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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

The Role of Brazil as an LNG Hub for South America

Natural gas continues to gain momentum in South America as these countries seek greater flexibility and guarantee of supply in order to increase the energy mix. Even though some of these countries hold significant potential...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

Jordan Cove: DOE Issues Seventh Order to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations, First from Pacific Coast

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP (“Jordan Cove”) to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay,...more

Ukraine and US Energy Export Restrictions: Will Geopolitics Bring Reform?

The situation in Ukraine has intensified political and media scrutiny of the United States’ restrictions on the export of crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). With supplies of Russian energy to Ukraine and Europe at...more

U.S. Department of Energy Grants Long-Term Contract to Cameron LNG

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy issued an order conditionally granting long-term contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas by vessel to non-free trade agreement nations from the Cameron LNG,...more

Cameron LNG: DOE Issues Sixth Order to Export LNG to Non-FTA Nations

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Sempra’s Cameron LNG to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Cameron Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana to nations with which...more

Russian LNG: Export Liberalization

At the end of 2013 Russia approved long-awaited legislative amendments liberalizing its export regulations for liquefied natural gas ("LNG"). While the amendments are limited in scope, applying only to exporters that meet...more

Prospects for Development of an Asian LNG Trading Hub

The Asian market has traditionally been home to the world's largest LNG consumers, with Japan and Korea collectively consuming 52% of all LNG exported in 2012. Coupled with growing energy demands in the emerging economies of...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Prospects for Development of an Asian LNG Trading Hub: Given the scale of LNG imports into Asia and in light of the efforts of different Asian countries in developing their own LNG trading...more

LNG Tolling Agreements (Export) – Key Considerations

LNG projects are structured in a variety of ways. There is no standard structure; however, the tolling model has been used in several recent LNG export projects. In terms of the tolling model, considerations highlighted in...more

DOE Issues Order on Freeport Expansion Application to Export LNG to Non-FTA Countries

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order (available here) authorizing Freeport LNG Expansion, LP; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC;...more

The DOE Continues to Approve the Expansion of U.S. Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Non-FTA Countries

This year we have seen the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) move relatively quickly to approve applications for authorization to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

Proposed Revision to the Gas Export Law in Russia

On 6 November 2013, the Russian government submitted to the Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian legislature) a bill aiming to amend the Federal Law 'On the Expert of Gas', broadening the entities who may undertake natural...more

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clarifies its Position on Modification or Revocation of DOE Liquefied Natural Gas Export...

Last month, Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Grant of the DOE clarified DOE’s current views with respect to the grounds under which it could revoke a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorization. In a letter1 dated...more

DOE Issues Fourth Order Authorizing Export of LNG to Non-FTA Nations from the Lower-48

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP ("Cove Point") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Cove Point LNG Terminal, in...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 12, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; International;...more

REGULATORY: Environmental: Viewing DOE's Conditional Authorization of Freeport LNG Export Project Through an Environmental Lens

On May 17, 2013, the Department of Energy ("DOE") ended its nearly two-year long hiatus from authorizing projects for the export of liquefied natural gas ("LNG") when it granted a conditional authorization of the Freeport LNG...more

Washington Energy Update - April/May 2013

In This Issue: - DOE Begins to Authorize Pending LNG Export Applications — Cautiously - Senators Want to Extend Master Limited Partnerships to Renewables - FERC Takes on Formula Rate Protocols - Energy...more

DOE Issues Second LNG Export License for Non-FTA Countries

On May 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued an order authorizing the Freeport LNG Terminal (“Freeport”) in Quintana Island, Texas to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to nations with which the United...more

Senate Energy Committee Debates Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing yesterday on Opportunities and Challenges for Natural Gas and heard testimony from a distinguished panel of industry, government, academic, and environmental...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Transactions: U.S. LNG Exports: The DOE’s Studies and the Status of Pending Non-FTA Export Applications

Cheniere’s proposed LNG export project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is currently the only proposed U.S. project that has received an authorization from the Department of Energy (“DOE”) to export LNG to countries with which...more

Washington Energy Update - December 2012/January 2013

In This Issue: - Congress Keeps Wind Credit Alive, Adds New “Begin Construction” Requirement - FERC Approves NERC’s “Bright-Line” BES; Revised Rules of Procedure - Exercising Its Muscle—Enforcement Actions by the...more

REGULATORY: International Trade: Energy Discrimination And International Rules In Hard Times: What’s New This Time Around, And...

International trade and investment in the energy sector takes place in a framework of treaties based on the conviction that all boats rise on the tide of free trade and underpinned by legal obligations, including the...more

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