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White House Plan to Further Expand Renewable Energy Use

President Barack Obama announced on August 24, 2015, additional steps taken to increase the adoption of renewable energy. Among other things, the set of executive actions announced on Monday include making $1 billion in...more

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an...more

Will Congress Repeal the Crude Oil Export Ban in Fall 2015?

Rising congressional support signals real promise that the ban on U.S. crude oil exports could be repealed within the next six months. The U.S. now exports more than 550 thousand barrels per day (kbd) of crude oil and another...more

U.S. Government Approves Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico While Congress Considers Repealing the Underlying Export Restrictions

On August 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) indicated that it would approve a number of export license applications permitting parties in the United States to swap crude oil...more

Will The Carbon Plan Survive?

Almost everyone has an opinion about big topics in litigation like marriage equality and Obamacare, but almost no one has an opinion about the Clean Power Plan. The CPP is one of the most far-reaching regulatory initiatives...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - 15 states sue to block enforcement of Obama administration climate change rules: Bloomberg - Aug 13: Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia – but not including California - asked...more

Switzerland Is the First Country to Lift Some Sanctions on Iran

Certain US sanctions on Iran may be lifted mid to late 2016 or even later. On August 13, Switzerland became the first country to formally lift certain sanctions on Iran, following the announcement of the Iran nuclear...more

Clean Power Plan Finalized by Obama Administration and EPA — What's Next?

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new set of final regulations aimed at reducing carbon output from power plants. The sweeping new Clean Power Plan (CPP) sets limits...more

International Trade Alert: Business Opportunities in Iran - Are You Properly Equipped to Join the Race?

As European business gears up for a post-sanctions environment and the strengthening of relationships in an economically significant emerging market, many clients continue to face mixed messages with regards to what they can...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves Energy Tax Provisions; LNG Tax-Parity Provision Included in Highway Bill Extension

Pathway to Passage for Tax Extenders - On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved by a vote of 23 to 3 a bipartisan tax bill to renew for two years more than 50 expiring and expired tax provisions known as "tax...more

US Imposes Significant Export Restrictions on Russian Oil and Gas Field

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field, to the Entity List on August 7, 2015. The action effectively prohibits all persons from...more

Major Pipeline Safety Rulemakings Coming in 2015

Authorization of the federal pipeline safety programs will expire on September 30th of this year. With this looming deadline, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is scrambling to finish the 42...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. President Obama reveals Clean Power Plan. Calling it the "single most...more

EPA Finalizes Clean Power Plan: Now What?

President Obama unveiled on August 3 what has been billed as the Administration’s biggest initiative yet to regulate carbon emissions. Although the final regulations that form the Clean Power Plan are ostensibly aimed at...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues have had a big week, with President Obama unveiling the final Clean Power Plan. Congress is now in recess until after the Labor Day holiday, but energy and...more

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Releases Solar Net Metering Bill

One week after the Massachusetts legislature departed for its summer recess, Governor Charlie Baker released net metering legislation to rival the Massachusetts Senate’s recent bill on August 7, 2015....more

The Obama Administration and EPA Issue Aggressive Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Existing Power Plants

On August 3, 2015, President Barack Obama and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued their final Clean Power Plan rule, which imposes requirements on states and tribes to reduce carbon dioxide...more

Accelerating toward a clean energy future: EPA steps on the gas (and renewables) with the release of power plant carbon rules

On August 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled highly anticipated final Clean Air Act (CAA) rules to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new and existing power plants. Taken together, EPA’s rules represent the most...more

Massachusetts Legislature Ends Active July with Budget Overrides

After a busy final few weeks of activity, the Massachusetts Legislature departed for its summer recess with a new budget and progress on several priority policy issues. In addition to overriding $97 million in Governor...more

EU sanctions on Iran: Technical Amendments

The European Council has adopted two technical amendments to the EU’s sanctions on Iran. While related to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed with Iran on 14 July, their effect is...more

Obama Administration Adopts Landmark Clean Power Plan

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health, and the economy, the Obama Administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first ever national...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues have had a big week, with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approving its bipartisan broad energy package and President Obama unveiling the final...more

EPA Announces Clean Power Plan

On Monday August 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a final Clean Power Plan that it claims will cut carbon emissions from existing electric power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by the year...more

First EU Steps to Prepare for Sanctions Relief under Iran Deal

On July 31, 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted the first measures to prepare for the implementing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran by allowing EU Member States to authorise certain activities...more

Sanctions Round Up: Second Quarter 2015

After almost two years of negotiations, the P5+1 and Iran reach a final comprehensive agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which will likely result in the gradual lifting of international and US sanctions by early next...more

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