Energy Transition

Los Angeles Municipal Utility Aiming for Net-Zero Power Generation by 2045

Los Angeles Municipal Utility Aiming for Net-Zero Power Generation by 2045

The Biden administration and Los Angeles (LA) Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday said a federal study confirmed the city’s municipal utility could achieve 100% renewable power by 2045. Four years in the making, the LA 100% Renewable Energy Study, aka LA100, is an engineering-economic analysis overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy…

March 25, 2021
SoCalGas Looks to RNG, Hydrogen in Pledge to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2045

SoCalGas Looks to RNG, Hydrogen in Pledge to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2045

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) on Tuesday set aggressive carbon reduction goals, pledging that its natural gas utility operations would achieve net zero emissions by 2045. Citing the global United Nations climate accord reached in late 2015, the Sempra Energy utility joined other U.S. gas distributors that have made greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments. The…

March 24, 2021
Valero, BlackRock and Navigator Join Forces to Build 1,200-Mile CCS Pipeline Across Midwest

Valero, BlackRock and Navigator Join Forces to Build 1,200-Mile CCS Pipeline Across Midwest

Valero Energy Corp. and a unit of BlackRock Inc. are teaming up with Navigator Energy Services to develop an industrial-scale pipeline to gather, transport and store carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from sites in five Midwest states. San Antonio-based Valero agreed to anchor the carbon capture and storage (CCS) system with  a unit of the giant…

March 23, 2021
House Democrats’ FRAC Act Taking Aim Once Again to Boost Unconventional Drilling Oversight

House Democrats’ FRAC Act Taking Aim Once Again to Boost Unconventional Drilling Oversight

A group of House Democrats is making another attempt to increase oversight of the oil and gas industry with a package of legislation that was introduced Monday. The legislation, including House Resolution (HR) 4014, takes aim at among other things hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which is used in unconventional drilling to complete wells. The Fracturing Responsibility…

March 23, 2021
Canceled Annova LNG Export Project Signals Potential Headwinds for U.S. FIDs

Canceled Annova LNG Export Project Signals Potential Headwinds for U.S. FIDs

The sponsors of the planned Annova liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in South Texas have called quits on the development, citing changes in the global market. Annova disclosed the “immediate discontinuation” of the 6.5 million metric tons/year (mmty) export project in a letter filed Monday with FERC. The letter asked the Federal Energy Regulatory…

March 23, 2021
FERC Adopts GHG Review in Natural Gas Order; Danly Warns of ‘Profound Consequences’ for Industry

FERC Adopts GHG Review in Natural Gas Order; Danly Warns of ‘Profound Consequences’ for Industry

FERC has for the first time incorporated a review of climate change impacts in a natural gas certificate decision, sparking a contentious debate among the commissioners over the major policy implications for future infrastructure projects under its purview. In a decision handed down during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s open meeting last week, the agency…

March 23, 2021
DOE Unveils $24.5M Funding for R&D into Climate-Driven Solutions

DOE Unveils $24.5M Funding for R&D into Climate-Driven Solutions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced another funding opportunity of $24.5 million to improve domestic manufacturing in modern electricity infrastructure in hopes of improving climate solutions. As part of the Biden Administration’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office will provide…

March 23, 2021
Aramco Looking to Skip LNG Exports, Focus on Blue Hydrogen Transport

Aramco Looking to Skip LNG Exports, Focus on Blue Hydrogen Transport

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company is looking to expand its natural gas business by skipping over the traditional export route and going for a growing market in blue hydrogen, executives said Monday. Saudi Arabia Oil Co., better known as Aramco, is the largest oil exporter in the world. It also has a plethora of natural…

March 22, 2021
Proposed Costs for New York City Natural Gas Ban Called ‘Astronomical’

Proposed Costs for New York City Natural Gas Ban Called ‘Astronomical’

A new report from a prominent business group has found that the cost to consumers of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings by 2030 could be “astronomical.” The report by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), whose membership includes hundreds of businesses and business groups including…

March 20, 2021
NextDecade Launches CCS Business for Rio Grande LNG

NextDecade Launches CCS Business for Rio Grande LNG

U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer NextDecade Corp. has launched a subsidiary focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS) as it aims to lower the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of its proposed export project in South Texas. The subsidiary, NEXT Carbon Solutions LLC, will develop what NextDecade says is one of the largest CCS projects…

March 18, 2021