Regulatory

EU Firms Up Green Investment Criteria, with Natural Gas Considered Later

EU Firms Up Green Investment Criteria, with Natural Gas Considered Later

The European Commission on Wednesday punted the question of natural gas as an energy transition fuel down the road as it moved closer to making official criteria for what it considers a “green” investment. The College of Commissioners reached a political agreement on the European Union (EU) Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act, which aims to provide…

April 21, 2021
DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

DOI’s Haaland Revokes Trump Orders Affecting Natural Gas, Oil Development, Creates Climate Task Force

Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland has revoked a series of energy-related secretarial orders (SO) issued under the Trump administration and established a climate task force to coordinate across the department. Haaland did so last Friday by signing two SOs of her own, reflecting a see-saw pattern of executive action that is becoming…

April 20, 2021
California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

Another attempt in California to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other well stimulation technologies has failed to get a key legislative committee’s endorsement, drawing cautious optimism from industry representatives. Senate Bill 467 by state Sen. Scott Wiener was granted reconsideration to possibly be reintroduced. The bill also would have prohibited wells from…

April 19, 2021
NGI’s Hub & Flow Delves into the History and Future of North American Gas Market — Listen Now

NGI’s Hub & Flow Delves into the History and Future of North American Gas Market — Listen Now

Click here to listen to a new episode of NGI’s Hub & Flow podcast. NGI’s Christopher Lenton, senior editor for Mexico and Latin America, spoke to Mercuria Energy Co.’s Charles Blanchard in the latest episode. Blanchard, head of North American natural gas research, recently published an exhaustive study on the history of natural gas in…

April 19, 2021
PG&E Back in Crosshairs of California Regulators for Fire Mitigation Work

PG&E Back in Crosshairs of California Regulators for Fire Mitigation Work

Alleging wildfire mitigation work failures, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday put Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) into the first step of an enhanced oversight and enforcement process. Under its more closely scrutinized status, PG&E must submit to the CPUC a corrective action plan and progress reports every 90 days. Depending on…

April 19, 2021
Eliminating Ontario Natural Gas Generation to Inflict Financial Pain on Consumers, Says Energy Group

Eliminating Ontario Natural Gas Generation to Inflict Financial Pain on Consumers, Says Energy Group

Natural gas-fired power plants only cause 2.3% of Ontario carbon emissions, but eliminating them would inflict at least a C$60 billion ($48 billion) bill on consumers, according to the Canadian province’s electricity suppliers. The Ontario Energy Association (OEA), a utilities and contractors group, totaled the costs of environmental demands for swift and total greenhouse gas…

April 18, 2021
As Appalachia Natural Gas Certification Expands, EQT Eyeing ‘Differentiated Markets’

As Appalachia Natural Gas Certification Expands, EQT Eyeing ‘Differentiated Markets’

Appalachian Basin giant EQT Corp., the nation’s largest natural gas producer, is pushing to ensure most of its supply is responsibly sourced and marketed as the globe transitions from fossil fuels. The pilot program, set to be launched this month, is designed to certify around 4 Bcf/d gross from 200-plus well pads in Pennsylvania’s Greene…

April 18, 2021
Texas Freeze Demonstrates Need for Further Mexico-U.S. Energy Integration, Expert Says

Texas Freeze Demonstrates Need for Further Mexico-U.S. Energy Integration, Expert Says

Freezing weather in Texas in February and the subsequent energy supply problems on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border underline a need for greater energy integration between the two countries, Lorena Patterson, senior energy specialist and strategist, told NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index.   “I would advocate for greater integration between the markets, and more diversification…

April 16, 2021
Canada Parliamentary Committee Hints at ‘Legal Action’ in Line 5 Dispute as Mediation Set to Begin

Canada Parliamentary Committee Hints at ‘Legal Action’ in Line 5 Dispute as Mediation Set to Begin

A committee of Parliament in Ottawa has joined the Canadian campaign to save Enbridge Inc.’s 540,000 b/d Line 5 from threatened closure in Michigan. “The Government of Canada may take legal action,” said a report released Thursday by the House of Commons Special Committee on the Economic Relationship Between Canada and the United States. The…

April 16, 2021
California NGVs On Back Burner as State Funds Battery-Electric, Hydrogen Fueling

California NGVs On Back Burner as State Funds Battery-Electric, Hydrogen Fueling

The California Energy Commission (CEC) Tuesday rolled out a $50 million competitive program to advance electric vehicle (EV) and hydrogen transportation technologies for truck fleets.  Natural gas vehicle (NGV) funding was not included in the funding, which in part is focused on mitigating emissions in poor communities. “Only battery-electric or hydrogen technologies will be eligible,”…

April 16, 2021
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