Community & Environment

PG&E Announces Fire-Prevention Power Shutoffs Possible in California

Pacific Gas & Electric may shut off power to 50,000 Northern California utility customers this week to try to prevent power lines from sparking and igniting new wildfires.

PG&E Lacked Basic Training Before California Blackouts


PG&E did not train staff on how to handle blackouts before outages last year. With new training in place, the company saw an improvement in blackout response this year.

International Gas Union Welcomes Findings of IEA's World Energy Outlook

The International Gas Union welcomes analysis in the International Energy Agency's latest World Energy Outlook demonstrating the vital economic and environmental role natural gas will play in a sustainable energy future.

As Utilities Seek to Improve and Expand Service, Politicians Offer a Major Disservice


East and West Coast politicians demonize all fossil fuels which leads to citizens suffering from high energy costs and power outages.

Team Investigating Deadly California Fire Seizes PG&E Equipment

Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession of equipment belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility has reported.

CenterPoint Energy Offers Businesses an Online Tool to Track Energy Use


CenterPoint Energy is offering its commercial customers an online natural gas "benchmarking" tool to help them measure their energy use and reduce their carbon footprint.

PUC Enhances Protections for Customers Financially Impacted by COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has placed a number of enhanced consumer protections to protect families and small businesses who are financially impacted by COVID-19.

SoCalGas' Energy Efficiency Programs Help Reduce Gas Emissions


In recognition of Energy Efficiency Day, Southern California Gas Co. reminded customers that taking a few simple steps to conserve energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, and save money on utility bills.

Con Edison and Itron Continue to Innovate Natural Gas Delivery in New York

Itron Inc. and Con Edison have teamed up to use Itron’s 550G Gas Encoder Receiver Transmitter for use by New York State’s gas utilities.

PECO Files to Invest in Natural Gas System and Customer Programs

In a PECO filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the company shared its intent to invest $69 million in its natural gas system, and requested approval of an increase in the rates charged to customers as a result of that investment.

Gas South and Cobb EMC to Host Inaugural Virtual Forum on Energy

Gas South, a leading natural gas provider in the Southeast, and parent company Cobb EMC will host "Energy Forward," a new virtual symposium on key issues affecting the energy industry's future.

Con Edison Providing Smart Gas Detectors In Major Breakthrough For Customer Safety


Con Edison is installing 376,000 smart-technology natural gas detectors for customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York, providing an unprecedented level of protection against potentially dangerous leaks.

Virginia Natural Gas Works to Provide Savings Through Projects and Gas Procurement Strategies


Virginia Natural Gas has been working to meet the energy needs of customers by completing key infrastructure projects that ensure reliable gas supply to the entire service territory and taking advantage of low commodity prices.

Piedmont Natural Gas to Offer Renewable Natural Gas Through Nashville Fueling Station

Piedmont Natural Gas announced that renewable natural gas (RNG) is now available at its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Nashville, Tennessee.

New Jersey Natural Gas Files to Expand Energy-Efficiency Programs

New Jersey Natural Gas filed a proposal with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, seeking to significantly expand its offerings to help customers save money, manage their energy usage and reduce emissions.

CPS Energy Recognized as Community Champion by Zpryme


CPS Energy has been recognized with an award for excellence in serving the community of San Antonio during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

CPS Energy Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

CPS Energy, the nation's largest municipally owned electric and natural gas utility, has released its 2019 Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship Report.

EPA Drops Methane Emissions Rule; Gas Utilities Already Ending Emissions


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is dropping rules established in 2016 to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production and pipelines, a move that was applauded by the American Petroleum Institute but may have little effect on much of the industry.

The Pandemic Makes Infrastructure Damage Prevention More Important Than Ever


The stay-at-home orders issued to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in unplanned challenges for the utilities and midstream asset operators responsible for protecting critical infrastructure.

Botetourt County and Roanoke Gas Co. Partner for Blue Ridge Service


Botetourt County and Roanoke Gas Company in Virginia have partnered to bring natural gas service to the Blue Ridge community.

SCG Urges Customers to Enroll in Payment Plans Before Regular Collections Resume


Southern Connecticut Gas is urging customers who are behind on their bills to sign up for 24-month COVID Payment Plans and other assistance programs before regular collections activities resume.

Entergy Continues to Restore Service for Customers Affected by Hurricane Laura


Entergy is working to restore service to customers in Texas and Louisiana that still face power outages from Hurricane Laura that battered the U.S. Gulf Coast during the last week of August.

PG&E Works to Restore Power to Customers Affected by Wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has restored power to almost all customers who can receive service and were impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff event that started Monday, Sept. 7.

Customers Vent About High Electricity Rates in Connecticut

Electricity customers voiced their frustrations with Connecticut’s largest utility, Eversource, for large bill increases amounting to hundreds of dollars higher.

As California burns, the winds arrive and the lights go out

PG&E turns off the power for its 172,000 customers as wildfires roll in.

Study Finds Gas Utility Residential Satisfaction at All-Time High

The J.D. Power 2020 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study shows the top Gas Utilities with the highest customer ratings.

New Report Details Benefits of Natural Gas for Tennessee Families, and Businesses

The availability of low-cost natural gas and investment in related infrastructure has saved Tennessee’s families and businesses more than $14 billion between 2008 and 2018, according to a new report released by Consumer Energy Alliance.

Consumers Energy Recognized as Best Employer for Women in Utility Sector


Consumers Energy has been named the best employer for women in the utility sector and tied for third best employer in Michigan according to a new ranking from Forbes magazine of the best places in America for women to work.

Report: Southwest Gas Rate Hike Bid Included Luxury Expenses

The natural gas utility serving Las Vegas and southern Nevada asked state regulators to let it recover from ratepayers costs including a $4,700 wine-and-dine dinner, a luxury car charter and a Las Vegas Strip resort manicure and pedicure, a newspaper found.

Duke Energy Carolinas customers in North Carolina will see bills go down

Duke Energy Carolinas customers in North Carolina will see a drop in their electric rates starting Sept. 1.

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