FERC Approves Jordan Cove LNG Project Despite State Permit Denials

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 19 conditionally approved the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project and the associated Pacific Connector pipeline in Oregon. The approval is conditioned on the project qualifying for state permits, but Oregon regulators have declined several key regulatory approvals. The LNG terminal would be located in Coos County,...

Modest Carbon Fees Can Achieve Short-Term Emissions Reductions: EIA

Even modest carbon fees can facilitate emissions reductions in the short term, especially in the power sector where natural gas and renewables supplant coal, according to a March 17 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, once the emissions level linked to coal consumption is reached, the remaining gas- and petroleum-related emissions are harder...

EnerKnol’s State Policy Playbook: Virginia Joins Top Tier of U.S. States Advancing Climate Action

Virginia has become the first state in the South to begin a clean energy transition with the passage of a sweeping energy bill that sets the state on the path to carbon-free power by 2050. The law replaces the voluntary renewable energy portfolio program with a mandatory standard, and paves the way for an enormous expansion of wind and solar power, energy storage, and energy efficiency.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Wins Contract to Facilitate Transition of Utah Coal-Fired Facility to Hydrogen Power Plant

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems on March 10 announced a contract with Utah’s Intermountain Power Agency for the first advanced class gas turbines designed to facilitate the transition of a power plant in central Utah from coal, to natural gas and ultimately to renewable hydrogen fuel. The transition will begin in 2025, with a fuel mix…...

FERC Issues Final Environmental Review for Alaska LNG Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 6 issued its final environmental review for the Alaska LNG project, a $40-$45 billion, 800-mile pipeline and liquefied natural gas export facility expected to be the largest in the U.S. The project is being developed by Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in partnership with BP and ExxonMobil. The commission…...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Building Electrification Comes to the Forefront as More U.S. Cities Ban Natural Gas Use

A growing number of cities across the U.S. are moving toward electrifying their building sectors and banning natural gas use. The Northern California city of Berkeley passed the first such ban, initiating a wave of similar ordinances as a means to reduce carbon emissions. The movement prompted Arizona to enact the first state law preventing local bans on natural gas, and several other states to introduce bills with similar language.

U.S. Natural Gas Consumption Reached New High in 2019 Amid Growing Power Sector Demand: EIA

U.S. natural gas consumption rose by 3 percent last year, reaching a record of 85 billion cubic feet per day, according to a March 3 report from the Energy Information Administration. The agency attributed the increase to new gas-fired electric capacity and lower natural gas prices. In 2019, the electric power sector accounted for 36…...

Arizona Law Prevents Local Restrictions on Natural Gas Use in Buildings

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, signed legislation on Feb. 21 that bars a municipality or county from imposing requirements that restrict a utility provider’s authority to operate and serve customers. Under the law, municipalities may not deny building permits based on the utility provider that will serve the project. The measure comes at a…...

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Advance Innovative Energy Technologies

Senators Lisa Murkowski, a Republican representing Alaska, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat representing West Virginia, unveiled a bipartisan legislative package on Feb. 27 that compiles more than 50 energy-related measures reported by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last year. The comprehensive bill supports innovative energy technologies covering a range of topics including energy efficiency,…

U.S. Natural Gas Inventories Set to Reach Record Levels This Year: EIA

The total working natural gas in storage is projected to exceed the previous five-year average for the remainder of 2020, despite declines in production, increases in power sector consumption, and growth in exports, according to a Feb. 24 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Lower 48 states’ working natural gas in storage will…

Williams Cancels Constitution Pipeline Project Citing Diminished Returns

Williams Companies Inc. announced on Feb. 24 that it has halted investment in the proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline, which has been delayed for years due to regulatory setbacks and opposition from environmental groups. The project, designed to connect Pennsylvania and New York, won the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval in December 2014, but has…

FERC Delays Decision on Jordan Cove LNG Project After Oregon Denies Key Permit

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 20 voted not to issue an order on the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project and the associated Pacific Connector pipeline in Oregon. The decision follows the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s determination that the coastal adverse effects from the project will be significant. As…