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Natural Gas Utility Bills Rising, but Freeport LNG Outage Adds Downward Price Twist

Natural Gas Utility Bills Rising, but Freeport LNG Outage Adds Downward Price Twist

Major utilities across the United States are paying more for natural gas-fired generation, and they are passing the higher cost on to consumers. Earlier this month, the American Gas Association (AGA) reported that U.S. domestic gas demand averaged 68.8 Bcf/d in May, up 3.5% year/year. AGA attributed most of the additional demand to power burn,…

June 15, 2022
PG&E Takes ‘Underground Up’ Approach to Fire Mitigation, Future Growth

PG&E Takes ‘Underground Up’ Approach to Fire Mitigation, Future Growth

California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) reported increased natural gas revenues and progress with wildfire prevention and gas infrastructure goals as its management touts a new direction for the company. The San Francisco-based combination utility set a series of wildfire mitigation and financial goals starting in 2022, which CEO Patti Poppe said were off…

May 2, 2022
National Grid Launches Plan to Replace Fossil Fuel Gas Network with RNG, Hydrogen

National Grid Launches Plan to Replace Fossil Fuel Gas Network with RNG, Hydrogen

National Grid plc is working to replace all fossil fuel in its New York and Massachusetts gas networks with renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen as a part of its path to net-zero emissions by 2050, the company announced. The London-based gas and electric utility announced the plans as a part of its overall blueprint…

April 25, 2022
PG&E Flows First Biomethane Into Natural Gas Transmission System

PG&E Flows First Biomethane Into Natural Gas Transmission System

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has begun flowing its first pipeline-ready biomethane into its natural gas transmission system, marking the latest step forward in California’s bid to make renewable natural gas (RNG) less expensive and easier to access. Deliveries of biomethane through a third-party pipeline began in December from Maas Energy Works’ facility in…

January 25, 2022
California Biorefinery to Cut Carbon Behind the Meter

California Biorefinery to Cut Carbon Behind the Meter

Utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will help Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. (GCEH) lower its operating costs and carbon footprint at GCEH’s Bakersfield Renewable Diesel Refinery in California. Under a newly signed master services agreement, PG&E will identify, design and implement “behind the meter” renewable generation and energy management projects at the California…

October 26, 2021
National Fuel Gas Set to Reduce Methane Intensity, GHG Emissions Across Businesses

National Fuel Gas Set to Reduce Methane Intensity, GHG Emissions Across Businesses

National Fuel Gas Co., whose footprint extends across the country, has set a goal to lower its carbon footprint in 2030 by double-digits across the exploration, midstream and utility segments.  The goals were announced last week in the company’s 2020 Corporate Responsibility report, which provided a review of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. The…

September 13, 2021
PG&E Safety Monitor OK’d by California Regulators

PG&E Safety Monitor OK’d by California Regulators

To strengthen its oversight of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) safety performance, California regulators have established an independent safety monitor to help shape daily operations. PG&E is under scrutiny for its potential role in causing several North California wildfires, including the Dixie fire, considered the second largest in state history.  “We welcome the additional…

August 18, 2021
ConEd, 174 Power Global Get OK for Battery Storage System in New York

ConEd, 174 Power Global Get OK for Battery Storage System in New York

Consolidated Edison Inc. (ConEd) and 174 Power Global are set to move forward with the East River Energy Storage Project, a 100 MW battery storage system in New York City, after the state Public Service Commission (PSC) gave recent approval for the project.  Irvine, CA-headquartered 174 Power Global, which specializes in renewable energy projects, has…

August 5, 2021
Consumers Energy Kicks Coal, Shifts to Natural Gas with Big Plans for Renewables in the Future

Consumers Energy Kicks Coal, Shifts to Natural Gas with Big Plans for Renewables in the Future

In a move to lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Michigan public utility Consumers Energy announced it would purchase four natural gas-fired power plants as it aims to transition away from coal by 2025.  Pending state and federal regulatory approvals, Consumers Energy has proposed purchasing the 1,176 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle Covert Generating Station…

July 21, 2021
Enbridge Exits Vermont, Portions of Quebec Natural Gas Distribution Business

Enbridge Exits Vermont, Portions of Quebec Natural Gas Distribution Business

Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. is exiting the natural gas distribution business in Vermont and some of Quebec with the sale of its stakes in Noverco Inc.* The Calgary-based pipeline and utility conglomerate agreed to sell for C$1.14 billion ($912 million) its 38.9% share to Trencap LP. Trencap now has 100% of the company as it was…

June 9, 2021
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