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Mar. 25, 2022

Center for LNG Statement on U.S.-EC Agreement to Increase U.S. LNG to Europe

(Washington, D.C.) – The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) issued the following statement following today’s announcement by President Biden and European Commission President von der Leyen on the establishment of a joint task force to help increase volumes of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe.

Charlie Riedl, CLNG Executive Director, said:

“We applaud the Biden administration’s commitment to supporting our European allies and its recognition of the importance of U.S. LNG to global energy security and climate leadership.  We look forward to working with the administration in its effort to streamline the regulatory process for U.S. LNG, enabling us to establish a virtual LNG pipeline to Europe that accelerates our ability to help our allies and the clean energy transition.

“We are fortunate to have an abundant supply of natural gas in the United States, which has enabled us to become Europe’s largest supplier of LNG throughout its energy crisis, as well as the world’s largest exporter of LNG.  To move forward and meet the stated goals of 15 bcm this year and 50 bcm by 2030, we will need regulatory certainty and FERC and DOE’s assistance.  The LNG industry can build, but regulators must do their part to help expedite the essential infrastructure that is needed here and in Europe to meet these ambitious goals and help our European allies.

“Europe’s ability to diversify its energy supply and transition to a cleaner future is directly linked to accelerated investments in natural gas and LNG infrastructure.  The actions announced today by President von der Leyen to establish an EU energy platform, accelerate the regulatory approval process and support long-term contracting mechanisms with U.S. LNG suppliers will send a strong signal to our allies in Europe that they can count on U.S. LNG to help with energy security and climate leadership well into the future.”

Visit CLNG’s website for more information and data concerning U.S. LNG cargoes sent to Europe,   LNG’s environmental characteristics and exports. CLNG’s members represent all aspects of the U.S. LNG supply chain, including the large-scale LNG export facilities in the United States, shippers, and multinational developers.

 

CLNG and NGSA Statement on Redesignation of FERC Policy Statements as Drafts

(Washington, D.C.)  — The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) and the Center for LNG (CLNG) issued the following statement about today’s announcement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it is redesignating its certificate and greenhouse gas policy statements as drafts.

Dena Wiggins, President and CEO of NGSA, said:

“We are pleased that FERC listened to our request for a better process that allows a robust discussion with stakeholders. We welcome this new opportunity to be a part of developing more workable policies that provide regulatory certainty and support future infrastructure projects, which would enable the natural gas industry to continue our critical role in achieving the ambitious goal of a net-zero emissions future.”

Charlie Riedl, Executive Director, Center for LNG, said:

“We welcome the redesignation by FERC and look forward to working with them through the comment process.  President Biden is meeting with European leaders in Brussels right now to identify ways that we can help provide much-needed U.S. LNG to our allies, including greater regulatory certainty around the permitting of LNG infrastructure, a critical element of U.S. leadership in addressing global climate and energy security issues.  We believe FERC policy should align with those goals.”

More information about the role of U.S. natural gas and the steps our members are taking to promote energy security and climate leadership is available at NGSA.org or LNGFacts.org.

For more information about natural gas, LNG and their contribution to the ambition of economy-wide net zero emissions by 2050, visit NGSA.org’s Environment and Climate pages and LNGFacts.org.