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Two Steps Forward Towards U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exportation: Are We Moving Far Enough and Fast Enough?

            On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States (“non-FTA countries”).  This is the third U.S. facility to be approved to export LNG to non-FTA countries and […]

FERC Investigations into Energy Market Manipulation Make an Impression With Record Penalties Imposed on Companies and Individuals

            The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement has made an impression with its most recent efforts to police the integrity of energy markets and ferret out fraud and market manipulation.  We discussed the magnitude of FERC’s probes into these areas over the past year and half in our previous post, The Energy […]

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The Dodd-Frank Burden the Energy Industry Must Bear: Will the SEC Lighten the Load Following a Federal Court’s Vacatur of Its Rule Requiring Oil & Natural Gas Companies to Publicly Disclose Payments to the U.S. & Foreign Governments?

            The Dodd-Frank Act has significantly affected the energy industry, with the ultimate implications of the Act’s reforms remaining to be seen.  Recent discussion has surrounded Section 1504’s requirement that companies disclose the type and total amount of payments made to foreign (and the U.S.) governments in connection with projects for the commercial development of […]

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FERC News Release re Communication Between Gas Pipelines and Electric Utilities

Today, FERC proposed to remove potential barriers to communication between interstate pipelines and electric transmission operators to promote reliable service and operational planning. Along those lines, the Commission issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) providing explicit authority to pipelines and electric utilities to voluntarily share non-public, operational information they determine would promote reliable services. […]

Legislative Update: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Act and Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 Among Three Energy Bills To Be Voted On By Full U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee

            On July 9-10, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power held hearings, a markup, and a vote regarding several pieces of energy legislation, including H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Act, and H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013, and H.R. 83, which […]

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The State of Natural Gas and Electric Interdependency: FERC’s 2nd Quarterly Update on Natural Gas-Electric Coordination

            During the first two quarters of this year we have seen substantial activity at the national and regional levels focused on the interdependency of the natural gas and electric industries.  The increasing interdependence of these energy resources stems from the proliferation of electricity generators that are fueled by natural gas and has prompted the […]

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Global Investigations Into Oil Benchmark Price Manipulation

            In the last several weeks, the European Union’s investigation into potential manipulation of oil benchmark pricing has illuminated the global impact of activity in the energy markets and related policy development.  The EU investigation, headed by the European Commissioner for Competition, is looking into whether there has been coordinated and collusive manipulation of benchmark […]

Our Move Towards Energy Exportation: The U.S. Senate Explores Natural Gas Exports Following the DOE’s Approval for a Second Facility to Export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Non-FTA Countries

            On May 21, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources held the Full Committee Forum: Domestic Supply and Exports to discuss the U.S. supply and export of natural gas.  The Senate Committee’s natural gas roundtable followed the U.S. Department of Energy’s May 17th approval of the second facility to export liquefied […]

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Our Move Towards Energy Exportation: The U.S. Department of Energy Approves a Second Facility to Export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Non-FTA Countries

            With the increasing supply of domestic natural gas, there is a growing consensus that liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) exports represent an opportunity for the United States to become a major player in the global energy sector.  The last couple of weeks have seen developments that may move our country closer to becoming a major […]

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The Energy Markets Under a Microscope: Government Investigations into Market Manipulation

            The paths of the energy industry and probing government investigations are crossing more and more often, as regulators and legislators have made it a priority to ensure the integrity of energy markets.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), Office of Enforcement has made fraud and market manipulation one of its top four priorities, prompting […]

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