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DOE Seeks Nominations For Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee

On May 23, 2017, EERE published in the Federal Register a solicitation for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...more

Neste Welcomes Swedish Government’s Support For Renewable Fuels

On March 24, 2017, Neste, a member of BRAG®, announced its approval of draft proposals by the Swedish government regarding mandated reductions in traffic fuel emissions and the continued tax exemption for high-blended...more

EPA Implements 2017 RFS Volume Requirements

On March 21, 2017, the renewable fuel volume requirements for 2017, which were issued in final by EPA on December 12, 2016, were implemented. The effective date for the 2017 requirements was delayed following the...more

US Army Corps of Engineers Updates Five-Year Nationwide Permits – USACE Generally Declines to Apply More Rigorous Limits, but...

by King & Spalding on

On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reissued 52 nationwide permits (NWPs) and issued two new NWPs, along with general conditions and definitions. NWPs are a type of general permit authorized under...more

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts on Drinking Water from Hydraulic Fracturing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With significant objection from Industry, EPA has issued its Final Report on whether hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under certain circumstances. The U.S....more

Trump Administration Expected to Change Emphasis on Energy Sources and Seek to Reverse or Limit Many Environmental and Climate...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Presidential elections matter. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment, and climate change. Reducing regulation...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Cities sue FAA over new flight plans - Los Angeles Times - Oct 27 - Citing concerns about the potential for increased aircraft noise and pollution, Newport Beach officials...more

Clean Air Act Permit Challenges — New Rules On the Way

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the United States, the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) requires all “major sources” of air pollution, such as power plants, refineries and other large industrial facilities, to obtain permits detailing the conditions under...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - White House pledges support for Salton Sea, geothermal energy - The Desert Sun - Sep 1 - The federal government is stepping up its commitment to the Salton Sea and exploring the...more

European Court Of Auditors Releases Report On EU Biofuel Sustainability Certifications

On July 21, 2016, the European Court of Auditors released Special Report No 18/2016: The EU system for the certification of sustainable biofuels. This report assessed the existing biofuels sustainability certification...more

DOE Releases 2016 Billion Ton-Report Assessing Bioenergy Feedstock Resources In The U.S.

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Last week, DOE released the 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 1: Economic Availability of Feedstocks (BT16). Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office...more

Constitutional Limits to Greenhouse Gas Regulation: 8th Circuit Relies on the Dormant Commerce Clause to Reject Minnesota’s GHG...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Many states have enacted their own laws to regulate greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emission reductions. Although the specific requirements of each state law differ, many of the laws incentivize the use of renewable energy and...more

DOE Announces $23 Million In Funding For SBIR Phase II Winners

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced the 23 projects that were selected for Phase II funding through the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program. ...more

FCPA compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 264-John Champion on the 50th Anniversary of Star Trke

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with John Champion, co-star of MissionLogPodcast.com on the 50th anniversary of the premier of Star Trek. ...more

Congressional Energy Roundup

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

“Status of BLM and Forest Service’s Efforts to Implement Amendments to Plans Regarding Sage Grouse Conservation and Coordination Activities with Affected States.” Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on...more

Like San Bruno, Aliso Canyon Prompts Enhanced Pipeline Safety Act with Few Meaningful Deadlines

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 22, President Obama signed into law a new pipeline safety bill — the “Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016,” known as the PIPES Act of 2016. The law reauthorizes and funds the...more

Important Wetlands Permitting News: U.S. Supreme Court Allows Pre-Permit Challenges to Approved Jurisdictional Determinations

by Allen Matkins on

In a major new legal development for the Clean Water Act's Section 404 wetlands permitting program, landowners can now challenge the federal government's claim that areas targeted for fill are "waters of the United States"...more

DOE Providing $10 Million For Six Projects To Advance Bioenergy Development

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that up to $10 million in funding is being given to six projects that are creating innovative solutions to advance bioenergy development. The work will support...more

The Great Debate, Part II: Canadian Government Appoints More People to Examine Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project

In January 2016, I wrote an article about the commencement of the new federal government’s promised review of its environmental assessment process. Given that the existing process has been an issue that has seriously divided...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainability measures pay off says Morgan Stanley report - The Registry - May 5 - Investors looking for opportunities to potentially increase returns by integrating...more

Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

By a vote of 85-12, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan energy bill, S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, last Wednesday. The bill’s passage marks the first time in almost a decade since the Senate has...more

Big Changes With LIttle Fanfare: The FHWA Proposes to Use GHG Emissions as a Performance Measure

This week, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking to promulgate performance measures to be used in evaluating federal funding of transportation projects. The requirement for performance...more

What Does the UK's New Conservative Government and New Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Mean for the UK's Energy...

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - On 8 May 2015 David Cameron's Conservatives won an unexpected majority in the House of Commons, bringing an end to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition that had been in power since 2010. The Liberal...more

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