utilities

CenterPoint’s Capital Spending Surges, with Houston Grid Investments Eyed

CenterPoint’s Capital Spending Surges, with Houston Grid Investments Eyed

Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc.’s natural gas and electric utility is “on track to meet our current capital investment plan for the year, having invested over $2 billion in the first six months of 2022,” said CEO Dave Lesar.  During the second quarter conference call, the CEO said CenterPoint has increased its $19.3 billion, five-year capital…

August 4, 2022
UGI to Buy RNG from Archaea in Multiyear Deal

UGI to Buy RNG from Archaea in Multiyear Deal

Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric utility UGI Utilities Inc. plans to buy 331,785 MMBtu/year of renewable natural gas (RNG) sourced from an in-state Archaea Energy Inc. facility under a sales and purchase agreement. “This is our second term agreement signed with a U.S. utility, and we are excited to be expanding our partnerships with entities…

August 1, 2022
CPUC Explores Handing Customers Demand Response-based Prices

CPUC Explores Handing Customers Demand Response-based Prices

California commissioners last week approved a ruling that opens the door for programs that would allow utility customers to adjust their electricity use in response to price signals. In late June, the Energy Division (ED) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recommended in a white paper that the commission take on policies that promote…

July 21, 2022
U.S. Energy Grid Storage Hits Record, Hurdling Supply Chain Constraints

U.S. Energy Grid Storage Hits Record, Hurdling Supply Chain Constraints

Additions in U.S. grid-scale energy storage during the first three months of the year outpaced the same period last year four times over, with a record 2,399 MWh brought online despite supply chain-related delays.  A recent report by consultancy Wood Mackenzie and the American Clean Power Association (ACP) found that residential, nonresidential and grid-scale storage…

June 27, 2022
Black Hills, Piedmont Natural Gas Unveil RNG Carbon Offset Programs for Residential Customers

Black Hills, Piedmont Natural Gas Unveil RNG Carbon Offset Programs for Residential Customers

Black Hills Energy is pursuing a voluntary renewable natural gas (RNG) and carbon offset pilot program for its residential and business customers, said parent company Black Hills Corp.  The Rapid City, SD-based utility filed a proposal with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a program that would offer customers the opportunity to offset 100%…

June 10, 2022
WEC Energy Piloting Second Hydrogen Blend at Natural Gas Power Plant

WEC Energy Piloting Second Hydrogen Blend at Natural Gas Power Plant

A partnership between Wärtsilä Corp., WEC Energy Group Inc., the Electric Power Research Institute Inc. (EPRI) and construction company Burns & McDonnell has been tapped to carry out hydrogen fuel testing at the A.J. Mihm natural gas-fired generating station near L’Anse, MI. “As we bring more renewable energy online, we must ensure that we can…

June 8, 2022
Portland’s NW Natural Advances Renewable Natural Gas Business

Portland’s NW Natural Advances Renewable Natural Gas Business

Portland, OR-based natural gas utility NW Natural continues to build its renewable natural gas (RNG) portfolio as it moves to carbon neutrality by 2050. In January, the company started operations at an RNG facility in Lexington, Nebraska in conjunction with Tyson Foods Inc. and BioCarbN. Construction on a second facility has begun with commissioning slated…

May 12, 2022
Lack of Planning Leaving Renewables Disconnected, Says FERC

Lack of Planning Leaving Renewables Disconnected, Says FERC

The Biden administration and FERC made moves in recent weeks to revamp the nation’s electricity transmission system, taking steps toward achieving a carbon-free energy grid by 2035 while addressing the impending infrastructure issues. During the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s third joint federal-state electric transmission task force, the five commissioners underscored that there is a great…

May 11, 2022
Markets Shrug Off Bearish Inventory Print, Send April Natural Gas Futures Higher

Markets Shrug Off Bearish Inventory Print, Send April Natural Gas Futures Higher

U.S. utilities withdrew 51 Bcf natural gas from storage for the week ended March 18, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Thursday. The result fell short of market expectations for a pull in the high 50s Bcf, but futures forged ahead regardless. Ahead of the EIA print, the April futures contract was down 7.3 cents…

March 24, 2022
California Natural Gas Utilities Required by 2030 to Supply 12% RNG

California Natural Gas Utilities Required by 2030 to Supply 12% RNG

California utilities will be required to supply an increasing percentage of renewable natural gas (RNG), aka biomethane, to their customers following a decision last Thursday by state regulators. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) set biomethane targets for utilities in an effort to reach the state’s goal of a 40% reduction in methane and other…

February 28, 2022
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