Exelon's proposed Annova LNG in Texas passes FERC staff environmental review
Exelon Corp.'s Annova LNG export project cleared a draft environmental review by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff, a significant step toward authorization for the proposed Brownsville, Texas, terminal that would add 6 million tonnes per annum to U.S. gas liquefaction capacity. Exelon is targeting a final investment decision on the project near the Texas-Mexico border in late 2019 and starting commercial operations in 2024. FERC will use the staff's findings in the environmental review to help prepare a decision on a Natural Gas Act certificate that would provide federal authorization for the project.
Environmental groups join chorus seeking McNamee recusals at FERC
A trio of environmental and science groups asked that new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Bernard McNamee recuse himself from matters related to his past work at the U.S. Department of Energy to aid uneconomic coal-fired and nuclear power plants. "One can presume ... that Commissioner McNamee intends to decide these matters impartially, but nevertheless conclude recusal is warranted," the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a Dec. 18 filing with FERC.
US Senate Democrats urge McNamee to avoid coal, nuclear rescue efforts at FERC
A group of U.S. Senate Democrats asked new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Bernard McNamee to recuse himself from any matters at FERC that touch on his past work as a U.S. Department of Energy lawyer to save financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The lawmakers also expressed concern over McNamee's past criticisms of renewable energy, viewpoints they said showed "a strong bias against" those resources.
FERC approves NJ gas expansion project as panel's Democrats press climate debate
Williams Cos. Inc.'s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC picked up approval from a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission divided over climate change for a 65,000-Dth/d compression expansion that will provide firm natural gas transportation service to help two utilities serve industrial, commercial and residential customers. Chairman Neil Chatterjee voted for it, and Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur joined him with a separate opinion, despite differences on how the commission should evaluate pipeline projects' effects on the climate. Commissioner Richard Glick dissented, in part over the climate issues. Commissioner Kevin McIntyre, who is ill, did not vote, and Commissioner Bernard McNamee, who just joined the commission on Dec. 11, did not participate.