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Energy & Environment Update - December 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection...more

In the Midst of Volatile Oil Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Still Expected to Rise in 2015

The rapid decline in crude oil prices has exerted global pressure on the energy industry and nations heavily dependent upon oil. Russia is a glaring example, with the precarious state of its currency largely tied to the...more

Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk— From bust to boom? Positioning for the future

With an ongoing malaise in the mining and metals markets, industry participants have continued to anticipate, identify and respond to risks differently. Some participants have elected to retreat from emerging economies,...more

Congress Authorizes New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Against Russia

On December 18th, President Obama signed into law the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014,” authorizing stricter sanctions against Russia, and also increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. Although the...more

The OECD Report: Shedding Light on Foreign Bribery

The OECD has been at the forefront of the global battle against corruption. Its recent report, Foreign Bribery Report (available here) the OECD provided important insights into the occurrence of foreign bribery....more

U.S. Enacts New Russia Sanctions Law; President Obama Imposes Trade/Investment Embargo on Crimea

On December 18, President Barack Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA) into law. Passed by the Congress in response to Russia’s support of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, it authorizes...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Final Tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese Solar Products

On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (“solar...more

New Russian Sanctions Legislation

On December 18, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that authorizes further sanctions on Russia.  The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA) is aimed to assist “in restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and...more

Canada Announces Revised Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the Extractive Sector

Map of Canada in Canadian flag colorsIn November, the Government of Canada announced a revised Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) strategy for the extractive sector. Building on Canada’s plan for Responsible Resource...more

White & Case’s Japan Seminar Series 2014: Accessing Energy Resources

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster caused Japan to reevaluate its energy policy by placing less emphasis on nuclear energy and more on LNG and renewables. In February 2013, Professor Motoshige Itoh led an independent...more

Congress Passes One-Year Extension of Business and Individual Tax Provisions

On December 16, 2014, the Senate voted 76-16 to pass H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (“TIPA”), which was passed by the House by a vote of 378-46 on December 3, 2014. TIPA would extend over fifty (50)...more

Canada Imposes New Trade Restrictions on Russia’s Oil Exploration and Extraction Sector

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the Government of Canada announced amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to impose product-specific restrictions on the supply of certain goods to Russia’s oil sector,...more

What Now? Why Maryland's Decision to Recognize the International Green Construction Code May Signal a Major Shift in the Means...

There is little doubt that the U.S. Green Building Council (the “Council”) and its established Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, green building certification program have had a major impact on the United...more

Where next for EU climate change policy? From Lima to Paris

2014 ended with a number of significant developments affecting EU climate change policy. In October 2014, the EU agreed on its 2030 ‘Climate and Energy Goals’ and, in the same month, the European Commission (“Commission”)...more

Solar Installer Alert: US Dept. of Commerce Issues Affirmative Final Determinations in Chinese and Taiwanese Solar CSPV Products...

On December 16, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) issued Affirmative Final Determinations in the alleged unfair subsidy investigation against Crystalline Silicon...more

New Law Significantly Expands Legal Basis for US Sanctions Against Russia

On 16 December 2014, President Obama announced that he will sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (hereinafter the “Act”) into law. As discussed in our update dated 12 December 2014, the Act represents a potentially...more

Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 12/15/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Energy and environmental issues abounded on the congressional as well as international fronts last week, and they will continue to play a prominent role in the last couple of weeks of 2014....more

Energy & Environment Update - December 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Justice - Environmental Protection...more

U.S. Congress Passes Russia Sanctions Legislation

On Saturday, the U.S. Congress passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (H.R. 5859), which, once signed by the president, will impose or authorize broad sanctions on Russia’s energy and defense sectors and increase...more

Changes To Iron Ore Royalties In Western Australia

On 28 November 2014, the Western Australian Government made changes to the manner by which iron ore royalties payable to the Government are calculated. These changes more clearly prescribe the scope of permissible deductions...more

U.S. Government Provides Guidance Regarding Certain Temporary Aviation-Related Iran Sanctions Relief

As previously advised, on January 20, 2014, Iran and the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) implemented a Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) whereby Iran agreed to accept...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments 12/14

EPA Schedules Public Teleconference Of Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee For Review Of Draft Ammonia Assessment: On November 17, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science...more

New Opportunities in UK Water?

OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales, has set out the price controls that companies must use for regulated activities from 2015 to 2020. This new economic settlement brings...more

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime...

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions...more

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