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Picking Energy Winners and Losers No Job for Government

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Energy Alliance

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A proposed FERC rule to protect coal and nuclear power is a huge mistake. Government has no business picking energy winners and losers. Let the market work!

Abundant, affordable energy is the foundation of modern prosperity. One of the most pernicious things that the Obama administration did was to interfere with the availability of affordable energy, lavishing subsidies and regulatory support on any trendy, inefficient and expensive technology or energy source that could be branded as “renewable.” The Obama administration’s government distortions raised costs for consumers and destroyed jobs in industries that did not gain government favor in an attempt to “finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy.” This picking of energy winners and losers is no way to manage competitive markets in a free society.

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FERC Smacks Corruptocrat Again on Millennium Case

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

FERC has smacked Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” and his DEC hacks yet again in promptly denying a re-hearing request and calling out the state’s duplicity.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has clearly had it with New York, its politically corrupt governor and his environmental political hack, Basil Seggos. Seggos, of course, is Commissioner of the Empire State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and his job is bend its will to that of Governor Corruptocrat and the NRDC gang which both he and the Cuomo are eager to appease.

FERCIt was only late October when Millennium Pipeline asked FERC to declare DEC had waived its authority to act on Millenniuum’s application for Section 401 Water Quality Certification by taking more than the year permitted under the Clean Water Act. That was followed by a quick FERC decision in Millennium’s favor,  prompting DEC to request a rehearing from FERC, which the latter has already denied. Moreover, the denial is 24 pages of fairly direct accusations of DEC duplicity. There can no question, at this point; it’s war and DEC has been put on defense for a change.

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2018 Shaping Up As Extraordinary Year for Pennsylvania

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Dan Markind looks back at the severance tax debate and ahead to elections, LNG exports, a recovering economy and an extraordinary 2018 for Pennsylvania.

Last Monday, Governor Tom Wolf signed off on a funding plan for the 2018 Pennsylvania State Budget.  It does not contain a shale extraction tax.  Thus, the answer to the question of whether or not there will be a mineral extraction tax in Pennsylvania is no.

Maybe.

Perhaps.

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A New Day: FERC Takes on Cuomo and His Corrupt DEC

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

FERC has given Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” and his equally corrupt DEC a message; their days of riding roughshod over Federal law on pipelines are over.

Jim Willis, who somehow manages to pick up on everything over at Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) posted a story yesterday revealing something extraordinarily important for the pipeline and natural gas industry. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directly took on the political corruption that is New York State government. It also sent a signal to other states who have followed suit in abusing the Section 401 Water Quality Certification process for pipelines under the Clean Water Act. FERC is taking a strong stand to defend the integrity of Section 401.

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Constitution Pipeline Petition: How They Were Conned by Cuomo

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Constitution Pipeline has petitioned FERC to declare NY-DEC waived rights to act on its water quality certification application. It’s one compelling story.

Earlier this month, the Constitution Pipeline folks filed a petition with FERC to essentially overrule the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denial of its application for water quality certification. It’s old news but I only recently got around to reading the petition itself, which is one hugely compelling story of just how New York State government works under Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo and how our pipeline friends got totally conned. The best part, though, is how they’re refusing to roll over and are, with this petition, telling the world the sordid details of how they were victimized by the criminal enterprise known as the Cuomo administration.

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Millennium Goes to War with DEC, Asks FERC to Overrule

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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In an effort to avoid more New York DEC stall tactics, Millennium asks FERC to issue the Notice to Proceed so the pipeline can be completed on time.

On Aug. 30, the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a letter to FERC and Millennium Pipeline denying Millennium’s request for a water permit to build a 7.8 mile pipeline spur from the main Millennium Pipeline to a natural gas power plant under construction in Orange County. In their rejection, the DEC claimed that FERC’s review of the power plant project (that the pipeline will feed) is deficient based on a recently-decided court case about a pipeline project in Florida. Since the project the pipeline would feed is deficient (in DEC’s view), so too is the pipeline that feeds it.

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FERC Shouldn’t Be Picking Energy Winners and Losers

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Energy Research

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FERC has no business picking energy winners and losers, which, sadly is exactly what the U.S. Department of Energy seems to want and is now proposing.

On Friday, September 29th, the Department of Energy released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing a rule for action by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The notice calls on FERC to create new rules for how grid operators value “reliability and resilience” in electricity generation.

While the proposed rule is limited in specifics, the essence of the proposal is to guarantee cost recovery for “fuel-secure” power generation units, defined as units with a 90-day fuel supply stored on site. While no specific types of generation units are mentioned, this on-site storage definition would likely apply to coal-fired, nuclear, and hydropower generation facilities.

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FERC: Full Speed Ahead to Greenlight Pipeline Projects

 

LNG - Robert Bradly, JRRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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FERC, with its new appointees, is now addressing its backlog and swiftly moving forward to greenlight much needed pipeline projects.

We aren’t counting our chickens yet, but the approvals would certainly be a net positive for midstream industry growth, and, ultimately, for producers and consumers of natural gas.

-Ethan Bellamy (managing director, Robert W. Baird & Co.) quoted in Catherine Traywick’s “U.S. Energy Agency to Take on $50 Billion Backlog as Senate Acts.” Bloomberg Politics, August 3, 2017.

The Senate recently confirmed two new appointees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, ending a seven-month dormancy due to lack of a quorum. With three members, two Republicans and one Democrat, one pick from each party remains for a full five-member commission.

This delay, on top of a fossil-fuel animus by Obama’s FERC, has created a $13 billion backlog of regulatory approvals for 17 market-ready natural gas projects. With its other business, FERC’s total project backlog represents $50 billion. FERC should begin greenlighting projects immediately.

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Coal and Nuclear Subsidy Cram Down Brings Everyone Else Together

Dakota AccessMike Krancer
Principal, Silent Majority Strategies, LLC

 

Proposed Federal coal and nuclear energy subsidies unite everyone else, forging a natural coalition of natural gas and renewables so many try hard to avoid.

Eleven very diverse energy trade groups (the Energy Trade Associations) have weighed in with FERC against the DOE’s nuclear and coal subsidy rule (a/k/a guaranteed profit rule), which DOE calls the “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” The diversity of the group is notable and speaks volumes; it includes renewable energy groups, oil and gas groups, electricity consumers, rural electric cooperatives, and natural gas pipeline interests. Everyone but coal and nuclear groups of course who would be the recipient of the public largesse should the NOPR become law.

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Dumb and Dumber: Feds Want to Subsidize Coal and Nuclear

Dakota Accessbudget shortfallMike Krancer and Keith Naughton
Principals, Silent Majority Strategies, LLC

 

ALERT: Coal and nuclear energy industries threatened by the economics of natural gas want subsidies from taxpayers, joining renewables advocates and everyone else.

DOE just rolled out a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) with FERC that amounts to requiring subsidies for nuclear plants and coal plants. This would be a sea change in how competitive electricity markets work. Some would say the proposal scraps competitive wholesale electricity markets.

The proposed rule would provide for “accurately pric[ing] generation resources necessary to maintain reliability and resiliency.” There would be “recovery of costs of fuel-secure generation units frequently relied upon to make our grid reliable and resilient.”

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