US natural gas faces wild 2022 as foreign crises exert pull

US natural gas faces wild 2022 as foreign crises exert pull Jan 1, 2022 U.S. natural gas is in for another wild year as the insularity that once shielded North American energy consumers from overseas turmoil disintegrates. Benchmark American gas futures climbed almost 45% in 2021 for the strongest annual…

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After two years of belt tightening, shale drillers’ capital budgets are set to rise in 2022

After two years of belt tightening, shale drillers’ capital budgets are set to rise in 2022

After two years of belt tightening, shale drillers’ capital budgets are set to rise in 2022 Energize Weekly, December 29, 2021 The shale oil sector’s recent financial recipe of generating cash flow and tamping down capital expenditures may change in 2022 as drilling budgets increase due to factors ranging from…

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BP to buy out U.S. pipeline partnership in $723 mln deal

BP to buy out U.S. pipeline partnership in $723 mln deal December 20, 2021 BP (BP.L) will acquire the remaining stake in its U.S. pipelines partnership BP Midstream Partners LP (BPMP.N) that it doesn’t already own in a more than $700 million deal, as the energy giant looks to simplify its structure. Read more

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Permian oil output forecast to hit record high in January-EIA

Permian oil output forecast to hit record high in January-EIA DECEMBER 13, 2021 The largest U.S. shale basin’s output will surge to a record in January, according to a monthly forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Monday. Read more

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U.S. set to become the world’s largest LNG exporter with Asia and Europe as its biggest customers

U.S. set to become the world’s largest LNG exporter with Asia and Europe as its biggest customers

U.S. set to become the world’s largest LNG exporter with Asia and Europe as its biggest customers Energize Weekly, December 15, 2021 The U.S. is poised to become the world’s largest liquified natural gas (LNG) exporter in 2022 with the addition of two new liquefaction units coming online along the…

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Exxon Looking Towards Permian Net-Zero Emissions By 2030

Exxon Looking Towards Permian Net-Zero Emissions By 2030 December 07, 2021 Supermajor ExxonMobil has revealed its plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from operated assets in the U.S. Permian Basin by 2030. Read more

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Coal Creek carbon capture, hydrogen hub among projects seeking clean energy funding

Coal Creek carbon capture, hydrogen hub among projects seeking clean energy funding 11/30/2021 A new arm of state government tasked with vetting funding applications for clean energy projects will evaluate eight proposals in the coming weeks, including one involving a carbon capture system at Coal Creek Station and another related…

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New natural gas pipeline capacity expands access to export and Northeast markets

New natural gas pipeline capacity expands access to export and Northeast markets NOVEMBER 17, 2021 In our recently updated Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Tracker, we estimate over 4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of new natural gas pipeline capacity entered service in the third quarter of 2021, primarily supplying Gulf…

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Traders Refocusing on Return of 2 Bearish Factors

Traders Refocusing on Return of 2 Bearish Factors November 16, 2021 The carnage on oil prices spilled into this week as the market now seems to be less concerned about the current supply tightness, expecting it to be short-lived. Read more

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U.S. won’t share Europe’s natural gas woes this year, says gas pipeline chief

U.S. won’t share Europe’s natural gas woes this year, says gas pipeline chief 11/8/2021 Americans should have enough natural gas to keep homes warm and factories running, avoiding the kind of shortages that are crippling Europe and Asia, even if the coming winter gets particularly cold.  That’s because surging prices…

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Why Texas isn’t ready for another deep freeze

Why Texas isn’t ready for another deep freeze Nov 01, 2021 It’s been more than eight months since a glacial chill — the magnitude of which nobody quite anticipated — crept across Texas, forcing power plants offline, freezing natural gas wells and wreaking havoc on every part of the state’s…

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CISA Begins Program to Identify Critical Infrastructure

CISA Begins Program to Identify Critical Infrastructure November 1, 2021 The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a congressional committee leader agree that officials must take precautionary steps to identify “systemically important critical infrastructure” to reduce risks of pervasive supply chain cyberattacks. Read more

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UGI Utilities gets approval from Pennsylvania commission for RNG pilot program

UGI Utilities gets approval from Pennsylvania commission for RNG pilot program October 25, 2021 UGI Utilities got the okay from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a five-year pilot program. The pilot program seeks to explore how UGI Utilities can integrate renewable…

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Climate-driven weather disasters threaten global energy infrastructure, IEA says

Climate-driven weather disasters threaten global energy infrastructure, IEA says

Climate-driven weather disasters threaten global energy infrastructure, IEA says Energize Weekly, October 20, 2021 Energy and infrastructure systems built over the last century are becoming more vulnerable to the ravages of climate change-driven extreme weather events, according to a series of reports. “Extreme weather events over the past year have…

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OPEC+ Holds Both the Knife and the Cake

OPEC+ Holds Both the Knife and the Cake October 05, 2021 OPEC+ holds both the knife and the cake in the oil market, especially as the group boasts the lion’s share of the remaining unused supply capacity in the world. Read more

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Offshore Drilling Rigs Eyed for LNG Conversion

Offshore Drilling Rigs Eyed for LNG Conversion September 24, 2021 Aberdeen-based offshore rig inspection company ADC Energy has said it has won a contract with an unnamed U.S.-based LNG company to help it identify and select offshore drilling rigs suitable for conversion for LNG operations. Read more

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Oil and gas sector shows recovery in second quarter led by private companies, higher prices

Oil and gas sector shows recovery in second quarter led by private companies, higher prices

Oil and gas sector shows recovery in second quarter led by private companies, higher prices Energize Weekly, September 22, 2021 The U.S. onshore oil and gas industry saw the beginnings of a rebound in the second quarter of 2021 buoyed by strong commodity prices, strategic mergers, and increased efficiency, according…

