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  • The EU’s Goals Show Their Need for US LNG

    At a time of uncertain global gas demand, the European Union hopes that new efforts to secure a more stable energy system for its member states will bring confidence to third party country suppliers around the globe – starting with the United States. During talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU proposed an energy agreement that would allow the union to import natural gas from the U.S. without having to obtain a U.S. Department of Energy license for the shipments. This ambitious step is part of the EU’s new energy plan where the goal is to “attain secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for every European.” This proposal should not come as a surprise to the U.S. government or natural gas suppliers who are eager to enter Europe at a faster rate. When the first shipment of American LNG arrived in Portugal, many thought that the natural gas would keep arriving. But because of the EU’s lack of transport capability after the gas arrives at the import terminals and the decrease in demand from Asia, cargoes aren’t flowing as freely as expected. However, these obstacles will not be existent in the near future, as the EU Read more

  • A Step in the Right Direction

    The United States has not seen a broad energy policy bill since the Bush administration – an error that is threatening the country’s energy dependence and security due to a lack of modernization. Thankfully,   yesterday the Senate voted to enter into a formal conference with the House in order to negotiate their two competing energy policy bills. But unfortunately, hesitations on reaching a successful compromise remain strong with Senate Democrats, since the House’s energy bill contains language unfavorable to their energy goals. Luckily, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, agreed to go to conference, promising to rein in the House’s energy bill and remove any language that President Obama would veto. However, while movement toward compromise is a victory, certain policies vital to America’s energy growth should not come under fire during these discussions. Margo Thorning, of the American Council for Capital Formation elaborated on this specific provision in a statement: “The announcement that both chambers will finally move to conference on energy policy modernization legislation is both welcome and long overdue. Both the Senate and House have recognized the necessity of having an energy policy that reflects the United States’ position as Read more

  • An Advantage for U.S. Gulf Coast Terminals

    With over nine approved projects waiting to come online, the United States Gulf Coast is poised to become one of the world’s leading hubs for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, rivaling any other center in the world market. And even though multiple events over the past decade have changed the natural gas playing field, developments continue to unfold solidifying the U.S. as a leader in the LNG market. First, in 2006 the creation of new technology jump-started the U.S. shale boom and pushed the U.S. into the world of LNG as a new market player. Following this discovery, other countries also began flooding the world market as demand from Asian countries began to rise after the 2009 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Since then, the flood of available LNG resources into the market has increased so much that prices have started to decline. Specifically in the past year, the price of LNG has lowered by 40 to 50 percent around the globe excluding Canada and the U.S., and has started to equalize across all regions. Driven largely in part by export terminals coming online in Qatar, Papa New Guinea, Algeria, and Australia, this trend puts more pressure on LNG export projects in Read more

  • Courts Side with the Future of LNG

    In a winning decision for proponents of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a federal appeals court dismissed challenges of two U.S. LNG export projects located in Texas and Louisiana. Even though this is a resounding victory for natural gas, there is still a question of how new and ongoing challenges could impact the future of natural gas exports. In this instance, the two cases, brought on by environmental groups, faulted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the projects claiming that FERC failed to review the impacts these projects will bring to upstream and midstream production. However, the court ruled that FERC’s review does not have to include those factors because it does not fall under their jurisdiction. Instead that analysis is in the scope of the Department of Energy (DOE) as the court wrote in the Freeport LNG project ruling: “The commission’s NEPA analysis did not have to address the indirect effect of the anticipated export of natural gas,” the court said. “That is because the Department of Energy, not the commission, has sole authority to license the export of any natural gas going through the Freeport facilities.” Unfortunately, the same environmental groups are also suing the DOE Read more

  • 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