The Notice of Proposed Rule Making re: Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (Docket No. RM14-2-000) (“NOPR”) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) on March 20, 2014 has spawned an extraordinary effort by the North American Energy Standards Board (“NAESB”) and natural gas and electric industry participants … Continue reading
Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) June 2, 2014 revelation of its Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fuel powered electric generators (the “Plan”), it has garnered much attention and commentary both in support of the initiative to address climate change with a move towards clean energy (e.g., here) and … Continue reading
The natural gas and electric industries have been a buzz since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued its March 20, 2014 Orders focused on improving the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline capacity with electricity markets. The electric industry’s increasing reliance on natural gas as a fuel source earned the coordination of the … Continue reading
FERC FEBRUARY 2014 ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE: FERC’s February 2014 Energy Infrastructure Update, released March 20th, reflects developments in natural gas pipeline projects to service the Midwest and Southeast, LNG exports, gas-fired electricity generation, and electric transmission projects. Posted by Brian Heslin, Mar. 29, 2014.
FERC JAN. 2014 ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS NATURAL GAS REVERSE FLOW CAPACITY ISSUES & GAS-ELECTRIC INTERDEPENDENCY: The recently released FERC January 2014 Energy Infrastructure Update natural gas highlights include Texas Eastern’s request for authorization to construct and operate an Ohio pipeline project that will provide “550 MMcf/d of capacity and reverse flow capabilities from the Utica … Continue reading
Pursuant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) November 15, 2012 Order Directing Further Conferences and Reports, the FERC Staff issued its third Gas-Electric Coordination Quarterly Report to the Commission (“Third Quarterly Report”) on September 19, 2013, which provides updates on coordination efforts for the period June 2013 through August 2013 via FERC initiatives, regional initiatives, … Continue reading
In our Going With the Flow series, we are discussing the evolution of policy related to the recent bi-directional flow of natural gas that has resulted from an increased supply of gas in the Northern and Eastern regions of the United States. In our previous “Going With the Flow” post, we discussed the traditional backhaul … Continue reading
The shale natural gas boom has presented tremendous opportunities for the U.S. to compete in the global energy market. The increased supply of natural gas boasts the potential for cleaner electricity generation, lower domestic fuel prices, increased job opportunities, and a seat for the U.S. at the table of global natural gas exporters. When … Continue reading
Today, FERC proposed to remove potential barriers to communication between interstate pipelines and electric transmission operators to promote reliable service and operational planning. Along those lines, the Commission issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) providing explicit authority to pipelines and electric utilities to voluntarily share non-public, operational information they determine would promote reliable services.
During the first two quarters of this year we have seen substantial activity at the national and regional levels focused on the interdependency of the natural gas and electric industries. The increasing interdependence of these energy resources stems from the proliferation of electricity generators that are fueled by natural gas and has prompted the … Continue reading