Natural Gas News – April 24, 2018

Natural Gas News – April 24, 2018

NIPSCO Reaches Deal for 15 Percent Natural Gas Rate Increase

Seattle Times reported: The natural gas utility company for most of northern Indiana could increase its rates by about 15 percent under a deal it has reached with the state consumer advocate’s office. The proposed increase for Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. would be smaller than the 23 percent hike the utility first requested last year. NIPSCO would see a projected $95 million boost in annual revenue. If approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, customers would see a two-year phase-in of the higher rates start in late 2018. NIPSCO says its base gas rates haven’t gone up in more than 25 years and needs the increase to pay for pipeline safety improvements for its some 820,000 gas customers. Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor Bill Fine calls the increase “fair and equitable.” For more on this story visit seattletimes.com or click https://bit.ly/2qVICA4

Renewable Natural Gas Facilities on the Rise

Transport Topics reported: The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas released a new map and project database of renewable natural gas production facilities in North America. The refreshed database reveals that there are now at least 76 operational RNG facilities in the United States and Canada, representing 85% growth from the 41 projects that were built between 1982 and 2014. The coalition established a goal in 2015 to double the number of RNG production facilities in North America by 2025. There were 51 RNG facilities at the time. The new database shows that the North American RNG industry is on pace to reach the goal in half that time: an additional 23 RNG production facilities are under construction and another 25 have reached stages of substantial development prior to commencing construction, according to the Sacramento, Calif.-based group. The database and map are on the RNG coalition’s website and will be updated as new production facilities are brought online. For more on this story visit ttnews.com or click https://bit.ly/2FaPgY0

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