Regulatory

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.

Utility loses bid to recoup costs related to gas fire

Michigan state regulators rejected Consumers Energy’s request to recoup millions of dollars after a natural gas fire during a polar vortex in 2019.

EPA Drops Methane Emissions Rule; Gas Utilities Already Ending Emissions

9/21/2020

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.

Natural Gas Associations Collaborate to Expand National Mutual Aid Program

The American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, Northeast Gas Association, Southern Gas Association and the MEA Energy Association announced the creation of a new, expanded National Mutual Aid Program.

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.

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $33 Million for Natural Gas Pipeline Retrofitting Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $33 million in funding for 10 projects tasked with developing technology to rehabilitate natural gas pipelines.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $25 Million to Improve Natural Gas Operations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 16 projects to receive nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects to advance natural gas infrastructure technology development.

DNV GL Publishes New HDD Standard for Pipelines

Oslo-based technical advisor DNV GL said it has published a new standard that reduces risk and improves quality of site investigation, engineering, planning and installation of pipelines using horizontal directional drilling (HDD).