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Norway’s Gas Exports Hit Summer High; Pipeline System Sets Record

Norway’s gas exports hit a new high of 36.8 Bcf this summer and the annual deliveries will be on a par with the record annual figure achieved in 2017, gas system operator Gassco said

Dozens of Gas Blasts Rock Boston Suburbs, Killing at Least 1, Injuring 12

Dozens of explosions, apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture, rocked three communities near Boston on Thursday, killing at least one person, injuring 12 and prompting the evacuation of hundreds, officials said.

Liberty Utilities Sees Potential Benefit in Decoupling

Whenever the topic of “decoupling” is mentioned concerning natural gas distribution utilities, confusion, along with a fair amount of debate, is bound to follow. That’s because, traditionally, rates for business and residential customers are decided based on a particular company’s revenues and profits.

The Role of Smart Gas in the Smart City

Gas utilities are looking to advanced metering infrastructure and other solutions that place them at the forefront of the smart city movement and capitalize on the promise of smart gas solutions.

Natural Gas Utilities Securing the Future

Natural gas utilities must compete for digital-savvy customers who've grown accustomed to instant information and expect more from service providers. Customer-focused natural gas utilities who partner with innovative companies to provide value-added products and services will be successful.

Gas Utility Customers Show Greater Satisfaction Levels

Pipeline & Gas Journal staff report In a year that saw growing efforts to improve safety through direct customer outreach and residential safety inspections, the latest J.D. Power Gas Utility Business Customers Study found gas utility customers increasingly satisfied. This represents the sixth yea..

Kimberly Harris Sees Future Shaped by Customer Needs as AGA Turns 100

Puget Sound Energy President & CEO Kimberly Harris this year brings her unique combination of environmental sensibility and unabashed love for the energy industry to the international stage as chair of the American Gas Association as it celebrates its 100th year and hosts the World Gas Conference.

Vermont Gas Agrees to Independent Review of Pipeline

Vermont Gas Agrees to Independent Review of Pipeline

California’s Largest Utility Found Guilty of Obstructing Investigators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury found California’s largest utility guilty of violating pipeline safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area and then misleading investigators about how it was identifying high-risk pipelines. After deliberating ..

PG&E Named United States’ Most Green Energy Company

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been ranked as the nation’s greenest energy company by Newsweek. The company placed first among electric and natural gas utilities, and No. 15 overall, in the annual Green Rankings of the 500-largest publicly traded companies in the Uni..

Exelon to Retire Illinois Nuclear Plants Early

Exelon Corporation will shut down the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, respectively. The two plants have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years, despite being two of Exelon’s best-performing facilities. Exelon cited lack of progress on Illinois ene..

St. Louis Gets an Upgrade: Laclede Replaces 235 Miles of Pipelines

Like many utilities operating in urban areas, The Laclede Group is faced with aging infrastructure. The company is tackling this challenge head on by undertaking a major upgrade to natural gas distribution systems operated by its three subsidiaries: Laclede Gas in St. Louis, Missouri Gas Energy in ..

SOKY Energy Completes Acquisition Of Natural Gas Operations

Southern Kentucky (SOKY) Energy completed the purchase of natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines in South Central Kentucky from Houston-based Atmos Gathering Company for an undisclosed price.  SOKY Energy has also acquired over 100 producing gas wells connected to the pipeline network from..

Strong El Niño Helps Reduce U.S. Winter Heating Demand

  Above-normal temperatures during the 2015-16 winter were a key factor in lowering heating demand and winter fuel expenditures. Compared with the 2014-15 winter, propane and heating oil demand decreased by 16% and 45%, respectively, and residential electricity demand decreased by 6%. The 2015-16..

Consequences of Gas Leak Could Be California Blackouts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas well blowout last year that crippled a major energy supply for Southern California could lead to blackouts in the region over as many as 14 days this summer, energy officials said Tuesday. State agencies that studied the impact of the partial shutdown of the Aliso..

Weather, Ample Supply Tamp Down Northeast Winter Natural Gas Prices

Wholesale natural gas and power prices in the Northeast United States remained relatively low this winter, absent the large spikes that have occurred during recent winters. A combination of increased deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the region, a fuel adequacy winter reliability progra..

California Declares Massive Natural Gas Leak Sealed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that spewed massive amounts of climate-changing methane for nearly four months and drove thousands of Los Angeles families from their homes has been permanently sealed, state officials declared Thursday. The announcement certifying that the ruptu..

