Energy in California

Yorba Linda Water District Installs Natural Gas Generator to Support Reliable Water Service During Emergencies

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 9:00pm

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) today commemorated the installation of YLWD's new natural gas-powered electricity generator located at the water district's Elk Mountain Booster Pump Station.

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  • LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD) today commemorated the installation of YLWD's new natural gas-powered electricity generator located at the water district's Elk Mountain Booster Pump Station.
  • "I was pleased to support YLWD in obtaining the necessary permits," said Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez.
  • This is a critical step to ensure Yorba Linda families and homes are protected from power-related water emergencies thanks to this backup energy source."
  • In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030.

EPRI Chief Executive Michael Howard to Become CEO Emeritus as President Arshad Mansoor Takes Reigns Jan 1

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 11:45pm

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) today, in a unanimous vote, agreed to confer its chief executive, Dr. Mike Howard, with the designation of CEO Emeritus beginning Jan 1, 2021 when EPRI President Dr. Arshad Mansoor takes the helm as CEO.

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  • WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) today, in a unanimous vote, agreed to confer its chief executive, Dr. Mike Howard, with the designation of CEO Emeritus beginning Jan 1, 2021 when EPRI President Dr. Arshad Mansoor takes the helm as CEO.
  • EPRI Board Chairman, Dr. Pedro Pizarro , said the honor is in recognition of Howard's outstanding efforts and contributions to EPRI and the industry, which spans three decades, 10 years as CEO.
  • "Mike Howard has transformed EPRI during his years at the helm and his presence will be missed," Pizarro said.
  • "The Board of Directors is honored to recognize Mike today for his outstanding contributions to EPRI and the electric power industry."

Amplify Energy Announces Successful Borrowing Base Reaffirmation

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 9:05pm

HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amplify Energy Corp. (NYSE: AMPY) (Amplify or the Company) announced today that it has completed the regularly scheduled semi-annual redetermination of its revolving credit facility (RCF) borrowing base and entered into an amendment to its credit agreement.

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  • HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amplify Energy Corp. (NYSE: AMPY) (Amplify or the Company) announced today that it has completed the regularly scheduled semi-annual redetermination of its revolving credit facility (RCF) borrowing base and entered into an amendment to its credit agreement.
  • The redetermination reaffirmed the borrowing base at $260 million.
  • The next regularly scheduled borrowing base redetermination is expected to occur in April 2021.
  • Amplify Energy Corp. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration and production of oil and natural gas properties.

TechnipFMC Receives Notice to Proceed for EPC Contract for Sempra LNG’s and IEnova’s Energía Costa Azul LNG Facility

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 9:30pm

TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) (PARIS:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has received a Notice to Proceed for a major(1) Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract by Sempra LNG and Infraestructura Energtica Nova, S.A.B.

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  • TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) (PARIS:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has received a Notice to Proceed for a major(1) Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract by Sempra LNG and Infraestructura Energtica Nova, S.A.B.
  • de C.V. (IEnova) at their Energa Costa Azul (ECA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Baja California, Mexico.
  • This addition will allow for natural gas liquefaction and LNG export capability at the ECA LNG facility, which has been operating as a regasification terminal since 2008.
  • ECA LNG is one of Sempra LNGs strategically located natural gas liquefaction infrastructure projects currently in development in North America.

SoCalGas Supports LA Urban League's Virtual Construction Training with $50,000 Grant - Company Hiring Up to 100 Qualified Graduates

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 5:42pm

SoCalGas also plans to hire up to 100 qualified graduates of the program who progress through the company's interview process.

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  • SoCalGas also plans to hire up to 100 qualified graduates of the program who progress through the company's interview process.
  • "SoCalGas is proud to support the LA Urban League's Construction Career Academy.
  • "The Los Angeles Urban League thanks SoCalGas for the generous grant given to our Construction Career Academy.
  • The Los Angeles Urban League helps thousands of Angelenos annually through its programs focusing on education, entrepreneurship, job training and placement.

Utility Partners of America Announces 200,000 Incident-Free Hours

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

Utility Partners of America (UPA), a leading provider of project management, construction management, operations, maintenance and professional services for utilities and energy cooperatives throughout the country, announced today a significant safety milestone on one of its long-standing projects.

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  • Utility Partners of America (UPA), a leading provider of project management, construction management, operations, maintenance and professional services for utilities and energy cooperatives throughout the country, announced today a significant safety milestone on one of its long-standing projects.
  • A subsidiary of Sempra Energy, SoCalGas recently extended its contract with UPA through the end of 2022.
  • "SoCalGas has been an amazing partner to work with, said Ed Schwalbach, UPAs program lead on the project.
  • For more information on UPA and how the company partners with utilities and energy co-ops to build, inspect, maintain and upgrade the nations utility infrastructure, visit UtilityPartners.com .

