GHG emissions

GHG Tracking Positions U.S. to Catch Up In World’s EV Race, Say Feds

GHG Tracking Positions U.S. to Catch Up In World’s EV Race, Say Feds

As U.S. consumers warm to the prospect of purchasing a battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV), the Biden administration said it may propose a system that would push states and municipalities to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking…

July 19, 2022
ConocoPhillips, Devon and Pioneer Natural Throw Support to Global Methane Initiative

ConocoPhillips, Devon and Pioneer Natural Throw Support to Global Methane Initiative

Three of the largest Lower 48 producers have joined worldwide oil and gas peers in pledging to improve methane emissions reporting and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy Corp. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co. announced Thursday they were becoming members of the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) 2.0 Initiative. The OGMP standard…

July 19, 2022
Pennsylvania Court Briefly Pulls Plug on Power Plant Emissions Trading

Pennsylvania Court Briefly Pulls Plug on Power Plant Emissions Trading

Foes of a new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) power plant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions regulation won a court victory earlier this month suspending implementation. Regulators, however, are seeking to have the injunction overturned. DEP and the state’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week after the…

July 14, 2022
Natural Gas to Still Play Role as Quebec Seeks to Decarbonize Home Heating

Natural Gas to Still Play Role as Quebec Seeks to Decarbonize Home Heating

While a legislated drilling ban prevents production, natural gas will stay a consumption mainstay in Quebec through 2030 under a “dual energy” program that includes a subsidy for households that add electric heat appliances to their fossil fuel furnaces. With support by the provincial government, gas distributor Energir LP and power supplier Hydro-Quebec won approval…

June 28, 2022
NGL Extraction Process Designed to Cut Emissions, Cost

NGL Extraction Process Designed to Cut Emissions, Cost

Calgary-based Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd. (GLE) has designed a natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction process that could require less energy and lower operating costs.  GLE is touting the split absorber reflux (SABR) process, which extracts propane and ethane from natural gas. “In many cases, SABR can recover propane and ethane with lower energy use, and…

June 9, 2022
Black Hills Says Natural Gas in Mix, Aiming for 90% GHG Reduction by 2030

Black Hills Says Natural Gas in Mix, Aiming for 90% GHG Reduction by 2030

Black Hills Corp. is aiming to achieve a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 based on 2005 levels as it aims to exceed Colorado’s requirements. Subsidiary Black Hills Energy submitted its 2030 Ready Plan to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) at the end of May. The plan details how the company…

June 8, 2022
Roles for Natural Gas, Carbon Capture Seen in 1.5-C Warming Scenario

Roles for Natural Gas, Carbon Capture Seen in 1.5-C Warming Scenario

Natural gas should play a reduced, yet still significant, role in the global energy mix even if anthropogenic global warming is limited to 1.5 C degrees, according to the latest modeling by the United Nations (UN) climate change panel. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) analyzed scenarios in the latest report, which indicate…

April 12, 2022
Federal Court Finds Fault with FERC’s Narrow GHG Analysis in Natural Gas Pipe Upgrade

Federal Court Finds Fault with FERC’s Narrow GHG Analysis in Natural Gas Pipe Upgrade

A new federal appeals court ruling could raise questions over the legal viability of the narrowed downstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions analysis for natural gas pipeline reviews adopted by FERC under the Trump administration. In a case challenging a December 2019 certificate order for a 72,400 Dth/d upgrade project on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP)…

March 16, 2022
FERC Still Probing Potential Natural Gas Market Manipulation During Winter Storm Uri

FERC Still Probing Potential Natural Gas Market Manipulation During Winter Storm Uri

An initial investigation by FERC that found some “anomalies” during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021 may have been caused by natural gas market manipulation, Chairman Richard Glick said Thursday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is unable to probe some aspects of the possible illegal activity because the main Texas power grid, the Electric Reliability…

March 11, 2022
Natural Gas Ready to Meet Growing Energy Demand, but Regulatory Clarity Said Needed

Natural Gas Ready to Meet Growing Energy Demand, but Regulatory Clarity Said Needed

The natural gas industry needs clarity on the regulatory front in order to fully capitalize on the opportunities it has to ensure energy security and lower carbon emissions in North America and around the world, a panel of executives said Wednesday in Houston. “We have an abundance of resources in North America,” said Enbridge Inc.…

March 9, 2022
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