utilities

Spire Pledges to Create Carbon Neutral Natural Gas Utility System by 2050

Spire Pledges to Create Carbon Neutral Natural Gas Utility System by 2050

With 1.8 million natural gas customers across Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri, Spire Inc. announced that it is committing to reduce methane emissions by 53% by 2025 and become carbon neutral by 2050.  The St. Louis-based company said it is one of the first natural gas companies in the country to take the carbon neutral pledge.…

July 17, 2020
Trump Administration’s NEPA Update to Limit Federal Infrastructure Review for Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines and More

Trump Administration’s NEPA Update to Limit Federal Infrastructure Review for Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines and More

The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Wednesday announced a final rule updating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, a controversial move designed to limit reviews of proposed infrastructure projects, including natural gas and oil pipelines. The final rule would modernize environmental reviews, streamline infrastructure approvals and “reverse years of burdensome overregulation…

July 16, 2020
Coronavirus Philanthropy by Natural Gas, Oil Companies Ongoing Despite Moratoriums, Lockdown Orders Lifting

Coronavirus Philanthropy by Natural Gas, Oil Companies Ongoing Despite Moratoriums, Lockdown Orders Lifting

Though months have passed since the coronavirus pandemic first began to impact individuals and communities across the United States, many organizations have proven their determination by continuing to assist however they can. While many countries are emerging from lockdowns and showing signs of recovery, Royal Dutch Shell plc continues to assist in the global fight…

July 9, 2020
Natural Gas Utilities Ready to Assist as Covid-19 Lockdown Moratoriums Lifted

Natural Gas Utilities Ready to Assist as Covid-19 Lockdown Moratoriums Lifted

As areas of the United States begin transitioning to another new normal by slowly reopening to recover from Covid-19, some natural gas utilities are also shifting their pandemic policies and attempting to help their customers along the way.  National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) President Brandon Presley has established a task force to focus…

June 22, 2020
California OKs Microgrid Program for Planned Wildfire-Related Power Outages

California OKs Microgrid Program for Planned Wildfire-Related Power Outages

California regulators last Thursday approved a multi-billion-dollar microgrid program accelerating short-term actions to lessen the impact of planned wildfire preventive grid shutdowns by the state’s major investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

June 15, 2020

Xcel’s Colorado Operations Taking Drones to New Heights

While still relatively new to the energy sector’s toolbox, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aka drones, are playing an increasingly important role in inspections for Minnesota-based Xcel Energy’s Colorado operations.

September 13, 2018

Gas Pipelines, Utilities Stepping up Preparedness Efforts as Florence’s Aim Becomes Clearer

Natural gas distribution companies and electric utilities ramped up their preparedness efforts as the path of Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm as of 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, took a notable shift and was set to approach the coast of North Carolina or the northern coast of South Carolina beginning Thursday.

September 12, 2018

Florida Utilities Improve Readiness for Hurricane Season

Florida’s electric utilities are better prepared for the tropical storms and hurricanes that bear down on the state than they ever have been, according to an assessment by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC).

September 5, 2018

California Lawmakers Weigh In on Utility Wildfire Exposure

A California legislative committee has started examining the impact of last year’s devastating wildfires on the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOU) and the potential financial consequences.

March 1, 2018
RNG, Electrification Pushed by California Utilities

RNG, Electrification Pushed by California Utilities

California’s major energy utilities have shifted their emphasis to renewable natural gas (RNG) and electrification in the transportation sector.

January 25, 2018
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