Cliff Meidl’s Personal Mission: Your Safety

It is near impossible to find a better representative speaking for the underground construction industry than Cliff Meidl, a kayaker whose heroic triumph over adversity brought him such acclaim that he was nominated to lead Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Meidl is..

Dominion Continues Coal-to-Gas Switch with $4.4 Billion Deal

Dominion Resources Inc., the power utility based in Richmond, VA, is the latest U.S. utility to expand its operations, reaching out west by offering to buy the gas company Questar Corp. of Salt Lake City, for about $4.4 billion in cash. Dominion announced the offer on Monday, the same day it ..

Where There Is Oil, There Will Be Pipelines

“An Industry in Transition: Where There is Oil & Gas There Will Be Pipelines” was presented Monday night by Pipeline & Gas Journal Editor Jeff Share to members of the Pipelines Association Association.    Is this a crazy world or what? Would anyone disagree that it takes a strong stomach and nerv..

CenterPoint Announces Possible Sale of Enable Midstream Partners

Natural gas and electric utility CenterPoint Energy said on Monday it will consider “strategic options” for its pipeline company, Enable Midstream Partners, including a spinoff or sale. “We believe that now is the right time to explore options for unlocking the value of our strategic investment, re..

Coast Guard Issues Final EIS for Deepwater Port Project  

The federal Maritime Administration and U.S. Coast Guard issued a 4,242 page final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Port Ambrose Project deepwater port. The EIS confirms that the project is needed, the location is safe, and that impacts to the environment are minimal. According..

Warm Weather, Low Prices Reducing Home Heating Expenditures

Warmer temperatures and lower energy prices have contributed to a reduction in EIA’s current forecast average heating expenditures this winter compared with the forecast in the October 2015 Winter Fuels Outlook. Each October, EIA produces a Winter Fuels Outlook that projects heating fuel expenditur..

AP Investigation: US Power Grid Vulnerable to Foreign Hacks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Security researcher Brian Wallace was on the trail of hackers who had snatched a California university's housing files when he stumbled into a larger nightmare: Cyber-attackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid.

APGA Determined to Have Its Voice Heard on Capitol Hill

Leading a natural gas distribution company is always a challenge because there are few businesses that deal so directly with their customer base, be it residential, commercial or industrial, as well as safety regulators, equipment and service providers, not to mention the city council or utility board that approves rates.

Duke Energy Buying Piedmont Natural Gas for $4.9 Billion

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy will spend about $4.9 billion in cash to acquire Piedmont Natural Gas, adding about a million new customers in the Carolinas and Tennessee. The Charlotte, North Carolina, companies are key partners in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will be the first major natural gas pipeline to serve the eastern part of the state. Piedmont shareholders will receive $60 in cash for each share of common stock. That's a 42% premium to Friday's closing price. Duke Energy Corp. will also assume about $1.8 billion in Piedmont debt.

SoCalGas Engages Stakeholders Early, Often in Pipeline Safety Projects

In the current phase of the pipeline safety enhancement plan (PSEP), SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric will test and replace about 1,000 miles of pipe throughout the system. While much of the construction work takes place in fairly remote locations, a significant portion is found in busy populated areas. Whether the work is in cities or unincorporated counties, in urban or rural space, customers and the local community are affected. Long before we received approval for PSEP, we knew community and customer outreach would be a critical factor for success.

Natural Gas Use: A Tale of 2 Peak Seasons

Use of natural gas has two seasonal peaks, with consumption patterns predominantly driven by weather. The largest peak occurs during the winter, when cold weather increases the demand for natural gas space heating in the residential and commercial sectors. A second, smaller peak occurs in the summer when air conditioning use increases demand for electric power, an increasing portion of which is provided by natural gas-fired generators.

Majeure Forces Alliance to Cut Natural Gas Flows to Zero for Now

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The Alliance pipeline will be shut down for an unspecified period of time due to the presence of excess hydrogen sulfide on the mainline, according to Alliance Canada. The event constitutes a force majeure. During the past 30-days, Alliance Canada has been flowing an average 1,792 MMcf/d across the border to Alliance U.S., with single-day flows reaching as high as 1,977 MMcf/d on the roughly 2,000 MMcf/d capacity system.

Fire Sale on Stuff that Burns: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal Down

NEW YORK — These days it seems whatever can be burned to power a car, heat a home, make electricity or ship people and goods around the globe is being sold at bargain basement prices. Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years.

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