Energy Transition

Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

In a move likely to have implications for natural gas infrastructure projects moving forward, FERC is creating a senior position focused on environmental justice and equity issues. Chairman Richard Glick, a Democrat who was handed the gavel by the Biden administration last month, announced the new agency role late last week. While promising more details…

February 18, 2021
Energy Transfer to Take Out Enable Midstream for $7.2 Billion, Expand Natural Gas Footprint

Energy Transfer to Take Out Enable Midstream for $7.2 Billion, Expand Natural Gas Footprint

Major U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer LP said Wednesday it would pay $2.6 billion in an all-stock deal to acquire Enable Midstream Partners LP. Including debt, the transaction is valued at $7.2 billion. Energy Transfer, whose plan to expand the controversial Dakota Access crude oil pipeline has been met with repeated court challenges and setbacks,…

February 17, 2021
EPRI, GTI’s Low-Carbon Resources Initiative Gains Another Sponsor, Surpasses $100M Funding Milestone

EPRI, GTI’s Low-Carbon Resources Initiative Gains Another Sponsor, Surpasses $100M Funding Milestone

The Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a collaborative project from the Electric Power Research Institute Inc. (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI), added its 33rd sponsor, achieving and exceeding its $100 million effort to develop alternatives to natural gas.  Utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and newest member, Xcel Energy joined the efforts of the…

February 17, 2021
Black Hills CEO Says ‘Lethal’ if Natural Gas Bans Enacted in Service Territories

Black Hills CEO Says ‘Lethal’ if Natural Gas Bans Enacted in Service Territories

Rapid City, SD-based Black Hills Corp. is undeterred by increased pressure from climate change advocates to phase out fossil fuel use, CEO Linn Evans said Wednesday. During a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results, Evans discussed the impact by opponents to fossil fuels and whether that could impact the natural gas utilities. He said…

February 14, 2021
Energy Transfer Creates Business to Expand in Renewables

Energy Transfer Creates Business to Expand in Renewables

Energy Transfer LP said it formed a new business to develop alternative energy products as part of an ongoing effort to reduce its environmental footprint. The new operation, called the Alternative Energy Group, will focus on renewable energy projects such as solar and wind farms, either as a power purchaser or in partnership with third-party…

February 13, 2021
New FERC Position to Focus on Environmental Justice as Natural Gas Decisions Under Scrutiny

New FERC Position to Focus on Environmental Justice as Natural Gas Decisions Under Scrutiny

In a move likely to have implications for natural gas infrastructure projects moving forward, FERC is creating a senior position focused on environmental justice and equity issues. Chairman Richard Glick, a Democrat who was handed the gavel by the Biden administration last month, announced the new agency role on Thursday. While promising more details on…

February 12, 2021
Shell Riding with Natural Gas on Road Toward Net-Zero Emissions Future

Shell Riding with Natural Gas on Road Toward Net-Zero Emissions Future

In the most ambitious makeover in its century-old history, Royal Dutch Shell plc is throttling back oil production as it inches toward a low-carbon future, but for natural gas, global opportunities abound. During wide-ranging presentations on Thursday for the energy major’s Strategy Day, the executive team etched out a roadmap to retool, designed to reach…

February 12, 2021
Oil, Natural Gas Majors Say Hydrogen May Lie at Heart of Energy Future

Oil, Natural Gas Majors Say Hydrogen May Lie at Heart of Energy Future

For major oil and gas companies that are increasingly touting their commitments to clean energy, hydrogen holds special appeal. When burned, hydrogen does not emanate the greenhouse gases (GHG) scientists say damage the environment and fuel global warming. It can be delivered by pipeline or shipped and, notably, it is relatively easy to store when…

February 12, 2021
Texas Regulators Vent About Natural Gas Flaring, Suggest Staff ‘Dig Deeper’ Before Approving Requests

Texas Regulators Vent About Natural Gas Flaring, Suggest Staff ‘Dig Deeper’ Before Approving Requests

As Texas regulators attempt to determine how much is too much, an industry coalition on Wednesday said it would snuff out natural gas flaring in the state by 2030. The announcement by the Texas Methane & Flaring Coalition, made up of seven trade associations and more than 40 top operators, came one day after the…

February 11, 2021
U.S. Energy Patch Governors Signal Concerns, Opportunities Ahead for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

U.S. Energy Patch Governors Signal Concerns, Opportunities Ahead for Oil, Natural Gas Industry

Hinting at the potential future for their huge oil and natural gas industries, the governors of New Mexico, North Dakota and and Texas said in their recent state of the state addresses that they could be challenged by Biden administration initiatives on activity but they still see opportunities.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in his address…

February 11, 2021