Author Archive: Suzanne Mattei

Energy Policy Analyst and Team Facilitator Suzanne Mattei is an attorney (Yale Law School) with 30 years of experience in public interest law and policy. She is also a former regional director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

IEEFA Europe: Proposed INEOS cracker plant would oversupply ethylene market

INEOS Project ONE in Antwerp conflicts with EU’s aggressive program to reduce plastics use

December 9, 2021 (IEEFA) — INEOS Group’s proposed Project ONE ethane cracker plant in Antwerp, Belgium, is a risky venture in an already well-supplied market, according to a briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. If approved, the project would appear to be at odds with the European Union’s aggressive long-term […]

IEEFA: Private equity, part of the fossil fuel problem, can play a role in its solution

Big private equity funds keep building fossil assets while shifting into renewables

How can private equity financing be utilized as a tool for climate solutions? Over the last few weeks, the problem of how private equity (PE) financiers are contributing to some of the worst aspects of climate-destroying investments has become clear at the macro level, with a Private Equity Stakeholder Project report on investments by 10 […]

IEEFA U.S.: New Mexico pushes plan to pivot from heavy dependence on oil and gas industry

Report urges diversifying to shift from boom-and-bust cycles driven by fossil fuels

New Mexico has announced a major realignment of its economic development program that calls for reducing reliance on oil and gas production. One of its six major goals is to shift the economy from its dependence on just a few key industries, including government, retail, and oil and gas. The plan represents an important and […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Proposed gas plants found unnecessary and inconsistent with New York climate law

State regulator rejects gas owners’ vague promises of shift to non-fossil fuels as “aspirational”

A New York state environmental agency recently saved electricity ratepayers millions of dollars by denying permits for construction of two unneeded natural gas power plants. In two decisions on permit applications to replace aging power plants scheduled for shutdown, the agency conducted a vigorous assessment of the necessity of the projects. It also identified concerns […]

November 15, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Essential plastics industry enjoys “fantastic” profits with no regulation

Plastics industry profits soar even in wake of COVID-19, weather-related issues

A recent IEEFA report on plastics pricing and the case for regulation of the industry has been released at a time of market tumult.  Plastic resin producers are boosting prices and enjoying “fantastic” profits. Since last year, polypropylene prices have increased more than 100% and high-density polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene, and low-density polyethylene are seeing […]

IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

IEEFA U.S.: Plastics tax debate is health and safety issue for rest of U.S.

“Positive” contributions of plastic out of alignment with pollution, climate, public health concerns

The debate in Washington over taxing virgin plastics is worth watching. The issues are much bigger than a tax-aggrieved industry versus a government in need of cash for new investments.  It is more than the American Chemistry Council, which opposes a tax, versus Democratic leaders like U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Tom Suozzi, who […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Another big pipeline project bites the dust—and FERC should take notice

PennEast Pipeline cancellation boosts case for change in commission policy

Yet another unnecessary pipeline—the PennEast project—has been cancelled after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a permit for it. The incident provides compelling new evidence for FERC to adopt strong protocols to ensure a proper analysis of the need for a proposed pipeline project. FERC could have prevented wasted expenses, legal fees and effort […]

September 29, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Army Corps of Engineers requires full environmental review for Formosa petrochemical project in Louisiana

Decision made as heavily polluted Louisiana community continues to battle Formosa

A massive petrochemical complex proposed for an already heavily polluted community in Louisiana must undergo a thorough and public environmental analysis.  The Army Corps of Engineers has reversed its earlier position and issued an Aug. 18 memorandum directing officials to prepare a full environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of the […]

August 18, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA U.S.: Federal appeals court tosses out FERC approval for Spire STL Pipeline

Court rejects FERC acceptance of affiliate contract as evidence of public need

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia made a precedent-setting ruling on Monday, in a pivotal case challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the Spire STL pipeline that would transport gas from Illinois to Missouri. The ruling is important for two reasons. First, it rejected FERC’s decision to base […]