Energy Transition

Sempra’s California, Texas Utilities Focusing on Decarbonization, Regulatory Boost

Sempra’s California, Texas Utilities Focusing on Decarbonization, Regulatory Boost

Energy infrastructure holding company Sempra Energy wants its California and Texas utilities to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, but they need some help from technology innovations and regulators, executives said. A key for California utilities, including Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), is developing renewable natural gas (RNG) as a decarbonizing tool, CEO Jeff Martin said…

May 8, 2021
Energy Transition Likely to Skyrocket Demand for Critical Minerals, says IEA

Energy Transition Likely to Skyrocket Demand for Critical Minerals, says IEA

While the world transitions to alternative energy solutions such as wind turbines and electric vehicles (EV), adequate supplies of critical minerals essential for these technologies must be met to avoid potential security hazards, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).  The global energy watchdog in a new report, “The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean…

May 7, 2021
Ingevity Taking on RNG with Investment in GreenGasUSA

Ingevity Taking on RNG with Investment in GreenGasUSA

Specialty manufacturer Ingevity Corp. is partnering with renewable natural gas (RNG) solutions provider GreenGasUSA Holdings LLC to advance biogas capture and cleanup.  According to Ingevity CEO John Fortson, the partnership advances Ingevity 2.0, the company’s strategy to advance cleaner technology solutions, as well as its exploration in RNG applications. GreenGas CEO Marc Fetten said, “Ingevity…

May 6, 2021
Vitol Acquires Stake in Green Hydrogen Producer Gen2 Energy

Vitol Acquires Stake in Green Hydrogen Producer Gen2 Energy

Global energy trading giant Vitol Group has secured a 10% equity interest in Norwegian green hydrogen producer, Gen2 Energy, as it sets its sights on adding more carbon-free resources to its portfolio. Financial details were undisclosed. As the world shifts to lower carbon energy solutions, Vitol’s most recent acquisitions reflect the energy transition as they…

May 5, 2021
California’s Edison International Utility Said Ready for Wildfires, Electrification

California’s Edison International Utility Said Ready for Wildfires, Electrification

Acknowledging the risk for another above-average wildfire season, Edison International CEO Pablo Pizarro said recently he was confident the Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) utility was prepared. California avoided the “catastrophic widespread damage” of the 2017 and 2018 fire seasons even with last year’s all-time record acreage scorched, he said during the first quarter conference…

May 4, 2021
Piñon Midstream Building 85 MMcf/d Sour Gas Treatment, Carbon Capture Facility in Permian Delaware

Piñon Midstream Building 85 MMcf/d Sour Gas Treatment, Carbon Capture Facility in Permian Delaware

Piñon Midstream LLC has begun construction of a sour gas treating and carbon capture facility in Lea County, NM, that when completed in July would have capacity to treat about 85 MMcf/d of Permian Basin natural gas. The plant, dubbed the Dark Horse Facility, would treat gas produced in the Permian’s Delaware sub-basin. The project…

May 3, 2021
Enbridge Taking Partners to Transform Canada’s Wasted Natural Gas into RNG

Enbridge Taking Partners to Transform Canada’s Wasted Natural Gas into RNG

From a small start in Ontario, Enbridge Inc. has embarked on a Canada-wide campaign to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) on a large scale from trash rotting in waste dumps. The Calgary pipeline and gas distribution conglomerate said Wednesday it is partnering on an RNG project development partnership with waste management firm Walker Industries and…

May 3, 2021
Senators Fear FERC ‘Moving the Regulatory Goalposts’ for Pending Natural Gas Projects

Senators Fear FERC ‘Moving the Regulatory Goalposts’ for Pending Natural Gas Projects

Any updates to FERC’s more than 20-year-old policy statement on natural gas pipeline reviews should not apply to projects that have already submitted applications to the agency, according to a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday, the lawmakers called on the agency “to take action without…

May 2, 2021
Xcel Utilities See $1B in Added Fuel Costs from Winter Storm Uri

Xcel Utilities See $1B in Added Fuel Costs from Winter Storm Uri

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Corp. was tagged with $1 billion in added fuel costs by Winter Storm Uri in February, for which it plans to seek recovery from state regulatory commissions, according to CEO Ben Fowke. Fowke, during a 1Q2021 earnings conference call Thursday said the fuel costs from the storm came “despite strong operational performance.”…

May 2, 2021
‘All Signs’ Point to Modest Lower 48 Oil, Gas Recovery, Says RPC Chief

‘All Signs’ Point to Modest Lower 48 Oil, Gas Recovery, Says RPC Chief

Atlanta-based oilfield specialist RPC Inc. saw its revenue climb in the first quarter from a year ago across all of its major service lines as oil prices increased and customers opened their wallets. CEO Richard A. Hubbell, in discussing the operator’s first-quarter performance, said RPC saw the environment improve as exploration and production (E&P) customers…

May 1, 2021
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