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Clients that trade commodity futures, swaps and other derivatives ask Sutherland for guidance on regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters.

Decades of work with the energy industry and a thorough grounding in the regulations that impact derivatives come together in Sutherland’s Energy and Commodities Derivatives practice. Our team, composed of more than 20 lawyers and other professionals, advises clients on regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters related to the trading of commodity futures, swaps and other derivatives.

Sutherland provides practical counsel, advising clients on the fundamentals of commodities trading while using plain English to explain the complexities of derivatives law. Our advice is informed by a deep understanding of how our clients use commodity derivatives, the commodity markets and our working relationships with applicable regulatory authorities, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Sutherland is a leading adviser to commodity trading firms, energy companies, financial entities and commercial end users that engage in derivatives trading, for both hedging and speculative purposes. As commercial firms adapt to derivatives reform under the Dodd-Frank Act, we have worked closely with our clients to determine the requirements applicable to their businesses and to design and implement related compliance and operational measures. We have been a prominent advocate on behalf of our clients in all legislative and regulatory phases of derivatives reform, and our work now extends to implementation and compliance, as well as preparation for regulatory audits and enforcement activity. Our lawyers help firms evaluate how derivatives reforms apply to their unique businesses and to adapt their trading practices and organizational structures. Our team provides advice from the board room to the back office, all with seamless understanding of how critical the use of derivatives can be to commercial businesses.

Why Sutherland
Regulatory knowledge. New and evolving regulations have profoundly affected the energy and commodities derivatives market. We actively work to make sure our clients’ voices are heard throughout the rulemaking process. Once regulations are finalized, we ensure clients thoroughly understand and implement them.

Experience. We have been leaders in the derivatives market since the birth of the swap market, and we have guided clients through energy trading for more than 40 years.

Compliance. Along with Dodd-Frank, clients must comply with a host of other regulations, including the CFTC’s trading practices and market manipulation prohibitions and U.S. competition and antitrust laws, anti-money laundering regulations, restrictions on international trade, sanctions and antiboycott regulations. We help our clients stay in compliance with all the laws that affect their operations, and guide them through any issues that may arise.

Enforcement. We currently represent clients in enforcement matters brought by the CFTC and various SROs. Our decades of experience in enforcement actions involve actions including criminal proceedings, civil cases, investigations and audits.

Thought leadership. Our attorneys are active members of the key organizations affecting derivatives markets, including International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), Futures Industry Association (FIA), Managed Futures Association (MFA), Emerging Markets Trade Association (EMTA), Loan & Syndicated Trading Association (LSTA) and Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). We also actively participate in the American Bar Association’s Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law of the Business Law Section.

Larger energy and derivatives practices. The Energy and Commodities Derivatives team is part of Sutherland’s broader Energy and Commodities Practice Group. With lawyers in the energy, financial and regulatory centers of Houston, New York and Washington, our firm has become one of the most knowledgeable in physical commodity transactions. Sutherland also enjoys a robust derivatives practice handling transactions in interest rate, currencies, equities and credit. We handle many structured transactions, including ETFs, commodity pools, hedge funds and securitizations.

Nuts and Bolts
The Energy and Commodities Derivatives team advises clients in enforcement, investigations, rulemakings and other matters before federal regulators including:

  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Our practice also handles matters for clients in connection with the major exchanges and self-regulatory organizations including:

  • National Futures Association (NFA)
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)
  • New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX)
  • InterContinental Exchange (ICE)

We guide our clients through all the legal, regulatory and compliance matters they face, including:

  • Determination of status as a swap dealer or major swap participant
  • Transacting with swap dealers, major swap participants and financial entities
  • Transacting with special entities
  • Inter-affiliate swaps
  • Central clearing and mandatory facility execution
  • End-user exemptions
  • Capital and margin requirements
  • Product classification determinations
  • Recordkeeping and reporting obligations
  • Compliance with business conduct standards
  • Transacting swaps with non-U.S. persons or in non-U.S. jurisdictions
  • Designated contract market and swaps execution facility rules
  • Position limits
  • Swaps documentation

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As the energy derivatives business has changed, Sutherland’s practice has expanded in response to our clients’ need for sophisticated and market-sensitive advice. We are ingrained in regulatory rulemakings, and uniquely positioned to respond effectively to any legal issue a market participant may face

Selected Experience
Sutherland represents major commercial energy firms in Dodd-Frank Act implementation and compliance.

We represent a cross-sector group of major commercial energy firms that is a leading voice of the energy sector’s effort to implement and comply with the Dodd-Frank Act and related regulations. Members of this group include global energy companies, producers, processors, public utility holding companies, traders and power producers, all of whom focus on delivering physical energy commodities to the market. Our representation focuses on advocacy matters before Congress and the CFTC and the development of strategies for implementing and complying with Dodd-Frank, including the development of industry standard practices, negotiation of transactions and potential enforcement issues.

Sutherland advises a major public utility holding company with respect to Dodd-Frank considerations.
Our attorneys advise major public utility holding companies on the regulatory implications associated with the Dodd-Frank Act. Our work includes determining the regulatory status of key trading subsidiaries under the legislation, as well as providing regulatory advice and counsel to address transactional issues and corporate governance, structuring and treasury issues. These entities have trading subsidiaries with unique characteristics that meet the definition of financial entity. We also counsel these clients regarding their trading activities in various organized markets operated by ISOs/RTOs.

Sutherland develops compliance manuals for trading derivatives for multiple clients.
Sutherland lawyers have developed client compliance manuals that establish policies and procedures for trading commodity derivatives for both swap dealers and end users. The manuals are kept current with regulatory developments. Certain manuals are for general use, while others are highly customized to meet the circumstances of a particular client. We also provide on-site and online training programs for our clients’ traders and middle and back office personnel.

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Alaska in Talks to Purchase ConocoPhillps’ Nikiski LNG Plant
, January 25, 2017
KTVA Alaska reports that Alaska’s state LNG project developer, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), confirmed in a presentation before the Senate Resources Committee yesterday that it is in discussions to purchase ConocoPhillips’ liquefaction and LNG export terminal plant in...

Magnolia LNG Signs Heads of Agreement with VGS
, January 25, 2017
Magnolia LNG, LLC (Magnolia), has signed a non-binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Vessel Gasification Solutions, Inc. (VGS), which provides for a 20-year Free-on-Board Sale and Purchase Agreement of up to 4 million metric tonnes per annum from Magnolia’s proposed LNG export terminal at...

Toshiba Signs Agreement with JERA to Market Freeport LNG Supplies
, January 25, 2017
The Japan Times reports that Toshiba has signed a sales and marketing contract with Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power, to help find buyers for 2.2 million tons of LNG Toshiba is under contract to purchase from the Freeport LNG project under...

Dairyland Pledges to Cut Reliance on Coal and Diversify Energy Sources
, January 24, 2017
Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) CEO Barbara Nick recently informed a renewable energy forum that it will aim to cut its reliance on coal by 20 percent within the next ten years. Nick asserted that this pledge will be kept even if Donald Trump loosens environmental regulations on coal...

Mohave Electric and Constellation Complete 13.8 MW Solar Generation Project in Arizona
, January 24, 2017
On January 18, 2017 Mohave Electric Cooperative (Mohave Electric) and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, announced the completion of a 13.8-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Fort Mohave, Arizona. The project is a ground-mounted solar power system that is located across 84...

Lloyds Energy Group Files FTA LNG Export Application
, January 19, 2017
Lloyds Energy Group LLC (Lloyds) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Energy for authorization to export up to 9 million metric tons per annum (1.25 Bcf/day) of domestically produced LNG over a 25-year period. Lloyds intends to export the LNG to nations having a Free Trade Agreement...

NextDecade Signs Lease for Potential LNG Terminal
, January 19, 2017
NextDecade, LLC announced it has signed lease agreements with the State of Texas and City of Texas City for an approximately 1,000-acre site at Shoal Point for the potential development of a multi-billion dollar LNG export facility. Texas City owns almost 376 acres at Shoal Point, while the Texas...

Eleventh Circuit Rules Co-op Members Are Not Entitled to Immediate Cash for Profits
, January 16, 2017
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit dismissed (subscription required) a case brought by members of the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative (CAEC) against the central Alabama utility for distributing excess revenue by crediting the members’ capital accounts rather than making...

KIUC Executes Agreement to Construct Hybrid Solar and Energy Storage System
, January 12, 2017
Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative has executed a power purchase agreement with AES Distributed Energy, Inc. for a plant that will provide solar energy plus a battery-based energy storage system. The project will consist of 28 MW of solar photovoltaic energy and a 20 MW five-hour duration...

