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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

An RTO for Gas?

On April 1, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a technical conference on “Winter 2013-2014 Operations and Market Performance in Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators.”...more

FERC Issues a NOPR Reforming Gas Day and Two Orders to Improve Natural Gas – Electric Generation Industry Coordination

On March 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and two separate, but related, Orders to improve the coordination of scheduling natural gas pipeline capacity to...more

FERC Proposes Reforms to Improve Gas-Electric Coordination

Through a trilogy of orders, FERC seeks to reform the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline capacity with electricity markets. Electric generators’ increased reliance on natural gas in recent years...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Continuing Uncertainty About the Exercise of Eminent Domain in Pennsylvania

The proliferation of unconventional natural gas production in the last few years has been an economic and energy boom to Pennsylvania and other key stakeholders, like local municipalities, exploration and production firms,...more

FERC Enforcement Director Calls For Legislative Fix To Address Hunter Decision

On January 15, 2014, Mr. Norman Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection...more

FERC Order No. 790: Rulemaking Addressing Construction and Maintenance Activities of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

On November 22, 2013, FERC issued a rulemaking order (Order No. 790) clarifying and modifying the Commission's regulations applicable to interstate natural gas pipelines' minor construction and maintenance activities. ...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2014

In This Issue: - Argentina: A Step-by-Step Walk on the Road toward the Shale Miracle? Although with caution, investors are responding to shale oil and gas projects in the "Vaca Muerta" play located in the...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

House Passes Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Pipeline Permits

On November 21, 2013, the House voted 252-165 in favor of H.R. 1900, also known as the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (“Act”), to expedite the process for obtaining a pipeline permit from the Federal Energy...more

Natural Gas & Electricity Interdependency Update: FERC’s Third Quarterly Report on Gas-Electric Coordination

Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) November 15, 2012 Order Directing Further Conferences and Reports, the FERC Staff issued its third Gas-Electric Coordination Quarterly Report to the Commission ...more

Rep. McKinley Introduces Legislation to Exempt Certain Natural Gas Facilities from Regulation under the Natural Gas Act

On September 27, 2013, Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) introduced H.R. 3208 (To clarify that certain natural gas facilities are not subject to the Natural Gas Act). The proposed legislation is intended to eliminate barriers to...more

FERC Addresses Fuel Obligations of Capacity Resources in ISO New England

A capacity resource may not take economic outages, but a resource may be considered physically unavailable if it cannot obtain natural gas or transportation. On August 27, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 30, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: solar 'is going to overtake everything' -- Green Tech Solar News - Aug 22: If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of the rapidly changing...more

DOE Conditionally Approves Lake Charles Terminal LNG Exports to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations

On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) issued an Order Conditionally Granting Long-Term Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Lake Charles...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

FERC Lays Groundwork for Open Communication Between Natural Gas and Electric Industries

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on July 18, 2013, is proposing to facilitate increased coordination between electric transmission operators and natural gas pipelines....more

House Subcommittee Approves Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting

On July 10, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900) to ensure that federal agencies expeditiously review and act on...more

FERC Will Issue Data Requests to Natural Gas Marketers

On November 14, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on what changes, if any, should be made to its regulations under the natural gas market transparency...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - June 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: A-1: Docket No. AD02-1-000 - This administrative docket is for...more

Energy Insight: New England - The Poster Child For Electricity And Natural Gas Issues

On May 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a meeting in Washington, DC focused on coordination between the natural gas and electric generation industries. ...more

House Bill Would Speed Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting

Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has introduced a bill (H.R. 1900) that would expedite the permitting of new interstate natural gas pipelines. Such projects require approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 6, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Interior; Department of Defense; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Federal Energy...more

REGULATORY: D.C. Regulatory: FERC Investigations in the Wake of D.C. Circuit’s Hunter Ruling

On March 15, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) a major setback in its enforcement efforts by ruling that FERC had encroached on the exclusive jurisdiction of the...more

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