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Energy Independence in the Age of Renewables

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Facing the traditional energy sector’s uncertain future and the decreased cost of producing renewable energy, many companies have taken to generating their own power. Manufacturers may be in an ideal position to do the same...more

ESOS – Lessons Learned and Looking to the Future

by Hogan Lovells on

Large businesses will remember the challenges of trying to comply with Phase I of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in the run up to Christmas 2015. “Trying” was the operative word because “lead assessors” (who are...more

Illinois Power Agency Revises Standard Contract Requirements for Solar and Wind Energy Projects Eligible to Receive Renewable...

by Bryan Cave on

This Client Alert continues our reports regarding the Illinois Power Agency’s ("IPA”) on-going implementation of the Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Bill (Public Act 99-0906), which became effective on June 1, 2017. (See prior...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

The opportunity and promise of decommissioning

by White & Case LLP on

The UK's oil and gas decommissioning regime has long been seen to be in the front-line of petroleum developments and operations around the world, and much has been said about the resulting decommissioning liabilities and...more

Environmental law in the EU: What will happen with emissions limits?

by Dentons on

The need to lay down air emissions limits for large industry has been on the EU’s radar for a long time. It is a question of balance: industry drives economic growth but harms the environment in many ways, including degrading...more

Host Country Benefits of Export Projects

by King & Spalding on

Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies, including Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia),...more

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev sets global renewable electricity goal by 2025

by PretiFlaherty on

World’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA – parent to brands including Budweiser, Corona, Rolling Rock, Michelob, and Stella Artois – has committed to sourcing its electricity entirely from renewable sources by 2025. The...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

by DLA Piper on

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

by Morgan Lewis on

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Energy Savings Performance Contracts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Rev. Proc. 2017-19, 2016-6 I.R.B. (the Rev. Proc.), providing a safe harbor under which it will not challenge the tax treatment of an Energy Savings Performance...more

On the Horizon

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of "On the Horizon" - the mining sector's guide to relevant upcoming legal, commercial and regulatory changes and developments. - In this guide, you will find ... Please see full...more

VW Fallout Continues: Mobile Source Emissions Enforcement Likely to Continue Full Speed Ahead under Trump Administration

by Snell & Wilmer on

The headlines generated by the Volkswagen emissions scandal continue to amaze the environmental community and the general public, both here and abroad. The events are shocking in part because they involve a household name in...more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...more

Comment Period Begins for EPA CERCLA 108(b) Bonding Rule for Hardrock Mining Industry

by Perkins Coie on

On January 11, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for financial assurance requirements under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act for the hardrock...more

EPA Issues Financial Responsibility Requirements for the Hardrock Mining Industry and Announces Intent to Regulate Other...

by King & Spalding on

On December 1, 2016, EPA signed a proposed rule setting forth financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...more

Saudi Arabia unveils new US$50 billion water desalination programme - The Kingdom to offer privatisations as well as new water...

by King & Spalding on

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia has announced a new water desalination programme involving private sector participation worth over an estimated US$50 billion. The programme will be...more

Appeals Court Sides with Wind Farm on PPA Risk Allocation

by Stoel Rives LLP on

This week the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that could help clarify the allocation of risk in power purchase agreements (PPAs). In Benton County Wind Farm LLC v. Duke Energy Indiana, Inc., the court...more

Green Energy Can Complicate Real Estate Foreclosures

by Snell & Wilmer on

A quick drive through almost any newer residential community in the Southwest will show that a lot of residents are embracing “Green Energy” or renewable energy by placing solar panels on their properties. While most people...more

FERC Proposes Rules on Electric Storage and Distributed Energy Resource Participation in Organized Wholesale Power Markets,...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

FERC issued a proposed rule last week that has the potential to blaze a path forward for electric storage and distributed energy resources in organized wholesale electricity markets. It also released its annual enforcement...more

FERC Proposes to Integrate Electric Storage into Organized Markets

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposed rule recognizes the physical and operational characteristics of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregators and removes barriers to their participation in organized wholesale electric...more

FERC Proposes to Remove Barriers to Wholesale Market Participation for Electricity Storage and Distributed Energy Resource...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that, if adopted, would require organized wholesale electricity markets (RTO/ISO markets) to modify their...more

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