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FERC Considers Whether There Is a Place for Competitively Awarded Transmission Projects to Receive ROE Incentives

In an order issued January 8, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced that it will probe the novel question of whether there is a place for competitively awarded transmission projects to receive return...more

Bidding in good faith rule change: Practical steps to minimise the risk of an AER investigation

The change to the rebidding rule published by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) in December will come into effect on 1 July 2016. As such, participants have a relatively short period in which to determine,...more

DOE Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement “BENEFIT 2016”

Last month the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies...more

DEWA releases RfP for 800MW solar IPP

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has invited pre-qualified bidders to submit proposals for Phase 3 of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park (the Solar Park Scheme). The Solar Park Scheme is central to...more

New Pilot Inspection Program for Offshore Facilities Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences for Operators

There has never been a greater focus on safety and regulatory enforcement in the offshore oil patch than today. With a steady stream of new rules, policy directives, and enforcement programs, the Bureau of Safety and...more

New Federal Permitting Council to Aid Large Infrastructure Projects — Emphasis on Energy

In December 2015, Congress passed the first major transportation infrastructure bill in over a decade, covering a large range of infrastructure projects and ensuring funding for the next five years. One section of the bill...more

Former Russian Government Official Sentenced For Nuclear Energy Conspiracy Involving FCPA Violations

On December 15, a former Russian government official, Vadim Mikerin, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with $2 million in bribe payments he accepted to award...more

New Highway Law Streamlines Federal Permitting and Environmental Review for Large Infrastructure Projects

Earlier this month, President Obama signed the Highway Authorization Act into law. One of the objectives of this legislation was to expedite federal authorization (licensing, permitting, approval, etc.) and environmental...more

New Law Streamlines Federal Permitting and Environmental Review Processes

Major infrastructure developers received a notable holiday gift from Capitol Hill and the White House earlier this month with the December 4, 2015 enactment of the Highway Authorization Act. Title XLI of the Act promises to...more

Trade & Manufacturing - December 2015

President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline - On November 6, President Obama announced his decision to deny TransCanada’s application for approval to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This decision comes over seven years...more

Energy, Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Legislation Signed by the President

The Highway Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama last Friday, December 4, includes an important set of reforms for streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects in a broad range of...more

Water Infrastructure Funding

New water infrastructure projects have limited options for federal funding. Under the U.S. House of Representatives earmark ban, Title XVI funding is limited to currently authorized projects and is subject to yearly...more

“Constituents Of Chaos” – Administrative Appellate Decision Confirms Bureau Of Safety And Environmental Enforcement Jurisdiction...

“Constituents Of Chaos” – Administrative Appellate Decision Confirms Bureau Of Safety And Environmental Enforcement Jurisdiction Over Offshore Contractors The classification of the constituents of a chaos, nothing less is...more

Devo Deals - Sheffield, North East and Tees Valley Signed - Northern Powerhouse Series

We are beginning to see Devo Deals take shape - all subject to the outcome of the Autumn Spending Review, and the progress of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (CLGD) through Parliament. Sheffield City Region's...more

DOE Adds New Export Control Contract Clauses, Creating Additional Risk for Contractors

Effective November 23, 2015, all solicitations and contracts issued by the Department of Energy will require compliance with applicable export control requirements....more

DONG Energy proposes Massachusetts offshore wind farm

A subsidiary of Danish energy company DONG Energy has proposed an offshore wind development to be located in federal waters off the Massachusetts coast. The "Bay State Wind" project would be a utility scale offshore wind...more

US auctions NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. Department of the Interior has auctioned the rights to lease nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for potential offshore wind energy development. Under federal law, the Department of the Interior's Bureau...more

Policy Minute: Energy Finance Opportunities with the Government [Video]

In this Eyes on Washington Policy Minute, Government Energy Finance Team member Taite McDonald explains how energy and clean technology companies can develop and execute strategies for access to government grants, loans and...more

Hitachi Settles SEC FCPA Case for $19M

On September 28, the SEC filed a settled complaint in Washington, D.C. federal court against Tokyo-based Hitachi, Ltd. for alleged FCPA books and records and internal controls offenses. According to the SEC’s Complaint, the...more

Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. This marks the first time the DOJ...more

Auction set for NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. government has scheduled an auction for the rights to lease two areas of federal ocean space off New Jersey for offshore wind energy development. The auction, to be held November 9, 2015, will be the fifth...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2015

Draft regulations have been issued for consultation, to implement both the Utilities Directive and the Concessions Directive - expected to be in force April 2016. There has been some interesting case law on application of...more

North Carolina offshore wind advances

Federal efforts to lease ocean sites off the North Carolina coast for offshore wind development advanced last week, when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a report finding that there would be no significant...more

Maine PUC considers community energy projects

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is evaluating the viability of proposed community-based renewable energy projects that remain under development. Maine has run a community-based renewable energy program since 2009. ...more

Two Additional Former PetroTiger Employees Sentenced Following FCPA Conspiracy Guilty Pleas

On September 10, Gregory Weisman, former general counsel of oil and gas services company PetroTiger, and Knut Hammarskjold, PetroTiger’s co-founder, were each sentenced to two years’ probation stemming from their prior...more

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