Oil and gas mergers set to cool after a hot first quarter in 2024 with $51 billion in deals

Oil and gas mergers set to cool after a hot first quarter in 2024 with $51 billion in deals

Oil and gas mergers set to cool after a hot first quarter in 2024 with $51 billion in deals Energize Weekly, May 1, 2024 Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the U.S. upstream oil and gas sector in the first quarter of 2024 kept up last year’s record-setting pace with $51…

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New LNG facilities boost U.S. exports even as Biden administration pauses new approvals

New LNG facilities boost U.S. exports even as Biden administration pauses new approvals

New LNG facilities boost U.S. exports even as Biden administration pauses new approvals Energize Weekly, April 24, 2024 Bolstered by new of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, U.S. natural gas exports are projected to grow more than 25 percent by 2025 to 16.4 billion cubic feet a day, according…

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Pipeline company, environmental group strike unique ‘community benefits’ agreement

Pipeline company, environmental group strike unique ‘community benefits’ agreement APRIL 9, 2024 The developer of a carbon-dioxide pipeline and an environmental group have struck a “one-of-a-kind” agreement to ensure “community benefits” from the pipeline as well as support for the project. While similar CO2 pipeline projects in Iowa and the…

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North Dakota nearing 5 billion barrels of oil drilled, Helms says focus on CO2 needed to maximize drilling potential

North Dakota nearing 5 billion barrels of oil drilled, Helms says focus on CO2 needed to maximize drilling potential April 1, 2024 North Dakota is set to reach five billion barrels of oil drilled within the next month or so. State Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said building…

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Oil and gas leases blocked on Permian Basin state land most likely to produce fossil fuel

Oil and gas leases blocked on Permian Basin state land most likely to produce fossil fuel March 11, 2024 Officials blocked oil and gas operations on southeast New Mexico lands within the Permian Basin as the State Land Office tangled with lawmakers on raising the amount companies pay to drill…

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Lawmakers across the U.S., including in Md., seek to curb utility spending on politics, ads and more

Lawmakers across the U.S., including in Md., seek to curb utility spending on politics, ads and more March 5, 2024 After a string of scandals and amid rising bills, lawmakers in statehouses across the country, including in Maryland, have been pushing legislation to curb utilities spending ratepayer money on lobbying,…

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Poor grid interconnection policies are causing project backups across the U.S., study says

Poor grid interconnection policies are causing project backups across the U.S., study says

Poor grid interconnection policies are causing project backups across the U.S., study says Energize Weekly, March 6, 2024 The grid interconnection process in the U.S. is so “dysfunctional” that more than two million megawatts of generation and storage are waiting to be hooked up, according to an analysis by Advanced…

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Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas

Ohio commission awards bids to frack oil and gas under state parks, wildlife areas Feb 26, 2024 An Ohio commission awarded bids to frack oil and gas under state parks Monday, despite statewide backlash and an ongoing investigation into possibly fraudulent support. The Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management Commission…

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Rebooted commission could breathe new life into bills challenging Virginia’s largest utility

Rebooted commission could breathe new life into bills challenging Virginia’s largest utility February 26, 2024 Virginia clean energy champions have their fingers crossed that members of a resurrected legislative commission won’t water down four utility-focused bills when they meet in the off-season to reshape the failed measures for next year’s…

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Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023

Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023

Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023 Energize Weekly, February 7, 2024 Global investments in the energy transition from fossil fuels to clean tech climbed 17 percent in 2023 to a record $1.8 trillion, according to a study by the energy research…

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Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals

Record M&A in the fourth quarter of 2023 is driven by ExxonMobil and Chevron deals Energize Weekly, January 31, 2024 Upstream oil and gas mergers and acquisitions hit a record $144 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023 driven by two mega-deals – ExxonMobil’s $65 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural…

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Chesapeake to become top US natural gas producer with $7.4 billion deal for Southwestern

Chesapeake to become top US natural gas producer with $7.4 billion deal for Southwestern January 11, 2024 Chesapeake Energy (CHK.O), agreed to buy smaller rival Southwestern Energy (SWN.N), in an all-stock transaction valued at $7.4 billion, a deal that will make it the largest independent U.S. natural gas producer. The…

