Two More Utilities Join ISO Power Market

Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service (APS) and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) of Washington cal_iso_logoState began full participation in the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) on October 1.

The EIM is a real-time wholesale power market managed by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) that enables participating utilities to buy low-cost energy available across eight western states.

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Los Angeles Appoints First Oil Administrator


Uduak-Joe Ntuk

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Uduak-Joe Ntuk as the city’s first-ever oil administrator to regulate the safety of oil operations in the city.

He will begin serving in the $133,500-per-year post in October, heading a new Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration and Safety within the City’s Board of Public Works.

Ntuk, 37, is a petroleum engineering official for the city of Long Beach, and formerly was an engineer with Chevron Corp.

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Gas Supplies OK Without Aliso Canyon

Natural gas supplies this winter should be adequate for the needs of Southern California gas_flameresidents and businesses, despite earlier fears about shortages resulting from the shutdown of operations at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon storage facility.

That’s the conclusion of a 41-page report prepared jointly by the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Independent System Operator, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Southern California Gas Co.

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PG&E Found Guilty on Pipeline Safety Charges

A federal jury found Pacific Gas & Electric Co. guilty of violations of pipeline safety regulations pge_logothat led to the 2010 explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno which caused eight deaths and destroyed 38 homes.

California’s largest utility faces potential fines of $3 million. While the jury was deliberating, prosecutors decided not to pursue potential fines of up to $562 million. PG&E was previously fined a record $1.6 billion by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

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Chevron Reports Second-Quarter Loss of $1.5 Billion

chevronSan Ramon-based Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) reported a loss of $1.5 billion, or 78 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with earnings of $571 million, or 30 cents per share, for the same period in 2015.

The company also declared a quarterly dividend of $1.07 per share, payable Sept. 12, to holders of record as of Aug. 19.

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DOGGR Proposes Permanent Gas Storage Regs

Preliminary draft permanent regulations for natural gas storage facilities in California have been released  gas_meterby the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).

When finalized, the regulations will replace emergency regulations the agency issued earlier this year. The draft includes new safety and testing measures that would be required for the 12 gas storage fields in the state.

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