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DOE Adds New Export Control Contract Clauses, Creating Additional Risk for Contractors

Effective November 23, 2015, all solicitations and contracts issued by the Department of Energy will require compliance with applicable export control requirements....more

DONG Energy proposes Massachusetts offshore wind farm

A subsidiary of Danish energy company DONG Energy has proposed an offshore wind development to be located in federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. The "Bay State Wind" project would be a utility scale offshore wind...more

US auctions NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. Department of the Interior has auctioned the rights to lease nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for potential offshore wind energy development. Under federal law, the Department of the Interior's Bureau...more

Hitachi Settles SEC FCPA Case for $19M

On September 28, the SEC filed a settled complaint in Washington, D.C. federal court against Tokyo-based Hitachi, Ltd. for alleged FCPA books and records and internal controls offenses. According to the SEC’s Complaint, the...more

Auction set for NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. government has scheduled an auction for the rights to lease two areas of federal ocean space off New Jersey for offshore wind energy development. The auction, to be held November 9, 2015, will be the fifth...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2015

Draft regulations have been issued for consultation, to implement both the Utilities Directive and the Concessions Directive - expected to be in force April 2016. There has been some interesting case law on application of...more

North Carolina offshore wind advances

Federal efforts to lease ocean sites off the North Carolina coast for offshore wind development advanced last week, when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a report finding that there would be no significant...more

Maine PUC considers community energy projects

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is evaluating the viability of proposed community-based renewable energy projects that remain under development. Maine has run a community-based renewable energy program since 2009. ...more

Oil and Gas Tenders in Mexico Proceed With Additional Specificity in Draft PSC

Where does Mexico’s upstream oil and gas bid round process stand? SJA: The tender for the first package of properties auctioned as part of Mexico’s “Round 1” covered shallow water blocks and ended on July 15, 2015, with...more

Navy signs solar energy deal

The U.S. Department of the Navy has announced an agreement for the development of a 210 megawatt (DC) solar project to supply electricity to Navy and Marine Corps facilities in California. The Navy described the deal as the...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Updated Bidding Guidelines and Contract Terms for Ronda Uno, Second Tender

On August 4, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (the CNH) released revised versions of the Bidding Guidelines (the Guidelines) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (the PSC) for the Second Tender published on...more

Is the Renewable Energy Sources Act Undergoing a Fundamental Change? - Pilot tenders in accordance with the Ordinance for...

Review - “The Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations and for the Amendment of other Ordinances for the Promotion of Renewable Energies” largely entered into force on 12...more

What You Need to Know About TTIP

TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a comprehensive trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. The main aims of the proposed agreement are to increase trade...more

The Early Bird Catches the Worm: A Lesson in Submitting Drilling Applications Early to Avoid Expiration of Federal Oil and Gas...

As many of you know, permitting delays are not only frustrating but can have real consequences for project applicants with contractual deadlines. In the case of a federal oil and gas lease, operators should be mindful of the...more

Mexico Energy Law – Round 1 Update

Update regarding Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender - According to the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (e.g., the National Hydrocarbons Commission; “CNH”), as of Thursday, January 28th,...more

The Construct - December 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: Constructing (and Eating) a Piece of the Energy Sector Pie - An Interview with Melvin Stroble, REM, Project Manager, Energy for Black & Veatch - Executive Order 13658...more

Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One

The Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) has issued the first call for bids under Round One and the terms and conditions (T&Cs) governing the tender. CNH seeks to award 14 production-sharing contracts for the exploration...more

Recent Developments in California Construction Law

Notable 2014 Case Law - Liability for owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals - This year, California courts decided a variety of cases with important relevance to...more

BLM to Overhaul Solar/Wind Rights-of-Way Regulations

Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule that could alter the landscape of future renewable energy development, particularly in the American West, home to much of the country’s prime solar and...more

White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

Trade & Manufacturing: News Of Note -- May 2014

House Subcommittee Advances Bill Approving LNG Exports To WTO Members - On April 9, a House subcommittee voted to advance a bill seeking to expedite the licensing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to World Trade...more

Supreme Court Holds That Courts Must Defer To Arbitrators In First Case Addressing International Investment Treaty Arbitration

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided BG Group, PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first case in which the Court addressed an international investment treaty arbitration (a case between a private investor...more

European Parliament approves new funding opportunities for infrastructure projects

Summary - On 19 November, the European Parliament (“EP”) voted to approve the Connecting Europe Facility (“CEF”) Regulation. The CEF Regulation is likely to become law early in 2014. The CEF Regulation is a funding...more

California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Targets

California continues to lead the way on integration of renewable energy, improvement of grid reliability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with the adoption by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of the...more

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