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Despite Midterm Blow, Mexico’s AMLO Still Aiming at Electric Power Reform

Despite Midterm Blow, Mexico’s AMLO Still Aiming at Electric Power Reform

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his daily press conference on Tuesday that his government would work toward a constitutional reform in the electric power sector. “We need a reform so that domestic users, and the poor and middle class, don’t pay more for their electricity than big corporations,” he said. The president…

June 15, 2021
COLUMN: Time to Reassess Capacity Allocations on Mexico’s Pipeline System

COLUMN: Time to Reassess Capacity Allocations on Mexico’s Pipeline System

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. At the end of June, numerous capacity contracts for the transport of natural gas on a firm basis on the national Sistrangas…

June 4, 2021
Texas Lawmakers Advance Bills Overhauling Electric Grid, Regulatory Oversight

Texas Lawmakers Advance Bills Overhauling Electric Grid, Regulatory Oversight

As the Texas legislative session drew to a close over the weekend, lawmakers approved bills aimed at overhauling the state’s electric grid — and those who govern it — following February’s massive winter storm that left residents in the dark for days amid record cold temperatures. “This is our response, this body’s response, to the…

June 1, 2021
USFWS Seeking Enhanced Protections for Lesser Prairie-Chicken, which Calls Lower 48 Oil Patch Home

USFWS Seeking Enhanced Protections for Lesser Prairie-Chicken, which Calls Lower 48 Oil Patch Home

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking additional protections for the lesser prairie-chicken, a ground-foraging grouse that inhabits large swaths of the Lower 48 oil patch and whose numbers are dwindling. Through a draft rule published Tuesday (June 1), USFWS is proposing to list two distinct population segments (DPS) of the lesser prairie-chicken…

June 1, 2021
Rules of Game for Mexico Energy Industry at Stake in Upcoming Elections, Specialist Says

Rules of Game for Mexico Energy Industry at Stake in Upcoming Elections, Specialist Says

“For the private and public energy sector, these elections could define the rules of the game for the remainder of the administration,” Layla Vargas, general director at Muvoil Consulting and seasoned expert in the Mexican energy sector, told NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index. Mexico will hold local, legislative and state elections on June 6.  “Currently, we…

May 28, 2021
Tense FERC Meeting Exposes Rift Over GHG Emissions, Natural Gas Pipeline Policy

Tense FERC Meeting Exposes Rift Over GHG Emissions, Natural Gas Pipeline Policy

Policy differences over greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions provided the tinder that ignited a tense public debate over a pair of seemingly mundane natural gas certificate orders during last week’s FERC meeting. A last-minute procedural move from Commissioner James Danly to amend orders on infrastructure expansions proposed by Northern Natural Gas (NNG) and Tuscarora Gas Transmission…

May 24, 2021
DAPL Avoids Shutdown in Latest ‘Twist’ in Oil Pipeline Litigation

DAPL Avoids Shutdown in Latest ‘Twist’ in Oil Pipeline Litigation

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is free to keep flowing Bakken Shale oil while an environmental impact statement (EIS) is completed after a coalition of Native American Tribes failed in the first test for an injunction. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DC) Judge James Boasberg last year axed a key permit for…

May 24, 2021
COLUMN: Everything at Stake in Energy Sector in Upcoming Mexico Midterm Vote

COLUMN: Everything at Stake in Energy Sector in Upcoming Mexico Midterm Vote

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. On June 6, Mexico will vote for the makeup of the lower house of Congress along with numerous governorships and state legislatures.…

May 21, 2021
Mexico’s Pemex Claims Majority Interest in Zama Offshore Oil Deposit in SEC Filing

Mexico’s Pemex Claims Majority Interest in Zama Offshore Oil Deposit in SEC Filing

Mexican national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is claiming a majority interest in the Zama oil deposit discovered by a private sector consortium at offshore Block 7 in 2017. The assertion by Pemex, made in its 20-F annual report filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, appears to contradict a previous assessment…

May 19, 2021
Uncertainty Stalling Mexico Energy Sector Investment, Says Balam Energy CEO

Uncertainty Stalling Mexico Energy Sector Investment, Says Balam Energy CEO

“There is a stoppage of energy investment in Mexico currently, where the attitude of investors is to wait before expanding existing projects or developing new ones,” Balam Energy CEO Carlos Tapia told NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index.  Tapia, who opened the consultancy Balam Energy in 2019, has more than 20 years of experience working on…

May 14, 2021
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