Jennifer Smokelin

Jennifer Smokelin

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Pencils Up: Industry Has Opportunity to Make Its Voice Heard on New Biofuel Targets

On May 29, 2015, the U.S. EPA proposed long-delayed biofuel targets for 2014 and 2015 through the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, and issued a proposal setting the mandates for 2016. EPA released this proposal as part...more

6/18/2015 - Biofuel Energy Policy Act EPA Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

California ‘Under 2 MOU’ Demonstrates Ambition and Bottom Up Support for GHG Reductions in the Lead Up to COP 21

On May 19, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Subnational Global Climate Leadership (the “MOU”) with eleven other leaders from jurisdictions in North America, South America and...more

5/26/2015 - Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emissions Jerry Brown Memorandum of Understanding

COP 20 – Lima 2014: Déjà vu on the road to Paris

Introduction - The 20th Conference of the Parties (the COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the UNFCCC) and the 10th Conference serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol...more

1/9/2015 - Climate Change Conference of the Parties Kyoto Protocol United Nations

What does the agreement between the United States and China to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions mean to 'Joe Industry'?

All media outlets are discussing a groundbreaking agreement between the United States and China to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Under the agreement, the United States promised to cut net greenhouse gas...more

11/17/2014 - China Clean Power Plan Greenhouse Gas Emissions Manufacturers

CARB’s Invalidation of Offset Credits Highlights Importance of Risk Allocation

On October 8, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a preliminary determination invalidating more than 230,000 offset credits on grounds that an Arkansas-based chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) incinerator was not...more

10/16/2014 - California Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade CFCs Contract Drafting EPA Offsets Risk Allocation Risk Assessment

Does the Supreme Court’s Opinion in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (June 23, 2014)...

Background – The Tailoring Rule: On May 13, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a final rule requiring new or modified stationary sources of Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) emissions located...more

6/30/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

Is RGGI in Pennsylvania’s Future?

Cap and trade may play a major role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fueled electric generating facilities. On June 2, 2014, EPA issued a...more

6/11/2014 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants RGGI

Business Implications under U.S. Supreme Court’s Affirmance of EPA’s Transport Rule

The Supreme Court Decision - On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, upheld a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation that seeks to lower cross-state air pollution. (EPA v. EME Homer...more

5/6/2014 - Clean Air Act Cross-State Air Pollution EPA EPA v EME Homer City NAAQS SCOTUS Transport Rule

The Battle Over EPA’s Proposed New Source Performance Standards For Coal Fired EGUs: Adequately Demonstrated or Impermissible...

On September 20, 2013, EPA, under the authority of section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), re-proposed its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for CO2 emissions from coal-fired utility boilers and integrated...more

10/4/2013 - Carbon Capture and Sequestration Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Coal-Fired Generation Electricity EPA Natural Gas

The President’s Climate Action Plan and California’s Carbon Market

In June, President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan (the Plan). As we reported in a previous Client Alert, President Obama emphasized three overarching goals: reduce domestic carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent...more

8/23/2013 - Carbon Capture and Sequestration Carbon Emissions Climate Action Plan Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions

AB 32 Update: Summary of the Basics of Transacting in Offsets Under AB 32

This Client Alert serves as an executive summary for a supplementary white paper, The Basics of Transacting in Offsets under AB 32, and will assist clients in addressing offset transaction risks. The white paper offers an...more

5/24/2013 - Buyers Conversion Global Warming Solutions Act Prepayment Penalties Renewable Energy

Conventional and Unconventional Operators: Know your Rights re GHG Reporting

Summary: If you are a conventional or unconventional oil and gas operator in Pennsylvania, you have likely received a recent letter from DEP requiring, for the first time, reporting of your greenhouse gas (GHG)...more

1/28/2013 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas

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