Visual Primer: Natural Gas Planning Being Reshaped by Policies Centered on Climate-Focused Energy Future

Ongoing state initiatives to transition to a low-carbon future and new actions from the federal level are impacting natural gas utilities’ long-term planning strategies. The challenge for utilities is to adapt to the changing policy landscape, evolving in ways that contribute to decarbonization.

U.S. Energy Department Extends Third Set of Natural Gas Export Authorizations Through 2050

The U.S. Energy Department on Dec. 10 announced the extension of the terms of seven long-term liquefied natural gas export projects through 2050. This marks the third set of extensions since the agency issued a policy statement in July establishing the extension, changing the prior practice of granting 20-year terms. The department extended the terms…...

U.S. Energy Department Announces First Extensions of Natural Gas Export Terms Through 2050

The U.S. Energy Department on Oct. 21 granted seven applications extending the terms of long-term liquefied natural gas export authorizations to non-free trade countries through 2050, in accordance with a policy statement issued in July. The policy, which marks a change from the prior practice of granting 20-year export terms, also allows existing applicants to…...

U.S. Natural Gas Exports Decline Amid Economic Slowdown Caused by COVID-19: EIA

U.S. net natural gas exports continued to grow in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, but began to decline in spring 2020 due to the global economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures, according to a Sept. 15 report from the U.S. Energy Information…...

Trump Administration Overhauls Environmental Review Process for Infrastructure Projects

The White House Council on Environmental Quality on July 16 updated regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act, the first comprehensive revision since 1978. The move seeks to facilitate timely reviews under the law, which requires federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts of major actions. The rule creates a time limit of one year…...

Natural Gas Markets Driven by Regional Factors Compared to Crude Oil: EIA

Natural gas markets have a tendency to react to regional factors while crude oil markets respond swiftly and most times drastically to world events, according to a April 29 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The correlation of daily price movements across the West Texas Intermediate, or WTI, and Brent are typically above 0.90…....

FERC Approves Jordan Cove LNG Project Despite State Permit Denials

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 19 conditionally approved the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project and the associated Pacific Connector pipeline in Oregon. The approval is conditioned on the project qualifying for state permits, but Oregon regulators have declined several key regulatory approvals. The LNG terminal would be located in Coos County,…...

NextDecade Receives FERC Approval for Rio Grand LNG Terminal and Pipeline in Texas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized the siting, construction and operation of NextDecade LNG LLC’s proposed Rio Grande liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Brownsville, Texas and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline, according to the Nov. 22 order. The project would have a nominal production capacity of up to 27 million metric tonnes per…

FERC Issues Final Environmental Study for Jordan Cove LNG Terminal and 230-Mile Pipeline Project

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a final environmental impact statement for the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas project and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, set to be the first natural gas export facility on the U.S. West Coast, stating it would result in some adverse long-term and permanent impacts on the environment, according to…

Venture Global LNG’s Plaquemines Export Project Wins U.S. Energy Department Approval

The U.S. Energy Department authorized Venture Global Plaquemines LNG LLC to export liquefied natural gas equivalent to 3.4 billion cubic feet per day from its proposed export facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana to countries with non-free trade agreement for a term of 20 years, according to an Oct. 16 order. With this project, the agency…

Department of Energy Authorizes LNG Exports from $500 million Eagle LNG Project in Florida

The U.S. Department of Energy issued an order to Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, L.P. approving exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Eagle Jacksonville Project, according to an October 4 press release. Under the order, Eagle LNG will have the authority to export up to 0.14 billion cubic feet per day of…

FERC Creates LNG Division to Expand Oversight of Export Projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 23 announced the formation of the Division of LNG Facility Review & Inspection to manage the growing number and complexity of proposals to develop liquefied natural gas export terminals. The new division, which will be a part of the agency’s Office of Energy Projects, will include 20 existing…