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EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More

Natural Gas - Natural Gas Outlook: U.S. On Track to be Net Exporter Q2 2017: Natural gas production and consumption are expected to rise this year due to increases in natural gas prices and LNG exports, as well as...more

New Presidential Policy Directive Hopes to Coordinate Federal Response in the Event of a Cyber Attack

In an implicit acknowledgment that the Federal government's response to cyberattacks is diffused among quite a number of agencies, the White House issued Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41 last week (July 26). The...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Greentown...more

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

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

Top takeaways from North American Leaders' Summit and Canada-Mexico state visit

This past week the North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) was held in Ottawa, Canada, with US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to the summit, Dentons' professionals held an interactive teleconference led by former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, former US Ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin, former Canadian Industry Minister James Moore and the leader of our Mexico practice, Rogelio López Velarde.more

President Obama Announces Los Angeles-Based Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition as Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners across more than 30 states from industry, academia, and non-profits to propel advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can greatly improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. To learn more about SMLC and the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, continue reading!more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget – upwards of three billion Canadian dollars - is committed to the encouragement of innovation. Specific initiatives include...more

Passing of Senate’s Energy Bill Signals a Renewed Focus on Cybersecurity of Power Grid

As we previously reported, the Senate recently passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act (Act), which promotes renewable energy, improves the energy efficiency of buildings and directs investments towards the research and design of advanced energy technologies and electric grid modernization. The 10-title Act also includes a separate title focused solely on the cybersecurity of the power grid, signaling a continued concern regarding cyber threats to electric utilities and their operating systems. This concern, in turn, is only part of the continuing dialogue around improving cybersecurity for a wide range of critical infrastructure. Such concerns have been sharpened in recent months after a blackout in Ukraine last December was traced to a cyber attack. Verizon reported a similarly worrying incident in March, stating that a cyber attack in an unspecified nation had allowed hackers to gain control over a water treatment facility.more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. 127th Legislature Adjourned Sine Die on April 29, 2016 The second regular session of the 127th Legislature adjourned sine die at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016. The Legislature faced 32 vetoes returned to them by Governor Paul LePage during the short recess leading up to “veto day.” more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislative Session in Recess Until April 29 - In late night sessions ending at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, the 127th Maine Legislature wrapped up most of its work for the Second Regular Session. more

US Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill

The first broad energy bill passed in nearly a decade was passed by the Senate on April 20, 2016 with an 85-12 vote margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S. 2012, responds to major changes to the energy landscape spurred by the growth in renewable energy and domestic natural gas and oil production. The bill includes provisions to bolster the electric grid to accommodate renewable energy, promote energy storage technology, improve cybersecurity, and streamline and accelerate the permitting process for LNG exports. It also addresses building code development to promote energy efficiency and reauthorizes the half-billion-dollar Land and Water Conservation Fund that protects parks and other public lands.more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - March 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile Apex Clean Energy and its focus on building utility-scale generation facilities. This month’s Innovator Profile spotlights HydroPoint Data Systems’ efforts to reduce urban water waste. For event highlights, we feature Mintz Levin’s hosting of the panel organized by NECEC’s PR Committee entitled, “Working with the Press in an Evolving Media Landscape,” along with a number of upcoming events sponsored by Mintz Levin, including Clean Energy Trust Challenge 2016. Lastly, our Washington Update has the latest on the continued push to pass the bipartisan energy bill as well as the latest activities from the Obama administration, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.more

Andrew Lipman on Tracking Net Neutrality

Andrew Lipman, head of the telecommunications, media and technology group at Morgan Lewis, talks about the group's role in the regulatory and legal processes shaping the debate surrounding net neutrality.more

Energy Industry Target of Cyber-Attacks and Congressional Efforts to Bolster Security

Cybersecurity of the electric power grid and energy sector as a whole has been the subject of heightened Congressional attention given the integral role the industry plays in our economy. According to a 2015 U.S. Senate committee report, nearly one-third of reported cyber-attacks involve the energy sector. Not surprisingly, the 114th Congress (2015-2016) has introduced several pieces of legislation targeted towards enhancing the security of the nation’s energy infrastructure. more

Energy & Environment Update - March 2016 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) and ranking member Sen. Cantwell (D-WA) remain optimistic that the Senate bipartisan energy bill will advance perhaps as early as this week, after the Senate completes work on legislation related to GMOs, but more likely after the Senate returns from next week’s recess. However, they will first need to overcome the hold placed on the bill by Sen. Lee (R-UT) over the compromise legislation to address the Flint water crisis, as well as a hold placed by Sen. Nelson (D-FL) who is insisting that an amendment offered by Sen. Cassidy (R-LA) that expands offshore drilling revenue sharing be removed from the list of amendments. Negotiations are also continuing on reconciling the House- and Senate-passed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bills, with reports that after exchanging in writing proposals for how to address differences, key decision-makers are now meeting face to face. Please see full Issue below for more information. more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our February edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Oasys Water for their work in the wastewater recovery sphere, along with Mintz Levin’s own Tom Burton for his role as a member of Big Path Capital’s SmarterMoney Review+ Selection Committee. Our Innovator Profile highlights Greentech Media, a company focused on providing comprehensive news and market analysis for the energy industry. For event highlights, we feature two upcoming events that we are excited to be part of, including the 2016 World Energy Innovation Forum taking place at the Tesla Motors manufacturing facility and NECEC’s “Working with the Press in an Evolving Media Landscape.” Lastly, our Washington Update highlights the Senate debate over a bipartisan energy bill among other domestic and international energy issues.more

