Joshua Bledsoe

Joshua Bledsoe

Latham & Watkins LLP

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Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

9/21/2015 - CAISO Cap-and-Trade Clean Energy Climate Change CPUC Energy Efficiency Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emissions ISOs Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pending Legislation Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Renewable Portfolio Standards Transmission Grid

RETI 2.0: CEC and CPUC Plan for New Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative to Meet California’s Increasing Clean Energy...

As California begins to turn the page on the first chapter of its efforts to combat climate change through AB 32 and to prepare for greater emissions reductions over the coming decades, the California Energy Commission (CEC)...more

9/14/2015 - California Energy Commission Climate Change CPUC Electricity Energy Market Executive Orders Jerry Brown Power Plants Renewable Energy Transmission Planning

President Obama Announces Increased Support for Distributed Energy Projects and Eligibility of State Green Banks to Apply for DOE...

President Obama recently announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Program Office (LPO) is expanding support for innovative “distributed energy projects” by adding $1 billion in available loan guarantees to support...more

9/9/2015 - DOE Energy Projects Energy Sector Financial Institutions Government-Guaranteed Loans Natural Gas Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Incentives Solar Energy

EPA Finalizes Historic Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program

Existing and new power plants face increasing complexity as EPA’s historic final rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions represents a major expansion of EPA’s regulatory authority. In a rare presidential announcement of...more

8/19/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Coal-Fired Generation Energy Sector Energy Tax Incentives EPA Final Rules Greenhouse Gas Emissions Natural Gas Nuclear Power Oil & Gas Power Plants

Proposed Rule from US Department of the Interior Increases Pressure on Coal Mining Industry

On July 27, 2015, the US Department of the Interior, through its Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), proposed to revise regulations adopted under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of...more

7/31/2015 - Coal Mines Comment Period Department of the Interior Endangered Species Act Groundwater Mining Proposed Regulation Water Watershed

CAISO Takes Step to Allow Distributed Energy Resources to Compete in Wholesale Energy Markets

On June 10, 2015, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal (the “Expanded Metering and Telemetry Options Phase 2, Distributed Energy Resource Provider”) that, if finalized, would...more

7/8/2015 - CAISO CPUC Electricity Energy Sector Grid Energy Storage PG&E Public Utility

DRECP Agencies Announce Phase I Updates

Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”) is underway on the 9.8 million acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”). As discussed in our previous post, the four lead...more

6/24/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Conservation DRECP Energy Projects Energy Sector Public Land Public Projects Recreation Renewable Energy

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overview

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (aka Assembly Bill 32 or “AB 32?) mandates a reduction in California statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is...more


Agencies Modify Strategy with Desert Renewable Energy Plan Over Concerns From Local Agencies, Industry and Environmental Groups

Concerns from local agencies, industry, and environmental groups over the long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”)/Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan...more

3/18/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Conservation DRECP Environmental Impact Report Renewable Energy

California Launches Major Rulemaking to Amend Low Carbon Fuel Standard

I. LCFS Readoption - On February 19, 2015, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will take feedback on proposed regulations implementing the readoption and updating of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS),...more

2/18/2015 - California Air Resources Board Environmental Policies Global Warming Low Carbon Fuel Standard Proposed Amendments Rulemaking Process

White House Updates Draft Guidance on Climate Change Considerations in NEPA Review

On December 18, 2014, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released revised draft guidance on the consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in National Environmental Policy Act...more

12/30/2014 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guidance Update NEPA

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overhaul Continues

I. LCFS Readoption - The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) is on the cusp of readopting the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”) regulation to remedy legal defects in the initial adoption process found by the...more

11/10/2014 - Clean Energy Energy Fuel Standards Popular

A Step Toward Expediting California Clean Energy Permits

On Sept. 23, 2014, the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental...more

10/3/2014 - Clean Energy DRECP Energy Energy Policy Permits Renewable Energy US Fish and Wildlife Service

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy

On September 23, 2014, the California Energy Commission (“CEC”), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”), US Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), and US Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) released the Draft...more

10/1/2014 - California Energy Commission CEQA DRECP Energy Projects Environmental Impact Report Public Projects Renewable Energy US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Supreme Court Denied Certiorari Regarding the Constitutionality of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Today, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari regarding the constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey. ...more

7/1/2014 - Certiorari Low Carbon Fuel Standard SCOTUS

California’s LCFS Surviving Challenges As Major Changes Loom

The Air Resources Board proposes to merge court-mandated re-adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with other significant program changes. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) continues to generate uncertainty due to...more

4/2/2014 - Fuel Standards Renewable Fuel Standard

Court of Appeal Confirms AB 32 Target Is Proper CEQA Significance Threshold

The strongly worded opinion in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Case Number B245131)(CBD v. CDFW) by the Court of Appeal of California, Second Appellate District has confirmed...more

3/24/2014 - Carbon Emissions CEQA Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Court Upholds Auction of Allowances Under California Cap-­and-­Trade Program

On November 12, 2013, a California trial court decided that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has the power to auction emission allowances and that such auctions do not constitute an illegal ...more

11/21/2013 - California Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies

Court Upholds Auction of Allowances Under California Cap-and-Trade Program

The decision, which will almost certainly be appealed, allows the Air Resources Board tocontinue to auction emission allowances. On November 12, 2013, a California trial court decided that the California Air Resources...more

11/19/2013 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Greenhouse Gas Emissions Proposition 13

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