Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has named Dennis Arriola as president and COO to fill the vacancy created when Anne Shen-Smith was named chair and CEO. SoCalGas Chairman and CEO Michael Allman resigned in June. Arriola returns after spending 14 years at the company and at Sempra; most recently he was CFO of San Jose, CA-based SunPower Corp. Between 1994-2008 Arriola had a variety of leadership positions at SoCalGas and related companies, the last as CFO of SoCalGas and Sempra’s San Diego Gas and Electric Co. Arriola has an MBA from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford.
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Susan Ackerman was reappointed to a four-year term on the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC). Ackerman was originally appointed in March 2010 to fill the remainder of the term of Chairman Lee Beyer, who resigned to run for his old seat in the state legislature where he now serves in the Senate. She was then appointed to a full term. Prior to her first appointment panel, Ackerman was an energy attorney in private practice. Her new term expires March 13, 2016.
Operations at the Kenai, AK, liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export terminal have been extended until October to fill an additional order, the Associated Press reported. In February the plant’s operator, ConocoPhillips, said the facility would close in the coming months due to the expiration of an existing LNG supply contract with a customer in Japan (see Daily GPI, Feb. 11). However, additional orders for shipments to Japan and one to China were secured.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday moved to fill two upcoming vacancies on the five-member California Energy Commission (CEC), naming a veteran energy policy expert and a scientist with experience at the state air pollution regulatory agency that sites electric generation plants. The appointments of Robert Weisenmiller, 61, and Anthony Eggert, 37, require confirmation by the state Senate.
The Energy Information Administration in its latest Annual Energy Outlook (AEO2009) Tuesday raised its projection for domestic natural gas production and demand in the coming decades, citing the continued rapid growth in gas shale development and demand for gas by power generators. But it predicts a smaller role for imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the years ahead.
The fireworks that fill the air at the beginning of July may be just a prelude to the fiery temperatures that are forecast to bathe most of the western states and a portion of the Northeast next month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center reported in its monthly outlook last Thursday. The Midwest, meanwhile, may escape the hellish heat and could see below-normal temperatures.
The fireworks that fill the air at the beginning of July may be just a prelude to the fiery temperatures that are forecast to bathe most of the western states and a portion of the Northeast next month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center reported in its monthly outlook Thursday. The Midwest, meanwhile, may escape the hellish heat and could see below-normal temperatures.