Brian Heslin

Brian Heslin

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Legal Challenge to EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan Rejected as Premature, Final Rule Sent to OMB for Review

The proposed Clean Power Plan introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014 has been met with considerable opposition, including a court battle that pitted energy companies and more than twenty...more

6/11/2015 - Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Energy Sector EPA Final Rules Greenhouse Gas Emissions OMB Power Plants

FERC Rule on Coordination of Natural Gas and Electric Scheduling Finalized as Industry Interdependency Grows

The electric industry is becoming increasingly reliant upon natural gas as a fuel source in the midst of our nation’s abundant natural gas resources and aggressive regulatory efforts to reduce the environmental impact of...more

4/30/2015 - Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Energy Sector Final Rules NAESB Natural Gas

Recent Crude Oil Train Derailments Intensify the Spotlight on Rail Safety and the Value of Oil Pipelines

Few of us can erase from our memories the imagery of fires blazing at the scenes of crude oil train derailments in West Virginia in early February and in Illinois earlier this month. The fact that these trains carrying Bakken...more

4/1/2015 - Bakken Shale Crude by Rail Crude Oil Department of Transportation Keystone XL Pipeline Obama Administration Oil & Gas PHMSA Pipelines Political Debates Train Accidents

Exploring the Impact of Lower Oil Prices on the U.S. – Exports, Economics, Energy Security & Diplomacy

Rapidly changing global energy dynamics, particularly the dramatic decline in crude oil prices, have left many struggling to predict what the fall out will be – on energy prices, American energy companies and workers, and...more

3/12/2015 - EIA Energy Market Exports Oil & Gas Oil Prices

Congress Requests Stakeholder Input on the Direction of U.S. Energy Policy

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee has extended an invitation for interested stakeholders to provide feedback to the Committee on a particular set of questions aimed at analyzing and guiding the direction of future...more

3/10/2015 - Energy Policy Legislative Committees Market Participants

FERC Technical Conferences Examining EPA Clean Power Plan Are Underway

At the close of 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that it would hold a series of technical conferences to examine issues surrounding compliance with the Clean Power Plan proposed by the U.S....more

2/27/2015 - Clean Power Plan EPA FERC Market Participants Technical Conference

The Keystone Pipeline Cleared Hurdles in Congress, But Was Tripped Up by Presidential Veto

This new year has been marked with a flurry of activity surrounding the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Following the changing of the guard in a new Republican-led Congress, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski led...more

2/25/2015 - Barack Obama Energy Sector Keystone XL Pipeline Pending Legislation Veto Rights

In the Midst of Volatile Oil Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Still Expected to Rise in 2015

The rapid decline in crude oil prices has exerted global pressure on the energy industry and nations heavily dependent upon oil. Russia is a glaring example, with the precarious state of its currency largely tied to the...more

12/24/2014 - Currency Fluctuation Energy Sector Oil & Gas Russia

Prompted by Congress, FERC Will Hold Technical Conferences to Examine EPA’s Clean Power Plan

We recently discussed the November letter request sent by Congressional energy committee leaders to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questioning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) collaboration, or...more

12/23/2014 - Clean Power Plan Energy Sector EPA FERC Transmission Grid Transmission Planning

Natural Gas Pipelines to Bolster Bi-Directional Capacity in Northeast up to 32%, EIA Data Shows

By 2017, natural gas pipelines are projected to convert up to 32% of their pipeline capacity into the Northeast to support the bi-directional flow of natural gas out of the region to the South and West, according to a U.S....more

12/16/2014 - EIA Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines

The Other Side of LNG Exports: Alaskan Exports to Free Trade Countries Approved

The capability of the U.S. to enter the global energy market as a net natural gas exporter has been the subject of much discussion, given the number of years that applications seeking approval to export liquefied natural gas...more

12/5/2014 - Alaska DOE Energy Market Energy Projects Energy Sector Exports Free Trade Agreement Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Non-FTA Countries

NAESB Response to FERC NOPR re: Coordinating Schedules of Natural Gas and Electricity Markets Subject to Public Comment until...

Coordinating the scheduling of the natural gas and electricity markets has been a priority for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), given the increasing dependence of the electric industry on natural gas as a...more

10/27/2014 - Electricity Energy FERC NAESB Natural Gas Oil & Gas Utilities Sector

Natural Gas Infrastructure Development in Focus to Support Shift from Traditional Supply and Flow of Gas

Last year we started our discussion of the developing shift in flow of natural gas from the traditional South-to-North/West-to-East path to a North-to-South/East-to-West path as a result of the abundance of natural gas now...more

10/7/2014 - Energy Projects Liquid Natural Gas Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines Power Infrastructure Utica Shale

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports from Louisiana and Florida Approved by DOE, While Alaska LNG Project Makes Progress

Shortly after finalizing its revised procedures for reviewing pending liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export applications, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued final authorizations for two facilities to export LNG to...more

9/26/2014 - DOE Energy Projects Exports FERC Free Trade Zone Liquid Natural Gas Non-FTA Countries

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

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