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Taking Stock of NEPA at 48

Get a decision in 2 years instead of 10

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) turned 48 with the new year. I thought it would be a good idea to sit back and ponder whether NEPA has resulted in “environmentally responsible projects” or is just a long-winded compliance exercise, and an expensive one at that. The bigger question is whether we can ever get to a final decision in 2 years instead of 10 years as President Trump is advocating. Read more about Taking Stock of NEPA at 48

Hydropower Consulting

Corps Dam with no power

Russo on Energy LLC is an expert in FERC hydropower licensing. We specialize in advising project developers and financial investors on FERC's hydropower licensing process and assessing the risks of conventional and pumped storage projects. We specialize in analyzing the following projects: 

  • Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Projects
  • Projects at existing non-power dams and
  • Conduits exemptions

NEPA Impact Assessment & Federal/State Permits

NEPA and Environmental Laws

Russo on Energy offers strategic and tactical advice on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and numerous other federal laws assoicated with natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydropower projects.

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?

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

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?

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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.

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