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In the Midst of Volatile Oil Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Still Expected to Rise in 2015

The rapid decline in crude oil prices has exerted global pressure on the energy industry and nations heavily dependent upon oil.  Russia is a glaring example, with the precarious state of its currency largely tied to the precipitous drop in oil prices this year.  In the midst of such volatility, the outlook for the U.S. … Continue reading »

Prompted by Congress, FERC Will Hold Technical Conferences to Examine EPA’s Clean Power Plan

We recently discussed the November letter request sent by Congressional energy committee leaders to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questioning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) collaboration, or lack thereof, with FERC in developing the Clean Power Plan.  The letter also requested that FERC hold technical conferences to explore relevant stakeholder positions regarding the Clean … Continue reading »

Natural Gas Pipelines to Bolster Bi-Directional Capacity in Northeast up to 32%, EIA Data Shows

By 2017, natural gas pipelines are projected to convert up to 32% of their pipeline capacity into the Northeast to support the bi-directional flow of natural gas out of the region to the South and West, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) December 2, 2014 report.  It is well known that the increased … Continue reading »

EIB Energy Highlights: SCOTUS Review of EPA Mercury Regs, LNG Exports, World Energy Outlook, New EPA Regs & More

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy Interdependency Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in energy policy, regulation, and related litigation. EIB Energy Highlights … Continue reading »

The Other Side of LNG Exports: Alaskan Exports to Free Trade Countries Approved

The capability of the U.S. to enter the global energy market as a net natural gas exporter has been the subject of much discussion, given the number of years that applications seeking approval to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. (“non-FTA countries”) have … Continue reading »

NAESB Response to FERC NOPR re: Coordinating Schedules of Natural Gas and Electricity Markets Subject to Public Comment until November 28th

Coordinating the scheduling of the natural gas and electricity markets has been a priority for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), given the increasing dependence of the electric industry on natural gas as a fuel source. In March, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making re: Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural … Continue reading »

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Natural Gas Infrastructure Development in Focus to Support Shift from Traditional Supply and Flow of Gas

Last year we started our discussion of the developing shift in flow of natural gas from the traditional South-to-North/West-to-East path to a North-to-South/East-to-West path as a result of the abundance of natural gas now being produced out of the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.  We highlighted the impact that this reversal in gas flow would … Continue reading »

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports from Louisiana and Florida Approved by DOE, While Alaska LNG Project Makes Progress

Shortly after finalizing its revised procedures for reviewing pending liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export applications, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued final authorizations for two facilities to export LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States (“non-FTA countries”).  You can read our previous post for details regarding changes … Continue reading »

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Keystone XL Pipeline Faced Scrutiny in Nebraska Supreme Court September 5, 2014 Hearing

The Keystone XL pipeline project faced a major hurdle in the Nebraska Supreme Court last Friday, as federal approval of the pipeline may be influenced by the court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the process by which the pipeline had gained approval to run through the state. The pipeline has been subject to delay for quite some … Continue reading »

The Future of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports under the Department of Energy’s Revised Review Process

During the last two years, we have seen the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) pick up the pace in granting conditional authorizations for companies to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States (“non-FTA countries”). Despite the DOE’s increased stride in reviewing outstanding applications, … Continue reading »

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