President’s FY 2017 Budget Aims to Seal the Deal on Fiscal Legacy

On February 9, President Obama released the last budget request of his Administration. The FY 2017 budget incorporates many proposals from past years but also looks to cement the president’s legacy with a number of new fiscal policy initiatives in priority areas such as corporate and international tax reform, family and individual tax issues, and energy taxes. These and other proposals are outlined in the Department of the Treasury’s General Explanations of the Administration’s Revenue Proposals (otherwise known as the “Green Book”). This update highlights new proposals in this year’s Green Book and notable changes to provisions included in prior requests. New Proposals for Tax Reform, Healthcare, and Energy - Reform the U.S. International Tax System - Impose a 19-percent Minimum Tax on Foreign Income: The basic concept and mechanics of the FY 2017 proposal remain the same as the FY 2016 proposal. New for FY 2017 is the grant of authority to Treasury to determine the foreign effective tax rate, rather than calculating it by rote based on a 60-month look-back period. The FY 2017 proposal would also make the controlled foreign corporation (CFC) look-through rule permanent. This provision, which was extended in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 for five years, allows a controlled foreign corporation to exclude certain dividends, interest, rents, and royalties in determining its income under Subpart F. Please see full alert below for more information. more

Iran Sanctions Relief and Further EU Regulatory Developments in 2016

On 16 January 2016 (“Implementation Day”), the majority of the European Union’s (“EU”) economic/financial sanctions against Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that Iran is abiding by its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”).more

Implementation Day and the Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had fulfilled its initial nuclear-related obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had been reached in July between the United States, the other P5+1 countries, the European Union, and Iran. As a result, on thatday (Implementation Day) the UN, the United States, and the European Union lifted their nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.more

Implementation Day: Iran Sanctions Relief Officially Takes Effect - IAEA Verifies That Iran Fulfilled Nuclear-Related Obligations Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Jan. 16, 2016, marked a significant milestone ("Implementation Day") as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had fulfilled its nuclear-related obligations under the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) entered into by Iran, the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and Germany) and the European Union (EU) in July 2015. Simultaneously with the IAEA's pronouncement, the United States and the EU implemented limited but significant sanctions relief as set forth in the JCPOA.more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. First, we feature a special report about the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Gradiant and highlight their success in the water purification sphere. We also announce the launch of “The State of the Cleanweb” report, which we are proud to support. In this section, you will find a link to the full report. Our Innovator Profile explores Intellihot’s tankless water heater system, which cuts down on water and energy waste for its customers. For event highlights, we discuss two recent successful events hosted at MassCEC that the Mintz Levin team was proud to be part of: Water Pitch Night, presented by the New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN), and Boston Cleanweb Tech Night, presented by MassCEC. Finally, our Washington Update summarizes Congress’s race to finalize the omnibus appropriations package as well as the goings-on at the UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris.more

Congress Acts on Tax Extenders and Other Tax Breaks

Congress recently passed two significant pieces of tax legislation:  (1) the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which extended or made permanent various expired or expiring tax provisions, and (2) the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which in addition to funding the government, provided for a number of significant tax changes.more

Washington, D.C. Update – December 2015

2015 Year-End Appropriations and Tax Measures - On Friday, December 18, the House and Senate completed work on the omnibus appropriations legislation funding the federal government for the 2016 fiscal year and a series of tax measures known as “tax extenders.” The measures have now been sent to President Obama for his signature.more

Highway Bill Adds New Security Measures to Federal Power Act

Amendments to Federal Power Act grant the DOE authority to order emergency protective actions by utilities, provide greater protections for Critical Energy Infrastructure Information, and exempt utilities from environmental fines when subject to emergency DOE orders.more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our November edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Vionx and highlight their recent partnership with an array of firms that will be helping the company launch and commercialize its batteries. We also congratulate our clients Nexamp and Cambrian Innovation on their wins at the NECEC’s Green Tie Gala. Our Innovator Profile explores the rapid expansion of Bigbelly in several cities across America. For event highlights, we feature Paul Dickerson’s speech at the 40th Annual Interarab Cambist Association Conference in Cairo, along with the Cleantech Global Showcase: GloSho’15, at which Tom Burton moderated a panel, and Eric Macaux’s upcoming keynote at Sustainatopia. Finally, our Washington Update summarizes the potential impact of Congress’s recent budget deal, and assesses the Obama administration’s strategy leading up to the Paris climate summit later this November. more

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