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Australian LNG Exports Under Scrutiny Amid Global Supply Crisis

Australian LNG Exports Under Scrutiny Amid Global Supply Crisis

Cold weather, coal-fired power outages and a lack of natural gas infrastructure to connect to regional markets has left Australia questioning the value of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. “Much like recent energy crises elsewhere in the world, the situation in Australia is an unfortunate confluence of massive coal capacity outages, combined with a colder-than-normal…

June 16, 2022
DOE Grants $8M to Hydropower Upgrade Projects

DOE Grants $8M to Hydropower Upgrade Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $8 million to three projects that aim to strengthen hydroelectric power’s ability to support the changing grid. Pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) is capable of storing large amounts of low-cost renewable energy. One of the main challenges facing the hydropower industry is the gaps in information on how to…

June 6, 2022
FERC Says LNG Export Growth Key Factor in Higher Summer Natural Gas, Electric Prices

FERC Says LNG Export Growth Key Factor in Higher Summer Natural Gas, Electric Prices

Driven in part by liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, demand growth will outpace supply gains this summer, leading to higher prices year/year, FERC said in its 2022 outlook on summer energy markets. Compared with summer 2021 levels, total domestic dry natural gas production is expected to increase 3.4% this summer, while total consumption is projected…

May 20, 2022
Future Sistrangas Open Seasons Could Favor Mexico’s CFE and Pemex, Expert Lawyer Says

Future Sistrangas Open Seasons Could Favor Mexico’s CFE and Pemex, Expert Lawyer Says

Potential future open seasons on Mexico’s Sistrangas national pipeline system could be designed to benefit the nation’s state-run energy companies Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), according to energy and regulatory lawyer Paulina Doen. “At the same time, given that both CFE and Pemex use the Sistrangas system, the open seasons could…

April 22, 2022
Mexico’s State-First Power Sector Overhaul Comes Up Short in Congress

Mexico’s State-First Power Sector Overhaul Comes Up Short in Congress

A constitutional overhaul of Mexico’s electric power sector failed to garner the supermajority of votes needed to pass the lower house on Sunday. The proposal advocated by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sought to consolidate the market power of state-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). Prominent business groups praised legislators for halting the proposal, which…

April 18, 2022
Supreme Court Deems Mexico Power Reform Constitutional, but ‘Endless Litigation’ Feared Ahead

Supreme Court Deems Mexico Power Reform Constitutional, but ‘Endless Litigation’ Feared Ahead

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that key components of legislation passed in 2021 to overhaul the country’s electric industry law (known by its Spanish initials LIE) do not violate the constitution. The decision is a victory of sorts for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, although the law still faces numerous challenges in lower courts.…

April 11, 2022
Biden Trade Rep Said Considering All Options as $10B of U.S. Energy Investment at Risk in Mexico

Biden Trade Rep Said Considering All Options as $10B of U.S. Energy Investment at Risk in Mexico

The Biden administration plans to seek recourse under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) if concerns over Mexico’s energy policies are not resolved, according to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. “At the heart of the USMCA are core obligations with respect to trade and investment, including with respect to nondiscriminatory treatment,” Tai wrote in a letter…

April 6, 2022
Higher Natural Gas Prices, Less Production Without Infrastructure Growth, Says EIA

Higher Natural Gas Prices, Less Production Without Infrastructure Growth, Says EIA

If U.S. natural gas infrastructure is not expanded to meet growing demand, prices would escalate and more electricity generation is likely from renewables, coal and nuclear sources over the next three decades, according to federal researchers. In the U.S. Energy Information (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2022 (AEO2022) issued in March, the reference case – the…

April 4, 2022
Despite Strong Push, Mexico Electricity Bill Unlikely to Pass, Says Eurasia’s Petersen

Despite Strong Push, Mexico Electricity Bill Unlikely to Pass, Says Eurasia’s Petersen

Eurasia Group senior analyst Carlos Petersen forecasts that the Mexican electricity reform has very low odds of approval. The bill “would have to be modified and considerably different than it is currently to have any chance of approval,” Petersen told NGI’s Mexico GPI. The constitutional reform is set to be voted on in the nation’s…

April 1, 2022
Mexico Electricity Bill Could Be Political Bluff, Says Energy Industry Veteran

Mexico Electricity Bill Could Be Political Bluff, Says Energy Industry Veteran

“One scenario to consider is if the electricity proposal is really something that will be voted on in the senate and the congress and that the government seeks to approve it, or if it’s actually just a political instrument that’s being used,” said Susana Ivana Cazorla Espinosa, founder and partner at SICE nrgy in Mexico…

March 4, 2022
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