Boardwalk Pipeline Partners subsidiary Gulf South Pipeline Co. says it will build a 65-mile pipeline to the Freeport LNG project planned for Quintana Island in Texas, providing financial information about it after the open season finishes Oct. 10, FuelFix reports.
Officials in Alaska are moving ahead with plans for a pipeline within the state to bring natural gas from the North Slope to local communities, even though they are also taking part in a major project to build a bigger one that’s aimed at LNG exports, E&E reports.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The fighting between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants will delay even further the planned start of Iranian natural gas exports to neighboring Iraq, Iran's oil minister was quoted as saying Wednesday.
Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the pipeline, which is still under construction on the Iraqi side, goes partly through territory now controlled by the Islamic State group.
Natural gas pipelines and terminals are big capital investment projects that are a natural fit for utilities, and the announcement from Duke Energy and Dominion Resources this week that they were joining the project to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could be the start of a trend, E&E reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because enormous new domestic supplies have drastically lowered its price and because natural gas burns cleaner than the nation's other most important fuel for electric power, coal.
President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Honorable would fill the seat left vacant by the departure this month of John Norris, a Democrat, who resigned to take a post with the Agriculture Department.
Honorable, also a Democrat, has been frequently mentioned as a possible appointee. She chairs the Arkansas Public Service Commission and is president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Even if they can figure out how to pay for the work, authorities in New England trying to improve the region’s energy infrastructure are faced with two different proposals for natural gas pipeline construction: One from three utility holding companies or another from an aggregator, E&E reports.
Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group has announced plans to spend $1.75 billion to build two new pipelines to move natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays into the Northeast and also to connect to systems linked to the Gulf and the Midwest, FuelFix reports.
American Energy’s midstream unit says it will join with Regency Energy Partners to build a 52-mile pipeline – at a cost of $500 million – to move more than 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Utica Shale in Ohio, FuelFix reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with court-ordered activity surrounding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project even though the Obama administration has pulled away from it, but NRC wouldn’t be able to hold hearings if a Department of Energy representative weren’t on hand, chair Alison Macfarlane said at an IHS round table Thursday, E&E reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur told the annual summit organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. that NERC should not “get caught up in the advocacy” surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule, but other speakers said the NERC needs to speak up if it thinks grid reliability would be threatened, E&E reports.
Reported changes the Environmental Protection Agency is making to the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards have angered players on both sides of the issue -– the oil industry and renewable energy groups -– and prompted them to level accusations that the adjustments are being made with the midterm elections in mind, The Hill reports.
With the latest round of sanctions against Russia expected to hurt demand, oil prices finished lower at the end of a roller-coaster trading day. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery lost 56 cents to settle at $92.27 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 97 cents to $97.11, Reuters reports.
Some experts and analysts may conclude that lifting the ban on crude exports would end up lowering gasoline prices, but a University of New Hampshire poll found that 85 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. should keep a lid on crude exports if it prevents an increase in gasoline prices, FuelFix reports.
Facing a coal shortage it blames on rail congestion, Minnesota Power has taken what it calls the “unprecedented” step to shut down four generating units for three months, hoping to boost coal supplies it anticipates needing during the winter, Platts reports.
The three candidates running for governor in Maine – incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Rep. Michael Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler – have vastly different views on the best way to tackle the state’s high energy costs, The Associated Press reports.
After a year of creating and testing biochar – a substance like charcoal made from wood chips, paper, leaves or plant oils – researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say it can be an inexpensive and effective way to remove impurities from fracking wastewater, FuelFix reports.