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  • Recognizing the Security Benefits, FY 2017 NDAA Includes LNG Exports

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes important language to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals. Not only would this provision streamline the application process, but it would also encourage U.S. LNG exports that will bolster the economy and strengthen American global energy security. In thanking members of the House, API Executive Vice President Louis Finkel expressed his support for today’s actions: “U.S. LNG exports will create American jobs, significantly strengthen the global energy marketplace, and bolster our strategic alliances. Today’s action by the U.S. House of Representatives to approve LNG exports provisions as part of the defense authorization bill further cements the critical role U.S. energy plays at home and abroad.” Passage of the NDAA highlights the building urgency for the U.S. to come to a solution on natural gas exports. And while the activity in the House shows bicameral agreement among both chambers that LNG exports is a priority, the House should also not lose sight of the larger opportunity at hand and should work to finalize the ongoing concession between the House and Senate on the Senate Energy Read more

  • The Realities of Russia’s Gas War

    “Overstated” and “dead wrong” are the two words Nikos Tsafos, president and chief analyst of Enalytica, used to describe the geopolitical argument of exporting U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe in a recent opinion piece in Foreign Affairs. According to Tsafos, the U.S. is obsessing too much on the impacts American natural gas will bring to the European Union. The complexity of Europe’s energy market is a challenging hurdle. But the flaw in Tsafos’ argument is ultimately failing to understand the strong nature of Russia’s hold on the region. Using energy as a political weapon has been Russia’s specialty since disputes between the country and Ukraine became heated several years ago. Western countries first suspected Russia of turning off midwinter gas shipments back in 2005-2006 in order to punish Ukraine for the 2004 Orange Revolution. But tempers really flared in 2009 when gas supplies to Ukraine were turned off due to nonpayment to Russia. Unfortunately, the impacts of this cut off were also felt outside its southern neighbor’s borders. Croatia, Serbia, France, and Austria were all left with frosty houses, not to mention attitudes, while both Russia and Ukraine suffered severe economic impacts. Today, Russia continues to export about Read more

  • No More Time for Application Delays

    Investors continue to focus on the long-term benefits of natural gas and specifically the increasing appetite for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Companies, recognizing this need, continue to submit applications to the federal government for LNG export terminal facilities. Yet, due to an open-ended review process, these significant opportunities slip down the rabbit hole in a permit process riddled with bureaucratic red tape and delays. Recognizing the loss of economic and geopolitical benefits LNG exports could bring to the United States, the Senate recently passed energy policy legislation that includes language expediting LNG project applications. Specifically, the Department of Energy (DOE) would be held to a 45-day deadline to issue decisions on existing permit applications.  The House passed its own energy bill with similar LNG language last year. Yet, due to typical Congressional gridlock, we could run out of time to pass this important piece of legislation before year’s end. Countless opportunities await the U.S. as a result of LNG exports. Not only will the economic benefits positively impact job growth and GDP, but there is an opportunity to help diversify our foreign allies’ energy supply. But instead of embracing these opportunities, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and DOE Read more

  • Investment Opportunities with LNG

    Recently G7 energy ministers met to discuss an array of energy issues including the increasing impacts of low oil and gas prices on future project investments and the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a clean source of fossil fuels. This discussion between the U.S., Germany, France, the U.K., Italy, Canada, and Japan stressed the importance of continued investments in energy diversification, despite the decline in oil and gas prices, in order to ensure that energy needs are acquired in a fair and secure market. This concern was conveyed during the meeting by climate action and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete who pointed out that the oil and gas price slump makes it harder to invest in new energy projects worldwide.  “The global and European energy climate challenges will not go away, and certainly not as a result of lower energy prices,” Canete said. Therefore the G7 “must work together on the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system, and this will require significant investment.” Fortunately, markets are starting to converge making it easier for countries, particularly in the EU, to choose the source of their energy while the demand for LNG will rise 50% by Read more

  • A Leap into LNG’s Future

    After years of booming success in domestic gas production, the United States is finally making steps to ease the buildup of liquefied natural gas in our nation. Last week, following three months of delay, the U.S. Senate finally approved a sweeping bipartisan energy bill that modernizes U.S. energy policy. The first comprehensive bill in almost a decade contains a long list of policy items, but one of its most important provisions would require expedited review of applications to export U.S. LNG. This provision is critical to freeing up the backlog of applications to export natural gas that are currently under review at the Department of Energy (DOE). And at a time when the U.S. is the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas, it’s important that Congress sends a strong message to the DOE emphasizing the crucial need to export American’s abundant natural gas. Laws and bureaucratic red tape have prevented the U.S. from realizing the many benefits of oil and natural gas exports. However, Congress has finally addressed these flawed restrictions and America’s need to be an active participant in the global marketplace. As a result, Congress took the first step to freeing up our natural resources last Read more