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DOE to invest $10 million to reduce natural gas supply constraints, improve energy consumption

DOE to invest $10 million to reduce natural gas supply constraints, improve energy consumption September 13, 2021 A new funding opportunity announcement from the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) will offer approximately $10 million in funding for cost-shared research and development projects…

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Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico After Ida Linked to Abandoned Pipeline

Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico After Ida Linked to Abandoned Pipeline Sept 7, 2021 More than a week after Ida hit the Gulf of Mexico, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the hurricane made a huge mess of the oil and gas activities there. The government is investigating hundreds of reports of oil spills…

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Gas Prices Unlikely To Skyrocket As Oil Companies Assess Hurricane Ida Damage

Gas Prices Unlikely To Skyrocket As Oil Companies Assess Hurricane Ida Damage August 31, 2021 Oil companies are still assessing the damage at the oil rigs, platforms and refineries that were struck by Hurricane Ida. Read more

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Alpha Wireless Unveils Antenna Solutions to Enable Utility Network Modernization

Alpha Wireless Unveils Antenna Solutions to Enable Utility Network Modernization Aug 24th, 2021 Alpha Wireless is launching the Alpha Wireless AW3874 dual-band antenna, engineered to empower utilities to modernize and digitize their communications infrastructure. With support for both 900 MHz and 3.5 GHz / Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum…

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NM could get billions in new federal funding

NM could get billions in new federal funding August 23, 2021 Congress is gearing up to approve the largest federal investments in infrastructure and social programs since the Great Depression in the 1930s, and New Mexico could reap huge benefits. Read more

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API Files Lawsuit Against Biden Administration

API Files Lawsuit Against Biden Administration August 17, 2021 The American Petroleum Institute (API) has announced that it, along with 11 other energy industry trade groups, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) indefinite pause on…

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Permian Gets Confidence Vote with Infrastructure Plan

Permian Gets Confidence Vote with Infrastructure Plan August 10, 2021 The region at the heart of the once-booming U.S. shale industry is signaling confidence in a nascent recovery after the pandemic crushed demand and curtailed oil and gas drilling. Read more

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Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns

Federal cybersecurity defenses not strong enough to protect American data, Senate report warns AUGUST 3, 2021 Federal agencies responsible for safeguarding the security and personal data of millions of Americans have failed to implement basic defenses against cyberattacks, according to a report from Senate investigators released Tuesday. The agencies earned…

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Shell greenlights Gulf of Mexico ‘Whale’ oilfield project

Shell greenlights Gulf of Mexico ‘Whale’ oilfield project July 26, 2021 Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) announced plans on Monday to develop a new oilfield in the Gulf of Mexico, its first major project to get the go-ahead since a Dutch court ordered the energy company to accelerate its carbon emissions reduction targets.…

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Lawmakers introduce American Cybersecurity Literacy Act

Lawmakers introduce American Cybersecurity Literacy Act June 28, 2021 Bipartisan House lawmakers introduced legislation to increase cybersecurity literacy and security awareness among the American public amid a spike in cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure. Read more

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Activists Demand Biden Kill More Pipeline Projects

Activists Demand Biden Kill More Pipeline Projects June 14, 2021 Environmentalists emboldened by this week’s defeat of Keystone XL are pressuring President Joe Biden to revoke permits for other oil and gas pipelines, warning their votes depend on the administration blocking fossil fuel infrastructure. Read more

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Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Prompts DHS to Issue New Cybersecurity Regulations

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack Prompts DHS to Issue New Cybersecurity Regulations JUNE 1, 2021 Hot on the heels of an executive order aimed at standardizing federal response to cyber attacks and creating new reporting requirements for government vendors, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is establishing its own requirements specifically…

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Biden prepared to take additional steps after Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack

Biden prepared to take additional steps after Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack MAY 10, 2021 President Joe Biden said Monday that his administration was prepared to take additional steps as the energy sector grapples with a colossal cyberattack targeting one of the largest fuel pipelines in the nation. Read more

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Oil CEOs Pledge Climate Collaboration with Biden Admin

by Bloomberg | Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Tuesday, March 23, 2021   Chief executives of some of the largest U.S. oil companies promised to collaborate with the Biden administration in its campaign against climate change during a meeting Monday with White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy.   Read more

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Collapse of the natural gas system from wellhead to turbine fueled Texas’ blackout

Collapse of the natural gas system from wellhead to turbine fueled Texas’ blackout

Energize Weekly, February 24, 2021 The near collapse of Texas’ electric grid was caused in the main by a failure of the natural gas system from the wellhead to pipeline to gas turbine, according to an analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA). “Texas has a power shortage because it…

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SolarWinds Hack Infected Critical Infrastructure, Including Power Industry

Kim Zetter, December 24 2020   The hacking campaign that infected numerous government agencies and tech companies with malicious SolarWinds software has also infected more than a dozen critical infrastructure companies in the electric, oil, and manufacturing industries who were also running the software, according to a security firm conducting investigations…

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U.S. oil production seen as a moderating force in coping with oil market price volatility

U.S. oil production seen as a moderating force in coping with oil market price volatility

Energize Weekly, May 29, 2019 As costs come down for producing oil from shale plays, U.S. production appears to be playing a larger role in anchoring long-term oil prices, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas analysis. The combination of shorter lead times between drilling and production and the…

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The crossover point when EVs are cheaper than ICE cars is getting closer, BNEF says

The crossover point when EVs are cheaper than ICE cars is getting closer, BNEF says

Energize Weekly, May 8, 2019 The “crossover point” when electric vehicles (EVs) are cheaper than their internal-combustion-engine (ICE) counterparts continues to get closer with falling battery costs, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). In a 2017 BNEF analysis, the crossover point was forecast as 2026. In 2018, the crossover…

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