First U.S. Shale Gas Reaches Japan
, January 11, 2017
Reuters reports that Japan’s JERA Co., a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, has imported the country’s first LNG produced from U.S. shale gas in the lower-48 states. Historically, Japan has imported U.S. LNG only from Alaska. According the report, the...

WEC Installs Fourth Electric Vehicle Charging Station
, January 11, 2017
Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) installed its fourth electric vehicle (EV) charging station on December 9, 2016. This project was aided by a $147,000 grant from the Vermont Low-Income Trust for Energy. This EV charging station is strategically located at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury,...

Bluebonnet Electric Released from Liability Related to 2011 Wildfire
, January 09, 2017
The Smithville school board members voted to release Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative (Bluebonnet) for any liability related to the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire. The fire was caused by trees that fell on Bluebonnet’s power lines during high winds in the middle of the driest 12-month period...

State Corporation Takes Over Alaska LNG Project
, January 06, 2017
The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced that it has reached an agreement with affiliates of ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips, whereby AGDC will assume the responsibility for the technical and regulatory activities associated with the proposed Alaska LNG project, consisting of...

IRS Further Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Dorothy Black Franzoni,Bradley M. Seltzer,Amish M. Shah,Wes Sheumaker,Ram C. Sunkara, December 21, 2016
On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-04, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for renewable energy tax credits under IRC sections 45 and 48.1

FERC Seeks Comments on Double Recovery Resulting from Current Income Tax Allowance and Rate of Return Policies
Paul F. Forshay,Jonathan W. Gottlieb,Meghan R. Gruebner,Allison E. Speaker, December 19, 2016
On December 15, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comments on how to address any potential double recovery that may result from the agency’s current income tax allowance and rate of return policies. The NOI responds to the U.S....

Off the Grid: TCPA Class Action Settlement for Energy Utility Company
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Patricia A. Gorham,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, December 06, 2016
Utility companies continue to face ongoing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can arise from the use of automated communications with customers for purposes of marketing, customer servicing and collections. Recently, a New York federal court granted preliminary...

Heightened Focus on Renewable Fuel Standard Enforcement Increases Compliance Challenges
Paul C. Freeman,Catherine M. Krupka,Susan G. Lafferty,David M. McCullough,Ronald W. Zdrojeski, December 02, 2016
As the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program continues to evolve and mature, so too does the manner in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) seeks to drive day-to-day compliance by the regulated community. From the program’s inception, EPA’s regulatory...

FERC Proposes Adding Electric Storage and Distributed Energy Resources to the Wholesale Electric Market
Samina M. Bharmal,Dorothy Black Franzoni,Michael A. Stosser,Kyle E. Wamstad, November 23, 2016
On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on electric storage and distributed energy resources, Docket Nos. RM 16-23-000; AD16-20-000.

Undoing the Clean Power Plan
Joshua L. Belcher,Samina M. Bharmal,Jay Holloway,Liz Williamson, November 23, 2016
The election of Donald J. Trump as the next President of the United States appears to have dealt certain defeat for the Obama Climate Action Plan. Central to that effort was the Clean Power Plan, finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015, which would have imposed...

FERC Proposes Changes to Interstate Oil Pipeline Index Ratemaking and Cost and Revenue Reporting
Paul F. Forshay,Allison E. Speaker, October 28, 2016
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR). This ANOPR is seeking comments on potential changes to FERC’s policies for evaluating interstate oil pipeline indexed rate increases based on industry-wide cost increases, and on...

Federal Court Orders EPA to Evaluate Job Losses from Air Regulations
Joshua L. Belcher,Samina M. Bharmal,Jay Holloway,James A. Thompson,Liz Williamson, October 20, 2016
On October 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ruled in favor of Murray Energy Corporation (Murray) in its section 321 suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The court ordered that EPA must evaluate the job loss consequences of its air...

FERC Releases Update on Review of Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Application
, October 06, 2016
FERC has released an update on its pre-filing environmental review of Venture Global Plaquemines LNG’s (Plaquemines LNG) application to construct a liquefaction and export terminal on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, La. and the Gator Express Pipeline...

Construction Begins on Bandera Electric Cooperative Solar Project
, October 05, 2016
SoCore Energy has started construction on a 1.9 MW ground-mounted solar project for Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC). This solar project will allow BEC’s members to subscribe to community solar power for their homes and businesses. The project is expected to generate an estimated 3,587 Mwh...

FERC to Prepare EIS for Proposed Driftwood LNG Export Terminal
, October 04, 2016
FERC has issued a notice of its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Driftwood LNG liquefaction and export terminal and interconnected pipeline in Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, and Evangeline Parishes, La. Comments on the scope of the EIS are due November...

Petronas Considering Selling Stake in Proposed B.C. LNG Terminal
, October 03, 2016
Reuters reports that three unnamed sources “familiar with the matter” have revealed that Petronas is considering selling its majority stake in the proposed $27 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia due to financial constraints and low global...

Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Wins $360 Million Air Force Base Contract
, September 30, 2016
The Defense Logistics Agency recently announced that Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative (CHELCO) will be responsible for owning, operating and maintaining the electrical grid at Eglin Air Force Base, which is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay near Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The contract, which...

Wolverine Begins Construction of One of Michigan’s Largest Solar Arrays
, September 30, 2016
Spartan Renewable Energy, a member-owner of Wolverine Power Cooperative (Wolverine), today announced that it will soon begin construction of a 1.2 megawatt solar array in Cadillac, Michigan. Wolverine will purchase 100 percent of the power output from the project. While this is Wolverine’s...

Canadian Government Conditionally Approves Petronas’s Pacific NorthWest LNG Terminal
, September 29, 2016
CBC News reports that the Canadian federal government has approved Petronas’s proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia with 190 legally binding conditions. According to the report, majority sponsor Malaysian state oil company Petronas...

D.C. Circuit Hears Challenge to Clean Power Plan
, September 29, 2016
Ten D.C. Circuit judges heard argument regarding the EPA’s authority to enact the Clean Power Plan and the rule’s constitutionality. All active judges on the D.C. Circuit, with the exception of Merrick Garland, heard arguments from state government, power industry groups, the federal...

GridLiance to Purchase Transmission System from Valley Electric Association
, September 28, 2016
The Board of Directors of Valley Electric Association has approved the sale of its 230 kV High Voltage Transmission System to GridLiance Holdco, L.P. (GridLiance). The acquisition consists of approximately 160 miles of transmission lines and related substation equipment.

Environmental Assessment for Petronas Project Due Next Monday
, September 27, 2016
CBC News reports that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s final environmental report on Petronas’s proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNWLNG) export terminal near Prince Rupert, British Columbia is due to be released October 3. According to its website, PNWLNG announced a...

U.S. Senators Ask DOE to Slow Down LNG Export Approvals
, September 27, 2016
A group of twelve U.S. Senators has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Moniz requesting that “DOE slow its [LNG export] approval process until the full impacts of currently approved exports are realized.” The letter expresses concerns that LNG exports will increase domestic...

Great River Energy and WH Launch Dickinson Solar Project
, September 26, 2016
The Dickinson Solar Project constructed by Great River Energy and Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) is now operational and will generate 2.25 MW of solar energy for the members of WH. The project is the second largest solar installation in Minnesota and the largest solar array...

US Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments Regarding Clean Power Plan on Tuesday
, September 26, 2016
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear arguments regarding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Tuesday, September 27. Twenty-six states have joined West Virginia to challenge the Plan, which requires states to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a cumulative 32...

Alaska and ConocoPhillips Sign MOU to Market North Slope Gas
, September 23, 2016
The State of Alaska, through the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding negotiations to form a joint venture company (JV) to market LNG from the proposed Alaska LNG project to global LNG markets and...

Changes to Power Contracts Authorized by Basin Electric Directors
, September 21, 2016
The directors of Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) authorized an amendment to Powder River Energy Corporation’s and Upper Missouri Power Cooperative’s wholesale power contracts that will allow Basin Electric to supply electricity to Tongue River Electric Cooperative,...

Coal Ash Legislation Passes Senate
, September 21, 2016
New coal ash legislation passed in the Senate recently in a 95-3 vote. The new legislation gives state agencies the authority to enforce federal regulation through state permits.

DOE Releases July 2016 LNG Import and Export Data
, September 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released LNG import and export data for July 2016. The report shows the following shipments of domestically produced LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La.: one shipment to Spain for $4.51, one shipment to China for $5.60, one shipment...

Sabine Pass Train 2 Reaches Substantial Completion
, September 21, 2016
Cheniere Energy announced that liquefaction Train 2 at its Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La., has reached “substantial completion.” Commissioning has been completed and construction contractor Bechtel “is turning over care, custody, and control of Train 2 to Cheniere...

