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  • Foreign Allies Urge Congress for LNG Exports in Letter

    In a letter to Congress, seven ambassadors from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to the United States urged lawmakers to expedite the project approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities so that their countries can begin to receive the long-anticipated energy source before the winter months. The letter, which was signed by ambassadors from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, specifically pointed to the national security benefits of U.S. LNG exports referencing Europe’s current dependency on Russia. As the letter says: “These exports result in greater liquidity to the global natural gas market and have the potential to provide diversity of sources, suppliers and routes thus to a greater energy security in our part of Europe, a region for long dominated by an external state-controlled gas supplier, ready to use energy as a political weapon.” With the ability to transfer LNG from developed terminals in Lithuania and Poland, these countries in the CEE have been hopeful for Congress’ action to rectify the bureaucratic red tape that constricts the current permitting process. But without lawmakers help to establish new deadlines and processes for these applications, Europe may continue to remain in the grasp of Russia Read more

  • New Report Emphasizes the Benefits of U.S. LNG for Foreign Markets

    A recently published report from French think tank, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (Ifri), reemphasizes the importance of American liquefied natural gas (LNG) in today’s competitive energy market calling it a game changer. Specifically, the author, Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe, argues that even though low prices have caused projects to slow down, the flexibility of U.S. LNG still provides an advantage over foreign competitors. Throughout the study, Cornot-Gandolphe focuses on how U.S. LNG exports would benefit Europe saying it “provides Europe with a greater security of supply” especially in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. And with the continued growth of U.S. LNG, the security of European gas supply also increases. As Cornot-Gandolphe stated: “[U.S. LNG] has considerable implications for the security of European gas supply and its competitiveness, whether the LNG comes onto the European market or not.” However, Cornot-Gandolphe does mention that if Europe is to truly take advantage of the incoming LNG, then Europe should begin constructing the “missing infrastructure” in order to ensure that each country has access to the clean fossil fuel. Cornot-Gandolphe also points out that U.S. LNG isn’t just good for Europe. In fact, until recently, U.S. LNG exports have been focused on Latin American, Read more

  • The Fight Isn’t Over Yet

    Over the past week, Congress’ energy conference committee has continued its debate on the two energy bills that would modernize our nation’s energy policy. This discussion is crucial for our nation’s energy future. Both bills contain wide-sweeping policy that touches on an array of important issues including renewable energy, the nation’s electrical grid, and other infrastructure needs, but more importantly, the pieces include language that is key to our energy security. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is in high demand throughout the world, and with advancements of new technology, the U.S. has access to an abundance of it. However, bureaucratic red tape ties up export applications for years – to the detriment of American businesses and workers. Thankfully, as mentioned, both the House and Senate draft legislation, contain language that would expedite export applications by placing a fixed timeline on the Department of Energy (DOE) to approve the permits. Now lawmakers just need to finish pushing forward and work together towards a final agreement. With the lifting of the crude oil exports ban last year, America must continue to maintain its energy lead or else face the realities of being too slow in the global market. As Mark Perry mentioned in an US Read more

  • The Time to Act is Now

    It was rise and grind for Congress this week as lawmakers returned to the nation’s capital after a seven week recess. And with only a short period of time before Congress vacates the city once again to resume the election season, members and their staff are working fast and furious to complete lengthy to-do lists. One such item is a piece of legislation that would modernize the nation’s energy policy for the first time in more than a decade, and, more importantly, help streamline approvals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications. As we all know, the United States is booming with natural resources. Thanks to advanced technology and emerging markets, U.S. energy is demanded everywhere. Last year, Congress recognized the opportunity and agreed to lift the ban on crude oil exports. Now, Congress must continue to modernize our policies to match our energy landscape by enacting legislation that would spur an even larger opportunity for the U.S. – LNG exports. Currently, LNG export applications are being tied up in the approval process by the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Over time this procedure has become so bogged down that some export applications have taken over Read more

  • Let’s Move The Energy Bill Conference Forward and Open Up LNG Exports

    With Congress back from one of the longest vacations in more than half a century, it’s time to get back to work on some overdue items that were left languishing during the summer recess. Just before the break, the Senate voted to enter into a formal conference with the House to negotiate final provisions within the two Chambers’ competing energy modernization bills. While movement toward compromise is progress, one bipartisan policy shift vital to America’s continued energy growth has gotten caught in the crosshairs of disagreements between Senate Democrats and House Republicans: liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. There is currently language in both bills that would streamline regulatory wait times for LNG export permits by mandating a specific timeline to approve project applications currently tied up in the bureaucratic process somewhere between the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Some of these applications have been pending for years, including an application for a terminal in Savannah, Ga., that was just approved after pending for more than 1,000 days. During the past year, both chambers have recognized the necessity of modernizing policies to reflect the U.S. position as the world’s leading producer of energy, yet LNG export applications continue to Read more