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Will NAFTA Renegotiation Stop Greening of Mexico’s Power Sector?

Mexico decouples CO2 emissions with electricity generation

Today trade representatives from Canada, Mexico and the United States are meeting in Washington DC to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Everyone is focused on jobs, competitiveness and modernizing the agreement. Few people are tuned into the environmenal side of things at this time, but they should be because of the environmental benefits. Read more about Will NAFTA Renegotiation Stop Greening of Mexico’s Power Sector?

Introduction to Local Distribution Companies: Natural Gas Utilities September 26-27, 2017 | Denver, CO

US Gas Local Distribution Companies

Introduction to Local Distribution
Companies: Natural Gas Utilities 

September 26-27, 2017 | Denver, CO 

As a speaker at EUCI's upcoming Introduction to Local Distribution Companies: Natural Gas Utilities, I would like to extend a 10% discount* off the registration price to you and your colleagues. 

Use Discount Code: LDCNGSPK 
When Registering

This course is for professionals that work for and with natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs) and need a better understanding of them. The course will describe the role, infrastructure and operations of LDCs in the natural gas supply chain and their relationship to State Public Utility Commissions (PUCs), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). 

The agenda will include an overview of the domestic natural gas industry, supply chain with emphasis on pipelines, underground and surface storage and liquefied natural gas. Since LDCs actively purchase and transport wholesale natural gas to serve their retail customers, this course will discuss pipeline nominations, bidweek and daily markets, and how LDCs hedge their gas supply and price volatility. 

In addition, it will discuss natural gas industry trends that are affecting LDCs; these include growing opposition to new natural gas pipelines, methane leaks, and new FERC, PHMSA and Trump Administration policies, regulations and executive orders.

Use of Natural Gas Indices

How Natural Gas was priced in 2016

Recently the FERC held a technical conference on Natural Gas Indices. Back in March 2017, I was asked by the the Natural Gas & Electricity Journal to write about natural gas indices. I hope the article below will provide a good overview of the issues and stimulate discussion.

"Russo, T. (2017, August). Using natural gas price indices. Natural Gas & Electricity 34/1, ©2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., a Wiley company."  Read more about Use of Natural Gas Indices

Upcoming Energy Training

Gas Drilling Rig in Marcellus

Russo on Energy offers in-house training on FERC, natural gas, hydropower and NEPA at your organization. You'll not only realize savings on the training, but also avoid expensive hotel and airfare fees as well. Tom Russo, our founder, teaches all of our courses. Please see the courses below.

Natural Gas and NGL Facilities

Pipeline and processing plant

Russo on Energy LLC advises investors and analysts at tier consulting firms on FERC's review process for siting liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, LNG Peak Shaving facilities, interstate natural gas pipelines, and cross-border natural gas pipelines that export gas to Mexico and Canada.

Will NAFTA's Repeal Threaten U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico and Global Markets?

Mexico is becoming more dependent on pipeline gas from the U.S.

There is a great deal at stake in modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While many news outlets have focused on factory jobs leaving the U.S., I wanted to take a closer look at the growing exports of natural gas to Mexico and how natural gas and electric power infrastructure investments in both countries could be affected if NAFTA is repealed or negotiations go poorly.

Besides energy investments, I also touch upon how U.S. Disrespect disrespect and truculence from President Trump regarding immigration and "the Wall" can influence Mexico's 2018 Presidential Election and lead to a "lose-lose" situation for both countries.  The consequences can be dire and may affect the ability of the U.S. to compete in the global market place.

The University of Colorado Denver's Institute for International Business/CIBER and Global Energy Management Program was kind enough to extend me an invitation to speak on the matter on March 29, 2017. While it's impossible to share all aspects of our discussion, I still wanted to share the presentation [PDF} with you and welcome comments and questions on the subject.

Note: These ideas are my own and I am not representing any organization or government. Nor I am I being paid to write this post. Read more about Will NAFTA's Repeal Threaten U.S. Natural Gas Exports to Mexico and Global Markets?

The Trump Effect on U.S. Hydropower

U.S Army Corps Dam

The following post was co-authored by Tom Russo and Kleinschmidt Principal, Kelly Schaeffer.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) could play a lead role in increasing the number of hydropower projects licensed at its navigation and flood control dams. The biggest challenge to realizing this is not the lack of legislation or new regulations, but rather the lack of experience and familiarity with the review of hydropower project proposals. The Trump Administration’s penchant for results over process may provide added incentives to both the Corps and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to cooperate and facilitate more hydropower development at Corps dams. Successfully implementing a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these two agencies is the key to success. Read more about The Trump Effect on U.S. Hydropower

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Tom is a very thoughtful, conscientious professional in the energy industry, knowledgeable on a wide variety of matters relating to the regulation of energy systems, including oil, petroleum products, natural gas, electricity and hydroeletricity. He has shown great leadership in understanding and using technology to improve regulation, and had expanded that competency to address issues related to cyber security. He is particularly aware of the impact of regulation on businesses, the economy, and consumers.

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at American Gas Association

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