WSTN Applauds Final Investment Decision for Energía Costa Azul LNG Export Project

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 1:53pm

The Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) Natural Gas Initiative applauds Sempra Energys announcement today that its subsidiary ECA Liquefaction, reached a final investment decision (FID) for the development, construction and operation of the Energa Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 natural gas liquefaction-export project in Baja California, Mexico.

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  • The Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) Natural Gas Initiative applauds Sempra Energys announcement today that its subsidiary ECA Liquefaction, reached a final investment decision (FID) for the development, construction and operation of the Energa Costa Azul LNG Phase 1 natural gas liquefaction-export project in Baja California, Mexico.
  • As the only LNG export project in the world to reach FID in 2020, we see this announcement as an important step towards helping our Asian allies bolster their energy security and meet shared environmental priorities, said Andrew Browning of WSTN.
  • Thankfully, the comparative advantage of using natural gas from the western U.S. will enable Energa Costa Azul to become a major North American west coast energy export hub to countries across Asia who are eager for access to lower-emitting fuels.
  • Earlier this year, WSTN members sent a letter to Mexicos Energy Minister Nahle to express support for the 20 Year Export Permit Application for the Costa Azul LNG project.

American States Water Company’s Military Subsidiary Recognized for Strong Veteran Hiring and Employment Practices

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 1:00pm

American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS), a wholly owned subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR), has met the criteria for the Platinum Medallion Award through the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program.

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  • American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS), a wholly owned subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR), has met the criteria for the Platinum Medallion Award through the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program.
  • The Platinum award recognizes employers who meet criteria in various categories including veteran hiring, veterans retained, and veteran benefits.
  • ASUS is proud to be recognized by the HIRE Vets program, and is committed to hiring qualified military veterans, military spouses, and reservists to help meet our staffing needs, stated Robert J. Sprowls, President and CEO of American States Water Company.
  • American States Water Company is the parent of Golden State Water Company, Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. and American States Utility Services, Inc., serving over one million people in nine states.

21 New England Municipal Electric Utilities Commit to Historic Purchase of Clean Power From FirstLight Through ENE

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:24am

In the largest municipal electric department purchase of clean, renewable power in New England history, 21 public power entities from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have agreed to purchase 200 million kilowatt-hours per year of hydroelectric power produced by FirstLight Power in Western Massachusetts.

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  • In the largest municipal electric department purchase of clean, renewable power in New England history, 21 public power entities from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have agreed to purchase 200 million kilowatt-hours per year of hydroelectric power produced by FirstLight Power in Western Massachusetts.
  • Never before have so many municipal light plants, municipal electric departments, and other public power utilities come together to buy emissions-free renewable power on this scale, said Energy New England president and CEO John G. Tzimorangas.
  • The 21 public power entities participating in the contract include 18 in Massachusetts: Belmont Municipal Light Department, Braintree Electric Light Department, Concord Municipal Light Plant, Danvers Electric Division, Georgetown Municipal Light Department, Groveland Municipal Light Department, Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant, Mass Development/Devens Utilities, Merrimac Municipal Light Department, Middleboro Gas & Electric Department, Merrimac Municipal Electric Department, North Attleboro Electric Department, Norwood Municipal Light Department, Reading Municipal Light Department, Rowley Municipal Lighting Plant, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plan, Wellesley Municipal Light Plant, and Westfield Gas & Electric.
  • Power purchased by Massachusetts municipal electric utilities served by Energy New England already accounts for on average 29 percent fewer carbon emissions from electric generation than average Commonwealth electricity-sector carbon emissions.

Sempra Energy Donates to Operation Homefront for Third Annual Veterans Day Grant

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:55am

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that for its third annual Veterans Day grant, the company is donating $20,000 to Operation Homefront , the San Antonio, Texas-based national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families, including those in the communities where Sempra Energy operates.

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  • SAN DIEGO, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that for its third annual Veterans Day grant, the company is donating $20,000 to Operation Homefront , the San Antonio, Texas-based national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families, including those in the communities where Sempra Energy operates.
  • The grant from Sempra Energy will support the organization's "11 Days of Impact" campaign, an effort to raise $111,000 to support military families in honor of Veterans Day.
  • Sempra Energy launched its annual Veterans Day grant program in 2018 as part of the company's overall commitment to supporting its veteran employees, as well as veterans who live in the communities where the company operates.
  • The Sempra Energy companies' more than 18,000 employees deliver energy with purpose to over 35 million consumers.