Brian Heslin

Brian Heslin

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

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Keystone XL Pipeline Faced Scrutiny in Nebraska Supreme Court September 5, 2014 Hearing

The Keystone XL pipeline project faced a major hurdle in the Nebraska Supreme Court last Friday, as federal approval of the pipeline may be influenced by the court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the process by...more

9/9/2014 - Energy Environmental Impact Report Keystone XL Pipeline Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas

The Future of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports under the Department of Energy’s Revised Review Process

During the last two years, we have seen the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) pick up the pace in granting conditional authorizations for companies to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free...more

9/2/2014 - DOE Environmental Assessments Exports FERC Free Trade Agreement Liquid Natural Gas MARAD Natural Gas NEPA Oil & Gas

Will the Commerce Department’s Approval to Export Condensate Change the World?

The reporting in late June of the Commerce Department’s private rulings that authorized two companies to export condensate has ignited discussions regarding the real prospect of changes in U.S. oil export policy. Industry...more

8/5/2014 - Energy Exports Natural Resources Oil & Gas U.S. Commerce Department

First FERC Workshop on Price Formation in RTO/ISO Markets Will Address Uplift Payments

Several weeks ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that in order to facilitate its evaluation of price formation in energy and ancillary services markets operated by Regional Transmission...more

7/29/2014 - FERC ISOs Public Meetings RTO Utilities Sector

NAESB to Seek Industry Comments on Proposed Modified Standards Prepared in Response to FERC Gas-Electric Coordination NOPR

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making re: Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (Docket No. RM14-2-000) (“NOPR”) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

7/14/2014 - Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity FERC ICIF Market Participants NAESB Natural Gas NOPR Pipelines Utilities Sector

EPA & SCOTUS on GHG: EPA’s Proposed Rule on Emissions for Existing Sources Published for Comment & U.S. Supreme Court Makes a...

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) June 2, 2014 revelation of its Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel powered electric generators (the “Plan”), it has garnered much...more

7/2/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

EPA & SCOTUS on GHG: U.S. Supreme Court Makes a Statement on EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases as the Public Comment...

The last few weeks have brought significant developments in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. On June 18, 2014, the EPA published for public comment a proposed...more

7/1/2014 - BACT Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants Public Comment SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

Senate Committee Passes Legislation Approving Keystone XL Pipeline and Pushes Full Senate Vote

On June 18, 2014, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources (“Committee”) passed in a 12-10 bi-partisan vote a bill that would approve TransCanada’s application to build Keystone XL pipeline, which has been pending...more

6/20/2014 - Energy Keystone XL Pipeline Oil & Gas Pipelines Popular

U.S. 2013 Natural Gas Net Imports Lowest Since 1989 With Gas Production Setting a New Record

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that U.S. natural gas net imports in 2013 were down 14% to 1,311 billion cubic feet (Bcf), which is the lowest since 1989....more

6/11/2014 - Energy Imports Natural Gas Oil & Gas

House Subcommittee To Review EPA Emissions Plan

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power announced that it will hold a hearing to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power...more

6/6/2014 - Air Pollution Air Quality Standards Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions NAAQS Power Plants

FERC Technical Conference on Enhancing Efficiency of Real-Time & Day-Ahead Electricity Markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) will convene a Technical Conference on “Increasing Real-Time And Day-Ahead Market Efficiency Through Improved Software” on June 23-25, 2014. In its 2009-2014 Strategic Plan,...more

6/2/2014 - Electricity Energy Market FERC Regulatory Agenda Software Wholesale

U.S. Net Energy Imports and Coal Production Lowest in Decades

U.S. net energy imports for 2013 and Q4 2013 coal production were reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) as being the lowest since more than 20 years ago. ...more

5/8/2014 - Coal Industry EIA Energy Imports

U.S. Natural Gas Consumption Reaches Record High

U.S. NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION REACHES RECORD HIGH: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s last report, U.S. natural gas use in January 2014 was at record high of 3,218,645 million cubic feet (Mcf). ...more

4/29/2014 - Natural Gas

FERC Technical Conference re: Winter 2013-14 Operations and Market Performance in RTO/ISOs

On April 1, 2014, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) held its technical conference discussing the recent cold weather events and actions taken by the Regional Transmission Organizations/Independent System...more

4/28/2014 - FERC ISOs RTO

U.S. Has Second Highest Oil/Petroleum Liquids Production in 25+ Years

The U.S. Energy Information Agency reported that U.S. Field Production of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products has been the highest since March 1986 in recent months....more

4/24/2014 - Oil & Gas

2013 U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

The U.S. Energy Information Agency’s latest report of U.S. Natural Gas Exports and Re-Exports by Country reflects liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) exports and re-exports dating back to 1985. In 2013, the U.S. exported and...more

4/21/2014 - EIA Exports Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Oil & Gas

EIA Report of Comprehensive December 2013 and 2013 Total Energy Stats

EIA Report of Comprehensive December 2013 and 2013 Total Energy Stats: The U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Energy Review was changed in March 2014 and now contains 2013 preliminary statistics for U.S. total...more

4/17/2014 - EIA Energy Market

FERC Approval of Transboundary Natural Gas Pipeline into Mexico

FERC recently granted a Presidential Permit and National Gas Act Section 3 authorization for Houston Pipe Line Company LP to build a transboundary pipeline to export and/or import natural gas from Texas into Mexico. The...more

4/10/2014 - Energy Exports FERC Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines

EIA Electric Power Monthly Update Reports “Shakeup” of Regional ISO Operations

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its latest Electric Power Monthly Update on March 21, 2014, which reflects significant changes in regional electricity system operations that the report calls “the biggest...more

4/7/2014 - Energy Infrastructure MISO Utilities Sector

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Review of Bill to Expedite LNG Export Approval

Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power reviewed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which was introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to expedite liquefied...more

4/3/2014 - DOE Energy Policy Exports Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas

FERC – CFTC Interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently announced the formation of an interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group as one of the next steps to...more

3/31/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank FERC Surveillance

FERC February 2014 Energy Infrastructure Update

FERC February 2014 Energy Infrastructure Update: FERC’s February 2014 Energy Infrastructure Update, released March 20th, reflects developments in natural gas pipeline projects to service the Midwest and Southeast, LNG...more

3/29/2014 - Energy FERC Infrastructure

FERC Technical Conference re: Winter 2013-2014 Operations and Market Performance in RTOs and ISOs Apr 1, 2014

FERC Technical Conference Re: Winter 2013-2014 Operations And Market Performance In Rtos And Isos April 1, 2014: On April 1, 2014, FERC will hold a technical conference to discuss the impacts of recent cold weather events on...more

3/19/2014 - FERC ISOs RTO

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Hearing Series: “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century”

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy & Power Subcommittee recently held the second hearing in its series “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century.” The hearing focused on fuel supply and...more

3/18/2014 - Energy Policy Fuel Standards Infrastructure Trucking Industry

Will Congressional Pressure on the CFTC to Share Information With FERC Bear Fruit?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has identified ferreting out energy market manipulation as a priority in its enforcement efforts. On January 2, 2014, FERC and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

3/17/2014 - CFTC FERC Information Sharing Memorandum of Understanding

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