Energy Transition

With Emissions in Mind, FERC to Reconsider Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Approval Process

With Emissions in Mind, FERC to Reconsider Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Approval Process

FERC said it would reevaluate the federal government’s approach to certifying natural gas pipelines. Current policy dates to the late 1990s, and key regulators say that, as climate change concerns mount, a re-examination of how infrastructure proposals are approved is overdue. At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it would examine…

February 21, 2021
FERC Reconsidering Approach to Certify Natural Gas Projects

FERC Reconsidering Approach to Certify Natural Gas Projects

FERC said it would reevaluate the federal government’s approach to certifying natural gas pipelines. Current policy dates to the late 1990s, and key regulators say that, as climate change concerns mount, a re-examination of how infrastructure proposals are approved is overdue. At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it would examine…

February 19, 2021
North Dakota Hopes to Reduce Impact of Federal Lands Leasing Ban; Native American Exemption

North Dakota Hopes to Reduce Impact of Federal Lands Leasing Ban; Native American Exemption

An exemption for Native American lands in the Biden Administration’s executive order (EO) pausing new leasing on federal lands is “highly significant” for North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play, according to the state’s top oil and natural gas regulator. Biden’s order directed to the Interior Department’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management “does not restrict energy activities…

February 18, 2021
API Shows Support for DOE’s $100M to Advance Efficient Energy Solutions

API Shows Support for DOE’s $100M to Advance Efficient Energy Solutions

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) revealed $100 million in funding for its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program, a move applauded by the American Petroleum Institute (API).  The DOE’s newest program is to focus on research and development of new technologies needed to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and effectively combat climate change. …

February 18, 2021
Democratic State Lawmakers Propose Fracking Ban in California

Democratic State Lawmakers Propose Fracking Ban in California

Two Democratic state senators in California on Wednesday introduced legislation to ban various well stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), along with establishing a 2,500-foot setback for wells from the population. Its authors — state Sens. Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Monique Limon (Santa Barbara) — characterize Senate Bill (SB) 467 as being a boost…

February 18, 2021
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