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Navigating Private Equity Fund Limitations for Energy Infrastructure-Focused Investments

by King & Spalding on

Energy infrastructure funds have emerged as a class of funds that offer investors the potential for long-term stable returns, as well as downside protection through the asset class’s inflation-hedging characteristics. An...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 2

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and healthcare to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4 billion...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

EPA Requests Comments on Regulatory Rollbacks

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a request for comment asking for “input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” EPA’s request is part of a federal...more

IRS Releases 2017 Section 45 Production Tax Credit Amounts

On April 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the 2017 inflation-adjustment factors and reference prices used in the calculation of renewable energy production tax credits under IRC section 45. That guidance...more

Maine PUC releases 2015 renewable report

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine energy regulators have released a report on the state's electricity renewable portfolio standard, presenting data from 2015. The Maine Public Utilities Commission's Annual Report on New Renewable Resource Portfolio...more

The Illinois Commerce Commission Announces NextGrid Initiative to Advance Energy Policies That Will Empower Customers and Foster...

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Illinois Commerce Commission ("ICC") recently announced a significant initiative entitled "NextGrid," designed to explore technological advancements and potential revisions to the existing utility and regulatory models....more

Hawaii Senate Committee Passes Bill On Renewable Ground Transportation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 4, 2017, the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed HB 1580, which sets a goal of having all ground transportation in Hawaii run on renewable fuel by 2045. The bill, which does not contain an...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

D.C. Circuit Tells FERC to Try Again on Utility Rates of Return

by Jones Day on

On April 14, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision that could cause short-term uncertainty for electric utilities, whose rates for transmission service, including the allowed rate of return,...more

It’s Wise to Make Certain that Contracts Properly Allocate Future Environmental Compliance Costs

Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that AEP, which entered into a consent decree requiring it to install certain pollution controls at its Rockport 1 and 2 power plants, could not force the owner of those...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Ice Energy, NRG installing new energy storage solutions for SoCal Edison - Utility Dive - Apr 13 - Ice Energy and NRG Energy are partnering to roll out up to 1,800 Ice Bear 30 storage...more

Norway and Sweden agree on extending the El-certificate system

by DLA Piper on

Norway and Sweden have agreed on changes to the El-Certificate support system. This is good news for the RE marked in the Nordics as there have been a lot of uncertainty on the future of the support system, when Norway from...more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been much discussion lately regarding the new Administration’s efforts to review and possibly “roll-back” several environmental and energy-related regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In our first post, the Stoel Rives’ Energy Team provided a summary of energy related bills introduced by California legislators during the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Provided below is a summary of...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

UAI Challenges CRC Study On Vehicular Emissions

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 29, 2017, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) released a statement claiming that the Coordinating Research Council’s (CRC) study on fuel emissions was biased and flawed. According to UAI, the match blending of test fuels...more

Mexico Issues Manual for Bilateral Power Transactions and Recording Coverage Agreements

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 opened activities of the country's Power Market to private investors. Mexico is passing from a state-run power company, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), to private investors and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - D.C. Circuit grants EPA’s request to delay 2015 smog rule case - Washington Post - Apr 11 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday granted a...more

TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, the Trump Administration granted a Presidential permit to TransCanada, which gives the company authority to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities” for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The...more

CA Court of Appeal’s Split Decision Upholds CARB Cap-and-Trade Program

by Perkins Coie on

In a 2-1 decision, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, upheld the California Air Resource Board’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas allowances. California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air...more

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Provisions for Distributed Generation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the private sector may participate and invest in a number of energy-related activities. One of the most attractive activities is power generation, especially considering that distributed...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2017 Northern California Environmental and Land Use Seminar - May 18th, Walnut Creek, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Join us for our first Environmental and Land Use Law Update in Northern California! This complimentary seminar will be comprised of panel discussions on a spectrum of critical federal and state environmental and land use...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...more

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