Cobb EMC is the Most Affordable Electric Provider in Georgia
, September 13, 2016
The 2016 Georgia PSC (PSC) summer survey found that the rates of the Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC) are the lowest in Georgia. According to the PSC’s survey, compared to the average electric utility customer, Cobb EMC members save approximately $31.66 dollars per month on...

Dairyland Power Begins Construction of New Solar Project
, September 13, 2016
Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland Power) recently broke ground on what will become one of Wisconsin’s largest solar projects. The project, which is located in Medford, Wisconsin, will generate approximately 2.5 MW of electricity—enough to power around 450 homes. Once completed, it...

Pivotal LNG and Carib Energy Reach Multi-Year Supply Agreement for Puerto Rican Company
, September 06, 2016
Pivotal LNG announced that it has reached a multi-year agreement to sell LNG to Carib Energy LLC, a Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary. Crowley will transport and deliver the LNG in ISO containers from its Jacksonville, Fla. shipping terminal to Molinos de Puerto Rico, a subsidiary of Ardent Mills...

Western Farmers Adds Utility-Scale Solar
, September 02, 2016
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (Western Farmers) is adding 43 MW of utility-scale solar through power purchase agreements and projects it has planned or under construction. Western Farmers has agreed to purchase 25 MW from the Caprock Solar Power Project, which is under development in New...

FERC Orders Approving Aguirre Offshore Gasport Challenged in Court
, August 31, 2016
Comité Diálogo Ambiental, Inc. (“Diálogo”) has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging FERC’s orders authorizing construction and operation of Aguirre Offshore GasPort, LLC’s (“Gasport”)...

Virginia Announces First Community Solar Project
, August 31, 2016
BARC Electric has developed the first community solar project in Virginia. The facility in Rockbridge, Virginia will benefit the member-owners who reside in the counties of Rockbridge, Bath, Highland, Augusta and Alleghany.

Coop-Friendly Railroad Reform Law Reportedly on Track
, August 30, 2016
Federal regulators have reported that they are on track in implementing a railroad reform law intended to promote shipping efficiency and potentially competition among railroads. The NRECA and electric cooperatives generally have pushed for reforms, recognizing the impact that costs of hauling coal...

Coops Offer Net Metering Alternatives
, August 30, 2016
Michigan’s Cherryland Electric Cooperative and its supplier, Wolverine Power Cooperative, have developed a plan that would allow customers to choose between three options for participating in solar generation—a community solar subscription, a “buy all, sell all” option,...

DOE Grants American LNG Marketing Blanket Export Authority
, August 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an order granting American LNG Marketing blanket authority to export up to 3.02 Bcf/year of LNG over two years from its proposed Hialeah facility near Medley, Fla. to nations with and without a Free Trade Agreement with the United States with which...

Iowa Coop Doubles as Solar Installer
, August 30, 2016
Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO) has embraced growing interest in customer-owned solar and has begun installing solar systems—for both its customers and other utilities. WIPCO installed its first system in 2014 and has installed 952 kilowatts to date.

NRECA Joins PJM Seeking Shutdown of FERC Floor Price Dispute
, August 30, 2016
The NRECA has joined with PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) and other utility groups to back the changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to the PJM proposal dealing with artificial price suppression on the grid. PJM asked the D.C. Circuit to deny the grid’s power...

Producer Sponsors Not Moving Forward on Alaska LNG Project
, August 30, 2016
Alaska Dispatch News reports that at a hearing before Alaska state legislators, ExxonMobil said it will not move forward with the front-end engineering and design, or FEED phase of development of the Alaska LNG Project, which was set to start in 2017 and was expected to cost up to $2 billion....

U.S. LNG Cargo Reaches China Via Expanded Panama Canal
, August 30, 2016
MarketWatch reports that the first shipment of LNG produced from the lower 48 U.S. states to reach China was shipped from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La., passed through the expanded Panama Canal, and arrived at the Yantian Port in southern China on Monday. The report states...

Corpus Christi Liquefaction and Sabine Pass LNG File Construction Progress Reports
, August 24, 2016
Corpus Christi Liquefaction (CCL) and Sabine Pass LNG (SPL) have filed reports with FERC covering construction activities at their LNG export terminals through July 2016. For its liquefaction and LNG export terminal under construction at Corpus Christi, Texas, CCL reports that engineering has...

East Kentucky Power Invests $2.9 Million in Landfill Production Expansion
, August 24, 2016
East Kentucky Power Cooperative (East Kentucky Power) is expanding the capacity of its landfill gas-to-electric power plant next to the Bavarian Landfill in Boone County, Kentucky. The $2.9 million expansion will increase power production to 4.6 MW and is expected to be completed before the end of...

Additional LNG Export Authority Sought for Lake Charles Terminal
, August 19, 2016
Lake Charles Exports, LLC and Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC each have filed applications for authority to export an additional 121 Bcf/year of LNG from the proposed export terminal at Lake Charles, La (Lake Charles Terminal). The companies propose to export the LNG to Free Trade Agreement...

Cooperatives Financing Efficiency Upgrades through Opt-in Tariffs
, August 19, 2016
Smaller, rural cooperatives have been experimenting with a model that gets around a customer’s inability or unwillingness to take on debt or invest in energy efficiency upgrades through offering a voluntary on-bill tariff. Cooperatives have been able to lead this innovation because...

Department of Energy to Award $34MM for Cybersecurity Projects
, August 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy announced its plan to award $34 million for projects aimed at developing technologies and tools to increase cyberattack protection for the country’s energy infrastructure. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is receiving funding for a technology...

FERC Dismisses Downeast LNG Applications
, August 19, 2016
FERC issued an order today dismissing and terminating Downeast LNG (Downeast) and affiliates’ applications for a bidirectional import/export LNG terminal and associated pipeline facilities near Robbinston, Maine. FERC stated: “Downeast’s project has been before the Commission in...

Natural Gas Set Electricity Record
, August 19, 2016
Despite an increase in price in recent months, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that the amount of electricity produced by natural gas hit 4,950 gigawatt-hours per day in July. This is 9 percent higher than the previous record set in July 2015. Most of the growth came in the...

Oklahoma Cooperative Executes Power Purchase Agreement to Receive Power from Cooperative
, August 19, 2016
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (NEOEC) terminated its relationship with Grand River Dam Authority and has executed a power purchase agreement for its members to receive electricity from KAMO Electric Cooperative. NEOEC says the move will allow the members to receive electricity at a lower...

State to Take Over Alaska LNG Project
, August 19, 2016
Alaska Dispatch News reports that Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) and the producer sponsors of the proposed Alaska LNG Project, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP, “are working ‘cooperatively’ on a plan to turn over leadership of the project to Alaska,” according to...

Transco Proposes Pipeline to Serve Corpus Christi and Freeport LNG Terminal Customers
, August 19, 2016
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) has filed an application with FERC to construct and operate its Gulf Connector Expansion Project, which would provide 400,000 dt/day of firm transportation service to Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL) and 75,000 dt/day of firm transportation service to...

Dominion Cove Point LNG Export Terminal 67% Complete
, August 17, 2016
Dominion Resources announced that its subsidiary Dominion Cove Point LNG’s liquefaction and export terminal at Lusby, Md. is now 67% complete and “continues on time and on budget for a late 2017 in-service date.”

Sabine Pass LNG to Begin Commissioning of Train 3
, August 17, 2016
Sabine Pass LNG has filed a request with FERC for authorization to introduce fuel gas in order to begin commissioning activities for liquefaction Train 3 at its LNG export terminal at Cameron Parish, La. Sabine Pass LNG requests approval to introduce fuel gas to Train 3 by August 19, 2016.

Three Coops Top J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study
, August 11, 2016
For the second consecutive year, Central Florida-based SECO has topped the J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study (J.D. Power Study). SECO’s customer satisfaction score of 769 was the highest recorded score not only among the coops but the entire J.D. Power Study,...

Coops Prominent on Solar Energy Top 10 List
, August 09, 2016
Electric cooperatives are major contributors to a surge of solar energy additions in the United States, according to an industry study. A trio of coops ranks among the top 10 utilities in cumulative solar watts per customer in a recent industry ranking.

EPA Denies Request to Reconsider MATS Startup-Shutdown Rules
, August 09, 2016
Last Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition filed by environmental groups requesting that the EPA reconsider changes it had made to its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. The specific regulations at issue, which are now final, allowed certain operators of...

Electric Coops Fuel Rural Broadband Growth
, August 09, 2016
Electric cooperatives are helping to bring high-speed internet access to rural areas. Today, about 40 electric coops offer or are in the process of building networks to provide high-speed internet service, compared with just one in 2010.

