Mountain Valley Pipeline

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

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 gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

IEEFA U.S.: FERC gives blank check approval to pipeline builders, while investors and consumers pick up costs

Commission’s 21-year-old pipeline policy puts contracts ahead of utility customers

December 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — The federal agency responsible for approving interstate gas pipeline projects is basing its decisions on contracts rather than on today’s consumer energy needs or the public interest, according to a report released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report—FERC’s Failure to Analyze Energy Market Forces—details […]

Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines Pose Risk to Ratepayers, Communities, and Investors

We’ve published a report today that concludes that two natural gas pipelines proposed for construction from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina are indicative of a rush toward industry overbuilding. The study, “Risks Associated With Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Across Appalachia,” examines the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would traverse West Virginia into eastern […]

April 27, 2016 Read More →

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IEEFA update: Another pipeline tripped up by failure to obtain a Clean Water Act approval

State action thwarts another U.S. federal effort to expand fossil fuel-burning as financial realities and alternative solutions embolden a North Carolina agency

While the debate rages over the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a large proposed extension has just hit a brick wall.   The main Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would run 303 miles from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia, is not yet fully built. Construction was speeding along until a U.S. appeals court ruled that it had […]

August 13, 2020 Read More →

North Carolina denies key water permit for planned southern extension of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Greensboro News & Record: North Carolina environmental officials have denied a key permit that would allow a proposed natural gas pipeline to be built along the Triad’s eastern border. In a letter that was posted online by N.C. Policy Watch on Tuesday, the director of N.C. Division of Water Resources said the division has determined […]

August 12, 2020 Read More →

Developer EQM Midstream says Mountain Valley Pipeline will cost more, take longer

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Citing the need to adapt to recent regulatory challenges, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC once again delayed the in-service date of its 2-Bcf/d gas pipeline project to early 2021 and estimated a potential 5% increase over the project’s $5.4 billion budget. The new in-service date, pushed back from the earlier schedule […]

June 12, 2020 Read More →

Court decision likely to prompt additional delays for Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipeline projects

Reuters: The two biggest U.S. natural gas pipelines under construction are likely facing more delays after an appeals court ruling against the Army Corps of Engineers, energy analysts said. The Trump administration has pressed ahead with new pipeline construction, but several projects have been stalled by successful legal challenges saying the administration is not applying […]

June 1, 2020 Read More →

Cancellation of Constitution pipeline a troubling sign for other projects, analysts say

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The cancellation of a proposed natural gas pipeline into New York may be a sign of challenges ahead for other projects, both at the grassroots level and in Washington, D.C., according to energy analysts. Anti-fossil-fuel activists have grown more successful in recent years, but Williams Cos. Inc.’s move to scrap […]

February 26, 2020 Read More →

Uncertainty, delay continue for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast gas pipeline

Reuters: Dominion Energy Inc said on Monday it was confident it will complete the proposed $7.3-$7.8 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina by early 2022, in response to a prediction by investment bank Morgan Stanley that a court decision would likely scuttle the project. “We remain committed to completing […]

December 17, 2019 Read More →

More delays, cost increases for two East Coast natural gas pipelines

The Roanoke Times: The projected cost of building the Mountain Valley Pipeline has gone up by another half a billion dollars. And the expected completion date, most recently slated for mid-2020, has been pushed back to the end of that year. In an announcement Tuesday, Mountain Valley attributed the latest delay and revised cost estimate […]

October 23, 2019 Read More →

NextEra: Gas-fired peaker plants cannot compete with new battery storage resources

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As part of NextEra Energy Inc.’s continued embrace of disruption in the utility sector, executives during the company’s investor day laid out a bullish view on pricing and demand for renewable power paired with storage through 2022. The Florida-headquartered company estimates it will install between 20,000MW and 23,000MW of wind […]

June 28, 2019 Read More →

Bernstein analysts say Mountain Valley, Atlantic Coast pipeline projects may not get finished

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Even with 10 Bcf/d of new pipeline capacity added in the past 15 months, Appalachia’s pipeline buildout may be finished, putting the completion of late comers such as the EQM Midstream Partners LP-led Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC project and the Dominion Energy Inc.-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC project in doubt, […]

January 29, 2019 Read More →

Virginia reconsiders approval of water permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): The Virginia State Water Control Board might cancel a state-issued Clean Water Act Section-401 water quality certification for the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC natural gas transportation project after the state sued the developer for water-related environmental violations. The board voted to hold a hearing to “consider the revocation” of […]

December 17, 2018 Read More →