Archive | July, 2014

LNG Allies Receive Legislative Update Briefing

On Wed. July 23, representatives from six European embassies and some 20 companies/associations attended the inaugural Capitol Hill event sponsored by LNG Allies. Attendees heard Sen. Mark Udall discuss the LNG export issue and received an update from two professional staff members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee—Jan Brunner, Senior Majority Counsel for […]

Categories: Congress, Legislation, US Senate

Markey Holds Energy/Climate Hearing

The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Tue. July 22 entitled: U. S. Security Implications of International Energy and Climate Policies and Issues. Senators present at the hearing including Ed Markey (D-MA) the subcommittee chair, John Barrosso […]

Categories: Climate Change, Energy Security, Europe, US Senate

Life Cycle GHG Emissions from Shale Gas

On Mon. July 21, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America posted (ahead of print) an important research paper entitled: Harmonization of Initial Estimates of Shale Gas Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Electric Power Generation. The report includes the following conclusion: After harmonization, we find that per […]

Categories: Climate Change, NAS

Another LNG Export Bill Introduced in Congress

Four Senate Republicans—John Hoeven (ND), John McCain (AZ), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and John Barrasso (WY) introduced S. 2592, the “North Atlantic Energy Security Act,” on Thurs., July 10, to “cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring, and expedite LNG exports to America’s allies.” S. 2592 has three main elements. It would: […]

Categories: Congress, FERC, Japan, Legislation, NATO, Ukraine, US Senate

Nuland’s Energy Remarks in Croatia

Energy remarks made by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs – Dubrovnik, Croatia (July 11) Keynote Address at the Croatia Forum Now more than ever, we have to work to secure Europe’s energy security by ensuring diversity of supply, building up reverse flow capabilities and storage capacity and creating deeper networks […]

Categories: Croatia, DOS, Energy Security, Europe

Major Canadian LNG Export Paper Released

The School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary released a major research paper this week entitled: Risky Business, the Issue of Timing, Entry, and Performance in the Asia-Pacific LNG Market. Key conclusions: “Timing is one of the key challenges Canada faces. Producers around the world—including in the newly gas-rich United States—are racing to […]

Categories: Asia, Canada, Global Market

Cassidy LNG Rider Attached to Appropriations Bill

The House of Representatives passed a bill providing funding for federal energy and water programs for F. Y. 2015 yesterday (July 10) that included several “policy riders” within the legislation. One of the riders that was adopted by a largely party-line vote of 232-187 was offered by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The Cassidy amendment would prohibit the […]

Categories: Export License, Legislation, US House

Important (Really!) Congressional Hearing

For six years (many moons ago), I worked for the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who used to joke that: “Congressional activity is an oxymoron, not unlike ‘military intelligence,’ or ‘cafeteria food.’ ” So, you can understand my reticence about putting the words ‘important’ and ‘hearing’ together in the same headline. Nonetheless, for those of […]

Categories: Congress, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Global Market, TTIP, Ukraine, US Senate

NATO Head Calls for Enhanced Energy Security

The outgoing Secretary General of the NATO alliance, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, addressed an overflow crowd at the Atlantic Council on Monday (July 7) to provide his observations about the many challenges facing NATO. Rasmussen, who will end his five-year term as “SecGen” following the NATO summit that takes place in Wales […]

Categories: Atlantic Council, Energy Security, Europe, European Union, NATO, Russia, TTIP, Ukraine, United States

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