Portland, OR-based NW Natural executives on Friday talked up prospects in the renewable natural gas (RNG) sector and the growth in the customer base, which has come despite depressed demand from Covid-19. CEO David Anderson during the second quarter conference call said construction and conversions have led to adding more than 13,000 customers during the…
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Two Pacific Northwest natural gas-plus utilities reported Friday their separate approaches to maintaining essential services in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown.
NW Natural is analyzing more low-carbon options, such as renewable natural gas (RNG) and power-to gas in efforts to decarbonize its natural gas-only utility business while expanding into the water utility sector as a hedge against increasing pressure to cut fossil fuel use.
After close collaboration for years by Portland, OR-based utilities NW Natural and Portland General Electric (PGE), a unique natural gas storage service is closer to becoming a reality in the Pacific Northwest in response to an evolving electric-gas sector relationship that has become more critical with renewables growth.
Portland, OR-basedNW Natural is moving ahead with preliminary design, analysis and economic assessments for the expansion of the utility’s Mist underground gas storage facility in northwest Oregon to support new generation units planned byPortland General Electric(PGE) at its Port Westward gas-fired complex. The gas utility is now finalizing a request for approval of a rate for the storage services from theOregon Public Utility Commission. The project would include development of new storage wells, a compressor station and pipelines. NW Natural is preparing budget estimates to review with PGE leading up to a mutual decision on whether to proceed. A decision is expected by the end of the year.
Aided by a new state law, NW Natural is accelerating its initiative to expand the use and fueling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles (NGV), and CEO Gregg Kantor, speaking on a 2Q2013 earnings conference call Wednesday, said that there is a statewide interest in developing natural gas as a transportation fuel.