Seattle

Northwest Files to Move More PSE NatGas to North Seattle

Williams Partners LP subsidiary Northwest Pipeline LLC has applied for authorization from FERC for the North Seattle Lateral Upgrade project in Washington to enhance reliability and capacity for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers.

July 19, 2017

Industry Brief

Washington state regulators saidPuget Sound Energy(PSE) has agreed to pay a $275,000 penalty to settle a natural gas safety complaint lodged against the Bellevue, WA-based combination utility last year regarding a pipeline leak, explosion and house fire in North Seattle in 2011. TheWashington Utilities and Transportation Commission(WUTC) alleged that PSE violated certain gas safety rules when it responded to reports of gas leaks in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Seattle two years ago. An explosion and fire subsequently destroyed a home and injured two people. Under the settlement, PSE admits there were violations and agreed to pay the penalty. The utility is not allowed to pass on the cost of the fine in the retail rates it charges customers. The WUTC staff found the cause of the leaks late last year and recommended a $400,000 penalty (seeDaily GPI,Dec. 28, 2012).

September 30, 2013

CNG, LNG Transport Still Gaining

More announcements continued to move last week for building the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) market for natural gas vehicles (NGV).

June 17, 2013

CNG Keeps Marketing Foot on the Gas Pedal

Seattle-based natural gas vehicle (NGV) conversion company World CNG is adding outlets in Madison, WI, and on Long Island in New York state to its network of up-fitters in eight other states.

June 14, 2013

Industry Brief

Seattle-based R.W. Beck Group Inc. is to be acquired by McLean, VA-based Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), a $10.1 billion, 45,000-employee organization with ties to the U.S. departments of Defense, Homeland Security and intelligence agencies. R.W. Beck has clients in the public and private sectors, covering energy, water, wastewater and solid waste industries. SAIC said the deal includes acquiring Beck Disaster Recovery (BDR), an emergency management consulting businesses. R.W. Beck is the majority owner of BDR. R.W. Beck will join SAIC’s infrastructure, logistics and product solutions group led by Group President Joe Craver. It is one of four main segments of SAIC. The acquisition is expected to close at the beginning of August, subject to R.W. Beck shareholder approval and customary conditions.

July 8, 2009

FERC’s Moeller: CAISO Market Redesign Should Meet Deadline

Calling current times “very exciting but challenging” for the energy sector, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller told an industry gathering in Seattle Monday that he thinks the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) long-anticipated Market Redesign Technology Update (MRTU) is going to come to fruition later this year, noting the usual qualifier that he was offering his personal opinion and not that of the federal commission. Moeller was a keynote speaker at the Law Seminars International conference, “Buying and Selling Electric Power in the West.”

January 15, 2008

Cascade Natural Names Outside Director as New Chairman

Seattle-based Cascade Natural Gas Corp. has named Larry L. Pinnt, an outside director since 1995, as the new chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1. W. Brian Matsuyama, president and CEO, also had carried the chairman’s duties before the announcement.

January 6, 2003

Cascade Natural Names Outside Director as New Chairman

Seattle-based Cascade Natural Gas Corp. has named Larry L. Pinnt, an outside director since 1995, as the new chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1. W. Brian Matsuyama, president and CEO, also had carried the chairman’s duties before the announcement.

December 30, 2002