Regulatory

$7B Northwest Methanol Plant Developer Seeks to Slash Water Use as Permitting Sweetener

Just beginning a 12- to 18-month permitting process for its first of three proposed natural gas-based methanol plants, Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) said Wednesday it has started the scoping period in the state environmental policy act (SEPA) process, and has addressed public concerns about water use.

December 21, 2015

Pennsylvania PUC Lowers Rate Request From State’s Largest NatGas/Electric Utility By Millions

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has reduced PECO Energy Co.’s electric distribution rate request by 33%, approving a settlement that would allow a $127 million annual increase for its customers, rather than the $190 million increase it had filed for earlier this year.

December 21, 2015

Sabal Trail, Related Projects Get Favorable FEIS

FERC staff issued a favorable final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Southeast Market Pipelines (SMP) Project, which is composed of the Sabal Trail Transmission LLC project, the Hillabee Expansion and Florida Southeast Connection projects.

December 18, 2015

House Reps Urge BLM to Move Oil/Gas Lease Sales Online

Fifteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday wrote the Department of Interior (DOI), urging that its Bureau of Land Management (BLM) move its quarterly oil and natural gas lease sales to the Internet. Currently they are conducted face-to-face in BLM field offices.

December 18, 2015
Texas Eastern Gets FERC Thumbs-Up For Gulf Markets Expansion Project

Texas Eastern Gets FERC Thumbs-Up For Gulf Markets Expansion Project

FERC has approved the Gulf Markets Expansion Project, a bidirectional expansion by Spectra Energy Partners LP’s Texas Eastern Transmission LP (Tetco) that would have capacity to move 650,000 Dth/d from Appalachia and South Texas to the Gulf Coast.

December 17, 2015

FERC Reaches Another Milestone in NatGas-Electric Coordination Effort

FERC took another step forward in its efforts to improve coordination of the natural gas and electricity markets, accepting on Thursday compliance filings by a pair of western grid operators, while rejecting another from Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO).

December 17, 2015

EPA Takes Back October Criticisms of Sabal Trail Pipeline Project

Upon consideration of revised and additional data, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken back its criticism of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a project of Spectra Energy Corp. and NextEra Energy Inc.

December 17, 2015
FERC Approves Natchez Pipeline, Which Will Replace Midla

FERC Approves Natchez Pipeline, Which Will Replace Midla

FERC on Thursday granted American Midstream LLC authorization to construct and operate the Natchez Pipeline. It will replace the 89-year-old Midla pipeline system in Louisiana and Mississippi.

December 17, 2015

AEP to Keep Outdated Ohio Power Plants Competitive, Switch Some to NatGas

American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary AEP Ohio has reached a power purchase agreement with state regulators and other stakeholders that would help keep its uncompetitive plants running, convert others to natural gas and more than double renewable energy capacity.

December 17, 2015

Energy Transfer’s Lake Charles LNG Gets FERC Approval

FERC on Thursday authorized the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export and related facilities proposed by Energy Transfer’s Lake Charles LNG Co. and Trunkline Gas Co. in Louisiana.

December 17, 2015