Two Wisconsin Coops Lead Charge on New Solar Project
, August 09, 2016
A new solar project being developed in Wisconsin will serve the state’s electric cooperatives, providing 15 megawatts of capacity. The “Sunflower II” array, to be located in Hammond, will be interconnected into the distribution system of St. Croix Electric Cooperative, which has...

Power Play: Energy Utilities Score Big as FCC Approves Use of Robocalls and Texts Under the TCPA; Schools Get an Assist
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Patricia A. Gorham,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, August 08, 2016
Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a long-anticipated declaratory order, ruling that utility companies may make robocalls and send automated texts to their customers concerning matters closely related to the utility service, without violating the Telephone Consumer...

Bear Head LNG Feeder Pipeline Approved
, August 05, 2016
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has approved construction of the proposed Bear Paw Pipeline, a 62.5-km pipeline, which would interconnect with the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline (MN&P) mainline and other gas supply sources near Goldboro, Nova Scotia, and the proposed Bear Head LNG export...

Carib Energy To Supply Puerto Rico Flour Plant with LNG
, August 05, 2016
Carib Energy (USA) LLC, a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp. (Crowley), has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply containerized LNG shipped from Crowley’s Jacksonville, Fla. terminal to Molinos de Puerto Rico, “the Caribbean arm of Ardent Mills LLC., the territory’s...

EPA Cuts to Landfill Methane Emissions Create New Opportunities for Credit Trading and Gas¿to-Energy Projects
Jay Holloway,Susan G. Lafferty,David M. McCullough,Ram C. Sunkara,Liz Williamson, August 03, 2016
On July 14, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest set of methane regulations as part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The Administration issued two rules that govern municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills—New...

Patronage Capital Case Successfully Removed to Federal Court
Matthew J. Bowness,Tracey K. Ledbetter,James A. Orr, August 03, 2016
In December 2015, two plaintiffs filed a class action complaint against Pennsylvania’s REA Energy Cooperative, Inc. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of current and former cooperative members, asserted that REA must retire approximately $53 million in allocated patronage capital.

Pressure Builds for EPA and CFTC to Investigate Manipulation in the RIN Markets
Catherine M. Krupka,Susan G. Lafferty,David M. McCullough,David T. McIndoe,R. Michael Sweeney, August 03, 2016
In what could foreshadow even further scrutiny of trading activities in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to investigate potential...

DOE Authorizes Non-FTA LNG Exports from Lake Charles Terminal
, August 02, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy issued two orders on Friday authorizing Lake Charles LNG Export Company, LLC and Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export a total of 730 Bcf/year (2.0 Bcf/day), or 15 million metric tons per annum, of LNG over 20 years to nations without a Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA)...

Tokyo Gas Looking to Swap U.S. LNG Supplies with Europe
, August 02, 2016
Bloomberg reports that to reduce shipping times and costs, Tokyo Gas is in talks with unnamed European companies to swap Tokyo Gas’s LNG supplies to be produced at Dominion Cove Point LNG’s terminal in Lusby, Md. with European companies’ LNG supplies produced in Asia. According to...

Big Rivers Announces 10-year Power Supply Contract with KyMEA
, August 01, 2016
Big Rivers Electric Corporation (Big Rivers), an electric generation and transmission cooperative, finalized a 10-year power supply contract with the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency (KyMEA). Under the contract, Big Rivers will provide between 75 and 100 MW of electricity beginning June 2019 with...

FERC Releases FEIS for Golden Pass LNG Export Terminal
, August 01, 2016
FERC Staff has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Golden Pass LNG’s proposed liquefaction and export terminal on the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Jefferson County, Texas, and the interconnected pipeline. Staff concludes that if the project is constructed and operated in...

Cooperative Invests in Smart Lighting Product Company
, July 29, 2016
CMA Ventures, a subsidiary of Central Iowa Power Cooperative, has participated in a Series B investment round in Igor, a Des Moines startup which has developed a “power-over-ethernet” product that can be used to help companies better manage lighting and electricity in their buildings.

Cooperative CEO Urges Congress to Authorize FBI to Assist in Identifying Utility Insider Threats
, July 27, 2016
On July 12, before the Senate Energy Subcommittee, Duane Highley, CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., requested that Congress consider legislation that would allow the FBI to assist in background checks for personnel that perform critical functions. Highley cautioned the senators to avoid a...

Corpus Christi Liquefaction Files Construction Progress Report
, July 27, 2016
Corpus Christi Liquefaction has filed a report with FERC covering construction progress at its liquefaction and LNG export terminal near Corpus Christi, Texas through June 2016. The report states that engineering has progressed to 98.4%, procurement has progressed to 50.6%, Bechtel’s direct...

EKPC Planning 60-Acre Solar Farm
, July 27, 2016
East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) has announced plans to build a solar project consisting of 32,000 photovoltaic on 60 acres next to its main office. EKPC will allow customers to purchase licenses to receive power from the project and receive credits on their monthly bills for doing so,...

Second Sabine Pass LNG Cargo Lands in Europe
, July 27, 2016
Platts reports that a second shipment of LNG from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La. has arrived in Europe at Spain’s Murgados LNG import terminal. The first cargo landed at Portugal’s Sines terminal at the end of April. According to the report, to...

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville Granted Long-Term FTA Export Authority
, July 25, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an order granting Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC (Eagle LNG) authority to export 49.8 Bcf/year (0.14 Bcf/day) of LNG from its proposed production, storage, and export facility on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla. Eagle LNG is authorized to...

Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Granted Long-Term FTA Export Authority
, July 25, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an order granting Venture Global Plaquemines LNG, Inc. (Plaquemines LNG) authority to export 1,240 Bcf/year (3.4 Bcf/day) of LNG from its proposed liquefaction and export terminal near mile marker 55 on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, La....

Tennessee Coops Encouraged by Findings and Recommendations of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
, July 22, 2016
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently issued a report finding that regulatory barriers hinder electric cooperatives from providing broadband internet access to their members. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association issued a press release praising the report,...

Fortis LNG Deal Terminated After HECO/NextEra Merger Denied
, July 21, 2016
Pacific Business News reports that Hawaii Electric has terminated its contract for LNG supplies from Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc. The deal was contingent on Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approval of NextEra’s acquisition of Hawaii Electric, which was denied last week.

Hawaii Consumer Groups Push for Coop Utility after Failed Merger
, July 21, 2016
Since a merger between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric failed, consumer groups in Hawaii are considering next steps for the state’s largest utility and creating the state’s second electric coop. The island of Kauai currently has an electric coop that was formed in 2002 when it...

U.S. LNG Supplies to be First Through Expanded Panama Canal
, July 21, 2016
LNG World Shipping reports that the first large LNG carrier to pass through the expanded Panama Canal will be the Shell-chartered Maran Gas Apollonia carrying an LNG cargo loaded at Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La. The cargo is expected to pass through the...

Colorado Coop Offers Ultra-Fast Internet Access
, July 20, 2016
Colorado’s Delta-Montrose Electric Association plans to provide one gigabit broadband internet to members this winter. It will take approximately five years for the cooperative to construct the facilities necessary to provide access to all of its members, however. Doing so will require...

DOE Approves Additional Non-FTA Exports from Cameron LNG Terminal
, July 20, 2016
Sempra Energy announced that Cameron LNG has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export an additional 1.41Bcf/day of LNG from its proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal expansion project in Cameron Parish, La. to countries without a Free Trade Agreement...

Following Halo Decision, Power Meter IP Suit Settles
, July 20, 2016
Denton County Electric Cooperative Inc. and other energy companies have settled patent infringement allegations (subscription required) involving power meters following the Supreme Court’s June Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. decision.

GRE to Retire North Dakota Coal Plant
, July 20, 2016
Minnesota generation and transmission cooperative Great River Energy (GRE) has decided to retire its Stanton Station, a coal plant located near Bismarck, North Dakota. The 189-megawatt plan served GRE’s customers in Minnesota.

Missouri Coop Selected for USDA Small Business Program
, July 20, 2016
Bourbon, Missouri-based Crawford Electric Cooperative has been selected to participate in a USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. Through the REDLG program, the USDA makes interest free loans to utilities that they in turn lend to local businesses to promote...

NRECA Partners With Department of Energy
, July 20, 2016
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will be partnering with the Department of Energy and the American Public Power Association to enhance protection of the electric grid from attack. The partnership will give the nation’s electric cooperatives access to cybersecurity...

Court Backs FERC on Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal
, July 19, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has issued an opinion rejecting EarthReports’, Sierra Club’s and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s joint appeal of FERC’s orders, which authorized construction and operation of the Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal...

