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Energy Industry Target of Cyber-Attacks and Congressional Efforts to Bolster Security

Cybersecurity of the electric power grid and energy sector as a whole has been the subject of heightened Congressional attention given the integral role the industry plays in our economy. According to a 2015 U.S. Senate committee report, nearly one-third of reported cyber-attacks involve the energy sector. Not surprisingly, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) has introduced … Continue reading

Natural Gas & Electricity Interdependency Update: FERC’s Third Quarterly Report on Gas-Electric Coordination

            Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) November 15, 2012 Order Directing Further Conferences and Reports, the FERC Staff issued its third Gas-Electric Coordination Quarterly Report to the Commission  (“Third Quarterly Report”) on September 19, 2013, which provides updates on coordination efforts for the period June 2013 through August 2013 via FERC initiatives, regional initiatives, … Continue reading »

Barriers to Cooperation between the CFTC and FERC Hinder Investigations into Energy Market Manipulation – A Legislative Fix May be on the Horizon

            The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has initiated investigations into energy market manipulation in the last two years that have resulted in nearly $1 billion in penalties and profit disgorgements from companies and traders.  See our previous posts here, here, and  here.  Despite the significant enforcement efforts undertaken thus far, FERC Chairman Wellinghoff recently identified additional … Continue reading »

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Going With the Flow: A Shift in the Direction of Natural Gas Flow Presents Pipelines and Gas-Fired Electricity Generators with Gas Quality Challenges

In our Going With the Flow series, we are discussing the evolution of policy related to the recent bi-directional flow of natural gas that has resulted from an increased supply of gas in the Northern and Eastern regions of the United States.  In our previous “Going With the Flow” post, we discussed the traditional backhaul … Continue reading »

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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. 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 […]