Solar dominates Maine’s renewables procurement

Solar projects dominated Maine’s largest renewables procurement, Kallanish Energy reports. Solar will provide about 482 megawatts of the 546 megawatts of projects approved for long-term energy projects earlier this week by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The commission approved 17 projects including solar, onshore wind, hydro and biomass. They were the first to win approval

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Ohio AG files suit to block nuclear bailout payments

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is seeking to keep the owner of two nuclear power plants in Ohio from getting $1.3 billion in bailout money in what has become the largest bribery scandal in state history, Kallanish Energy reports. Yost on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to keep Energy Harbor

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German, Scottish wind associations ink cooperation deal

German wind power association WAB and Scottish wind consortium DeepWind have signed a three-year cooperation agreement to develop a market for green hydrogen from wind power. The parties said in a joint statement on Wednesday that the aim is to promote the offshore wind industry and the production of green hydrogen at sea transnationally. The

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DOE awards $24M to battery, methane detection projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $24 million to two projects to commercialize sodium-ion battery development and methane detection technologies, Kallanish Energy reports. A $19 million grant went to California-based Natron Energy and a $5 million grant was awarded to Montana-based Bridger Photonics. The grants were awarded as part of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects

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ExxonMobil makes new discovery offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil has announced its 18th offshore Guyana crude oil discovery at the Redtail-1 well, Kallanish Energy reports. That discovery will add to the 8 billion oil-equivalent barrels projected from the Stabroek Block. “Our Stabroek Block exploration program continues to identify high-quality reservoirs in close proximity to previous discoveries, establishing efficient opportunities for new projects in

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Chesapeake, FERC in fight over pipeline contracts

Chesapeake Energy wants to terminate a $300 million pipeline contract in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Kallanish Energy reports. That request has been opposed by pipeline giant Texas-based Energy Transfer. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is supporting Energy Transfer and is getting involved in the ongoing legal fight, Reuters reported. FERC has argued in

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BLM taking comments on Permian sand conveyor

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has opened a public comment period for a proposed conveyor system on public lands to move sand for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, Kallanish Energy reports. The Kermit Overland Conveyor Project is being developed by Texas-based OLC Kermit LLC, a subsidiary of

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Canada Supreme Court backs pipeline project

Canada’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from British Columbia First Nation groups against expanding the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, Kallanish Energy reports. The court in Ottawa, Ontario, has dismissed appeals from four First Nation groups, effectively ending the year-long legal battle over the project. The court gave no reason for its decision. Work has

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Judge orders Dakota Access shut down for environmental review

A federal judge has ordered that the Dakota Access oil pipeline be temporarily shut down by Aug. 5 for an in-depth environmental review of the project, Kallansh Energy reports. That order came from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in what was a major setback for the Trump administration and the controversial pipeline and a major

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Global wholesale gas prices average $3.88/MmBtu in 2019

Global wholesale natural gas prices declined in 2019 to reach an average of $3.88 per million British thermal units (MmBtu) – a level not seen since 2016, according to the International Gas Union (IGU). The decline largely reflects the impact of rising global gas supply, which in turn led to sharp falls in spot prices

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Mozambique LNG secures $2.25B from host government

Total-led liquefied natural gas project, Mozambique LNG, has reportedly been offered a five-year, $2.25 billion funding guarantee from the Mozambican government. Partners at the $20 billion onshore project are said to have agreed to the guarantee in lieu of an immediate equity contribution from state-run National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH). The company owns a 15% stake

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Pa. charges Cabot with 15 environmental violations

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced that a state grand jury has charged Cabot Oil & Gas in connection with 15 environmental crimes in northeast Pennsylvania, Kallanish Energy reports. The company was charged with seven counts of prohibition against discharge of industrial wastes, seven counts of prohibition against other pollutions, and one count

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Clean energy needs a boost to reverse Covid-19 economic damage: IEA

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a massive blow to countries around the world and brought up “worrying implications” for clean energy transitions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new report. The crisis is chocking economies and significantly impacting the energy sector, the Paris-based agency said. Unprecedented action and leadership from governments, companies, and

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EU discusses clean energy in €750B post-pandemic recovery fund

EU’s commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, told the bloc’s energy ministers on Monday that there is a strong link between technology, recovery, and climate-neutral ambition. Simson discussed Europe’s €750 ($846.3) billion coronavirus recovery fund and the role of clean energy technologies for the future low carbon economy. She described it as a “sizeable, balanced plan,

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Mozambique’s LNG projects on track despite Covid-19: official

Mozambique’s national petroleum institute INP said on Thursday the country’s natural gas and liquefaction projects remain in line with the schedule agreed between the government and investing companies. INP’s chairman Carlos Zacarias told a press conference a day earlier that despite the suspension of activities in Afungi due to the Covi-19 pandemic, implementation activities for

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