Tag: Energy Department

Gov’t tells US drivers to get used to cheap gas

In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That is a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago.  More »

Natural gas exports bill gets feds’ attention

Legislation to accelerate natural gas exports could win the Obama administration’s endorsement — with some changes.  More »

Valley hopes for economic boom from Mexico’s energy measures

The Rio Grande Valley, which has missed out on most the oil and gas boom in the nearby Eagle Ford Shale, may get its own boost from increased economic activity tied to Mexico’s energy overhaul.  More »

First-of-its-kind carbon capture plant opens in North San Antonio

Austin-based Skyonic Inc. debuted its $125 million carbon capture plant on Tuesday.  More »

Corpus Christi LNG clears hurdle toward federal approval

The agency found that while construction and operation of the import and export terminal could have some adverse effects, mostly temporary and short-term, they will be minimal.  More »

Yergin: Energy security is more than just strong supply

Daniel Yergin, an oil and gas expert whose 1990 book “The Prize” is still considered required reading for anyone who wants to understand the industry, on Wednesday won government recognition for helping to illuminate the mysteries of energy policies, politics and production.  More »

Cameron LNG export terminal can break ground

The Energy Department on Wednesday handed critical final government licenses to the Cameron LNG project in southwestern Louisiana and a much smaller Florida facility, giving both approval to widely export natural gas around the globe. The two projects now are part of an elite club, joining only one other would-be LNG exporter in the continental United States to be fully authorized.  More »

Texas research groups to study clean vehicle technology

Two Texas research groups landed government grants to study new technologies that improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs as part of the Obama administration’s promotion of clean vehicles.  More »

Feds’ new LNG export plan benefits Cheniere

The Energy Department on Thursday upended the way it vets proposals to export liquefied natural gas, formally implementing a new approach that gives an advantage to projects that have already completed an expensive environmental review. The biggest winner under the new approach is Houston-based Cheniere Energy.  More »

Feds vs. feds: EPA questions energy agency’s environmental review

The Environmental Protection Agency says another federal agency hasn’t fully addressed how a proposed liquefied natural gas export plant in Corpus Christi might affect air, water and wildlife in the region.  More »

Oregon LNG wins natural gas export license

The federal government gave an Oregon project a coveted permit to broadly export liquefied natural gas on Thursday, even as the Obama administration faces criticism for moving too slowly on the proposals.  More »

Energy Department takes steps to plug methane leaks

The Obama administration on Tuesday rolled out a series of initiatives meant to help pare the amount of methane escaping the nation’s natural gas pipelines, following a government report that faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for doing too little to plug the leaks.  More »

Industry pans feds’ plan for gas exports

The Obama administration says its new plan for vetting proposals to sell liquefied natural gas overseas is aimed at streamlining the review process, but energy companies and aspiring exporters say the government’s approach could have the opposite effect.  More »

Cape Wind receives major loan guarantee from feds

Cape Wind Associates LLC received a conditional $150 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for its project off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »

Houston company wins federal approval for gas export project

Sempra Energy subsidiary Cameron LNG, based in Houston, won federal approval Thursday to build a facility for exporting natural gas in southwest Louisiana, becoming only the second such U.S. project to secure all major necessary federal permits.  More »
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