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Lithuania Uses LNG “Leverage”

Lithuanian utility Lietuvos Dujos said that it has won “cheaper gas” from Gazprom until the end of 2015. “Lietuvos Dujos has entered into an agreement with Gazprom that involves a significant reduction in the price of natural gas,” the company said in a statement to the stock exchange in Vilnius. The announcement on prices came […]

Categories: Energy Security, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania, Russia

G7 Energy Ministers Issue Statement

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz met with energy ministers from the other G7 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) in Rome on May 5 and 6 “to discuss ways to strengthen collective energy security.” The joint statement issued after the meeting includes the following key points: Energy should not […]

Categories: DOE, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, United States

Five Senate Dems Send LNG Letter to Obama

On Friday May 2, five Democratic senators—Mark Udall (CO), Mary Landrieu (LA), Tom Udall (NM), Mark Begich (AK), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND)—sent a joint letter to President Obama urging him to “instruct DOE to commit to act upon the pending LNG export permits as soon as possible.” The letter outlined five steps that the senators […]

Categories: DOE, Energy Security, US Senate, White House

European Energy Envoys Brief Senate Staff

On Wed. April 30, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee sponsored an LNG export briefing for Senate staff. Participating in the briefing were the Ambassadors-at-Large for Energy Security from Hungary (Anita Orbán), Slovakia (Pavol Hamžík), Bulgaria (Lachezar Matev), and Romania (Mihnea Constan-tinescu). According to the Embassy of Hungary: the four energy envoys talked “about […]

Categories: Bulgaria, Congress, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, US Senate, Visegrád Group

Pascual Discusses LNG at Atlantic Council

Ambassador Carlos Pascual, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, addressed a packed room at the Atlantic Council on Thursday (April 3) to report on Ukraine and the E.U.– U.S. energy summit that took place in Brussels earlier this week. Pascual, the State Department’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, spent nearly all of his […]

Categories: Atlantic Council, Baltic Nations, Bulgaria, DOS, Energy Security, Estonia, Europe, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine

EU-US Energy Council Meets in Brussels

The E.U.– U.S. Energy Council met for its fifth annual session in Brussels on Wed. April 2. In opening remarks, Secretary of State John Kerry said: “The difficulties of the recent days underscore the imperative to what brings us here today: energy security—not just for Ukraine but all across Europe… [And that] requires a major amount […]

Categories: Energy Security, European Union, Fuel Diversity, United States

European Allies Plead for Expedited US LNG

Two Eastern European officials pleaded with the Senate and House of Representatives today to help expedite the flow of US natural gas into the world marketplace. The two Europeans —Jaroslav Neverovič, Energy Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, and Anita Orbán, Hungary’s Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security— delivered similar messages. Both urged Congress to work with the Obama […]

Categories: Congress, Energy Security, Hungary, Lithuania, US House, US Senate

A Week of Great Contrasts

The death and destruction in and around Independence Square in the magnificent city of Kiev earlier this week served as a stark reminder that geopolitical maneuvering affects not just sovereign nations, but individuals and families as well. With a son living in Sevastopol, I watched the tragic events in Ukraine with tremendous sadness and breath-holding […]

Categories: Baltic Nations, Energy Security, Estonia, Fuel Diversity, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine

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