Posted August 15, 2017
We’ve posted quite a bit recently about the need for streamlining the federal permitting process for energy infrastructure (see here and here). An API study earlier this year estimated investments in needed natural gas and oil infrastructure could total more than a trillion dollars and potentially generate more than 1 million jobs through 2035. That’s a lot of economic potential linked to infrastructure – and in that context, President Trump’s new executive order modernizing and bringing greater accountability to the federal permitting process certainly is welcome. It coincides with release of a new study, for North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), detailing the jobs and economic impacts of energy infrastructure construction.
Posted August 7, 2017
Posted July 18, 2017
Current legislation in Congress will be a big help in advancing the energy infrastructure the United States needs to connect our nation’s vast energy wealth with those who benefit from it: individual Americans, businesses and manufacturers. The House legislation would streamline federal review and approval of natural gas pipelines by codifying and reinforcing current regulatory deadlines and by clarifying the roles of the permitting agencies that are involved in infrastructure projects.
Posted July 5, 2017
Earlier this year we posted about the lack of a quorum at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and how that could delay important energy infrastructure projects across the country – including a number of natural gas pipelines that would help distribute gas and its benefits to consumers, businesses, manufacturers and power generators.
The issue then was making nominations to fill vacancies to the five-member body, which has lacked a quorum to take official actions since January. Now the issue is the U.S. Senate taking timely action to confirm two nominees, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, who were approved by the Senate’s energy and natural resources committee last month. With the recent departure of Commissioner Colette Honorable, FERC currently has just one remaining member, Acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur.
The Senate needs to move swiftly – to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of the U.S. infrastructure system, and to help advance broad economic benefits.
Posted May 19, 2017
To mark #InfrastructureWeek, we’ve posted on the broad energy and economic opportunities that come from building new infrastructure or by expanding existing infrastructure. We’ve also highlighted the essential role of infrastructure in ensuring that the benefits of America’s energy renaissance reach all across the country, helping U.S. consumers. Let’s end the week with a word about infrastructure safety, focusing on pipelines.
Posted May 17, 2017
The natural gas that heats our homes, and increasingly, generates electricity, is delivered through a complex, sophisticated, interconnected and largely invisible system of more than 300,000 miles of interstate and intrastate transmission pipelines, and 2.1 million miles of distribution pipelines to residences and businesses. To get a sense of scope, America's interstate, intrastate transmission pipelines, and distribution pipelines, if laid end-to-end, would stretch from the earth to the moon … 10 times.
Posted May 16, 2017
Energy is opportunity. Energy infrastructure allows opportunity to become reality by bringing the benefits of natural gas, oil and refined products to consumers – individuals, businesses and industrial users. Last week API released a new study detailing the extent of the many positives resulting from developing needed U.S. natural gas and oil infrastructure, out to the year 2035. These are measured in more than a trillion dollars in investments and economic growth, potentially generating more than 1 million jobs. This supports a vision of growth and prosperity that can touch every state in the union, not just those that are big energy producers.
Posted May 9, 2017
Access and infrastructure expansion – both key to extending the benefits of America’s energy renaissance to more Americans – are getting helpful attention from state utilities regulators. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) last month set up a task force to develop best practices and recommendations on natural gas service for underserved and unserved parts of the country – which includes the need for pipelines and other supporting infrastructure.
Posted May 3, 2017
Before the resurgence in domestic oil and gas production, our national future was markedly constrained, because our energy future was constrained. Thanks largely to modern hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, there is opportunity for economic growth, increased security and significant progress on climate and air quality. Many of these points are underscored in a new ICF study on how much oil and natural gas infrastructure is possible in the U.S. through 2035.
Posted April 4, 2017
America needs more infrastructure to ensure that the benefits of the U.S. energy renaissance are fully realized across the country. Benefits include affordable energy but also the jobs created to build pipelines, processing stations and other projects. Jobs like Kelly’s.