WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, May 30 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental
regulators could throw a lifeline to the nation’s ailing nuclear
power fleet when they unveil landmark carbon pollution curbs
next week, heeding calls from operators like Exelon Corp
to acknowledge nuclear energy as a valuable way to reduce
The Environmental Protection Agency is due on Monday to
release a plan to slash pollution from the power sector, the
centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to tackle
climate change and likely one of the most contentious
initiatives of his second term.
NEW YORK, April 28 (Reuters) – The United States faces a
natural gas supply shortfall this year despite the country’s
fracking boom, threatening more price spikes as energy companies
struggle to replenish stockpiles drained to critically low
levels after a brutal winter.
As the coldest winter in 30 years thaws across North
America, some experts worry that stockpiles will not be refilled
to levels high enough to meet demand next winter, causing supply
disruptions and sudden price surges of the kind that have dented
power company earnings and raised residential bills in recent
April 2 (Reuters) – A forced evacuation of the area around
Williams Cos Inc’s damaged liquefied natural gas
facility in rural Washington state has been lifted following an
explosion on Monday.
What prompted a blast that injured five workers and set off
a potentially dangerous leak in a massive LNG tank at the site,
near the southeastern Washington town of Plymouth, is still
unknown and under investigation, the company said on its
April 1 (Reuters) – An evacuation zone around a damaged
liquefied natural gas facility in Washington state was scaled
down late Monday following an earlier explosion as there was a
reduced risk of another blast from a leaking storage tank, an
official said on Tuesday.
A pipeline explosion at 8:22 a.m. Pacific time (1522 GMT)
Monday at Williams Cos Inc’s LNG facility near the town
of Plymouth in rural southeastern Washington state had hurt five
workers and sent shrapnel into one of two storage tanks at the
site, according to Benton County emergency responders.
March 31 (Reuters) – A pipeline within a liquefied natural
gas facility exploded in a rural area of Washington state on
Monday and emergency workers scrambled to minimize the risk of
further blasts from a leaking storage tank.
Shrapnel from the explosion within the Williams Companies
Inc facility caused a leak in one of two LNG storage
tanks at the site near Plymouth in southeastern Washington, said
Joe Lusignan, a spokesman for the Benton County Sheriff’s
office. One worker was injured in the blast.
(Reuters) – U.S. natural gas pipeline company NiSource Inc said it shut part of its key Columbia Gulf Transmission interstate natural gas pipeline following an explosion in Adair County, Kentucky that injured at least one person.
The blast early Thursday morning engulfed and destroyed homes and cars, authorities said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Freezing temperatures are hampering U.S. natural gas deliveries this winter despite ample production of the heating fuel, exposing weaknesses in a supply network strained by unprecedented demand.
The United States is home to some of the world’s largest natural gas deposits and supplies have flooded the market over the last five years, erasing concerns about dwindling output.
Jan 30 (Reuters) – The recent increase in U.S. natural gas
prices is expected to dent demand for gas as utilities use more
coal to generate power, electricity traders said on Thursday.
The cold weather and heavy heating demand so far this winter
has pushed gas prices to four-year highs earlier this week.
NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – When computer coders at the
IntercontinentalExchange built a platform for trading natural
gas in 2001, they only allowed space for two-digit entries. With
gas around $5 per million British thermal units, prices above
$99 just didn’t seem feasible.
A freezing start to 2014 changed all that.
After prices in the poorly supplied U.S. Northeast spiked to
new highs in the first week of January, ICE raised the
limit for trades from $99 to $199 per million British thermal
units on Jan. 6, reflecting a new reality in the U.S. gas market
and ushering in a three-digit era.
Jan 16 (Reuters) – Southern Co’s Alabama Power unit
plans to run three coal power plants with a total capacity over
1,600 megawatts on cleaner natural gas fuel in the coming years
to comply with federal environmental rules.
Alabama Power wants to add gas capability to the four
255-megawatt Units 1-4 at the Gaston coal plant in Alabama by
2016 so they can run primarily on gas going forward.