New energy commission head pledges to avoid political influence
Timothy Cama, The Hill, October 31, 2018
The newly minted chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says he is committing to keeping the agency neutral and avoiding political influence. Neil Chatterjee , a Republican, was tapped last week by President Trump to succeed Kevin McIntyre , another Republican, atop FERC. McIntyre will remain as a commissioner on the body, which has five spots but only four commissioners. FERC and the companies and organizations that deal with it say they value the agency’s independence and neutrality — something which Chatterjee echoed Wednesday. “No one was more committed to ensure the depoliticization of the agency and not allowing political interference than Kevin McIntyre,” Chatterjee told reporters Wednesday at FERC’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, adding that he wants to maintain the example McIntyre set.
Interior gas officials agree to explore Siemens’ plan
Elwood Brehmer, Alaska Journal of Commerce, October 31, 2018
Utility officials have signed a one-year agreement with Siemens Government Technologies to further investigate the company’s plan to get more and cheaper natural gas to Interior Alaska. The Interior Gas Utility board of directors voted 4-2 on Oct. 23 to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Siemens. Company representatives have said for more than a year that they, leading a consortium, can put together an LNG supply chain that is competitive with the Interior Energy Project plan IGU and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have already agreed to.
Our Take: This project has been floundering. Can a private sector company move the project forward, where the government has failed? Rhetorical question.
Two offtake contracts already signed for LNG Canada
Nelson Bennett, Biz, October 26, 2018
The $40 billion LNG Canada project is not the only large liquefied natural gas project proposed in the world, several of which involve some of the same partners involved in the Canadian project. It’s expected final investment decisions on some of those other projects could come in 2019. But the Kitimat project is “the most competitively advantaged project” of all of them, LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz told a group of more than 200 businessmen and women at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) event Friday October26.
Our Take: Actually, the viewpoint of a loyal reader – A good lesson for new state leaders considering oil taxes- “Ultimately, Dakers said the NDP government’s decision to scrap the previously Liberal government’s special LNG taxes and approve a new “competitive tax structure” was what allowed the partners to pull the trigger and sanction the project.”
Democrats have no broad climate plan even as they prepare to win the House
The Guardian, November 1, 2018
Democrats don’t have a plan to address climate change comprehensively – or even to a significant degree – if they regain control of the US government in the near future, despite criticizing Republicans as the party of pollution. After failing to get conservatives on board to limit planet-warming gases through legislation or regulation, Democratic leaders in Washington are now wary of wading into another tough political fight, despite an intensifying environmental crisis. If Democrats win back the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections, their strategy is to hold oversight hearings on Donald Trump’s environmental rollbacks and pursue more incremental and popular measures, according to close observers and a senior Democratic aide.
Related: From the Washington Examiner Daily on Energy:
CHAMBER MAKES MIDTERMS ABOUT VOTING ON ENERGY: The Chamber of Commerce launched an 11th-hour campaign this week to get voters to cast their support behind energy jobs.
“In order to continue to harness our abundant natural resources and spur innovation, we need elected officials who support forward-looking energy policies,” said an email sent to supporters a week before the Nov. 6 midterm elections by the Chamber’s Global Energy Institute.
It explains that “Pro-energy” elected officials will help to ensure the energy industry is able to “improve all Americans’ access to abundant, affordable energy and to provide hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs.”
It doesn’t say who to vote for in specific races, but links to their website where voters can research how both Senators and House members voted on key issues to see for themselves.