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Energy Department has cyber threats to infrastructure in mind with $70 million funding offer

Energy Department has cyber threats to infrastructure in mind with $70 million funding offer JANUARY 5, 2024 The Department of Energy is offering $70 million in funds toward research and development for technology that would protect delivery infrastructure against cyber-related threats and other physical hazards, part of what a senior…

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Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts

Coordination of Texas electric and natural gas sectors key in dealing with blackouts Energize Weekly, January 10, 2024 Better coordination between the Texas electric and natural gas industries is key to getting individual generating facilities up and running – a so-called blackstart – after a cold-weather blackout, according to a…

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New Mexico officials propose regulations for reuse of fracking wastewater

New Mexico officials propose regulations for reuse of fracking wastewater December 29, 2023 New Mexico environmental officials have proposed a new regulatory framework for reusing wastewater with a focus on the used, salty byproducts of oil and natural gas drilling in a major U.S. production zone. The Environment Department announced…

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Hawaii completes assessment of Oahu energy system and critical infrastructure

Hawaii completes assessment of Oahu energy system and critical infrastructure December 29, 2023 The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) recently concluded work on an initiative called the O‘ahu Energy System and Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Resiliency Assessment. The assessment involved a comprehensive hazard and risk assessment of O’ahu’s critical energy…

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FERC sets exit fee formula ending four-year battle between Tri-State G&T and its largest co-op

FERC sets exit fee formula ending four-year battle between Tri-State G&T and its largest co-op

FERC sets exit fee formula ending four-year battle between Tri-State G&T and its largest co-op Energize Weekly, January 3, 2024 After a four-year battle over how much it will cost the Colorado electric cooperative United Power to leave its wholesale power provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, federal regulators settled…

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Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts

Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts

Major oil companies atop a cash-flow wave reduce debt, increase shareholder payouts Energize Weekly, December 20, 2023 The world’s five largest oil companies, riding a wave of high energy prices, pulled in $613 billion in cash flow between January 2021 and September 2023, which they used to reduce debt and…

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Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide

Feds propose 20-year ban on mining, oil and gas drilling on 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide Dec 12, 2023 The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plan to remove 224,713 acres from possible mining or oil and gas drilling for the next 20 years would seem worthy of an…

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Refunds on horizon for Colorado solar customers facing utility delays, after thousands waited months to connect to the power grid this year

Refunds on horizon for Colorado solar customers facing utility delays, after thousands waited months to connect to the power grid this year DECEMBER 1, 2023 In a state known for its sunshine, Colorado homeowners have been struggling to go solar this year. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission found the utility…

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Williams increases DJ basin gas gathering, processing assets through closed deals

Williams increases DJ basin gas gathering, processing assets through closed deals Nov. 30, 2023 Williams, Tulsa, Okla., closed two transactions that now position the company as the third largest gatherer in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) basin, the company said in a release Nov. 30. The acquisitions have a combined value of…

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Eversource announces new discount rate to begin Friday in Connecticut

Eversource announces new discount rate to begin Friday in Connecticut Nov 30, 2023 Eversource’s new discount rate for low-income households in Connecticut will start Friday, according to an announcement Thursday from the energy company. The rate is for customers defined as having “financial hardship.” Depending on a household’s income, the…

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IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane

IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane

IEA takes aim at oil and gas sector at COP28, industry offers an agreement to cut methane Energize Weekly, December 6, 2023 As the climate conference – COP28 – opened in Dubai, the International Energy Agency (IEA) fired a shot across the bow of the oil industry with an analysis…

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Greek shippers exit Russian oil trade as U.S. tightens price cap scrutiny

Greek shippers exit Russian oil trade as U.S. tightens price cap scrutiny November 23, 2023 Three major Greek shipping firms have stopped transporting Russian oil in recent weeks in order to avoid U.S. sanctions now being imposed on some shipping firms carrying Russian oil, four traders told Reuters and shipping…

