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Executory Forward SREC Contracts - What Exactly Does This Mean?

What happens to the payment for a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) when the payor closes its doors? Maryland citizens are finding out the hard way. The promises made to some of them are turning up empty....more

Friday 13th: an Unlucky Day for Scottish Liquidators

On 13 December 2013, the Court of Session ruled that the liquidators of The Scottish Coal Company Limited (SCC) were not able to disclaim ownership of certain open-cast mines and the environmental permits which were connected...more

An Opportunity to Cure? When Bankruptcy and Unpaid Oil and Gas Lease Royalties Collide in North Dakota

The North Dakota Supreme Court recently issued its second opinion in Van Sickle v. Hallmark & Associates, a case that has tested the boundaries of a mineral interest holder’s right to royalties when well operators go...more

Solar Bankruptcy Trustee Sues For $950 Million

The trustee in bankruptcy for Energy Conversion Devices, parent of United Solar of Greenville, is suing three Chinese solar panel companies. The allegations filed in Federal District Court in Detroit against Trina Solar Ltd,...more

Capital Infusion: Case Spotlight: In re SemCrude, L.P.

Sudden interruptions in oil supplies caused by the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the outbreak of the war between Iran and Iraq in 1980 led to the energy crises of the 1970’s and 1980’s, forcing...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: LightSquared, the Battle among Hedge Funds [Video]

Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The hedge funds battling for control of LightSquared Inc., the developer of a satellite-based wireless communications system, is the first item on the bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia...more

Acquiring Italian Distressed Renewable Energy Assets -- Handling Contractual Relationships with Insolvent Companies

Cuts of incentives, increase of competition and the economic crisis have driven many Italian renewable energy companies into financial distress. Dealing with distressed companies involves additional risks and, for foreign...more

The Seventh Circuit Cuts the Gordian Knot of NSR Interpretation: Preconstruction Review Cannot Lead to Continuing Violations

Last week, in United States v. Midwest Generation, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of EPA’s NSR enforcement action against Commonwealth Edison. Commonwealth Edison was the prior owner of the plants at...more

Weathering The Storm Of An Owner Or General Contractor Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy court is often the “court of bad news” for creditors. ...more

Bankruptcy Court Permits Patriot to Modify Union Agreements

Patriot Coal became the third major debtor in the last year to modify benefits or reject a CBA under sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code....more

Bankruptcy Court Permits Patriot to Modify Union Agreements

Patriot Coal became the third major debtor in the last year to modify benefits or reject a CBA under sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code. Following similar rulings in the Hostess and AMR Corporation bankruptcies,...more

Oil and Gas Lease a Proprietary Interest Under the Alberta PPSA

Last week we discussed the decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Kasten Energy Inc. v. Shamrock Oil & Gas Ltd., 2013 ABQB 63 and, in particular, the Court’s concise summary of the applicable test for the...more

Relevant Factors When Considering an Application to Appoint a Receiver

In Kasten Energy Inc. v. Shamrock Oil & Gas Ltd., 2013 ABQB 63, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench considered the application of Kasten Energy Inc. (“Kasten”) to appoint a receiver over all of the assets and undertakings of...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Bankruptcy: Contractor Insolvency Issues in Large Project Transactions

An issue that is often overlooked, but should be considered in the context of large project transactions, is the potential insolvency of contractors and subcontractors. A bankruptcy proceeding involving a key contractor can...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: - Project Development/FinanceKey Considerations in Energy Take-or-Pay Contracts - Upstream - Russia and former republics Unconventional Russia - Bankruptcy:...more

Solar Project Performance May Be Threatened By Satcon Bankruptcy - Semi-Annual Audits Should be Conducted to Ensure Project...

If your solar project uses Satcon-brand inverters to convert the direct current generated by your solar panels into alternating current, you may have recently received notice from Satcon or your installation contractor that...more

In Addition To Natural Gas Providers And Water Providers, Bankruptcy Courts Are Now Allowing Electricity Providers To Claim...

Recent case law may allow electricity providers to benefit from a payment priority for the value of electricity provided to a bankrupt debtor during the twenty (20) days preceding the date of the debtor’s bankruptcy filing...more

Bankruptcy Courts Allow Electricity Providers To Claim Administrative Expense Status For Electricity Provided During The Twenty...

Recent case law may allow electricity providers to benefit from a payment priority for the value of electricity provided to a bankrupt debtor during the twenty (20) days preceding the date of the debtor’s bankruptcy filing...more

The French Petroplus Law

The Decree No. 2012-1190 of October 25, 2012 has recently clarified the Law No. 2012-346 of March 12, 2012 on protective measures (mesures conservatoires) applicable to French safeguard, recovery and liquidation proceedings,...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Financial Restructuring: Oil and gas "leases" and farmout agreements in bankruptcy proceedings

Most people think of an oil and gas mineral “lease” as, so named, a lease. However, this common thinking is not necessarily accurate, both with respect to state and federal law and in particular in the bankruptcy courts in...more

Shedding Light on Whether Electricity is a "Good:" In re Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Inc.

The question of whether electricity qualifies as a "good" under the Bankruptcy Code's administrative priority provisions has sparked varied rulings from bankruptcy courts. The recent case of In re Southern Montana Electric...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - International Arbitration: EU Member State Defends Measures Adverse to Energy Sector Investments on the basis of EU law - REGULATORY: - Competition Law/Russia: Russia...more

Links to Free Copies of Documents Filed in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases of Edison Mission Energy and its Affiliates

Links to Free Copies of Documents Filed in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases of Edison Mission Energy and its Affiliates Our newest website – www.courtreads.com – offers completely free access to over 150,000 documents filed...more

Perspectives on Real Estate - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Energy Consumption Data Reporting in California – AB 1103 and 531 - Real Estate and Construction Risk Management: Tips to Ensure Your Status as an Additional Insured - Attention: New Foreign Tax...more

Fifth Circuit Finds that an Electricity Requirements Contract Is a “Forward Contract” Exempt from Bankruptcy Code’s Avoidance...

On August 2, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a requirements contract for electricity is a forward contract for purposes of section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code and, therefore,...more

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