The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a wetlands license for Dominion Resources' liquefaction and export project at the Cove Point LNG terminal in Calvert County, MD. The vote was 3-0 to grant the license, which enables Dominion to construct a pier on the Patuxent River in order to transport equipment for the liquefaction facility's construction. Analysts following the project's progress at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have said they expect a decision from the Commission by the end of August (see Daily GPI, June 13). The U.S. Department of Energy last year issued Dominion a conditional license for LNG exports to countries without a free trade agreement with the United States (see Daily GPI, Sept. 12, 2013). And Dominion has received regulatory approval for exports from the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Energy will be one of the topics on the agenda when California Gov. Jerry Brown leads a three-day state trade and investment mission to Mexico City on Monday, bringing with him a delegation of state-appointed and elected officials, along with about 90 business, economic development, investment and policy leaders, including senior executives from a number of energy companies, including Sempra Energy. Meetings are scheduled Tuesday with Mexico's Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. Brown intends to sign several memorandums of understanding covering climate change, education and trade/investment. Brown previewed the trade-generating trip on Wednesday with a luncheon meeting with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena.