary-based TransAlta Corp., a mainstay of investor-owned power generation, on Wednesday ended 65 years of burning coal in its Canadian thermal plants by completing a fuel switch to natural gas for its Alberta network. The company announced its 463 MW Keephills Unit 3, west of Edmonton near Wabamun, finished the historic change. The firm is…

January 3, 2022
PJM Sees Ongoing Role for Natural Gas Amid Energy Transition

PJM Sees Ongoing Role for Natural Gas Amid Energy Transition

North America’s largest power grid and its stakeholders need to ensure “adequate” electricity supply from thermal power plants, which include natural gas- and coal-fired units, until a substitute is deployed at scale, according to initial results of a study by grid operator PJM Interconnection. “As the generation mix continues to rapidly evolve in PJM, we…

December 27, 2021
Duke’s Proposed Rate Hike in Florida Designed to Offset Natural Gas Price Volatility

Duke’s Proposed Rate Hike in Florida Designed to Offset Natural Gas Price Volatility

Duke Energy Florida earlier this month proposed an electricity rate hike to mitigate the impact of volatile natural gas prices. The “fuel adjustment” would be tacked onto residential, commercial and industrial power bills from March through at least February 2023, the Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary said. The measure would translate to a $6.62 increase in…

December 27, 2021
Mexico Likely to Experience Power Outages in 2022, Industry Expert Says

Mexico Likely to Experience Power Outages in 2022, Industry Expert Says

“It appears the demand for electricity is beginning to grow again as the economy recovers and that, if there is a sudden spike in demand, for example, the supply isn’t going to be there to meet it,” Víctor Florencio Ramírez, directing partner at Mexico City-based consultancy Perceptia21 Energía, told NGI’s Mexico GPI. “We’re going to…

December 23, 2021
Soaring LNG Prices, Pipeline Constraints Threaten New England Power Grid This Winter

Soaring LNG Prices, Pipeline Constraints Threaten New England Power Grid This Winter

New England’s natural gas pipeline constraints, global supply chain issues tied to oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) deliveries, and prolonged periods of cold weather this winter could keep the region’s electric utilities from accessing sufficient fuel to meet customer demand and trigger emergency actions, according to power grid operator ISO New England Inc. “As…

December 14, 2021
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