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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

D.C. Circuit Rejects Petitions Challenging Proposed NY-NJ Gas Pipeline

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed petitions brought by the City of Jersey City, NJ, and various environmental organizations challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ("FERC") order granting a...more

D.C. Circuit Rules that FERC May Not Segment Its Evaluation of the Environmental Impact of Related Natural Gas Pipeline...

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it segmented its evaluation of the...more

FERC Adopts New Methodology to Determine Electric Utility ROE

In a long-awaited decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 19, 2014, revised its methodology for determining the rate of return on common equity (ROE) used to establish cost-based rates of public utilities...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE ENR COMMITTEE VOTES TO APPROVE FERC NOMINEES, KEYSTONE XL BILL - On Wednesday, June 18, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee held a business meeting in executive...more

D.C. Circuit Ruling Has Potential Implications for Natural Gas Pipeline and LNG Projects Under FERC Environmental Review

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected certain portions of an environmental analysis conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission"). This...more

More Pipeline Development Projects: What America Needs

National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) challenges to pipeline projects and other natural gas infrastructure have become a commonplace tool in recent years for environmental groups seeking to defeat or delay midstream...more

Tennessee Gas Decision: Oil & Gas Implications

On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the FERC violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by improperly "segmenting" its NEPA analysis of a four-part upgrade to Tennessee Gas...more

D.C. Circuit to FERC: Environmental Review of “Related” Pipeline Expansion Projects Must Consider Cumulative Effects, Even After...

On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, that could significantly impact efforts to expand...more

DOE Proposes to Alter Its Review Process for LNG Export Applications

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it proposes to revamp the order in which it will process applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The DOE also stated that it will conduct a...more

D.C. Circuit Court Requires FERC To Consolidate its NEPA Review of Nominally Separate Interstate Gas Pipeline Projects

On June 6, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted improperly in separately analyzing the environmental impacts of several nominally separate...more

Natural Gas & Electric Industry Coordination Efforts Advance Through NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Forum After Recent FERC...

The natural gas and electric industries have been a buzz since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued its March 20, 2014 Orders focused on improving the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline...more

Propane: winter shortages in 2014

Propane is widely used as a fuel -- but shortages this past winter led to an unprecedented emergency in the eyes of federal regulators. Propane is a hydrocarbon produced as a byproduct from natural gas processing and crude...more

FERC Issues NOPR Regarding Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities

At the March open meeting, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in which it proposed changes to the Gas Day and pipeline nominations schedule (Docket No. RM14-2-000, 146 FERC ¶ 61,201). The NOPR is part of the...more

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

FERC Provides Important Guidance Regarding Confidentiality Agreements and “Duty to Support” Clauses

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post describing a FERC order that, for the first time ever, would have allowed an interstate oil pipeline to grant preferential rates and capacity rights to shippers making volume commitments through...more

FERC Rejects Preferential Rates and Capacity Rights for Committed Shippers on Pre-Existing Oil Pipeline Capacity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on March 20, 2014, rejecting Colonial Pipeline Company’s (Colonial) petition for a declaratory order (PDO) that, for the first time ever, would have allowed an...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

FERC Reaffirms Reliance on “Committed Shipper” Rate Agreements for Oil Pipelines

The Commission emphasizes that a committed shipper negotiated rate’s deviation from cost-of-service does not overturn the presumption that the rate is just and reasonable....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 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

FERC Issues Order Asserting Jurisdiction over Ethane Pipelines Under the Interstate Commerce Act

On December 31, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), in a case of first impression, confirmed its jurisdiction over and its intention to regulate the economic and operational aspects of the interstate...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

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

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