Brookings analysts suggest DOE tweak LNG export policy

Policy in the US for LNG exports remains a work in progress. Exporters need approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build facilities and from the Department of Energy to export frigid methane. Confusion arises at DOE. Approval to export to a country with which the US has a free-trade agreement (FTA) is effectively automatic. But only one FTA country, South Korea, imports much LNG. For non-FTA countries, DOE can deny LNG exports if it finds them to be not in the public interest, the meaning of which is unclear. So far, DOE has approved or conditionally approved three projects targeting non-FTA countries. Applications for 18 such projects await its decision. Some observer...

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