On June 12, 2018, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gave notice of the availability of a study, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study or 2018 Study), in 25 docket proceedings. Per the Federal Register Notice, DOE/FE invited the submission of public comments on the 2018 Study. DOE commissioned the 2018 LNG Export Study to inform its decision on pending and future applications seeking authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the lower-48 states to countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries). The 2018 LNG Export Study, which was conducted by NERA Economic Consulting, evaluates a wider range of scenarios than DOE’s prior LNG export studies, including examining the probability of various export scenarios.
The comment period was opened from June 12, 2018, to July 27, 2018. The comment period is now closed. The comments submitted appear below.
On December 28, 2018, in this Federal Register document, Study on Macroeconomic Outcomes of LNG Exports: Response to Comments Received on Study, DOE/FE responds to the 19 public comments received on the 2018 Study and summarizes its conclusions on the Study.