The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy released a NERA Economic Consulting study on natural gas exports December 5. The report found that from a macroeconomic perspective the export of LNG benefits the U.S. economy. The agency will accept comments on the report for 45 days after the official notice appears in the Federal Register; reply comments will be accepted for 30 days after the conclusion of the initial comment period. This means that any final decisions on pending license applications will need to wait until early spring.