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FERC Decision Rejects Oil Pipeline's Petition for Declaratory Order Approving Contract Rates, Special Prorationing Methodologies...

FERC recently issued a decision in which, for the first time, it denied an oil pipeline's petition for a declaratory order seeking FERC's approval of the pipeline's proposed rate structure and terms of service, prorationing...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights - Taking the Road Best Travelled? CFE seeks electric-gas "convergence" - Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER -...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 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

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - March 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Items - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: California Independent System Operator...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

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

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

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 - November 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Certificate Items: C-1: Revisions to Auxiliary Installations, Replacement...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - October 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Excerpt from Gas Items: G-1: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, Docket Nos. RP12-514-000, -001, RP11-1566-013, RP11-2066-002...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE HEARING ON HYDROCARBON AGREEMENT - The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on Tuesday, October 1 to consider two bills that would...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - September 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the...more

FERC’s BP America Manipulation Show Cause And Proposed $28 Million Penalty Highlights The Interrelationship Between CFTC And FERC...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) August 5, 2013, $28 million show cause order against BP America Inc. and other BP affiliates highlights the interrelationship between the Commodity Futures Trading Commission...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

FERC Accuses BP of Market Manipulation

On August 5, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty, directing BP America Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc., BP America Production Company, and...more

Washington Energy Update - June/July 2013

In This Issue: - Bipartisan Bill Seeks Short and Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste Storage - President Announces Regulatory Approach to Reduce Carbon Emissions - FERC Extends Refund Obligations to...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

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

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - May 2013

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s May 16, 2013 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on May 9, 2013. Agenda items E-3, E-13, E-17 have not been summarized as they...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2013

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - Oil & Gas Litigation: New Decision May Impede Fracking on Federal Land - Intellectual Property: Non-Practicing Entities (Patent Trolls) Target Oil and Gas...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - April 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: A-1: Docket No. AD02-7-000 This administrative item...more

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