With or Without Perry…

DOE’s LNG Export Sign-Offs Likely to Continue (Morning Consult)
Jacqueline Toth (Oct. 31): In just one month, supporters of LNG exports will lose a top advocate when Energy Secretary Rick Perry officially leaves his post. But despite the Dec. 1 departure of Perry, LNG backers have little reason for concern. DOE is expected to continue approving LNG export applications, advocates say, carrying forward the previous administration’s practice of authorizing the shipments. LNG supporters expect the sign-offs to carry on apace under Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Trump’s choice to succeed Perry. The LNG boosters credit the Trump Energy Department with streamlining and prioritizing the authorization of long-term LNG export applications to non-free trade agreement nations. Perry was “an unabashed supporter of U.S. LNG exports” by raising the matter on trips abroad, said Fred H. Hutchison, president and CEO of the nonprofit LNG Allies… The pace of the DOE’s authorization process often depends on FERC. But DOE under Trump has set a public goal to issue non-FTA authorizations two weeks after FERC issues a final order. In the past, DOE waited to issue LNG export authorizations until FERC concluded the rehearing processes, which normally lasted about six months following a FERC final order, according to Hutchison. The change under Trump “obviated any need to put a congressional shot clock on the DOE process,” Hutchison said.

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