Marc Campopiano

Marc Campopiano

Latham & Watkins LLP

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California Energy Commission Report Projects Local Electric Reliability Deficits By 2021, Potentially Triggering The Need For New...

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released an August 2015 report projecting local reliability shortfalls in the Los Angeles basin planning area as early as 2021. The deficits may require new natural gas power...more

8/25/2015 - California Energy Commission CPUC Electric Generation Suppliers Energy Projects Energy Sector Information Reports ISOs Natural Gas Power Grid

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

BLM Receives Challenges to Greater Sage-Grouse Plans From All Sides

Following the May 28, 2015 release by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of 14 final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for land use plans designed to provide greater protection to the greater sage-grouse on...more

7/7/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Environmental Impact Report Oil & Gas

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

Bureau of Land Management Releases Conservation Plans for Greater Sage-Grouse

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released fourteen final Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) that incorporate greater-sage-grouse conservation measures into the land-use plans for about 50...more

6/11/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Endangered Species Act Environmental Impact Report Farms Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Conservation Plan Mining Natural Gas Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

Nine Western States Throw Their Support Behind Case Challenging Reach of the Endangered Species Act

On May 26, nine western states filed an amicus brief in People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO) v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service urging the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to limit the reach of...more

6/9/2015 - Commerce Clause Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Fish and Wildlife Service Incidental Take Permits Interstate Commerce

Wildlife Agencies Propose Regulatory Changes to Species-Listing Process Under Endangered Species Act

On May 18, 2015, the federal agencies that oversee the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service proposed significant changes to the process by which...more

5/25/2015 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Fish and Wildlife Service National Marine Fisheries Service

The Department of the Interior does not list sub-population of greater sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered species, but...

On April 21, 2015, Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, announced that a sub-population of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border does not require Endangered Species Act protection....more

5/8/2015 - Endangered Species Energy Sector ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service Oil & Gas

The Northern Long-Eared Bat’s listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act could affect development in the Northeastern...

On April 1, 2015, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) announced that it would list the northern long-eared bat as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). The listing comes in response to a...more

5/5/2015 - Endangered Species Act ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service Real Estate Development

California’s Strict New Health Risk Assessment Guidelines May Increase Regulatory Burden on Industrial Uses and Development...

On March 6, 2015, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) updated its Guidance Manual for Preparation of Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) for the purpose of better characterizing exposure risks...more

3/19/2015 - Guidance Update HRA OEHHA Toxic Exposure

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

FERC Accepts Almost All of the CAISO's Proposed Flexible Resource Adequacy Capacity and Must-Offer Obligation Requirements

On October 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Tariff Revisions, FERC Docket No. ER14-2574, conditionally accepting, with two substantive modifications, tariff changes proposed by...more

10/23/2014 - CAISO Energy Energy Policy FERC Utilities Sector

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 Fish and Wildlife Service Permits Renewable Energy

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 Fish and Wildlife Service Public Projects Renewable Energy

SDG&E 2014 Energy Storage Systems Request for Offers Among the Largest to Date

On September 5, 2014, San Diego Gas & Electric (“SDG&E”) issued a 2014 Energy Storage System (“ESS”) Request for Offers (“RFO”) soliciting at least 25 MW—and up to 800 MW—of energy storage (the “2014 ES RFO”). SDG&E’s 2014...more

9/19/2014 - Electricity Energy Grid Energy Storage Power Plants Utilities Sector

EPA Proposes Unprecedented Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Program

We analyze EPA’s novel proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants as it will shape its regulation of other industry sectors. On June 2, 2014, EPA released its long-anticipated proposal to...more

6/6/2014 - Air Pollution Air Quality Standards Carbon Emissions EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions NAAQS Power Plants

California Public Utilities Commission Approves New Resources in Southern California

On March 13, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted D.14-03-004, which authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure 500-700 MW of additional resources and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to...more

3/18/2014 - CPUC Energy Energy Efficiency Power Plants Utilities Sector

Key Developments in Electricity Generation in California

Electricity Generation in California: Key Developments and Trends, a webcast hosted by Latham & Watkins partner Michael Carroll and associate Marc Campopiano, focused on the recent developments that are constraining...more

12/17/2013 - Carbon Off-Set Credits Clean Air Act Electricity Power Plants

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Pioneering Energy Storage Mandate

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will require the state’s three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to invest in a combined 1,325 MW of energy storage by the end of 2020, the first-such mandate in the...more

11/25/2013 - CPUC Grid Energy Storage Investors Procurement Guidelines Renewable Energy

Assembly Bill 327 Removes Upper Limit From California's Renewables Portfolio Standard

On October 7, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 327, removing the current ceiling on California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). ...more

10/16/2013 - CPUC Jerry Brown Renewable Energy Renewable Portfolio Standards Utilities Sector

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