Court Remands BP Energy Appeal of Dominion Cove Point LNG Capacity Allocation
, July 19, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has issued an opinion remanding to FERC for further explanation how FERC’s orders, which permitted Statoil Natural Gas, but not BP Energy, to turn back certain capacity held on Dominion Cove Point LNG’s system, were not unduly...

Analysts: U.S. LNG Supplies Not Expected in Asian Markets Anytime Soon
, July 15, 2016
Citibank analysts predict that with the current glut of LNG in the global market and resulting low prices, U.S. LNG supplies will not be shipped to Asia anytime soon even with the widened Panama Canal. The widened canal can now accommodate larger ships carrying LNG. “The Panama Canal...

Annova LNG Files Application for Brownsville Export Terminal
, July 15, 2016
Annova LNG Common Infrastructure, LLC, and affiliates (Annova LNG) have filed an application with FERC to construct and operate mid-scale liquefaction and LNG export terminal facilities on the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas. The project will include six liquefaction trains, each...

FERC Releases Project Update for Port Arthur LNG Export Terminal
, July 15, 2016
FERC has released an update on its review of Port Arthur LNG’s proposal to construct liquefaction, LNG export terminal and interconnected pipeline facilities at Port Arthur, Texas. FERC is currently conducting its pre-filing environmental review process for the project and will provide...

Maritime Administration Releases DEIS for Delfin LNG Application
, July 15, 2016
The U.S. Maritime Administration has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Delfin LNG’s application for a license to construct and operate a deepwater port LNG export terminal and interconnected pipeline. The proposed Delfin LNG export terminal would be located in...

Appellate Court Upholds FERC Ruling Regarding “Right of First Refusal”
, July 14, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a rule preventing utilities from relying on a “right of first refusal” for transmission projects in Southwest Power Pool’s region, opening up competitive bidding. Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. and other utilities sued the...

Environmental Compliance Costs Rise above $6 Billion
, July 14, 2016
The Energy Information Administration reports that power plant operators nationwide have spent at least $6.1 billion to comply with new environmental regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. Operators have also retired 20 gigawatts of coal generation capacity during the period...

FERC Authorizes Increased Production at Freeport LNG Facility
, July 14, 2016
FERC has issued an order authorizing Freeport Liquefaction to increase the authorized maximum peak day LNG production level at its liquefaction and export terminal facility under construction on Quintana Island in Brazoria County, Texas. The facility was authorized to increase its production from...

Federal Appellate Court Overturns Minnesota Law Restricting Imported Power
, July 14, 2016
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision finding that a Minnesota law that prohibited sales of coal-based generation into a regional market violated federal statutes and interfered with interstate commerce. Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Minnkota Power Cooperative argued that...

LNG Canada Delays FID for Proposed Kitimat B.C. Export Terminal
, July 14, 2016
CBC News reports that LNG Canada has indefinitely delayed making a final investment decision (FID) on its proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal near Kitimat, British Columbia (B.C.) due to global energy market conditions. According to the report, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz recently told a...

Storm Slows Urea Plant Progress
, July 14, 2016
Construction progress at a urea plant owned by a Basin Electric Power Cooperative subsidiary was set back when a storm with wind speeds clocking at almost 80 miles per hour hit the site over the holiday weekend. The plant, when complete, will produce 380,000 tons of urea annually.

D.C. Circuit Questions FERC’s Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances
Paul F. Forshay,Meghan R. Gruebner,Allison E. Speaker,Michael A. Stosser, July 08, 2016
On July 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in United Airlines, Inc., et al. v. FERC. This oil pipeline rate case appeal involves SFPP, L.P., a pipeline organized as a limited partnership. In its ruling, the court rejects application of the Federal...

Driftwood LNG Files Draft Resource Reports
, July 08, 2016
Driftwood LNG (DWLNG) has filed draft Resource Reports 1 (General Project Description) and 10 (Alternatives) with FERC as part of the pre-filing environmental review process for its proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River near Carlyss, Calcasieu Parish,...

FERC Denies Rehearing of Order Authorizing Lake Charles LNG Export Project
, July 08, 2016
FERC has issued an order denying Sierra Club’s request for rehearing of the order authorizing construction and operation of the Lake Charles LNG export terminal in Calcasieu Parish, La. FERC denied Sierra Club’s arguments that FERC’s National Environmental Policy Act analysis of...

FERC Releases Update on Review of Alaska LNG Application
, July 08, 2016
FERC has released an update on its pre-filing environmental review of the proposed Alaska LNG project. Currently, Alaska LNG is reviewing the comments from FERC and other agencies on its first set of draft resource reports (RRs), as well as comments received during scoping, and incorporating them...

Kit Carson and Tri-State Announce Split
, July 08, 2016
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (Kit Carson) and Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association (Tri-State) jointly announced that they have reached an agreement that will sever ties between the two organizations and will terminate a wholesale electric service contract. Kit Carson has been a...

Sabine Pass LNG Cargo Shipped to Spain
, July 08, 2016
Platts reports that a cargo of LNG has left Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La., and is headed to Spain. This is the second shipment of U.S. LNG to Europe, where the LNG will compete with Algerian pipeline gas supplies in Spain and Portugal. According to the...

Administration Signals Intent to Challenge Judicial Decision That Struck Down Fracking Rule as Unlawful
David A. Baay,Jim L. Silliman, July 01, 2016
On June 24, the Obama Administration filed its notice of appeal to challenge last week’s federal court decision to strike down the newest regulation over hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as being “in excess of its statutory...

Uncertainty of Alaska LNG Project Discussed at State Legislature Hearing
, July 01, 2016
The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that new Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) President and CEO Keith Meyer presented a plan to Alaska’s joint House-Senate Resources Committee to overhaul the financial structure of the proposed Alaska LNG Project. The plan would allow the state to...

Court Denies Sierra Club Appeals of Freeport LNG and Sabine Pass LNG Orders
, June 30, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has issued two opinions denying (1) Sierra Club’s and Galveston Baykeeper’s challenges to FERC orders authorizing Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to construct and operate LNG export terminal facilities at its LNG import terminal on Quintana...

Solar and Wind Prices Expected to Continue to Fall
, June 30, 2016
The cost for solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and onshore wind power is expected to continue to fall and to be approximately 5 to 6 cents per kilowatt hour by the end of the decade, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. This decrease in cost is largely due to...

FAA Relaxes Drone Rules; Caution Urged for Coops
, June 28, 2016
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has relaxed rules on commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The NRECA is urging caution for coops interested in utilizing the new technology.

South By Southwest: Texas Supreme Court Rejects Processing Exemptions for Oil Company
Charles C. Capouet,Todd A. Lard, June 28, 2016
The Supreme Court of Texas held that an oil and gas exploration and production company’s purchases of casing, tubing, other well equipment, and associated services were not exempt from sales tax under various processing exemptions. Texas provides multiple exemptions from sales tax for certain...

Dominion Cove Point LNG Files Construction Progress Report
, June 27, 2016
Dominion Cove Point LNG has filed a report with FERC covering construction progress at its liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Lusby, Md. through May 2016. The report states that engineering is 99.8% complete, engineered equipment procurement is 99% complete, and construction is 38% complete.

Environmental Review of Petronas’s Proposed B.C. LNG Terminal Resumes
, June 27, 2016
Reuters reports that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has resumed its review of the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNWLNG) project near Lelu Island, British Columbia. Malaysian state oil company Petronas is the primary sponsor of the PNWLNG project. The CEAA review process was...

Rio Grande LNG Files Response to Opposing Parties
, June 24, 2016
Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC (together, RGLNG) have filed an answer with FERC opposing various entities’ motions to intervene, protests and comments regarding RGLNG’s application to construct and operate a liquefaction and LNG export terminal along Brownsville Ship...

Alaska LNG Project Files Second Draft Resource Reports
, June 23, 2016
Alaska LNG Project has filed with FERC second drafts of Resource Reports 1 (General Project Description) and 10 (Alternatives) as part of FERC’s pre-filing environmental review process. The Alaska LNG Project, sponsored by the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, BP Alaska LNG LLC,...

FERC Approves Freeport LNG Feeder Pipeline Project
, June 23, 2016
FERC has issued an order authorizing Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP (Gulf South) to construct and operate the Coastal Bend Header Project pipeline facilities which will provide 1.42 Bcf/day of firm gas transportation service to Freeport LNG Development, LP’s liquefaction and LNG export...

Sabine Pass LNG Files Construction Status Report
, June 23, 2016
Sabine Pass LNG filed a report with FERC covering construction progress at its LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La. through May 2016. The report states that liquefaction Train 1 substantial completion was achieved on May 27, 2016, and substantial completion for Train 2 is anticipated by late...

