Appalachian Ethane Hub Would Provide Competitive Advantage for U.S. in Global Petrochemical Market: DOE

The establishment of an ethane storage and distribution hub in Appalachia benefit the broader petrochemical and plastics industries, according to a Dec. 4 report from the U.S. Energy Department. The report, prepared at the request of Congress, examines the feasibility of developing an ethane hub, based on the abundant low-cost resource from the Marcellus and…

Texas Faces Tighter Power Reserves Amid Growing Demand for Oil, Gas Drilling, Cancelled Generation Projects

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas unveiled a report on Dec. 4, which forecasts planning reserve margin for summer 2019 to be 8.1 percent, which is 2.9 percent lower than the previous projection issued in May. The Capacity, Demand and Reserve report contains five-year projections for planning reserve margins – the difference between the total…

District of Columbia Updates Renewable Portfolio Standard Rules to Increase Clarity

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia issued an update to its renewable energy portfolio standard policy revising the generator certification and eligibility requirement, eliminating redundancies, deleting obsolete sections and generally clarifying the commission’s rules, according to a Dec. 5 order. On Nov. 27, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously to advance a…

Pennsylvania Anticipates Modest Increase in Winter Heating Costs Due to Rising Energy Prices

Pennsylvania’s winter reliability reports, released by the major gas distribution companies and the Energy Association, anticipate “little change” in natural gas usage compared to last year’s heating season. An average natural gas heating customer can expect a $30 increase in costs this winter, according to the Energy Association’s readiness report. The reports describes preparations to…