PSEG announces retirements of 2 NJ coal plants
, a subsidiary of thePublic Service Enterprise Group Inc.,plans to retire its Hudson 2and Mercer coal plantson June 1, 2017. The Newark-based utility said "sustained low prices of naturalgas" along with the fact that neither plant was able to clear the last twoPJM Interconnection LLCcapacity auctions left it unable to justify any significant investment to upgradethe plants to meet reliability standards.
Winter gas market outlook sees little chance of widespread price spikes
Onlyan extended cold snap would materially drive up natural gas demand and prices thiscoming winter, the Natural Gas Supply Association said Oct. 5 in its winter outlook.Prices should be higher than the unusually low levels of winter 2015-2016, and naturalgas demand could hit a record as economic growth, customer additions and power generationdrive consumption, according to NGSA.
CEO sees 'new era for Arch Coal' as company emerges from bankruptcy
has completed itsfinancial restructuring and emerged from bankruptcy court protection. Unlike competitorAlpha Natural Resources Inc.,the Arch name will return to the market with its top mines. The company will tradeon the NYSE under the ticker symbol ARCH.
* is said to be workingon a restructuring plan that would not involve liquidating its controlling stakein TerraForm Power Inc.,BloombergNews reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
* is with the state's solar industrytrade group over why the utility may not be on track to add 100 MW of distributedgeneration to the grid by year-end. The Georgia Solar Energy Industries Associationin a September filing asserted that Georgia Power's directive of having 100 MW ofdistributed generation under contract by the end of 2016 is undersubscribed by roughly35 MW.
* A coalitionof environmental groups, including the New York Climate Action Group, plans to launcha statewide campaign to pressure New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider for the state's aging nuclearpower plants, TheAssociated Press reports.
* , or sPower,has secured $786 million in capital commitments to finance construction of ninesolar projects totaling 339.4 MW, according to a company release.The financing consists of tax equity investment and syndicated construction andterm loan facility.
* plansto install the first battery storage and gas turbine hybrid at two of its sitesin the coming months. The project, featuring the hybrid system developed by , is intendedto respond to the changing regulations and grid requirements following the AlisoCanyon energy crisis earlier this year, according to a news release.
* a C$160 million publicoffering of its 6.75% convertible unsecured senior subordinated debentures due Dec.31, 2021. The company also announced the early redemption of C$225 million of its6% debentures due June 30, 2017, and the remaining C$55 million of its 9.75% seniorunsecured notes due June 2018.
* Tulsa,Okla.-based Murphy Energy Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection after it ran lowon cash following the completion of its Port Hudson natural gas terminal in Louisiana,according to TheWall Street Journal. The company, which owns 10 truck-to-pipeline crudeoil terminals in north Texas and Oklahoma, has more than $75 million in debt andis planning to seek buyers.
* 's Sept. 29revelation that it had received a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena for informationabout its accounting practices related to oil and natural gas leases has several law firms to fileclass action suits against the company.
* The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Mexico's Agencyfor Safety, Energy and Environment signeda letter of intent to strengthen environmental coordination and cooperation betweenthe agencies on offshore oil and gas issues. "Formal cooperation between ASEAand BOEM is an important step towards creating a familiar regulatory framework inthe Gulf of Mexico," ASEA's Executive Director Carlos de Regules said in astatement.
* A federaljudge has overturned the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's approval of 's 16-well gas projectin the Uinta Basin, saying the agency failed to consider the environmental impactof the project, TheSalt Lake Tribune reports.
* Progressive groups are pressuring Democratic presidential nomineeHillary Clinton to take a stance against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. However,University of Washington political science professor Aseem Prakash toldThe Hill in Washington, D.C., that Clinton"would like to stall and not take a position, because she can't afford to antagonizelabor."
* Naturalgas companies are better offtalking with grassroots groups before taking on national environmental organizationslike the Sierra Club and 350.org, speakers at Energy Dialogues LLC's North AmericanGas Forum said.
* has a settlement with the interveningparties in its pending natural gas rate case, according to a Form 8-K filing. Ifapproved by Kansas regulators, the settlement would result in a net base rate increaseof $8.1 million for the ONE Gas Inc.division.
* TheCanadian Parliament has ratified the Paris climate agreement that is set to go intoforce Nov. 4, according to Reuters."This is a really great day … after 10 years of inaction, of not taking serioussteps to tackle climate change, we're finally doing it," Environment MinisterCatherine McKenna was quoted as saying.
* Convictedcoal boss Don Blankenship has issueda public statement from prison indicating that he will be distributinga booklet that "will shed some truthful light on what really happened to causethe UBB explosion, and how horribly broken our American judicial system has become."
* will remove coalash from three basins at the now-retired Buck Steam Station in Salisbury, N.C., ahead of schedule.The material will be recycled for concrete, according to a news .
* Shaleproduction of natural gas liquids started with a supply-push dynamic that dependedon pipelines to deliver the product to end-users. However, the market is to one that is increasinglydependent on the end-user in what is becoming a demand-pull dynamic.
* Afterextending 7.7 cents higher to close at $3.041/MMBtu in the prior session, Novembergas futures lost footingovernight ahead of the Thursday, Oct. 6, open, in profit taking and amid fundamentalpressure implied by expectations for an uptick in the rate of weekly injectionswhen the next storage data is released at midmorning and further ahead as suggestedby lackluster weather-related demand prospects. The contract was last seen 1.6 centslower at $3.025/MMBtu.
* The price of power for day-ahead delivery could have a Thursday, Oct. 6, amidpredominantly softer demand projections for the close of the workweek. Traders willalso keep attuned to developments on the natural gas front. Rising 7.7 cents toabove the $3.00/MMBtu level in the prior session, front-month November natural gasfutures were probing lower early Thursday ahead of the opening bell.
"Theagency works very well. … It's not perfect, but if all the agencies in the federalgovernment ran as well as FERC, we'd be in a much better spot," former FERCCommission Philip Moeller said,reflecting on his time at the commission.
The day ahead
* . will holda special meeting of stockholders at 3 p.m. ET to vote on the company's by affiliates.