State of Alaska May Increase Stake in Alaska LNG Project
, June 23, 2016
KTOO reports that Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s administration is considering increasing Alaska’s stake in the Alaska LNG Project or taking over ownership completely. Currently, the state owns 25% of the project through the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. BP Alaska LNG LLC,...

USDA Announces New Program to Help Rural Utilities
, June 23, 2016
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). RESP is a program aimed at helping rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The RESP will make available $52 million in interest free loans to rural energy...

DOE Releases April 2016 LNG Export Data
, June 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has released LNG import and export data for 2016 through April. The data show that in April three commissioning cargoes of domestically produced LNG were exported from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction terminal in Cameron Parish, La.: two...

EIA Predicts Slow Sales Growth
, June 21, 2016
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has forecasted slow electricity sales growth over the next 25 years in its latest Annual Energy Outlook. The EIA predicts that the electricity sales to commercial customers will increase at an average annual rate of 0.7 percent through 2040, while...

Sabine Pass Withdraws Application to Construct LNG Truck Loading Facilities
, June 21, 2016
Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (Sabine Pass) has filed a letter with FERC withdrawing its application for authorization to construct and operate LNG truck loading facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La. The letter request withdrawal of the application because “Sabine...

Sierra Club Files Court Appeal of Dominion Cove Point LNG Export Authorizations
, June 21, 2016
Sierra Club has filed a court appeal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) orders authorizing long-term exports of LNG to nations without a Free Trade Agreement with the United States from the Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal under construction at Lusby, Md. The appeal was filed...

Wolverine Announces Commission of Alpine Power Plant
, June 20, 2016
Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. (Wolverine) announced that the new Alpine Power Plant, a natural gas-fired peaking plant located turbine in Elmira, Michigan, is now fully-powered. Once final commissioning is complete, the two generators, capable of producing a combined 410 MWs of...

NRECA Names Former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson New CEO
, June 15, 2016
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s sixth chief executive officer. He will join the association and assume his duties as CEO in July.

Texas Grid Operator Expects Major Increase in Solar Growth
, June 15, 2016
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas expects solar to become the second or third largest source of electric generation in Texas by 2031.

Clean Power Plan to Rush Need for Infrastructure
, June 14, 2016
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has forecasted that by 2030 the Clean Power Plan will boost renewable resources 10-20 gigawatts and coal capacity will fall by as much as 27 gigawatts. This shift will accelerate the need for more transmission and pipeline infrastructure,...

Dairyland Power Cooperative Announces Significant Wind Expansion
, June 14, 2016
Dairyland Power Cooperative, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, recently announced that it will begin purchasing energy from a 98 megawatt wind project located in southwestern Wisconsin. The project is owned by EDP Renewables North America. The project is currently working its way through the MISO...

Issues Favorable Report on Coop Credit
, June 14, 2016
On June 7 S&P Global Ratings (S&P) released a report on the electric cooperative sector. The report generally strikes a positive note, highlighting the “resilience” of electric cooperatives and concluding that even the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will not pose an...

Widened Panama Canal to Open June 26; U.S. LNG Supplies Expected to Remain in Atlantic Basin
, June 14, 2016
Hellenic Shipping News reports that the Panama Canal widening project is expected to be inaugurated June 26, allowing it to accommodate large LNG tankers and permitting U.S. Gulf Coast LNG producers to reduce the shipping time to markets in Asia by approximately ten days. However, according to an...

ECSC Planning South Carolina Solar Projects
, June 09, 2016
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC) has announced the creation of the largest network of community solar installations in the state.

FCC to Allow Auction Entry for Coops
, June 09, 2016
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has ruled that coops can have access to Connect American Funds (CAF), which are meant to promote broadband in rural areas. The FCC agreed, at the NRECA’s suggestion, that coops may satisfy the auction program’s technical qualifications by...

IEA Report: New LNG Supplies Will Need to Find New Markets
, June 09, 2016
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report which predicts a major shift in the global natural gas market over the next five years due to a 45% increase in liquefaction capacity coming online, primarily from the United States and Australia, just as demand growth from the...

Toho Gas Signs Agreement for Cameron LNG Supplies
, June 08, 2016
Japanese utility company Toho Gas Co., Ltd. announced that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, for the purchase of 200,000 tons/year of LNG produced at Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG terminal...

FERC Initiates Pre-Filing Review Process for Driftwood LNG
, June 07, 2016
FERC has issued a letter approving Driftwood LNG’s request to initiate the pre-filing environmental review process for its proposed 26 million tonnes/year liquefaction facility and LNG export terminal on the west side of the Calcasieu River, Calcasieu Parish, La. and interconnected pipeline....

FERC Authorizes Elba Island LNG Export Terminal Construction and Operation
, June 03, 2016
FERC has issued an order authorizing Kinder Morgan subsidiaries Elba Liquefaction Company, L.L.C. and Southern LNG Company, L.L.C. to construct and operate liquefaction and LNG export terminal facilities (Elba Liquefaction Project) at the existing LNG import terminal at Elba Island, near Savannah,...

Cheniere Announces Substantial Completion of Sabine Pass Train 1
, June 02, 2016
Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (Cheniere Partners) and Bechtel announced that they have achieved Substantial Completion of Train 1 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction and LNG export terminal project in Cameron Parish, La. According to the press release, “commissioning has been completed and...

Magnolia LNG Files Construction Status Report
, June 02, 2016
Magnolia LNG has filed a report with FERC covering construction activities through May 2016 at its proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal near Lake Charles, La. The report states that Magnolia is currently revising its Section 404/10 permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Michigan to Allow Self-Driving Vehicles?
, June 02, 2016
This summer, the Michigan legislature is expected to consider various bills that could allow the sale and operation of autonomous vehicles in that state. One bill would allow self-driving cars to be operated on public roads without a driver behind the wheel. This could allow auto manufacturers to...

Sabine Pass Train 1 Placed In Service
, June 02, 2016
Sabine Pass LNG (Sabine Pass) has filed a letter with FERC stating that on May 27, 2016, Sabine Pass “accepted Care, Custody, and Control of Train 1 and Stage 1 OSBL from its EPC contractor, Bechtel, and placed the facilities in service.” The letter further states that the Train 1 and...

Scientists Oppose Petronas’s Proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG Terminal
, June 02, 2016
A group of 90 international climate change scientists and climate policy experts has sent a letter to Canada’s Environmental Minister Catherine McKenna requesting that she “reject the proposed Pacific Northwest (PNW) LNG project due its significant adverse environmental effects from...

DOE Denies Rehearing of Orders Authorizing Corpus Christi Liquefaction and Sabine Pass Non-FTA Exports
, May 31, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued two orders denying Sierra Club’s requests for rehearing of DOE orders which authorized: (1) Cheniere Marketing, LLC and Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL) to export LNG to nations without a Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA) from CCL’s...

NRC has Approved Transfer of La Crosse License to La Crosse Solutions
, May 31, 2016
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the license for the La Crosse Nuclear Plant, which has been inactive since 1987, from Dairyland Power Cooperative to La Crosse Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of the radioactive waste disposal specialist Energy Solutions LLC. La...

Construction begins on Dairyland Power and Richland Electric Solar Projects
, May 27, 2016
On Monday, May 23, Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland Power), Richland Electric Cooperative (Richland Electric) and SoCore Energy began construction on two solar projects. The first is a community solar project being constructed for members of Richland Electric and the second is the first of 12...

USDA Invests More Than $200 Million in Electric Infrastructure Improvements in Five States
, May 27, 2016
The USDA recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Rural Electrification Act and announced funding of more than $200 million to build and upgrade rural electric infrastructure in five states. East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc. will receive a $131.8 million loan to acquire the Bluegrass...

Alaska LNG Files Monthly Status Report
, May 26, 2016
Alaska LNG has filed a report with FERC covering through April 2016 the status of pre-filing environmental review activities for its proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Nikiski, Alaska and 800-mile interconnected pipeline. The report states that due to ongoing pre-Front End Engineering...

Corpus Christi Liquefaction Submits Construction Progress Report
, May 26, 2016
Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC has filed a report with FERC covering through April 2016 construction progress at its liquefaction and LNG export terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas. The reports states that (i) engineering has progressed to 98.0%, (ii) procurement has progressed to 46.9%, (iii)...

Flint Hill Resources Receives Non-FTA Export Authority
, May 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued an order authorizing Flint Hill Resources, LP to export over a 20-year period up to 3.62 Bcf/year of domestically produced LNG in ISO containers or in bulk to nations without a Free Trade Agreement (non-FTA) with the United States from an LNG liquefaction...

