The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) wants to hire a “state regulatory and legislative affairs manager” based in Washington, DC, who would to focus on natural gas. The manager would ” assist in organizing and managing efforts to enact a comprehensive set of regulations and reforms in key natural gas producing states,” with emphasis on the Appalachian region. The selected applicant would help “create and manage strategic coalitions and relationships with industry, regulators, policymakers, “grasstops” opinion leaders” and other nongovernmental organizations. Information is available at

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has granted Pangea LNG (North America) Holdings LLC long-term, multi-contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to free trade agreement (FTA) nations from its South Texas LNG Project currently in development on Corpus Christi Bay (see Daily GPI, Dec. 20, 2012). Pangea LNG would be authorized to export up to 8 million metric tons per annum (1.09 Bcf/d) of LNG produced from domestic gas fields for a 25-year term commencing on the date of its first export. Pangea LNG has also a pending application with DOE requesting authorization to export LNG to countries without U.S. free trade agreements. Pangea said it would begin the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pre-filing process by the second quarter of and expects the project to be in operation by 2018.

Fourteen years of planning by government, the energy industry and citizen groups culminated last Saturday morning when a former natural gas-fired, half-century-old 700 MW electric generation site at Chula Vista, CA, was imploded by demolition contractors. The destruction and eventual $43 million clean up will give the city the opportunity to reclaim 115 acres of prime waterfront. Plans for a replacement gas-fired plant were dropped about six years ago and the South Bay generation plant was shut down at the end of 2010 (see Power Market Today, Oct. 20, 2010). The Port of San Diego originally purchased the facility from Sempra Energy‘s San Diego Gas and Electric Co. utility in 1999 (see Daily GPI, May 24, 1999). Units of Duke Energy, Dynegy and LS Power over the years held the lease with the port to operate the gas-fired plant, which until two years ago was designated as essential for maintaining grid stability in the far south end of California.

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