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.
Higher revenue across most of its segments led Energy Transfer Partners – increasingly focused on natural gas pipelines -- to a 47 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter to $471 million, far exceeding analysts’ expectations, the company said Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Kinder Morgan affiliate El Paso Natural Gas Co. has already begun engineering work on $529 million worth of upgrades to its pipeline system in the Southwest which will enable it to deliver promised natural gas to Mexico, agreed in a 21-year deal signed with the country’s electricity commission, FuelFix reports.
Hundreds rallied in Boston Wednesday to express their opposition to a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed to run through northwest Massachusetts, urging Gov. Deval Patrick to pull his support from it, The Associated Press reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.
The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E's safety practices, but not obstruction.
The Obama administration's proposed carbon rule for existing power plants will require more natural gas pipelines to ensure reliable electricity service, federal energy regulators warned lawmakers on Tuesday.
Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told a House subcommittee that it is too soon to know the exact impacts of the rule, because states will be left to draw up their own implementation plans.
Yet, Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur said the rule's expectation of greater gas use, to about 30 percent of U.S. generation, poses transmission challenges in the coming years.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.