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Financing Infrastructure: Spotlight On African Debt

by Hogan Lovells on

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is direct correlation between the development of Africa’s infrastructure and the continent’s economic progress. The recent infrastructure investment boom and financing of...more

US auctions North Carolina offshore wind sites

by PretiFlaherty on

Yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed a competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy development in federal waters offshore North Carolina. Avangrid Renewables, LLC won the auction-based sale with...more

The Department of Energy’s Simplified IIP Process Goes Into Effect in November

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) simplified Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process will go into effect. The IIP is a voluntary, pre-application process intended to streamline and...more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

by Bilzin Sumberg on

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but...more

Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind leasing

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed leasing federal ocean space offshore North Carolina for commercial offshore wind development. On August 12, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced a proposed...more

BOEM advances California offshore wind leasing

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. ocean energy managers are moving closer to leasing sites in federal waters offshore California for wind energy development. Acting in response to a lease area requested by Trident Winds, LLC, this month the Bureau of...more

Sweeping Six-Case Win For Water District Helps Secure Orange County's Water Supply

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In early May, the Fourth District Court of Appeal took an important step toward helping to secure Orange County’s water supply. It issued several opinions in response to challenges to a proposed public-private partnership...more

Water P3s Now on Tap in South Florida

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Florida was an early pioneer in the United States of the public-private partnership (“P3”) model as a means of funding infrastructure improvements. In South Florida alone, we have the Florida Atlantic University dormitory,...more

EPA's Clean Energy Incentive Program

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Expansion of Eligible Low Income Community Projects to Include Solar Projects - The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) allows participants to earn tradeable emissions credits for...more

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Cities have long been the center of economic growth in our country, and smart cities recognize that modern infrastructure is a key threshold issue to be addressed for successful economic development....more

Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure: Fertile Ground for P3’s

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As...more

FERC Decision Signals that it Will Strictly Enforce Interconnection Procedures

On March 4, 2016, over the objections of the developer and a dissent from Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, FERC issued an order authorizing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. to terminate a generator...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - BLM issues new guidelines to streamline solar development in Western U.S. - UtilityDive - Mar 5 - New guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) streamline the implementation...more

U.S. Offshore Wind Seeks Critical Mass

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Last week’s U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Conference in Boston had the vibe of a technology sector ready to break out. Industry leaders, federal officials, and a panel of Massachusetts legislators extolled the economic...more

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

Energy, Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Legislation Signed by the President

by WilmerHale on

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

Ninth Circuit Holds that the BLM’s Grant of a Right-of-Way for a Road Over Federal Land Does Not Trigger Consultation Under the...

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) grant of a right-of-way over federal land for a road (the Road Project) for a wind energy project...more

Public-Private Partnerships Offer Alternative Model for Water Infrastructure Projects

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

In February 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts completed a study of the state’s drinking, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure needs that identified a funding gap of at least $39 billion over the next 20 years. The...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal: No Surface Activity Means No Duty to Consult First Nations

In its recent decision in Buffalo River Dene Nation v. Saskatchewan (Energy and Resources), the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan held that the government was not required to consult the Buffalo River Dene Nation (BRDN) before...more

BLM Announces New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules for Oil and Gas Wells on Federal Lands; Industry Trade Associations and the State of...

by Jackson Walker on

On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published its final rule setting new standards for hydraulic fracturing on onshore federal and Indian lands. The final rule, as published in...more

Virginia offshore wind research lease

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. federal agency responsible for leasing offshore wind sites on the outer continental shelf has executed its first wind energy research lease, giving Virginia's state energy agency the right to pursue the Virginia...more

BLM Issues First Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule sets...more

Legislature Approves $1 Billion Drought Relief Legislation; Governor Brown Expected to Sign

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

California Legislature Enacts Bill Package on Drought - On Thursday March 26, 2015, the California Legislature adopted legislation which it describes as allocating approximately $1 billion to emergency drought relief...more

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