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Massachusetts Orders National Grid to Halt Nonessential Work Following Natural Gas Incident

Massachusetts regulators on Monday ordered National Grid plc to halt all nonessential work in the state after excess natural gas was “inadvertently” introduced into pipelines, raising concerns of a repeat of last month’s Merrimack Valley explosions.

October 9, 2018
PJM to Examine Fuel Security Risks as Natural Gas-Fired Generation, Renewables Increase

PJM to Examine Fuel Security Risks as Natural Gas-Fired Generation, Renewables Increase

PJM Interconnection said Monday that it would immediately begin a process to analyze long-term fuel security as part of an ongoing effort to ensure that the nation’s largest grid remains reliable and resilient to the broader changes underway in wholesale power markets.

May 1, 2018

TransCanada Prepping Western Canada Pipeline Grid for Growing Unconventional NatGas Output

As construction is completed on pipeline additions this year, the next stage is taking shape in a multi-year program to adapt the Western Canadian natural gas pipeline grid to spreading shale production.

October 3, 2017

California Governor Puts Push For West Grid, Less Gas-Fired Generation on Hold

California Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers on Monday put on hold the state grid operator’s pursuit of a western regional power grid that gradually lessens dependence on natural gas-fired generation among other byproducts called for under a state law passed last year (SB 350). Concerns about the state’s ongoing aggressive climate change programs prompted the action.

August 9, 2016

FERC Gives California Grid Unique Distributed Generation Approval

California’s grid operator on Tuesday said it now has FERC approval for a first-in-the-nation tariff change to encourage more distributed generation on the grid. It is another move toward redesigning power grids that has implications for both natural gas and electricity operations.

June 10, 2016

Canadian Regulators Approve Nova Gas Transmission Expansion

Northern natural gas and thermal oilsands production will be able to grow in step as a result of approval granted Thursday for a C$1.29 billion (US$993 million) set of pipeline additions in Alberta and British Columbia.

June 2, 2016
900 MW Gas-Fired Power Plant Set for Rhode Island

900 MW Gas-Fired Power Plant Set for Rhode Island

As another footnote to the changing electric generation fuel mix in New England, plans for a new 900 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Rhode Island were unveiled, with Gov. Gina Raimondo touting the project’s boost for the state’s economy and environment.

August 11, 2015

FERC’s Moeller: ‘Keep Momentum’ in Seeking Gas-Electric Balance for Power

While grid operators in the Northeast have taken steps to smooth out the kinks in electricity grids that are increasingly relying on natural gas-fired generation, further refinement of the U.S. natural gas and electricity grid systems is needed, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller and other speakers told an industry forum Wednesday in Valley Forge, PA.

June 23, 2015

California 2014 Power Market ‘Competitive’ Despite Skewed Hydro, Gas Mix

The wholesale electricity market last year in California stayed competitive despite record low hydroelectric supplies and rising natural gas prices, according to a report released Monday by the market monitoring unit at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

June 10, 2015
Robust Gas v. Power Debate at Moeller’s ‘Unofficial’ Meeting on Restructuring the Gas Market

Robust Gas v. Power Debate at Moeller’s ‘Unofficial’ Meeting on Restructuring the Gas Market

In a rough and tumble roundtable meeting at FERC headquarters in Washington, DC, electric generators and grid operators, most of them from the Northeast, said they want natural gas markets and infrastructure altered to meet their peak demand needs. Gas pipelines and producers who rallied to defend their market made it very clear that they don’t think it needs radical changes.

September 19, 2014
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