EPA to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Jay Holloway,Susan G. Lafferty,David M. McCullough,James A. Thompson,Liz Williamson, May 24, 2016
On May 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final regulations (the Rules) aimed at reducing methane emissions from certain new and modified oil and gas facilities by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. Methane is considered to be a significant contributor to climate change,...

Middle Tennessee Cooperative Withdraws Offer to Purchase Electric Utility
, May 24, 2016
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. informed the Mayor of Murfreesboro that it has withdrawn its offer to purchase Murfreesboro Electric Department which was recently valued between $175.5 million and $247.3 million. The City Council is discussing whether to take away the utility’s...

Wabash Valley Power Association Purchases Participation Interest in Illinois Power Plant
, May 24, 2016
Wabash Valley Power Association purchased a 5 percent participation interest in a 1,600-MW coal-powered electric plant in the Prairie State Energy Campus for $57 million. The Campus, operational since 2012, is comprised of a power plant and an adjacent coal mine. The deal was completed a day after...

Downeast LNG Up for Sale
, May 20, 2016
Downeast LNG, sponsor of a proposed 3 million ton/year liquefaction and LNG import/export terminal near Robbinston, Maine, announced that the company will be put up for sale as of July 1, 2016. According to the press release, Downeast LNG’s majority shareholder is energy private equity...

Eagle LNG to Construct Liquefaction Plant to Supply Crowley Ships
, May 20, 2016
Eagle LNG announced that it has begun the construction process for a 200,000 gallons/day (87,000 gallons/day initially) natural gas liquefaction plant in West Jacksonville, Fla., which is anticipated to be operational by early 2017. The LNG will be used to supply Crowley’s new LNG-powered...

Fortis Signs Agreement to Supply LNG to Hawaii Electric
, May 20, 2016
Fortis Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc., entered into an agreement to supply Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. with 800,000 metric tons/year of LNG over 20-years from FortisBC’s Tilbury LNG facility in Delta, British Columbia, starting in 2021. According to...

Hoosier Energy Constructing New Solar Panels in Johnson County, Indiana
, May 20, 2016
Hoosier Energy, a G&T cooperative, plans to start construction within the next month on a $2.5 million solar farm on a site recently selected in Johnson County, Indiana. Approximately 4,100 solar panels will be installed at this site, and each panel will eventually collect about 1.5 kilowatt hours...

New Mexico Coop Obtains Solar PPA
, May 20, 2016
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) has entered into a 25-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables (DEN) to purchase power from DEN’s 25-MW Caprock Solar Power Project near Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico, allowing WFEC to further diversify its generating portfolio.

Texas Coop to Offer Broadband Service through WiFi
, May 20, 2016
Texas-based Bandera Electric Cooperative (Bandera) plans to run fiber cables along its power poles to feed WiFi access points, which will provide wireless internet service to its customers. Bandera estimates that service speeds will range from 10—50 Mbps. The service will be tested in 200...

Virginia Coop’s Permitting Dispute Drags On
, May 20, 2016
A Pennsylvania environmental appeals board recently denied Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s motion for summary judgment in a permitting dispute related to a proposed gas-fired plant, citing the importance of a factual question—whether water discharged into a river after being used as...

DOE Releases First Quarter LNG Import/Export Data
, May 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has released data covering U.S. LNG imports and exports for the First Quarter of 2016. The report shows that four vessel-borne commissioning cargoes of domestically-produced LNG, totaling 11.5 million Mcf, were exported from the...

Ex-Cheniere Energy CEO Charif Souki’s New Company, Driftwood LNG, Requests Initiation of Pre-Filing Review Process for Louisiana Terminal
, May 16, 2016
Driftwood LNG LLC and Driftwood LNG Pipeline LLC (together, Driftwood) have filed a request with FERC to initiate the pre-filing environmental review process for a 26 million tonnes/year LNG production and export facility on the west side of the Calcasieu River near Carlyss, Calcasieu Parish, La....

AltaGas/Idemitsu Suspend Joint Triton LNG Project
, May 13, 2016
The Canadian Press reports that AltaGas Ltd’s joint venture partner, Idemitsu Kosan Co. (Idemitsu), stated in its recent annual financial report that it has suspended work on the proposed Triton LNG export terminal that was planned at Kitimat or Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.). The...

MARAD Approves Surrender of Port Dolphin Energy Deepwater Port License
, May 13, 2016
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has granted Port Dolphin Energy’s request to surrender and terminate its Deepwater Port License authorizing it to own, construct and operate an LNG deepwater port approximately 28 miles off the western coast of Florida, and approximately 42 miles from...

Alaska Coop to Receive $8 Million from FEMA
, May 11, 2016
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (Village Electric), located in Anchorage, Alaska, will be receiving more than $8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to repair damages from a devastating 2013 storm. The storm produced 90 mph winds and significant flooding within Village...

FERC Authorizes Two Additional Trains for Cameron LNG
, May 11, 2016
FERC has issued an order authorizing Cameron LNG to construct and operate a fifth 160,000-cubic meter (m3) LNG storage tank, which would store LNG pending export, and two additional liquefaction trains, Trains 4 and 5, each with a liquefaction capability of 4.985 million metric tonnes per annum...

FERC Tolls Rehearing of Order Rejecting Jordan Cove Energy Project LNG Terminal Application
, May 11, 2016
FERC has issued a tolling order which extends indefinitely the time by which FERC must act on requests for rehearing of its order which rejected Jordan Cove Energy Project’s application to construct a liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Coos Bay, Ore., and Pacific Connector Gas...

Rio Grande LNG Files FERC Application
, May 11, 2016
Rio Grande LNG, LLC and Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC (together, Applicants) have filed an application with FERC for authorization to site, construct and operate liquefaction and LNG export terminal facilities in the Brownsville Navigation District in Cameron County, Texas and an interconnected...

Clean Energy Fuels to Supply LNG to Hawaii Gas
, May 06, 2016
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced that it has signed a contract to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas. According to the press release, “the agreement is consistent with the state’s intent to reduce its reliance on imported crude oil, using a cleaner and more economical fuel.” Details of...

EPA Denies Five Petitions for Reconsideration of New Source Performance Standards
Joshua L. Belcher,Jay Holloway,Cedric E. Seley,Liz Williamson, May 06, 2016
On April 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied petitions by the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), American Electric Power (AEP), Ameren Corp., the State of Wisconsin, and the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute (EELI), seeking reconsideration of certain aspects of EPA’s...

FERC Denies Request to Rehear Aguirre Approval
, May 06, 2016
FERC has issued an order denying Comité Diálogo Ambiental, Inc.’s (Diálogo) request for rehearing of FERC’s July 24, 2015 order, which approved Aguirre Offshore GasPort, LLC’s (Aguirre) proposed LNG import terminal facilities along the southern shore of Puerto...

IRS Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended by PATH Act
Dorothy Black Franzoni,Amish M. Shah,Wes Sheumaker,Ram C. Sunkara,Thomas H. Warren, May 06, 2016
On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for IRC sections 45 and 48 renewable energy tax credits following extensions of those credits in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of...

TransCanada Receives Permit for LNG Canada Feeder Pipeline
, May 06, 2016
TransCanada Corporation announced that it has received the last of the permits it needs from the British Columbia (B.C.) Oil and Gas Commission to build and operate the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a 670-kilometre pipeline that would bring gas from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek to the...

Trial Court Dismisses Georgia Patronage Capital Lawsuits
Thomas M. Byrne,James A. Orr, May 05, 2016
On May 2, a trial court in DeKalb County, Georgia, dismissed two class action patronage capital lawsuits filed against Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) and certain distribution electric membership corporations. One lawsuit (Walker v. Oglethorpe Power Corp., et...

Cooperative Chosen to Build Walkemeyer Project
, May 03, 2016
The Southwest Power Pool Board of Directors has selected Mid-Kansas Cooperative to be the transmission owner responsible for building the new “Walkemeyer” line, a 22.6-mile, 115 kV line from Walkemeyer to North Liberal.

Great River Energy and NRECA Co-Sponsor Research Regarding Underutilized Energy Storage Resources
, May 03, 2016
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Great River Energy co-sponsored a research study that showed that residential electric water heaters can serve as energy storage for wind or solar power, increasing efficiency, better integrating renewable energy and saving customers...

Iowa Cooperative Raccoon Valley Becoming Carbon-Free with Purchase of Renewable Credits
, May 03, 2016
Raccoon Valley, an Iowa electric cooperative, plans to purchase renewable credits from three wholesale suppliers to offset its use of carbon-based fuels and become carbon-free. Purchasing the credits from its suppliers supports the cooperative of which it is a member and puts more renewables back...

