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  • 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

  • Senate Energy Bill: Making a Comeback

    After months of negotiations, the Senate is finally moving past the gridlock that was stalling the much-needed “Energy Policy Modernization Act.” Senators reached a deal earlier this week to bring the comprehensive energy package to the floor as early as this week. Given the critical modernizations this bill would bring to the energy industry, this is good news for our nation’s energy future. The bill—which carried bipartisan support for its sound and needed energy policy— will bolster energy efficiencies in federal buildings and create a stronger system of support for industry workers. It would also notably allow our nation’s natural gas supply to finally compete fairly in the global market. Under Section 2201, the U.S. Energy Secretary would be forced to decide on export applications (to non-free trade nations) no later than 45 days after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or the Maritime Administration has concluded its review. To note, there is currently no deadline for these review applications. Yes, that is just as inconvenient as it sounds.) But with this new protocol in place, applications for LNG export terminals would finally be streamlined and held to an accountable and timely review process. The benefits of this would be Read more

  • The Local, National, and Global Benefits of LNG Exports

    Recently, the United States joined the global race to export the world’s next great energy resource – liquefied natural gas (LNG) – with its first shipment from the lower 48 states. But as former acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Energy Department Jeffrey Kupfer points out, the world has been so focused on the fluctuating price of oil that most people missed, “one of the most important energy developments of the year.” In an op-ed published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 28, Kupfer notes that not only does that first LNG shipment, “reinforce America’s role as the leader in global energy production,” but it provides, “another tool for enhancing our relationships with allies, competing with our rivals, and improving our economic and national security.” Part of that economic security is the benefits LNG exports bring to states all across the country. In Pennsylvania alone, Kupfer argues that thanks to the Marcellus Shale boom, some communities have experienced an 8.7 percent in employment growth – an astounding number compared to just 0.6 percent in counties not tapped into Marcellus Shale operations. And while the U.S. economic benefits should be enough to get people excited about the future of natural gas, Read more

  • Federal Delays Could Cost the U.S. the LNG Race

    It seems that 2016 is the year for energy milestones throughout the world, and we’re not even half way finished with the year. For its part, the United States has played a role as tankers full of American crude oil, ethane, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) leave our shores bound for foreign ports. Whether it’s American entrepreneurship or technological innovation, the U.S. is now in the running to become a leader in global energy. Unfortunately, one market restriction still remains that could cost the U.S. the race. Currently countless LNG export terminal applications are languishing at FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE) waiting for approval before being allowed to move forward with export projects. This lengthy process is costing businesses, and the U.S., millions of dollars as these applications continue to be tied up by bureaucratic red tape. Recognizing the economic potential and energy security benefits LNG terminals could provide through its exports, the Senate has been debating an all-inclusive energy bill that will not only modernize America’s outdated energy policies, but includes language that would streamline the approval of these applications. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz even gave his seal of approval saying “the DOE could implement a shorter Read more

  • The Realities of Natural Gas and its Greenhouse Emissions

    As negotiations on the Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act continue, another study has been released by Rice University that once again emphasizes the benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG). However, this time the report focuses on an issue that has been argued many times over between those who support expanding the nation’s energy portfolio and those who oppose it on environmental grounds: the role of LNG and its effects of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The paper, written by environmental engineer Daniel Cohan and Rice University alumnus Shayak Sengupta, posed the question of when is the best scenario to use natural gas as a fuel source. Using their well-to-wire analysis, the authors found that “compared with coal power, new natural gas plants emit less than half as much greenhouse gas per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated.” The study also discovered that converting to natural-gas-burning furnaces and shipping LNG overseas would have a net environmental benefit (E&E News, 3/10/16, “Power generation is fuel’s most climate-friendly use – study,” by Pamela King). So what does that mean for our energy future? Thanks to the shale revolution and a transformation in technology, the U.S. is one of the leading producers of natural gas, leading to Read more