Author Archive: Suzanne Mattei

Energy Policy Analyst 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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

IEEFA: Keystone XL project became another pipeline to nowhere

Demise of Keystone XL should spur regulators, investors to reconsider massive pipeline projects

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews the public comments it recently received on its proposal to reconsider how it determines whether a gas pipeline should be granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity, it would do well to consider the cautionary tale of a massive fossil fuel infrastructure project, the Keystone XL […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC neglects energy needs in pipeline decisions

IEEFA urges reevaluation of federal guidelines for new construction

May 25, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reevaluate its pipeline certification guidelines. In their current form, commission guidelines allow it to rely solely on the existence of applicants’ business contracts to certify the necessity of constructing new interstate gas pipelines, […]

IEEFA U.S.: Winds shifting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC mulls changes to pipeline approval process, downstream emissions impact

April 7, 2021 (IEEFA) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week gave the public more time to comment on the review of a policy document that guides its decisions on approving new interstate gas facilities, including pipelines. FERC approves projects with Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity that require the commission to assess […]

IEEFA U.S.: Proposed Formosa, Louisiana petrochemical complex financially unviable

IEEFA finds significant financial, market, regulatory and political risks for multibillion-dollar ‘Sunshine Project’ in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

March 23, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼  A report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) details the financial, legal, social and public opposition risks of Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group’s proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana. IEEFA finds that the project will begin operations at a time of market oversupply, […]

IEEFA U.S.: Financial rationale for Mountain Valley Pipeline has evaporated in changing market

Falling demand, legal and regulatory challenges spell financial peril for pipeline project

March 8, 2021 (IEEFA) — A 303-mile pipeline that would move natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to markets in the eastern and southern U.S. is in financial jeopardy because of reduced demand projections and legal challenges, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The Mountain […]

IEEFA U.S.: FERC to reconsider decades-old policy on assessing need for new interstate gas pipelines

Commission asks for public comment on new pipeline construction decisions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has announced it will review an outdated policy statement that has guided its decision-making on the necessity for construction of new interstate natural gas pipelines. IEEFA recommended such a review in a report two months ago. The announcement marks an important opportunity for FERC to chart a new, practical […]

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