Pipelines and politics, or “Flow my tears, but not in a pipeline crossing U.S. borders because we’ll never get the permit approved at the State Department”

Michael Giberson A few days ago, Geoffrey Styles was assessing the potential role of energy issues in the 2012 U.S. presidential election: Even though $4 gasoline was still fresh in the minds of voters, energy played only a minor role in the outcome of the 2008 election, overshadowed by two wars and a crippling financial crisis. Will … More Pipelines and politics, or “Flow my tears, but not in a pipeline crossing U.S. borders because we’ll never get the permit approved at the State Department”

Cheap natural gas upsetting wind development plans, and other energy stories

Michael Giberson Energy stories from around the web. Financial Times, Gas threat to wind farm growth – “Construction of new wind farms in the US is set to decline next year because of competition from cheap natural gas for power generation, the country’s largest developer of new wind power projects has said.” Greentech grid, California … More Cheap natural gas upsetting wind development plans, and other energy stories

Progress toward a Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline thwarted by shale gas

Michael Giberson In February, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made its eleventh report to the U.S. Congress on the status of efforts to build a natural gas pipeline in Alaska. The twice-annual reports are required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Three efforts to bring gas from the North Slope of Alaska to market … More Progress toward a Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline thwarted by shale gas

Apparently “light-handed regulation” is actually a form of regulation

Michael Giberson Tom Fowler, at NewsWatch: Energy, takes note of commentary by Tudor Pickering concerning a FERC investigation into whether three natural gas pipeline companies were over-recovering on their regulated rates. (See FERC press release here; a Reuters article.) Tudor Pickering, an energy industry advisory and investment company, notes that since 1992 FERC hasn’t required … More Apparently “light-handed regulation” is actually a form of regulation