Tri-State Electric Breaks Ground on Research Center
, May 03, 2016
Tri-State Electric has just broken ground on the Wyoming Integrated Test Center. The Center is an industrial-scale lab that will research methods that could be used to remove carbon emissions from coal-fired plants and convert them into a revenue-producing resource. Products made from waste carbon...

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity
Tracey K. Ledbetter,James A. Orr, April 28, 2016
The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such third-party sales.

DOE Denies Rehearing of Order Authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG Exports
, April 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an order denying Sierra Club’s request for rehearing of DOE’s order, which authorizes Dominion Cove Point LNG (DCP) to export 281 Bcf/year of LNG over a 20-year period from DCP’s proposed LNG export terminal at Lusby, Md. to nations...

PHMSA Schedules Public Meeting on LNG Facility Regulations
, April 27, 2016
The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced a public LNG Workshop meeting to be held May 18-19, 2016, “to solicit input and obtain background information for the formulation of a future regulatory change to 49 CFR part 193, Liquefied Natural Gas...

AEPCO CEO Testifies in Support of Great Rate-Setting Transparency
, April 25, 2016
Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO) CEO Patrick Ledger testified in support of a bill that would require federal power administrations to detail costs on wholesale electric bills. Ledger said after his testimony that AEPCO is fine with justified cost increases but does not have enough...

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports
Jacob Dweck,Paul F. Forshay,Daniel P. LeFort,Michael A. Stosser,Kyle E. Wamstad, April 25, 2016
Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of natural gas from the United States. The bill is the most comprehensive...

Minnkota Enters Into 35-Year Wind Power Purchase Agreement
, April 25, 2016
In an effort toward compliance with anticipated federal regulations, Minnkota Power Cooperative (Minnkota) will purchase wind energy from NextEra Energy Resources 100 megawatt wind farm addition when the project begins operation in early 2017, at which point nearly 35 percent of Minnkota’s...

Energy Bill Addressing Cyber Issues Passes Senate
, April 22, 2016
The Energy Modernization Act, a comprehensive energy bill that includes electric grid cyber protections, was passed by the Senate by an 85-12 vote. The bill includes language that gives the Department of Energy greater authority to intervene in cyber emergencies as well as language that protects...

Kansas Electric Cooperatives to Merge
, April 22, 2016
Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative and Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative have approved a formal plan to merge and become FreeState Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FreeState), effective January 1, 2017. With 14,691 member-owners, FreeState will be the largest rural electric cooperative in eastern...

Sabine Pass LNG Supplies Headed to Portugal
, April 22, 2016
The Wall Street Journal [subscription] reports that a cargo of LNG from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La. is headed for the Port of Sines, Portugal and is expected to arrive on April 26, 2016. The cargo is the first shipment of LNG from the United States...

Senate Passes Energy Bill with Provisions to Expedite LNG Exports
, April 22, 2016
Reuters reports that today the U.S. Senate passed S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the “first broad energy bill in nine years” which, among other things, “requires the Department of Energy [DOE] to issue a decision on LNG projects within 45 days of an...

New Hampshire Coop Launches Peak Demand Management Programs
, April 20, 2016
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) has rolled out three voluntary demand management programs designed to incentivize reduced peak time usage and therefore ultimately reduce NHEC’s cost of providing power to its members.

Sabine Pass LNG Begins Train 2 Commissioning
, April 20, 2016
FERC has issued an order authorizing Sabine Pass LNG to introduce feed gas, refrigerants and process fluids in certain areas related to the commissioning of Train 2 LNG production at Sabine Pass LNG’s Cameron Parish, La., export facility.

FERC Approves Magnolia LNG Export Terminal Application
, April 18, 2016
FERC issued an order today granting Magnolia LNG, LLC’s application to construct and operate a liquefaction and LNG export terminal at Lake Charles, La. and Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC’s application to construct an interconnected pipeline. In approving the applications, FERC...

Flint Hills Resources Authorized to Export LNG to FTA Nations
, April 18, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an order authorizing Flint Hills Resources to export approximately 3.62 Bcf/year (approximately 120,000 gallons/day) of LNG, over a 20-year term, from a liquefaction facility owned by Stabilis LNG Eagle Ford, LLC in George West, Texas. The exports...

Southern California Edison Adds Most Solar Capacity in 2015
, April 15, 2016
According to an annual utility solar market survey conducted by the Smart Electric Power Alliance, Southern California Edison added 1,258 MWs of solar power to the grid last year. This was the largest addition of solar power made by any utility in the United States. Other cooperatives, including...

NRECA Asking Regulators to Exempt Coop Truck Drivers
, April 14, 2016
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has asked regulators to exempt drivers of coop utility trucks from new standards that could subject them to the same entry-level training rules as drivers of 18-wheelers and other trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...

Jordan Cove Energy Project Requests Rehearing of FERC’s Order Denying LNG Export Terminal Application
, April 12, 2016
Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP (together, Applicants) have filed a request for rehearing of FERC’s March 11, 2016 order which rejected, based on lack of market support, Applicants’ applications to construct and operate an LNG export terminal at...

CIPCO Launches State’s Largest Solar Project
, April 11, 2016
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), a G&T based in Des Moines, just launched a new solar project. The first phase of the new utility-scale project will produce up to 5.5 MWs of power by late 2016. CIPCO will be adding to its portfolio of emissions-free sources of energy, which currently make up...

GridLiance Holdco Acquires Transmission Assets of Tri-County
, April 11, 2016
Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Tri-County) sold its transmission substations in Oklahoma’s panhandle and turned over the operation and maintenance of 410 miles of power lines to GridLiance Holdco (GridLiance) on April 1. The acquisition fits into GridLiance’s partnership model with...

Veresen Announces Another Preliminary Agreement For Jordan Cove LNG Volumes
, April 11, 2016
Veresen Inc. announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement on key terms for the purchase by Japanese company, ITOCHU Corporation, of 1.5 million tonnes per annum of natural gas liquefaction capacity at the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project at Coos Bay, Ore. for an initial term of 20...

SCT&E LNG Announces Fourth MOU for LNG Sales
, April 07, 2016
SCT&E LNG, Inc. announced today that it has signed a fourth non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the sale of LNG from its proposed liquefaction and LNG export terminal on Monkey Island in Cameron Parish, La. The announcement does not name the counterparty but states that “[t]his...

Supporters of Jordan Cove Energy Project File Comments with FERC
, April 07, 2016
Comments recently were filed with FERC by various entities supporting approval of Jordan Cove Energy Project’s proposed LNG export terminal at Coos Bay, Ore. and the interconnected pipeline. Comments requesting approval of the project were filed by the Oregon AFL-CIO, Laramie Energy,...

Gail India Purchases Second LNG Shipment from Sabine Pass Terminal
, April 05, 2016
Bloomberg reports that the second shipment of LNG produced at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron Parish, La. was purchased on a spot basis by Gail India Ltd. The shipment is expected to reach the Dabhol import terminal on India’s west coast by mid-April....

Texas LNG Brownsville Files FERC Application
, April 05, 2016
Texas LNG Brownsville LLC (Texas LNG) has filed an application with FERC for authorization to construct and operate a 4 million tonnes per annum gas liquefaction and LNG export terminal at the Port of Brownsville, Texas. Feed gas for the terminal will be provided via an approximately 150-mile...

Cooperatives Co-Commission New Solar Field in Arkansas
, April 04, 2016
Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corporation (OECC), Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (Aerojet) formally commissioned a 12-megawatt (AC) array in the Highland Industrial Park in Arkansas.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against Alabama Cooperative
, April 04, 2016
A federal judge dismissed a class action suit against Arab Electric Cooperative brought by its members for failing to refund profits back to members, as required by state law. The judge ruled that, because the cooperatives have contracts with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that restrict the...

TVA Awards Solar Capacity to Three Coops
, April 01, 2016
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, awarded 16.7 MWs of solar capacity to four power companies, three of which are coops. Chickasaw Electric Cooperative, East Mississippi Electric Power Association and Joe Wheeler Electric...

Coop Adds Solar Power in the Sunshine State
, March 29, 2016
Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole), based in Tampa, Florida, will soon add 2 MWs of solar power to its generation mix. Seminole is in the process of erecting 8,400 photovoltaic panels near a combined-cycle gas plant that it owns. By early 2017 all nine of Seminole’s distribution...

Wind Energy Strong in 2015
, March 29, 2016
Data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that wind energy accounted for over 41 percent of generating capacity additions in 2015. Wind energy’s growth was strongest in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and North Dakota.

FERC Releases EIS for Golden Pass LNG Export Terminal
, March 28, 2016
FERC has released its environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Golden Pass LNG liquefaction and export terminal on the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Jefferson County, Texas, and the interconnected pipeline. The EIS concludes that construction of the project would result in some adverse...