Nidhi Thakar

Nidhi Thakar

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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Imposes First-Ever Criminal Penalties For Bird Deaths Caused By Wind Projects

The first criminal case ever prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) against a wind energy company for bird deaths resulted recently in Duke Energy Renewables (Duke Energy) reaching a settlement with the U.S....more

12/3/2013 - Bird Fatalities DOJ Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Treaty Act Wind Power

Final Rule Issued On Economic Impact Analyses For Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designations

On August 28, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) issued a final rule revising their regulations for analyzing the economic impacts of critical habitat designation...more

9/3/2013 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Fish and Wildlife Service National Marine Fisheries Service

President Obama Signs Into Law Legislation To Advance Permitting Of Small Hydropower Projects

On August 9, 2013, President Obama signed into law both H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, and H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. ...more

8/15/2013 - Clean Energy DOE Energy Energy Policy FERC Hydropower NEPA New Legislation Renewable Energy

Seventh Circuit Ruling Supports Transmission Of Renewable Energy And Questions State Renewable Portfolio Standards That...

Two important factors affecting the growth of renewable energy infrastructure in the United States are impacted by a recent federal court decision. ...more

6/19/2013 - Commerce Clause Discrimination Fees Out-of-State Companies Renewable Energy

BLM Issues Revised Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a revised proposed rule for regulating hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking.” ...more

5/21/2013 - Bureau of Land Management Chemicals Disclosure Requirements Fracking Proposed Regulation

D.C. Circuit Rules That CFTC – Not FERC – Has Authority To Regulate Futures Trades

On March 15, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over natural gas futures contracts and that the Federal...more

3/20/2013 - CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Exclusive Jurisdiction FERC Natural Gas

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