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PUC Pipeline Case Presents Issue of Who Qualifies as a Public Utility Corporation

A recently filed case before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Corporation (“PUC”) raises the issue of what type of pipeline company qualifies as a “public utility corporation” under Pennsylvania statutes. The term is not...more

Administrative Law Judge Recommends 4.7 Percent Increase for Xcel Energy's Minnesota Customers

On July 8, 2013, Xcel Energy Inc., submitted a filing with the SEC detailing an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in a pending electric rate case in Minnesota and calculating the decision’s impact on one of its...more

New Reliability Compliance Opportunities in 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) closed out 2012 with several orders affecting reliability compliance. FERC adopted a revised definition of the “bulk electric system,” authorized FERC access to e-Tags used to...more

Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Update: Security Passes for ADNOC Facilities

Companies that manufacture and sell products to Abu Dhabi’s state companies involved in power, water and petroleum may require their employees to access such facilities in order to provide installation, after-sales and...more

North Carolina Regulators Find Fault With Duke Energy’s Bait And Switch

When Duke Energy first approached Progress Energy about a potential merger in early 2011, Duke CEO James E. Rogers assured Progress CEO William D. Johnson that he was willing to take the position of executive chairman and...more

Solar Power Purchase Agreements: Tips and Tricks Part 1

Solar power panels on residential rooftops are an increasingly common sight these days. But the legal mechanics behind the development and delivery of solar power to consumers can be complex. There are several alternative...more

EU Considers Extending Disclosure Obligations for Government Payments

On 18 September 2012, the European Parliament approved a package of proposals that impose on loggers of primary forests, and large companies that extract oil, gas and minerals, a new obligation to provide full details on...more

Preparing for Compliance with the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule: Challenges Ahead!

In This Presentation: Overview and Introductions; Overview of the Conflict Minerals Rule; Overview of the Rule: Conflict Minerals; Overview of the Rule: Key Steps; Overview of the Rule: Reporting Requirements; Overview...more

New Executive Order Expands Iran Sanctions to Cover Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies

On October 9, 2012, the President signed a new executive order (“Executive Order”) implementing certain provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (now referred to as the TRA). The TRA expanded...more

REGULATORY: FERC: FERC Issues Show Cause Order Against J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently issued an order directing J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation (“JP Morgan”) to show cause why it should not be found to have violated FERC’s Market Behavior...more

California Files Suit Against Whittier to Stop Oil Leases

The City of Whittier, California wants to allow oil drilling on a 20 acre parcel of land purchased as part of a much larger parcel acquired by the City in the 1990’s using bond funds approved by Proposition A. The Santa...more

TSXV Provides Guidance on Procedures Relating to Stock Symbol Reservations

On October 1, 2012, the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) published a Notice to Issuers providing guidance in respect of procedures relating to stock symbol reservations. Effective October 1, 2012 (the “Effective Date”),...more

Energy Industry Updates for October 2012

In This Issue: - FERC Approves First Commercial Wave Energy Project - Benefit Corporation Legal Structure Utilized by Companies Focused on Renewable Energy - Massachusetts Provides Additional Policy Support for...more

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone? Companies Face the Choice: Trip Over the SEC’s New Reporting Requirements or Use them to Launch...

On August 22, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules requiring oil, natural gas, and mining companies to report to the SEC certain payments to foreign governments. The new rules are aimed at...more

EU Parliamentary Committee backs tough disclosure rules for extractive companies

Introduction - On 18 September, 2012, the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (the "Committee") voted in favour of proposed EU legislation to impose disclosure obligations aimed at deterring corruption by...more

Mixed Results for Renewable Energy as State Assembly Goes on Recess

Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session. Three bills related to solar energy and...more

SEC Issues Resource Extraction Rule

On August 22, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued its final rule regarding disclosure of payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals. The rule...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2012

In This Issue: - p1 Presidential Decree Tightens Government Control Over Russian Strategic Sector Companies - p2 ETFs Finally Come to Russia - p2 RF Legislation Expands Government Control Over...more

Department of Interior Streamlining Utility Scale Solar in Western States

Federal agencies in Washington D.C.and the State of California have been concurrently developing plans to allow development and permitting of utility scale solar energy plants on public lands. The US Department of the...more

AB 32 and Cap and Trade Design Basics

California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and 18th in total carbon emissions if it were a separate country1, is rapidly moving forward with the development of its cap and trade program scheduled to be implemented in 2013....more

Greater Scrutiny of Corporate Lobbying and Political Activity Underway

On September 13, 2012, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group that tracks and analyzes the effect of money in U.S. politics, unveiled a new feature on its website that provides...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

Most public issuers engaged in the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals must disclose certain payments made to U.S. federal and foreign governments and should implement systems to track these payments....more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules

No Exemption for Smaller Reporting Companies or Foreign Private Issuers As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in July 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted...more

Legal Alert: SEC Expands Disclosure Requirements for Energy Exploration Companies (Oil, Gas and Minerals)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted final rules requiring oil, gas and mineral exploration companies to make annual disclosures regarding certain payments made to the U.S. government and foreign...more

SEC Adopts New Rules Requiring Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers to Governments

On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted new rules relating to disclosure of payments by so-called “resource extraction issuers” (the “Final Rules”) pursuant to Section 1504 of the...more

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