New split emerges at FERC over water quality waiver for Constitution pipeline
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reaffirmed its order clearing away a New York regulatory roadblock for the proposed 650-MMcf/d Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC natural gas transportation project between Pennsylvania and New York, but Democratic Commissioner Richard Glick, changing course, has come out against the FERC action. At issue is the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's April 2016 denial of the developer's application for water quality certification, which sidelined the Constitution project.
Total Peaking Services authorized to start vaporizers at gas storage plant
FERC authorized Total Peaking Services LLC to put in service vaporizers and other equipment that are part of an upgrade to the company's LNG storage facility in Milford, Conn. The upgrade consisted of a vaporizer capacity increase and boil-off gas compressor project at the facility. The Dec. 16 in-service authorization from FERC came in response to a Dec. 13 request by Total Peaking under the authority of a 2016 Natural Gas Act certificate.
US law must change for oil, gas pipes to keep up with demand, report says
The U.S. government will have to reform its environmental regulations, or its permitting and construction of oil and natural gas pipelines may be unable to keep pace with demand, according to a Dec. 12 report by the National Petroleum Council. Overhaul of the National Environmental Policy Act, which mandates consideration of the environmental impacts of major government agency decisions, is most needed, the report said. FERC has been challenged under NEPA to consider the environmental impact of natural gas production and consumption in approving a proposed interstate pipeline.
Energy traders press FERC to review decade-old credit, risk-management policies
Credit and risk-management practices in the organized power markets are due for a fresh look, the Energy Trading Institute said in a filing urging FERC to convene a technical conference and rulemaking process to update regulations adopted a decade ago. In the midst of the financial crisis, FERC in 2010 adopted credit reforms for markets operated by independent system operators and regional transmission operators aimed at improving how grid operators managed credit and market risk.
Big energy bill, confirmation of FERC nominee not likely until 2020
With a little over a week left until Congress adjourns for 2019, the U.S. Senate will likely defer major planned action on energy until 2020. That action includes voting on the confirmation of FERC nominee James Danly and introducing broad energy legislation that contains proposals that the Senate Committee on Energy and Commerce approved in 2019.