The Highwood Bulletin 069

This week brings announcements from Veritas (new protocols), the methane fee rule, the Colorado SeekOps approval, LongPath’s DoE loan, Exxon’s methane report, white papers, resources, and more. Thanks as always for reading the Highwood Bulletin!   Version 2.0 of Veritas Protocols released GTI Energy announced the publication of v2 of the Veritas Protocols. The goal […]

Some Clarity on the Methane Waste Fee

In the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Congress tasked the EPA with developing a Waste Emissions Charge (WEC, i.e., waste methane fee) for the 2024 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) reporting year and onward. EPA responded to this mandate by releasing a detailed proposed rule on January 12, 2024. Here, we summarize the motivation for this […]

Highwood’s accomplishments in 2023 and ambitions for 2024

Our third full year in business was our best yet. Here’s a recap of all that we accomplished – and a glimpse into what we have planned for 2024.   Business Milestones • Closed a USD 3.25m SEED round to build and scale a newly announced enterprise SaaS solution. The round was led by Energy […]

Methane Rule Comparison: United States (final) vs. Canada (draft)

Methane Rule Comparison: United States (final) vs. Canada (draft) A comparison of US EPA’s OOOOb/c and Canada’s ECCC methane rules for the oil and natural gas industry.   New regulations? In December 2023, at COP28, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule expected to achieve methane reductions of 87% relative to 2005. […]

The Highwood Bulletin 068

A flurry of announcements at COP28 has left the O&G methane community dazed and scrambling to get clarity on the implications of new regulations, public datasets, commitments, and initiatives. We’ll be posting a variety of articles to help get our readers up to speed. To start, this week’s newsletter provides a quick and dirty overview […]

Research Digest 11

Methane detection and quantification science continues to advance at a rapid pace. In this edition of the Research Digest, we catch you up on satellite technology, top-down vs. bottom up reconciliation, life cycle assessments, and more!   “Clear Eyed Assessment” of 9 Methane Detecting Satellites. 82 single blind controlled release tests are performed during satellite […]

The Highwood Bulletin 067

It has been a wild week in methane! New methane import regulations in Europe could alter international gas trade and US Department of Energy announces a multi-lateral differentiated gas framework initiative. Meanwhile, JPMorgan is taking a stronger stance on methane. A new Nature Energy paper on differentiated gas and intel on Bill Nye are among the other stories in this week’s edition!

The Highwood Bulletin 066

I’m writing this week’s Highwood Bulletin from Houston Texas, where I’m enjoying Tex Mex, meeting up with clients, talking about methane fee strategy, and attending the ONE Future annual conference.  This week’s bulletin covers new EPA rules, EU import rules, consolidation, MiQ equivalency guidance, and new reports, conferences, and other opportunities. Thanks as always for […]