Cleared by Feds, $8.5 Billion in Pipeline Projects Now Face State Hurdles

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the controversial Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipeline projects denying requests for broader reviews and evidentiary hearings. Recent setbacks due to state decisions and court rulings have now drawn attention to state battlegrounds in pipeline approvals. FERC's apparent inclination to supplant state decisions adds to concerns over jurisdictional issues.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Cleared by Feds, $8.5 Billion in Pipeline Projects Now Face State Hurdles

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the controversial Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipeline projects denying requests for broader reviews and evidentiary hearings. Recent setbacks due to state decisions and court rulings have now drawn attention to state battlegrounds in pipeline approvals. FERC's apparent inclination to supplant state decisions adds to concerns over jurisdictional issues.

Court Rejects FERC’s Gas Pipeline Approval for Failing to Consider Emissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project – a three-part interstate pipeline – over concerns of inadequate review of greenhouse gas emissions. The decision comes while the Trump administration strives to streamline infrastructure permitting, and could broaden the scope of environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act for pipeline projects and other energy infrastructure.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Court Rejects FERC’s Gas Pipeline Approval for Failing to Consider Emissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project – a three-part interstate pipeline – over concerns of inadequate review of greenhouse gas emissions. The decision comes while the Trump administration strives to streamline infrastructure permitting, and could broaden the scope of environmental reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act for pipeline projects and other energy infrastructure.

Halt of Kemper Coal Gasification Project Deals Blow to Carbon Capture and Storage

Mississippi regulators require the Kemper coal plant – hailed as the first large-scale clean coal facility – to run only on natural gas ending a seven year effort to demonstrate the viability of clean coal technology. The project's failure is a major setback for carbon capture and storage (CCS), particularly given the interest to save the coal industry under the Trump administration. The Kemper plant’s switch to natural gas is part of a broader trend caused by low-cost, low-carbon natural gas, making it difficult for expensive technologies to compete. Faced with adverse economics, the prospects of CCS will likely depend on the policy environment.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Halt of Kemper Coal Gasification Project Deals Blow to Carbon Capture and Storage

Mississippi regulators require the Kemper coal plant – hailed as the first large-scale clean coal facility – to run only on natural gas ending a seven year effort to demonstrate the viability of clean coal technology. The project's failure is a major setback for carbon capture and storage (CCS), particularly given the interest to save the coal industry under the Trump administration. The Kemper plant’s switch to natural gas is part of a broader trend caused by low-cost, low-carbon natural gas, making it difficult for expensive technologies to compete. Faced with adverse economics, the prospects of CCS will likely depend on the policy environment.

2017 State Legislative Action Calls for Greater Energy Diversity

Legislation enacted across states in 2017 calls for greater diversity in power sources—from expanding renewables to supporting nuclear and natural gas infrastructure. However, there is a clear trend showing the intent to prioritize clean energy and climate policy. States in the forefront of grid modernization plans continue to support renewable development while others are following their models as a way to emulate effective policies.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – State Legislation Update: 6/2017

Legislation enacted across states in 2017 calls for greater diversity in power sources—from expanding renewables to supporting nuclear and natural gas infrastructure. However, there is a clear trend showing the intent to prioritize clean energy and climate policy. States in the forefront of grid modernization plans continue to support renewable development while others are following their models as a way to emulate effective policies.

Energy Policy Executive Order Bolsters Fossil Fuel Industry

President Trump has signed a sweeping executive order aimed to undo multiple climate regulations and agency actions that potentially burden the development of domestically produced energy resources. The most noted action of the order is a review of the Clean Power Plan, a central piece of the Obama administration’s climate agenda. The order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing and calls for a review of existing regulations, including those governing hydraulic fracturing and methane emissions, which could significantly impact the oil and gas industry in the long term.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Energy Policy Executive Order Bolsters Fossil Fuel Industry

President Trump has signed a sweeping executive order aimed to undo multiple climate regulations and agency actions that potentially burden the development of domestically produced energy resources. The most noted action of the order is a review of the Clean Power Plan, a central piece of the Obama administration’s climate agenda. The order also lifts the moratorium on federal coal leasing and calls for a review of existing regulations, including those governing hydraulic fracturing and methane emissions, which could significantly impact the oil and gas industry in the long term.

Pennsylvania Proposes Methane Regulations beyond Federal Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new and revised general permits, as well as revisions to an air quality permit exemption to reduce methane and other emissions at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas operations. The proposals come at a time when Congress is moving towards repealing a federal methane rule, drawing attention to state actions.

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Pennsylvania Proposes Methane Regulations beyond Federal Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new and revised general permits, as well as revisions to an air quality permit exemption to reduce methane and other emissions at well sites and compressor stations associated with natural gas operations. The proposals come at a time when Congress is moving towards repealing a federal methane rule, drawing attention to state actions.