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Natural Gas Utilities to Play Key Role in Decarbonization, Says Sempra Chief

Natural Gas Utilities to Play Key Role in Decarbonization, Says Sempra Chief

Natural gas utilities can help lead the transition to a carbonless energy future in the United States, Sempra Energy CEO Jeffrey Martin said last week.  California, where two of Sempra’s three major U.S. utilities operate, has a regulatory proceeding to develop a strategy for a phased approach to developing a multi-decade strategy for gas. Martin…

November 9, 2020
Black Hills Sees Natural Gas Continuing as Long-Term Choice for Customers

Black Hills Sees Natural Gas Continuing as Long-Term Choice for Customers

Natural gas is a long-term player and not a transitional fuel for the eight states in which Rapid City, SD-based Black Hills Corp. operates, CEO Linn Evans said Tuesday. During a 3Q2020 earnings call, Evans said he was not expecting any local lockdowns in the utility service areas, with the worst of the Covid-19 impacts…

November 4, 2020
PG&E Turns a Profit, Looks for New Leadership Post-Restructuring

PG&E Turns a Profit, Looks for New Leadership Post-Restructuring

Fresh out of bankruptcy reorganization, PG&E Corp. and combination utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) expect to have a new executive team in place by the end of this year, management said Thursday. Interim CEO Bill Smith discussed the restructuring process and responses to recent wildfires in Northern California during a 3Q2020 earnings conference…

October 30, 2020
SoCal Edison Power Line Possibly Sparks California’s Silverardo Wildfire

SoCal Edison Power Line Possibly Sparks California’s Silverardo Wildfire

A Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) power line may have been involved in the start of a wildfire raging in a foothills portion of Orange County, officials at parent company Edison International (EI) said Tuesday. SCE earlier this week told state regulators the 11,000-acre Silverado Fire in Orange County was 5% contained, and there “was…

October 29, 2020
Southwest Gas Shrugs Off Covid-19 and Grows, Despite Economic, Energy Downturn

Southwest Gas Shrugs Off Covid-19 and Grows, Despite Economic, Energy Downturn

Las Vegas-based Southwest Gas Corp. (SWGas) continues to see its business units expand and expects that trend to continue, CEO John Hester said earlier this month. Covid-19 “is our No. 1 concern,” Hester said during the second quarter conference call. “We’re closely monitoring the impact on SWGas operations.” Demand to date is strong for services…

August 24, 2020
California Utilities Indicate Power Infrastructure Ready for Wildfire Season Begins

California Utilities Indicate Power Infrastructure Ready for Wildfire Season Begins

California’s investor-owned utilities (IOU), whose infrastructure has caused numerous major wildfires in recent years, are prepared for this year’s fire season, including how planned power outages should limit customer impact, executives told regulators. As two fires were raging in Southern California, utility executives in separate hearings over the past week said infrastructure had been hardened…

August 14, 2020
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
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