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EU Grants Members Option to Block Russian LNG Imports

EU Grants Members Option to Block Russian LNG Imports

European Union (EU) lawmakers approved new rules that would allow member countries to limit LNG imports from Russia as cargoes continue to hit Europe’s ports in record numbers. Under the new gas market regulations, countries could legally block Russian exporters from being able to bid on liquefied natural gas import or storage capacity. “We have…

April 12, 2024
Industry Groups Challenge DOE Rules Blocking Natural Gas Appliances 

Industry Groups Challenge DOE Rules Blocking Natural Gas Appliances 

Natural gas industry advocates are taking aim at a trio of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rules that petitioners argue would raise prices and eliminate consumer choice.  The American Gas Association (AGA), American Public Gas Association (APGA), the National Propane Gas Association, natural gas utility Spire Inc. and furnace manufacturer Thermo Products LLC filed petitions…

April 12, 2024
Oklahoma AG Alleges ‘Unconscionable’ Natural Gas Price Gouging by Symmetry, Enable During Winter Storm Uri

Oklahoma AG Alleges ‘Unconscionable’ Natural Gas Price Gouging by Symmetry, Enable During Winter Storm Uri

Oklahoma is suing two natural gas marketers over alleged market manipulation and price gouging during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. The deep freeze wreaked havoc on natural gas and electricity supply in the South Central United States, particularly Texas and Oklahoma, causing prolonged energy outages and extreme price spikes. Rather than taking measures to…

April 12, 2024
Louisiana Court Grants Approval for DTM to Proceed with Natural Gas Crossings in Blow to Energy Transfer

Louisiana Court Grants Approval for DTM to Proceed with Natural Gas Crossings in Blow to Energy Transfer

A Louisiana appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Energy Transfer LP may not block DT Midstream Inc. (DTM) from building natural gas pipeline crossings underneath its system, with one judge stating that Energy Transfer’s property rights do not extend “to the center of the earth.” In a unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel, the Louisiana…

April 11, 2024
House Takes Export Pause Debate to Heart of Gulf Coast LNG to Hear Concerns

House Takes Export Pause Debate to Heart of Gulf Coast LNG to Hear Concerns

House Republicans are refining their arguments about the impact of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) pause on new LNG export permits, this time focusing on the Gulf Coast economies of Texas and Louisiana. Members of the Energy, Climate and Grid Security Subcommittee met in Port Arthur, TX southeast of Houston, for a field hearing focused…

April 10, 2024
Natural Gas in Crosshairs as DOE Aiming to Decarbonize Commercial, Residential Buildings

Natural Gas in Crosshairs as DOE Aiming to Decarbonize Commercial, Residential Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled a national blueprint to slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings by 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2050, with potentially significant implications for natural gas demand. Residential and commercial buildings account for roughly 29% of total U.S. natural gas consumption and 42% of end-use sector gas…

April 9, 2024
Domestic, International Events Prove Need for ‘Natural Gas to Perform’ for Energy System Reliability

Domestic, International Events Prove Need for ‘Natural Gas to Perform’ for Energy System Reliability

Overhauling the permitting process to build out natural gas infrastructure with less legal wrangling may be unattainable during an election year, but it has to happen soon as industrial consumption is on the rise, according to a top executive. CEO Amy Andryszak of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) discussed the need for…

April 8, 2024
Mexico’s Cenagas Failing to Take Advantage of Natural Gas Opportunity — Column 

Mexico’s Cenagas Failing to Take Advantage of Natural Gas Opportunity — Column 

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. Every Mexican summer, natural gas imports from the United States peak. The aggregate figure reflects impressive growth in the last decade. If…

April 5, 2024
Plaquemines LNG Pipeline Project Cleared to Start Service 

Plaquemines LNG Pipeline Project Cleared to Start Service 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has cleared Enbridge Inc. subsidiary Texas Eastern Transmission LP (Tetco) to start service on the Venice Extension pipeline project that would serve the Plaquemines LNG export facility under construction in Louisiana.  The Venice Extension would expand the Tetco system with a new three-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline in Louisiana to move…

April 5, 2024
Russian LNG Output Reportedly Down Amid Western Sanctions – Three Things to Know About the LNG Market

Russian LNG Output Reportedly Down Amid Western Sanctions – Three Things to Know About the LNG Market

NO. 1: The Biden administration has rejected a proposal from House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) to tie a national security package to a temporary pause on new LNG export authorizations.  Johnson reportedly wanted to advance aid for Ukraine and Israel in exchange for lifting the pause imposed in January by the Biden administration. The administration…

April 4, 2024
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