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Will the Commerce Department’s Approval to Export Condensate Change the World?

The reporting in late June of the Commerce Department’s private rulings that authorized two companies to export condensate has ignited discussions regarding the real prospect of changes in U.S. oil export policy. Industry participants reportedly have viewed the Commerce Department rulings as “a major opening for the U.S. energy industry, and not simply a technical tweak to … Continue reading »

Senate Confirmed Norman Bay, the incumbent FERC Enforcement Chief, as Commissioner and the next Chairman

Norman Bay will head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), and to those supporting his appointment, it has been a long time coming. The White House first attempted to replace former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff on June 27, 2013 with former Colorado utility regulator Ron Binz, who was on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources … Continue reading »

First FERC Workshop on Price Formation in RTO/ISO Markets Will Address Uplift Payments

Several weeks ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that in order to facilitate its evaluation of price formation in energy and ancillary services markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (“RTOs) and Independent System Operators (“ISOs”), it would schedule workshops to foster dialogue with the industry regarding the market rules and operational practices that affect … Continue reading »

EPA & SCOTUS on GHG: U.S. Supreme Court Makes a Statement on EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases as the Public Comment Period for EPA’s Clean Power Plan Gets Underway

The last few weeks have brought significant developments in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. On June 18, 2014, the EPA published for public comment a proposed rule to implement the Clean Power Plan that it announced on June 2, which seeks to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing … Continue reading »

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EPA & SCOTUS on GHG: EPA’s Proposed Rule on Emissions for Existing Sources Published for Comment & U.S. Supreme Court Makes a Statement on EPA’s Authority to Regulate GHG

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) June 2, 2014 revelation of its Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel powered electric generators (the “Plan”), it has garnered much attention and commentary both in support of the initiative to address climate change with a move towards clean energy (e.g., here) and … Continue reading »

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Senate Committee Passes Legislation Approving Keystone XL Pipeline and Pushes Full Senate Vote

On June 18, 2014, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources (“Committee”) passed in a 12-10 bi-partisan vote a bill that would approve TransCanada’s application to build Keystone XL pipeline, which has been pending government approval for years.  A recent cause for further delay in the approval process sprang from the February 2014 Nebraska … Continue reading »

House Subcommittee To Review EPA Emissions Plan

HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE TO REVIEW EPA EMISSIONS PLAN:  The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power announced that it will hold a hearing to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants during the week of June 16, 2014.  Additional information regarding the hearing will be … Continue reading »

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Review of Bill to Expedite LNG Export Approval

Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power reviewed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which was introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to expedite liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) exports to U.S. allies in the wake of Russia’s recent aggression.  The legislation is designed to grant immediate … Continue reading »

FERC – CFTC Interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently announced the formation of an interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group as one of the next steps to further coordination of the agencies’ energy market surveillance and enforcement efforts as required by the Dodd-Frank Act.  The working group will coordinate information … Continue reading »

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Hearing Series: “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century”

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Energy & Power Subcommittee recently held the second hearing in its series “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century.”  The hearing focused on fuel supply and infrastructure issues, including “the critical need for modern infrastructure to meet new challenges of increasing U.S. energy abundance, … Continue reading »

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