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Stirring Up The Hornet’s Nest: Political Risk and Infrastructure

As the agenda at this year’s Northeast U.S. Petrochemical Construction Conference (June 19-20, Pittsburgh) will attest, there’s one thing that any new buildout of downstream petrochemical facility needs and that is an ample...more

Idaho Modifies Oil and Gas Statutes (Again)

Both houses of the Idaho Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 301a last week following a seven-hour negotiation and two days of hearings earlier this month. Supported by Governor Otter, this bill will (among other...more

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update - March 2017

Welcome to the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update. Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S., in reversal, issues permit for Keystone oil pipeline - New York Times - Mar 24 - The Trump administration announced on Friday that it would issue a permit for...more

Proposed Bill Would Require State Public Utility Regulatory Authorities to Consider the Cost of Distributed Generation

On March 13, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Ratepayer Fairness Act (RFA). The RFA would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to require that state public utility regulatory authorities and...more

Trump’s Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Underscore the Role of Next Generation Enforcement

Proposal for dramatic reductions in EPA staff and budget could lead to uneven environmental enforcement as states, tribes and environmental groups fill the vacuum. Introduction - On March 16, Donald Trump’s...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital

Budget Work Stymied: With the House and Senate headed for a mid-April recess, work on completing the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations for 10 of the 11 appropriations bills remains unfinished despite an approaching April 28th...more

Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint Calls For Significant Impacts to Environmental Programs

The Trump Administration unveiled significant rollbacks in funding for federal agencies when it released its Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again on March 16, 2017. The President's proposed budget priorities would...more

Amid Uncertain Trade Climate, a Look at Top Imports, Exports With Mexico

Auto companies, computer manufacturers and oil producers are closely watching how the trade relationship evolves between the U.S. and Mexico under President Donald Trump. Their products are among the top U.S. exports to...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Trump presidency is halfway through its first 100 days. The legislative and executive branches are under a unified Republican government for only the second time since the Eisenhower administration, and the GOP is seeking...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

Department of Commerce Seeks Public Input on Pipelines "Made in America;" Comments Due April 7, 2017

On March 16, 2017, the Department of Commerce published a Federal Register notice requesting input on the use of American-made materials in the construction and maintenance of American pipelines. Referring to President...more

Department of Commerce Seeks Public Input on Pipelines "Made in America;" Comments Due April 7, 2017

On March 16, 2017, the Department of Commerce published a Federal Register notice requesting input on the use of American-made materials in the construction and maintenance of American pipelines. Referring to President...more

Department of Commerce Seeks Public Input on Pipelines "Made in America;" Comments Due April 7, 2017

On March 16, 2017, the Department of Commerce published a Federal Register notice requesting input on the use of American-made materials in the construction and maintenance of American pipelines. Referring to President...more

History Doesn't Bode Well For New Commercial Cargo Preference Bill

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), joined by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), recently introduced H.R. 1240, the Energizing American Maritime Act, described as a bill "to require a certain percentage of...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump’s budget proposal slashes EPA funding - Washington Post - Mar 16 - President Trump on Thursday released his budget plan for the next fiscal year, which proposes cutting the...more

Maine net energy billing rules, 2017 revision

On January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted revisions to its rule chapter 313, governing net energy billing. Net metering, or net energy billing, is the metering and billing mechanism that Maine and...more

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

Oklahoma House Votes for Early Sunset of State Wind PTC

On March 9, 2017, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 2298, which would end the Oklahoma production tax credit for wind energy production three and a half years earlier than current law. This measure was first...more

Going All the Way: California Bill Calls for 100% Renewable

Legislation would require that 100% of California’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2045—with an interim goal of 50% generation by the end of 2025....more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

President Trump to Restore Quorum at FERC

It has been widely reported that President Donald J. Trump is preparing to nominate three new commissioners to fill existing vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The prospective nominees are Kevin J....more

FERC Enters the Trump Era - The agency announces staff-led Technical Conference as Trump administration expected to name new...

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made the much-anticipated announcement of its upcoming staff-led technical conference on wholesale energy and capacity markets. The conference...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - March 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Tense is the word that best describes U.S.-Mexico relations during February. Mexican anger and frustration over U.S. immigration policy was palpable as the country braces and prepares for some...more

White House’s Budget Blueprint Includes Significant Cuts to the EPA

Last week, the White House unveiled its $1.65 trillion blueprint for the FY2018 federal budget, which prioritizes discretionary defense spending, with an increase of $54 billion to $603 billion, by reducing total non-defense...more

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