Transmission

Williams Bulks Up Texas Natural Gas Storage, Transmission with $423M NorTex Purchase

Williams Bulks Up Texas Natural Gas Storage, Transmission with $423M NorTex Purchase

Williams, building its natural gas portfolio to move more supply to the Gulf Coast and beyond, has snapped up NorTex Midstream Partners LP in a $423 million deal that expands Texas opportunities. The NorTex purchase, from an affiliate of private equity firm Tailwater Capital, includes 80 miles of gas transportation pipelines, 36 Bcf of storage…

September 8, 2022
Maine Supreme Court Revives New England Transmission Project Deemed Vital to Energy Transition

Maine Supreme Court Revives New England Transmission Project Deemed Vital to Energy Transition

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court delivered a victory on Tuesday  for advocates of a transmission line that would connect renewable hydropower supply in Quebec with demand in New England. Fifty-nine percent of Maine voters had effectively voted down the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project via a referendum dubbed Question 1 in November 2021.…

September 2, 2022
FERC Pitches Plan to Uncork Power Generation Growth Bottlenecks

FERC Pitches Plan to Uncork Power Generation Growth Bottlenecks

FERC on Thursday issued a proposed rule that aims to speed up the process for linking new electric generation to the power grid. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s unanimous vote advances a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that could ease interconnection queue backlogs. Commission staff said the rule would add certainty to the process and…

June 17, 2022
PG&E Equipment Said Cause of California’s Dixie Fire

PG&E Equipment Said Cause of California’s Dixie Fire

An investigation by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE) has determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is responsible for last July’s Dixie wildfire in Northern California. After “a meticulous and thorough investigation,” CalFIRE determined the Dixie Fire was caused by “a tree contacting electrical distribution lines” owned and operated by PG&E…

January 6, 2022
PG&E Attempting to Dig Out from Wildfire-Related Charges, Reports $1B in Losses from Previous Blazes

PG&E Attempting to Dig Out from Wildfire-Related Charges, Reports $1B in Losses from Previous Blazes

Facing new criminal charges for its alleged involvement in a massive 2020 wildfire, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) CEO Patti Poppe said the combination utility is making “profound changes,” such as burying its power lines to significantly lower the risks of future fires for both California and the company. Speaking on a 2Q2021 earnings…

August 2, 2021
DOE Seeking Information to Reconfigure U.S. Energy Grid

DOE Seeking Information to Reconfigure U.S. Energy Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) may consider a grid system that sources locally produced energy for regions, otherwise known as energysheds, as indicated by its latest request for information (RFI).  Unlike an energyshed, the current energy transmission system can carry voltage produced at a power plant to its final destination over about 300 miles.…

July 15, 2021
FERC Pondering Tighter Financial Incentives for Building Out Electric Transmission Infrastructure

FERC Pondering Tighter Financial Incentives for Building Out Electric Transmission Infrastructure

Federal regulators on Thursday suggested tightening up an electric transmission incentives policy designed to stimulate infrastructure development for the nation’s evolving grid. In its regular meeting, FERC approved by a vote of 3-2 a revision to the plan issued in March 2020 (No. RM20-10). In the supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), the Commission suggested…

April 16, 2021
U.S. Electric Utility Spending Climbing on Transmission Investments, Says EIA

U.S. Electric Utility Spending Climbing on Transmission Investments, Says EIA

Major U.S. electric utilities spending increased to $40 billion in 2019 from $9.1 billion in 2000, according to federal officials. U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) show the increased spending resulted from investments in transmission infrastructure, as well as operating and maintaining existing systems. In 2019, $23.5 billion was spent on new transmission, up 1% over…

April 5, 2021
INGAA Decarbonizing Gas Transmission, Storage, Aiming to Hit Net Zero Emissions by 2050

INGAA Decarbonizing Gas Transmission, Storage, Aiming to Hit Net Zero Emissions by 2050

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) on Tuesday made a bold commitment to work toward achieving net zero carbon emissions from their members’ domestic gas transmission and storage assets by 2050. The work, which builds on other efforts by INGAA’s members to combat climate change, is not tied to President Biden’s ambitious climate…

January 27, 2021
Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Canceling ACP, Offloading Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Business in $9.7B Deal

Dominion Energy closed out the holiday weekend with two bombshell announcements, disclosing Sunday that it is selling its natural gas transmission and storage assets to an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in a transaction valued at $9.7 billion. It also has decided, along with joint-venture partner Duke Energy, to cancel the 600-mile, 1.5…

July 6, 2020
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