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As Arkansas bows out of Entergy fight over Grand Gulf, Louisiana regulators dig in

As Arkansas bows out of Entergy fight over Grand Gulf, Louisiana regulators dig in Nov 26, 2023 Utility regulators in Mississippi and Arkansas have both settled a contentious fight over Entergy’s alleged mismanagement of its massive Grand Gulf nuclear plant, after Arkansas abruptly accepted an offer it had rejected a…

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Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline

Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline

Clean energy jobs growth worldwide surpasses fossil-fuel sector jobs which saw a decline Energize Weekly, November 29, 2023 Clean energy employment is growing more rapidly than fossil-fuel jobs across the globe and accounted for the majority of the 67 million jobs in the energy sector in 2022, according to an…

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ERCOT cancels additional capacity request for winter, CEO says Texas grid is ‘adequately’ prepared

ERCOT cancels additional capacity request for winter, CEO says Texas grid is ‘adequately’ prepared November 19, 2023 The state’s power grid won’t add any additional capacity this winter, according to an ERCOT statement. ERCOT said it made this decision after weighing various factors and accounting for a limited market response.…

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PG&E bills to soar next year after regulators approve 13% rate increase Thursday

PG&E bills to soar next year after regulators approve 13% rate increase Thursday Nov 16, 2023 Monthly bills for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers will climb even higher next year after California regulators on Thursday unanimously approved allowing the utility giant to increase its rates for electricity and natural…

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Global LNG market stable for this winter, but there will be more volatility down the road

Global LNG market stable for this winter, but there will be more volatility down the road

Global LNG market stable for this winter, but there will be more volatility down the road Energize Weekly, November 22, 2023 Ample gas inventories in the U.S. and Europe and increased liquified natural gas (LNG) export and import capacity will likely meet global needs this winter, but growing demand over…

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PacifiCorp now wants protection from fire victims

PacifiCorp now wants protection from fire victims November 10, 2023 Oregon’s second-largest electricity provider wants state regulators to protect it from the costs of future lawsuits seeking reimbursement from destructive wildfires. The Oregonian reported that PacifiCorp’s request to the Public Utility Commission (PUC) was made just months after the utility…

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Fossil-fuel producing countries set to blow past climate targets for oil, natural gas, and coal

Fossil-fuel producing countries set to blow past climate targets for oil, natural gas, and coal

Fossil-fuel producing countries set to blow past climate targets for oil, natural gas, and coal Energize Weekly, November 15, 2023 Fossil-fuel producing countries are set to turn out double the amount of coal, oil, and natural gas between now and 2050 needed to keep the increase in global warming to…

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Dominion plans large liquified natural gas facility in Person County near Rougemont

Dominion plans large liquified natural gas facility in Person County near Rougemont NOVEMBER 3, 2023 Dominion Energy, the main corporate actor behind the defunct Atlantic Coast Pipeline, plans to build the Moriah Energy Center, two 25-million-gallon liquified natural gas facilities on 485 acres in southeastern Person County, about two miles…

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Partial owner of Xcel’s newest and last coal plant awarded judgement over year-long power outage

Partial owner of Xcel’s newest and last coal plant awarded judgement over year-long power outage NOVEMBER 4, 2023 A Denver District Court jury recently awarded an electricity distributor $26.45 million after the distributor sued Xcel Energy over what it called mismanagement of a power plant. CORE Electric Cooperative sued Xcel…

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Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds

Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds

Clean power installations set a Q3 record even as the sector faces headwinds Energize Weekly, November 8, 2023 New clean power utility-scale installations set a record in the third quarter of 2023, bringing online 5.6 gigawatts (GW) of generation and storage capacity, even as the sector was coping with troubling…

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Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing

Exxon’s blockbuster Pioneer merger needs Biden’s blessing Oct 8, 2023 Exxon Mobil Corp. needs approval from the Biden administration before it can take over independent oil and gas producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co. in what would be the world’s biggest deal this year. That might not be such an easy…

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