Hydrogen

Sweeping Infrastructure Bill Goes Big on Energy Transition, Leaves Natural Gas Wanting

Sweeping Infrastructure Bill Goes Big on Energy Transition, Leaves Natural Gas Wanting

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday with bipartisan support includes a big boost in spending on renewable energy, the power grid and programs to broadly promote lower greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The massive bill contains more than $550 billion in new spending. About $110 billion of that…

August 11, 2021
Black Hills Eyeing More RNG Use Across Utility Operations

Black Hills Eyeing More RNG Use Across Utility Operations

Rapid City, SD-based Black Hills Corp. sees renewable natural gas (RNG) as an eventual sustainable driver for continued earnings and customer growth throughout its eight states of utility operations, CEO Linn Evans said earlier this month. Black Hills is “working pretty aggressively” on RNG, Evans told analysts during the second quarter 2021 earnings call. There…

August 11, 2021
Sempra Adding to Oncor Budget on Texas Growth, Expanding RNG for California Utilities

Sempra Adding to Oncor Budget on Texas Growth, Expanding RNG for California Utilities

Robust growth in Texas has led San Diego-based Sempra to crank up its five-year capital expenditures (capex), while the California utility counterparts are doubling down on renewable natural gas (RNG). During a 2Q2021 earnings conference call, senior executives said the utility holding company showed “strong operational and financial results.” Southern California Gas Co. connected to…

August 9, 2021
Natural Gas Demand to Surpass 2019 Levels by Year’s End, Says BP Chief

Natural Gas Demand to Surpass 2019 Levels by Year’s End, Says BP Chief

Global natural gas demand is forecast to recover and eclipse 2019 levels by the end this year, with liquefied natural gas (LNG) consumption set to climb in Asia, according to BP plc. The London-based integrated energy major delivered its second quarter results on Tuesday, offering a robust outlook for natural gas and oil, even as…

August 3, 2021
Electrification Alone Won’t Cut It for Decarbonization, Say Natural Gas Experts

Electrification Alone Won’t Cut It for Decarbonization, Say Natural Gas Experts

Electrification alone will be insufficient to decarbonize the energy sector, said speakers at the LDC Gas Forums Northeast event in late July. Enbridge Inc.’s Steve Elliott, director of business development, told the Boston conference that about 80% of the world’s energy is currently consumed as a molecule, with the remaining 20% consumed as an electron.…

July 30, 2021
Natural Gas Pipeliners Tout Hydrogen Production, Blending Plans

Natural Gas Pipeliners Tout Hydrogen Production, Blending Plans

North America’s largest natural gas transporters and distributors are advancing projects to produce clean hydrogen and blend it into their mix to help achieve decarbonization goals. Managers from industry heavyweights including Enbridge Inc. and Williams gave updates on their progress at the LDC Gas Forums Northeast event this month in Boston. Although hydrogen offers “great…

July 29, 2021
No ‘Easy Street’ to Create Hydrogen Economy in California

No ‘Easy Street’ to Create Hydrogen Economy in California

The global oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing hydrogen, but California operators are finding the changeover may require negotiating a winding, rocky road as Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to move the carbon neutrality target to 2035 from 2045. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently rejected a joint application by Sempra’s Southern…

July 29, 2021
Chart Industries Optimistic on U.S. LNG, Reports Record Orders for Third Straight Quarter

Chart Industries Optimistic on U.S. LNG, Reports Record Orders for Third Straight Quarter

Chart Industries Inc. CEO Jill Evanko expressed optimism on Thursday that up to four large U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects could be sanctioned early next year following a flurry of activity in the past two months. Evanko said she was “very bullish on one to four U.S. Gulf Coast export projects that already…

July 26, 2021
Houston Looking to Hold Title as Nation’s Energy Capital with Low-Carbon Tech Growth, 500,000-Plus Jobs

Houston Looking to Hold Title as Nation’s Energy Capital with Low-Carbon Tech Growth, 500,000-Plus Jobs

Houston, the acknowledged energy capital of the United States, can lure substantial investments and create thousands of jobs by stepping up to lead the transition to a low-carbon future, top city leaders said this week. The Greater Houston Partnership on Tuesday unveiled a bold strategy for the fourth largest city in the country. In kicking…

June 30, 2021
BP Looking to Hydrogen Expansion to ‘Reinvent’ Natural Gas

BP Looking to Hydrogen Expansion to ‘Reinvent’ Natural Gas

Hydrogen has the power to “reinvent” natural gas, and BP plc is looking to take the lead in the transition, a top executive said earlier this month. BP’s energy economics team and the International Energy Agency (IEA) are forecasting a big role for hydrogen in the transition from fossil fuels to alternative energies. BP Executive…

June 28, 2021