Trump Administration Proposes to Relax Oil, Gas Regulations

The Bureau of Land Management on July 29 proposed revisions to three regulations on oil and gas production, measurement, and reporting, in a bid to reduce bureaucracy and provide accurate royalties for ratepayers. The move stems from the bureau’s review of 2016 rules, following a 2017 executive order that directed agencies to ensure that regulations do...

U.S. Energy Department Announces $168 Million for Solar Fuels, Bioenergy Research

The U.S. Energy Department on July 29 awarded $100 million for two multi-institutional research initiatives focused on producing fuels from sunlight under a five-year program. The agency also announced another $68 million over the same duration for projects aimed at supporting sustainable bioenergy production. The multi-institutional partnerships under the Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub...

U.S. Petroleum Demand Dips to Below 2019 Levels Due to COVID-Mitigation Efforts: EIA

U.S. petroleum demand is projected to see a widespread dip for the rest of the 2020 calendar year, according to a July 20 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The forecast was the conclusion of successive decreases in demand through March and April 2020 primarily as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EIA’s...

U.S. Interior Department to Offer Nearly 80 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico Oil, Gas Lease Sale

The U.S. Interior Department proposed to offer all available unleased areas in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas leasing in November, according to a July 17 press release. The auction marks the seventh offshore sale under the 2017-2022 leasing program. The sale was initially scheduled for August, but was postponed...

Colorado’s Wind Generation More Than Tripled Over the Last Decade: EIA

Renewables’ share of Colorado’s electricity generation grew from 10 percent to 25 percent between 2010 and 2019, according to a July 23 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wind generation more than tripled since 2010, providing nearly 20 percent of the state’s electricity generation in 2019. Renewable electricity generation increased by more than double...

U.S. Energy Department Invests $64M to Advance Hydrogen Production, Utilization

The U.S. Energy Department on July 20 announced an investment of approximately $64 million in 2020 for 18 projects to support hydrogen research and development under the “H2@Scale” initiative. The program is focused on wide-scale hydrogen production and utilization across multiple energy sectors to support resilience in power generation and transmission. The funding will focus...

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Mounting Legal Challenges Deal Blow to Major Oil, Gas Infrastructure Projects

A series of setbacks for high-profile oil and gas pipeline projects in the U.S. reveal the difficult climate for midstream projects in the face of growing legal challenges, changing economics, and states’ push to reduce fossil fuels as they embrace clean energy.

Michigan Commission Rejects Enbridge’s Request for Relief on Pipeline Relocation Plan

The Michigan Public Service Commission on June 30 rejected Enbridge’s request for a declaratory ruling that it has authority to replace a pipeline segment under the Straits of Mackinac under a 1953 order approving the Line 5 pipeline. The commission found that the Line 5 project differs significantly from the pipeline approved in 1953. Different…...

Trump Administration Releases Final Environmental Review to Expand Oil, Gas Development in Arctic Reserve

The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management on June 26 released the final environmental review for a new integrated activity plan for the 23-million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The preferred  alternative would open as much as 18.7 million acres, or about 82 percent of the reserve, to oil and gas development, undoing Obama-era protections…...

Motor Gasoline Accounted for 45 Percent of U.S. Petroleum Consumption in 2019: EIA

Petroleum accounted for 37 percent of total energy consumed in the U.S. last year, with motor gasoline representing nearly half the petroleum products consumed, according to a June 22 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The U.S. consumes more petroleum than it produces, with the remainder supplied by imports and domestic stock inventories saved…...

U.S. Petroleum Demand Fell by Near-Record Amounts in March due to COVID-19: EIA

Gasoline and jet fuel demand fell by near-record amounts because of the stay-at-home orders and travel limitation since the breakout of COVID-19, according to a June 9 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The gross inputs into refineries fell by 4 percent from February to March to an average of 15.8 million barrels per…...

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expedite Infrastructure Investments to Recover Economy from COVID-19

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 4 directing federal agencies to use emergency powers to expedite infrastructure projects to facilitate recovery from the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. The order allows agencies to consult with the White House Council on Environmental Quality to identify “alternative arrangements” for complying with the requirements…...