Federal Energy Regulatory Commission News

Bourne Tidal Test Site Receives Preliminary Permit from FERC

The Bourne Tidal Test Site is now a bit closer to reality. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) was notified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it has been approved for a preliminary permit to set up a test site for tidal energy in the Cape Cod Canal.    “This is the first and very important step to gaining all the regulatory permits required for the test site, which will be the first in the United States,” said MRECo Director, John Miller. “MRECo was given preliminary permission to work in an area that covers more than just the spot

The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the U.K. National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

Riding the Waves and Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

is to help improve the performance and reduce the cost of MHK technologies.  (http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-awards-74-million-develop-advanced-components-wave-and-tidal-energy.)  If a MHK project is located in state waters, permitting is provided by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  FERC’s authority to regulate MHK projects in state waters is derived from Part I of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 791a et seq.).  A user-friendly guide to FERC’s licensing procedures is available at:  www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/gen-info/licensi

Sheila McClain (Photo: Braemar)

Braemar Named Engineers for Brownsville LNG Project

of LNG, with the first shipments planned for export in 2019. Texas LNG is currently working with its strategic and engineering partner, Samsung Engineering, progressing the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) phase of the project.   Texas LNG has recently secured funding for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) application process from a New York based investment fund. The development strategy for the project aims to minimize the environmental impact of current gas flaring, and provide a net positive environmental and economic benefit to the region.   Sheila McClain, Executive

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FERC Issues DEIS for Gasport off Puerto Rico

Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), has received the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Aguirre Offshore Gasport Project (AOGP) located offshore Puerto Rico. The FERC staff concludes in its statement that the construction and operation of the Project would result in limited adverse environmental impacts that would mostly occur only during construction. Moreover, the statement confirms the inherent benefits of the project; including, the diversification of Puerto Rico’s

Map of potential ocean wave energy resources (Image: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

US Closer to Wave Energy off Oregon

,” said BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank. “Today, we have reached an important step in the leasing process for the nation’s first grid-connected facility in Federal waters to test commercial-scale wave energy devices. Moving forward, we will work closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the reviews and development of the project.” Today’s announcement builds on BOEM’s activities to grow offshore renewable energy through issuing leases for renewable energy initiatives. BOEM has awarded five commercial wind energy leases off the Atlantic coast:

Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project FERC, USCG Approved

Excelerate Energy’s Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project Receives Notice of Schedule from FERC and Letter of Recommendation from the U.S. Coast Guard On May 2, 2014, Excelerate Energy received the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Aguirre Offshore GasPort Project (AOGP) located offshore Puerto Rico. On the same day, the project also received the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) from the Unites States Coast Guard (USCG). Both notices are clear indicators that there are no major obstacles for the proposed facility and the project

BOEM Assesses Prospects of Wave Energy off Oregon

proprietary information, the lease request can be viewed, at: http://www.boem.gov/Renewable-Energy-Program/State-Activities/Oregon.aspx BOEM has exclusive jurisdiction to issue leases, easements, and rights-of-way regarding Outer Continental Shelf lands for hydrokinetic projects and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to issue licenses and exemptions for hydrokinetic projects on the Outer Continental Shelf. For more information on BOEM's renewable energy programs, visit: http://www.boem.gov/Renewable-Energy-Program/index.aspx. boem.go

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Texas LNG Makes Strides on US LNG Export Project

potential natural gas buyers and producers interested in committing supply." Texas LNG anticipates that LNG export could commence in early 2018 given its smaller scale and footprint, lower Capex requirements, and speed to market strategy. The Company plans to make a request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin the pre-filing process by the end of 2014. Commencement of construction is subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision (FID) contingent upon Texas LNG obtaining satisfactory construction contracts and long-term customer contracts sufficient to underpin

Golden Pass Announce Agreement to Export Gas to U.K.

the construction phase. Golden Pass Products has received U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) authorization for exports to Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) countries, and is awaiting DOE approval to export to non-FTA countries. In addition, Golden Pass Products is advancing preparations for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting process and anticipates pre-filing soo

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