Fourth Circuit Vacates National Park Service Right-of-Way Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

In another blow to the construction of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), certificated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on October 13, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on August 6: (1) vacated as arbitrary and…

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FERC Weighs Tax Policy Changes in Wake of Ruling in United Airlines, Inc. v. FERC

On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in Docket No. PL17-1, seeking comments on how to address any double recovery that may result from its tax allowance and rate of return policies in light of the ruling in United Airlines, Inc. v. FERC, 827 F.3d 122 (D.C. Cir. 2016).

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FERC Reacts to First Pipeline Modernization Tracker Proposal under New Policy

      As reported in our prior blogs, on November 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed a Policy Statement on Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities in Docket No. PL15-1 that would allow interstate pipelines that meet certain criteria to recover the costs of…

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FERC Proposes Policy on Cost Recovery for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

              Following its open meeting on November 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) is seeking comments on a proposed new policy statement (PL15-1-000) that will outline the standards interstate natural gas pipelines must satisfy in order to recover the costs of modernizing…

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FERC Issues Show Cause Order to Interstate Pipelines to Comply with Capacity Release Regulations

At its monthly meeting on March 20, 2014, the Commission initiated a show cause proceeding, pursuant to section 5 of the Natural Gas Act. The Order requires all pipelines to either (1) revise their tariffs in accordance with the Commission’s capacity release posting regulations; or (2) otherwise demonstrate that they…

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Marrying Apples and Oranges: A High-level Look at the Evolving Natural Gas Industry and Electric Industry Coordination

By Daniel E. Cooper, P.E. A Change in the Electric Industry Affects the Natural Gas industry A combination of changes in environmental regulations and economic factors is driving a change in the electric utility industry.  While coal has historically been the predominant fuel for electric generation in most parts of…

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Conversion to Natural Gas: Navigating the legal hurdles

By Joel Greene and Elizabeth Teuwen, Attorneys, Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC; and Jim Adams, PE, Director of Utilities, Cornell University Published in the first-quarter 2013 issue of District Energy by the International District Energy Association It is hard to ignore the growing popularity of natural gas. We are routinely bombarded…

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FERC Schedules Five Regional Technical Conferences on Natural Gas-Electric Coordination

FERC has announced the schedule for five regional conferences being held in August to address the coordination between the natural gas and electric industries.  (See list of dates and locations below.)  These technical conferences are part of FERC’s continued efforts to assess whether and to what extent it needs to…

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Spectra Energy Corp Receives FERC Approval for Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market 2012 Expansion Project

HOUSTON – Spectra Energy Corp today announced its subsidiary, Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern), has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Texas Eastern Appalachia to Market (TEAM) 2012 expansion project, which will expand Texas Eastern’s existing pipeline system to deliver additional Appalachian and Marcellus…

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FERC to hold compressor station meeting Nov. 7

(Source: The Frederick News-Post)By Ed Waters Jr., The Frederick News-Post, Md. Oct. 29–Myersville-area residents will have an opportunity to provide input on a proposed natural gas compressor station near the town on Nov. 7. Staff members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Hall at 7 p.m. to…

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