Utilities

Automated Compliance Management Aids Recordkeeping

Amid growing PHMSA regulation and evolving technology, gas utilities are being called to modernize and improve business processes to meet safety and compliance goals. Going through this process will cause organizations to experience change on many levels.

Spotlight on Utilities

Routine calls for utility workers led to lives being saved due to their proper training and quick thinking.

Construction of Cuxtal Gas Pipeline to Boost Yucatan Economy

With his implementation of a comprehensive energy program for Yucatan, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hopes to bolster the economic and social development of the state, along with the rest of southeast Mexico.

Duke Energy Begins Replacing Aging Gas Pipeline

Construction got underway on the 12-mile Central Corridor replacement pipeline designed to run though Hamilton County, Ohio, which is in the southeast corner of the state and contains the city of Cincinnati.

Oil Refineries Shut as Texas Energy Industry Reels from Deep Freeze

A deep freeze across Texas took a toll on the energy industry in the largest U.S. crude-producing state, shutting oil refineries and forcing restrictions from natural gas pipeline operators.

LNG Prices Reach 6-Year High as Winter Storm Hits Asia

As an early winter chill grips China, South Korea and Japan, prices for LNG and power are rising due to supply crunches and a surge in demand with more cold weather expected.

APGA Focuses on Industry Safety, Advocacy

In this interview, APGA Chairman John Leary discusses the association's priorities for the coming year, helping members who are coping with the coronavirus and engaging the public concerning natural gas and other topics.

Lacking Pipelines, U.S. Northeast Gas Prices Jump Ahead of Winter Storm

U.S. Northeast power and natural gas prices for Wednesday jumped to their highest level in almost a year as energy companies prepare for what could be the region's biggest winter storm in years.

Omaha House Explosion Likely Not Caused by Natural Gas

An investigation into the cause of an Omaha, Neb., house explosion indicates that it was probably not caused by a natural gas leak, as initially speculated.

Gas Suspected in Fatal Omaha House Explosion

An explosion that leveled a home in Omaha killed two people and left two others critically injured, fire officials said. Crews from the city’s natural gas utility were on the scene, but the cause has not been confirmed.

Limited Pipeline Capacity in North American Regions Raises Winter Fuel Concerns

The United States has enough power generation to meet demand this winter, but extreme weather could challenge reliability in California and New England by putting fuel supplies at risk

Consumers Energy Completes 90-Mile Saginaw Trail Pipeline

Consumers Energy has completed construction of its $610 million Saginaw Trail Pipeline project, which replaced aging natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure across three Michigan counties.

EU Denies Gas Plants a Green Finance Tag

The European Commission on Friday proposed that power plants fueled by natural gas would not be not classed as a sustainable investment in Europe, although plants could possibly gain a green label by burning some hydrogen.

New CO2 Tax Hikes Price of Natural Gas in Germany

Millions of German households will see their gas heating bills rise at the start of 2021 because of a new carbon dioxide tax, price comparison portal Verivox said on Tuesday, citing 7.1% average increases planned by 104 suppliers it surveyed.

Beneath the Bustling City, Pipelines Operate Largely Unnoticed

Within cities, utilities considering pipeline replacement or expansion must have it all, including great communication, a solid plan, the latest technology and a smart public awareness strategy.

Mexico Sets Condition for Sempra LNG Export Permit

Mexico will give the local unit of U.S.-based Sempra Energy an export permit for an LNG facility in northwest Mexico, as long as the company helps offset an oversupply of gas in the area, the president said on Friday.

Callahan Pipeline Completed in Northeast Florida

Affiliates of Chesapeake Utilities and TECO Peoples Gas have completed the 27-mile Callahan Intrastate pipeline, underpinning natural gas service expansion in two Florida counties.

CenterPoint Completes $240 Million Pipeline Modernization Plan, Seeks Cost Recovery

CenterPoint Energy's Southern Indiana Gas and Electric utility has asked regulators for a rate increase to recover the costs of its 7-year, $240 million natural gas pipeline modernization plan.

EU Set to Deny Gas Power Plants a Green Investment Label

Power plants fueled by natural gas will not be classed as a sustainable investment in Europe, unless they meet an emissions limit that none currently comply with, according to draft European Union regulations.

Kleinfelder Completes Acquisition of Gas Transmission Systems

San Diego-based Kleinfelder Group said it has acquired utilities and pipeline services firm Gas Transmission Systems (GTS) for an undisclosed sum.

Kentucky Utility Benefits from New PHMSA Mega Rule

A high-pressure gas pipeline completed by Henderson Municipal Gas (HMG) in Kentucky utilized pipe made from polyamide 12 (PA 12), which is now approved for use under the new the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Mega Rule.

DNV GL Leads Hydrogen Readiness Study for Italian Gas Network

Oil and gas research firm DNV GL has been hired by Italian utility company SGI to assess the feasibility of switching the company's gas distribution network to hydrogen.

Illinois Regulators Approve Report on Condition of Chicago Gas Distribution Network

Regulators in Illinois have agreed with the conclusion of a report that found a natural gas distribution network replacement program in Chicago from Peoples Gas will increase public and customer safety.

Austrian Utility OMV Sells Gas Pipeline Unit to Rival Verbund

Austrian utility OMV said on Wednesday it will sell a majority stake in its gas pipeline subsidiary to rival Verbund, a deal that will help OMV reduce debt and finance its acquisition of a leading plastics maker.

Dominion Overhauls Leadership, Announces New CEO

Dominion Energy on Friday announced a reorganized executive leadership team, including a new CEO, as it reported a $2.8 billion second-quarter charge related to the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline.

Report: LDCs Own Residential, Commercial Sectors but Pipelines Fuel Power

A new government report on the U.S. natural gas industry shows that local distribution companies supply 90% of natural gas to U.S. residential and commercial sectors, but pipeline companies handle the biggest volumes through direct delivery to electric power and industrial customers.

U.S. Natgas Demand Up as Total Energy Use Hits 30-Year Low

U.S. natural gas consumption defied trends through the pandemic days of April 2020 with a year-over-year increase during a month in which total energy demand fell to a 30-year low.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Carbon Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to make customers more efficient use of the fuel. A new study shows those investments are paying off.

Building a Gas Utility for Future Prosperity

Nicor Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Illinois with 2.2 million customers, is one provider that has embraced new opportunities by launching a robust meter modernization program.

Options for Low-Pressure System Now Requiring Overpressure Protection

Events over the last several years have proven the inherent risks that can be present in older low-pressure gas distribution systems. As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated the problems and made several recommendations.