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Texas Regulators Probing Natural Gas Issues at Atmos During Winter Storm Elliott

Texas Regulators Probing Natural Gas Issues at Atmos During Winter Storm Elliott

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is investigating the performance of Dallas-based Atmos Energy Corp.’s Mid-Tex Division during Winter Storm Elliott after thousands of customers experienced issues with their natural gas service. Gov. Greg Abbott called for the investigation after Atmos asked its North and Central Texas customers to curb natural gas use as the…

December 29, 2022
Colorado Regulators Taking Aim at Natural Gas Utility Emissions Through Rule Changes

Colorado Regulators Taking Aim at Natural Gas Utility Emissions Through Rule Changes

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) doused its rules regulating natural gas utilities in red ink, adding requirements to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and striking “natural” from natural gas. In what the Colorado Energy Office called a “key step” in achieving the state’s GHG Pollution Reduction Roadmap, the CPUC earlier this month finalized rules…

December 19, 2022
Could Recent Attacks on U.S. Utility Infrastructure Rattle Natural Gas Markets? Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

Could Recent Attacks on U.S. Utility Infrastructure Rattle Natural Gas Markets? Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

In the past few weeks, at least seven power stations have been hit by attacks across the United States, with one knocking out power for nearly a week in North Carolina. Now, federal and state officials are investigating. These attacks, which also occurred in Oregon and Washington, are being investigated as possible domestic terrorism incidents…

December 9, 2022
Extreme Weather Impacts: Will Big Investments in Utility Infrastructure Resilience Pay Off? – Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

Extreme Weather Impacts: Will Big Investments in Utility Infrastructure Resilience Pay Off? – Listen Now to NGI’s Hub & Flow

From a combination of snow storms, tornadoes, heatwaves and hurricanes, which left a countless number of Americans in the dark, the United States has rung up a damages bill in excess of $29 billion during 2022, and that figure only covers the costs incurred through October. In the latest episode of NGI’s Hub & Flow…

December 8, 2022
Capacity, Production, Weather: The Trifecta Impacting Appalachia Natural Gas Prices – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 4

Capacity, Production, Weather: The Trifecta Impacting Appalachia Natural Gas Prices – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 4

In a colder-than-average winter, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the average household could spend as much as 51% more on natural gas this winter compared with last year

October 20, 2022

Correction

In the story, Southeast Utilities Pursue Rate Hikes Amid High Natural Gas Prices, Infrastructure Costs – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 3, the name of Chattanooga Gas Corp. and Georgia Power’s parent company – Southern Company – was misstated. NGI regrets the error.

October 17, 2022
Southeast Utilities Pursue Rate Hikes Amid High Natural Gas Prices, Infrastructure Costs – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 3

Southeast Utilities Pursue Rate Hikes Amid High Natural Gas Prices, Infrastructure Costs – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 3

In addition to this year’s higher-than-average natural gas prices, factors such as infrastructure upgrades and renewable energy investments are leading some electric utilities across the Southeast to update rates for their customers.

October 13, 2022
Massachusetts Utilities Sign Hydropower PPA in Effort to Hit Climate Targets

Massachusetts Utilities Sign Hydropower PPA in Effort to Hit Climate Targets

Thirteen Massachusetts-based municipal public power entities have agreed to purchase more than 110 GWh/year of electricity from two hydroelectric power plants in Connecticut owned by FirstLight Power Resources Inc. The offtaker under the power purchase agreement (PPA) is Energy New England (ENE), a wholesale risk management and energy trading organization serving municipal utilities in New…

October 10, 2022
New England, New York Utilities Warn Natural Gas Prices Could Cause Bills to Soar Up to 38% from 2021 – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 1

New England, New York Utilities Warn Natural Gas Prices Could Cause Bills to Soar Up to 38% from 2021 – Winter Rate Spikes: Part 1

A myriad of factors is contributing to a sharp rise in natural gas rates heading into the winter, as U.S. consumers face price hikes of as much as 38% compared with last year in some parts of the country.

October 6, 2022
Switching from Natural Gas to Coal Said More Difficult for Electric Utilities

Switching from Natural Gas to Coal Said More Difficult for Electric Utilities

A buffer against higher natural gas prices that has traditionally been available to U.S. electric utilities, gas-to-coal switching, has become less tangible as more coal-fired power plants are retired and supply chain challenges linger, according to analysts. “I do not think utilities have any options, other than to burn dry gas in their” combined cycle…

October 5, 2022
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