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  1. 2015 Platts LNG Conference with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

    Monday, March 2, 2015 3:34 pm by

    On February 26 and 27, 2015, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP acted as a sponsor of Platts’ 14th Annual LNG Conference in Houston, TX. Bracewell attorneys both attended and presented at the conference, discussing new and ongoing regulatory challenges facing the industry. Follow us on Twitter @bgenergy and @bgllp

  2. Electrifying Africa: A View from Washington

    Monday, February 9, 2015 4:05 pm by

    As Western governments continue—and rightfully so—to focus on the threats to African nations from the Ebola virus and Boko Haram, policymakers are also eyeing the continent as a critical producer and consumer of energy in the 21st century.

    Power Africa

    In 2013, President Obama announced an initiative, “Power Africa,” to direct U.S. funds, loan guarantees, and technical assistance to electrification projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program is coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with 12 different agencies involved in project implementation. Power Africa’s goal is to facilitate the installment of 10,000 MW of new generation capacity. To date, the program has closed on financial transactions that will generate 2,792 MW. (more…)

  3. Economic Development Obligations: Unintended Consequences

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:14 am by

    The message from the South African Department of Energy at the Windaba Conference in Cape Town last week could not have been clearer. In his address during the opening session of the conference, Dr. Wolsley Barnard (Deputy Director General: Energy Programs and Project at the DOE) forced home the point that the South African authorities “…will be enforcing penalties…” for breaches of the mandatory economic development obligations under the South African Government’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme.

    Listening to Dr. Barnard’s address got me thinking. Three years on from its launch has the REIPPP Programme made a real difference to South Africa’s manufacturing and service sectors? The answer quite clearly has to be a yes. The development of the R300-million wind turbine tower factory at the Coega IDZ, the recent announcement by SunPower of the construction of a new 160MW solar panel manufacturing facility in Cape Town and the DOE’s job creation forecasts for construction and operational posts in the renewable energy sector make this apparent. But it did occur to me that there may be some unexpected side effects to the approach being taken by the DOE to this point. (more…)

  4. Environmental Regulations Impacting the Energy Industry – Summer 2014

    Friday, June 20, 2014 11:06 am by

  5. Environmental Implications of DOE’s Approval of Fourth LNG Export Project

    Friday, September 13, 2013 1:21 pm by

    On September 11, 2013, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued an order conditionally granting Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (DCP) long-term, multi-contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) by vessel from the Cove Point LNG Terminal in Calvert County, Maryland to non-Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA) countries (Cove Point Order). DCP is the fourth company to receive conditional authorization from the DOE to export LNG to non-FTA countries and the third company to receive such authorization in the past four months. (more…)

  6. Number Four – DOE Approves LNG Exports for Cove Point

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:23 am by and

    On September 11, 2013, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued an order authorizing Dominion Cove Point, LNG, LP (“Cove Point”) to export to non-Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) countries up to 0.77 Bcf/day of domestically produced liquefied natural gas.  This is the fourth order authorizing non-FTA LNG exports, coming after similar orders for Sabine Pass, Freeport, and Lake Charles.  The Cove Point order brings the cumulative total of authorized LNG exports up to 6.37 Bcf/day, which is slightly greater than the “low” export case evaluated in the DOE-commissioned LNG Export Study that evaluated the economic impacts of exporting domestic LNG. 

    While DOE has suggested it would issue orders every six to eight weeks, the Cove Point order comes after just five weeks since the Lake Charles order (August 7, 2013).  It’s unclear if DOE is hastening its pace, but a reduced delay between orders is likely to please Senator Murkowski, who has asked DOE to expedite the approvals.  Still, even at the quicker pace it could take DOE over two years to process the remaining 20 pending applications, assuming DOE does not pause its review of the applications.  (more…)

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