Trading Losses, Wildfires Put PGE in Red for Quarter

Trading Losses, Wildfires Put PGE in Red for Quarter

Wholesale energy trading losses of upward of $128 million pushed Portland General Electric (PGE) into reporting a loss for 3Q2020, but CEO Maria Pope indicated on an earnings conference call that the damage from the losses has been contained to the quarter and there will be no more impact in the months and quarters ahead. …

November 2, 2020
MDU Adjusts Capacity for Bakken Natural Gas Pipe, Eyes ‘21 to Begin Building

MDU Adjusts Capacity for Bakken Natural Gas Pipe, Eyes ‘21 to Begin Building

MDU Resources Group Inc.’s utility operations, spread across eight states, as well as a pipeline business serving the the Rockies and Bakken Shale, reported increased profits during the second quarter from a year ago, beating back Covid-19’s negative impacts by using geographic diversity and a mid-size market focus. CEO David Goodin said the Bismarck, ND-based…

August 7, 2020
Oregon Natural Gas Utilities OK’d to Buy RNG for Customers

Oregon Natural Gas Utilities OK’d to Buy RNG for Customers

Oregon regulators have cleared the way for NW Natural and other natural gas utilities in the state to begin purchasing supplies of renewable natural gas (RNG) for customers. The Oregon Public Utility Commission approved co-mingling RNG and the fossil fuel version in utility operations following the approval of state Senate Bill 98 last year. NW…

July 20, 2020

PG&E’s Delivery System Eyed for Takeover by California City

The mayor of San Jose, California’s third largest city, has a preliminary proposal on the table to take over the natural gas and electric systems of bankruptcy-bound Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and transform it into a customer-owned cooperative utility.

October 23, 2019

SoCal Edison Equipment Thought to be Culprit in Los Angeles Wildfire; Governor Slams PG&E

Edison International’s Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) utility acknowledged its infrastructure may have caused the disruptive, fast-moving Saddleridge fire that skirted residential areas and a major gas storage facility in northern Los Angeles County last week, according to a report the company filed with state regulators.

October 16, 2019

SoCalGas Fined $8M for Customer Billing Violations

Sempra Energy’s natural gas distribution utility Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) faces an $8 million fine from California regulators for allegedly failing to follow protocols for timely billing of thousands of customers in 2015 and 2016.

May 2, 2019

Wildfires Continue Across California as Legislative Push Heats Up

Wildfires, including the largest in California’s history, continued to burn over the weekend, while lawmakers in Sacramento debated the liability issue hovering over major utility companies that are facing precarious financial times.

August 14, 2018

State Regulator Warns Action Needed to Ensure Public Utility Customers Benefit from Tax Reform

In what could be a sign of things to come in the wake of tax reform championed by President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress, a state regulator from Oklahoma warned contemporaries that swift action was needed to ensure that public utility customers, not the utilities themselves, reap the benefits.

December 21, 2017
Florida Regulators OK RNG for Utility Pipes

Florida Regulators OK RNG for Utility Pipes

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday approved integrating renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane, with traditional gas utility pipeline supplies.

December 14, 2017

Briefs — Eagle LNG

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC has received approval from the Department of Energy to export up to 1 million metric tons/year of liquefied natural gas (LNG) worldwide. The small-scale Eagle Maxville LNG facility plans to export to markets in the Caribbean Basin and elsewhere in the region from Jacksonville, FL, in Duval County. With the Eagle Maxville approval, DOE said as of Friday (Sept. 15) it has authorized a total of 21.35 Bcf/d in LNG exports to anywhere in the world not prohibited by U.S. law or policy from existing and planned facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

September 15, 2017
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