Washington state regulators on Tuesday completed the initial steps toward establishing rules that would prohibit the use of fossil fuels in producing electricity.
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In largely symbolic gestures, lawmakers in Oregon and Washington have passed bills that would ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
*Part two of four. From east to west, this series previews the Nov. 6 midterm elections and their implications for the oil and natural gas industry. It offers a glimpse of candidates running for state and federal offices, the prominent energy-related issues factoring into campaigns, ballot initiatives and the fight for control of the U.S. House and Senate, which could have implications for key energy committees. Part 1 reviewed Appalachian issues;Part 3 highlights key issues in U.S. Senate races; andPart 4 focuses on implications of a possible Democratic takeover of the House
To the chagrin of the oil and gas industry, Washington state for the second time in two years has placed an initiative on its ballot to establish the first carbon tax in the United States.
Retail natural gas rates in Washington state are decreasing at two of the state’s major utility distribution companies, following actions Thursday by state regulators. Two other gas providers will have slight increases.
A five-year-old Boston-based firm dedicated to taking compressed natural gas (CNG) to large customers beyond the traditional pipeline grid, Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) has opened a CNG supply facility southwest of Seattle within easy reach of the state capital at Olympia and Interstate Highway 5.
With implications for the future volumes of natural gas used for electric generation, the state of Washington and a California public sector utility are the latest to push for reducing coal use and enacting a carbon tax.
Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (LNGL) has appointed Philip D. Moeller non-executive director. He is the Australian company’s third U.S.-based non-executive director. Former FERC Commissioner Moeller left the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in October as the second-longest serving member in its history (see Daily GPI,Oct. 6). Prior to serving on the Commission, he headed the Washington office of Alliant Energy, worked in the Washington office of Calpine Corp., and served on the Washington, DC, staff of Sen. Slade Gorton from his home state of Washington. Previously, he was the staff coordinator of the Washington State Senate Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee in Olympia, WA. Moeller is a graduate of Stanford University. “His experience and knowledge of U.S. government policy and interaction with other key government departments will be very important in achieving the company’s growth ambitions,” said LNGL Chairman Richard Beresford. “Being based in Washington, DC, will also enable him to interact regularly with our corporate and project teams in Houston.” LNGL unit Magnolia LNG LLC is developing an LNG export terminal in Louisiana (see Daily GPI,Nov. 16), and its Bear Head LNG Corp. unit is developing a terminal in Nova Scotia (see Daily GPI,July 20).
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last Tuesday proposed establishing a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, estimating that it could generate $1 billion annually in state revenue and help fulfill his climate change mitigation goals along the lines of California’s approach.