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  • US LNG – 1; Russia LNG – 0

    With the threat of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States reaching one of Russia’s largest energy markets, Europe, Russia-owned Gazprom is seeking to push American LNG elsewhere. Luckily for the U.S., this news proves that American LNG is finally making ripples in the global energy market. Earlier this year, the first LNG exports from the lower 48 reached foreign shores – a momentous achievement for energy and foreign diplomacy. Proving that Russia no longer holds claim to its western neighbors, U.S. energy companies have continued to export the clean-burning energy to our allies that are in desperate demand for natural gas. At first, Gazprom predicted that “U.S. shale production didn’t pose a threat,” but now the company is formulating a plan to ensure its secure hold in Europe. But when asked about competition in markets from the U.S., Gazprom’s deputy chief executive, Alexander Medvedev stated “Russian gas sees no rivals.” An opinion that Medvedev obviously needs to overcome as American energy companies continue to pursue global markets through LNG exports. Even though the U.S. has been focused on meeting demands in Europe, other countries are also welcoming American LNG into their homes and businesses. Asia has one Read more

  • 40 More Reasons for LNG Exports

    In a recent piece The Denver Post editorial board threw its support behind the Oregon-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports project, Jordan Cove, after new information from the U.S. Geological Survey revealed there is a lot more natural gas under Colorado than previously thought – 40 times more to be exact. The Denver Post not only argues that market demand proves a need for LNG, but also that natural gas exports would bring economic and environmental benefits to Colorado and other western states. Since the shale boom swept the United States, Colorado has benefited from exponential economic growth. Job numbers have improved, businesses have grown, and investments have poured into local communities. However, as The Denver Post points out, Colorado’s residents “sometimes get a distorted picture of the state’s economic health.” Some areas, like Northwest Colorado, are suffering from the reduction of natural gas production and could desperately use an economic boost – something that the Jordan Cove could provide by fostering economic stability through export markets. Small businesses, which make up 97.6 percent of Colorado’s economy, also could use the support of new investment opportunities.  In The Business Times, chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Ray Read more

  • 1,000 Days Later…

    Due to our nation’s supply glut of natural gas, energy companies have been looking beyond our borders to foreign ports where demand for clean-burning natural gas is continuingly increasing. Realizing this opportunity, Kinder Morgan submitted an application in high hopes to turn their liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Elba Island into an export terminal to reach customers in Europe and Asia. Yet, their application status remained pending for years as a result of red tape in Washington while projects in other countries, like Australia, came online and dictated the LNG market. Fortunately, the longest pending application finally received approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this week after waiting more than 1,000 days for consent. This stamp of approval marks a big step forward in U.S. energy exports. Located at Elba Island, about five miles south of Savannah, the $2 billion project is scheduled to build 10 gas liquefaction units to ready gas for export by 2018. “The Elba Liquefaction Project stands to be a positive factor in the overall balance of trade between the U.S. and other countries, as well as generate significant local and state benefits for the Savannah area and Georgia,” Richard Wheatley Read more

  • Lawmakers Take the Next Step Towards Energy History

    As the rest of the country sets its sights on the long weekend, lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week secured a concession meeting between the Senate and House of Representatives on a long overdue energy modernization bill. Not only would this bipartisan bill aim to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure and improve job training in the energy field, but it would also make the permitting process for natural gas export projects more efficient. However, the effort from both parties and both chambers isn’t over yet. The House will now move forward in formally entering a conference with the Senate, which begins a new process to reconcile differences between the two competing energy bills (S 2012 and HR 8). And as of this morning, the House named their designees (24 Republicans and 16 Democrats) to the joint conference committee, including Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich) who has applauded the accomplishments thus far, saying: “This has been a multi-year, multi-Congress effort, and a lot of work has gone into making sure that the bill we put forward will support the future of American energy is truly comprehensive.” As negotiations continue, other energy exporting countries will also be eyeing Washington’s decision. The language that Read more

  • 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