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Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: Russia

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Policy The Russian power sector underwent a programme of fundamental reform in the early 2000s involving the break-up...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Automobiles: EPA Announces That No Adjustments to the Standards for Model...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) yesterday announced its proposed determination that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) manufactured in model years (MYs)...more

NPS updates oil and gas rights rules

The U.S. National Park Service has adopted a final rule updating its regulations governing the exercise of non-federal oil and gas rights. The NPS states that the rule improves its ability to protect park resources, values,...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: South Africa

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Key policies South Africa energy policy is influenced by numerous policies including the White Paper on the...more

Something for everyone? The European Commission’s Winter “Clean Energy” Package on Energy Union (November 2016)

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission officially unveiled the latest instalment of its ongoing Energy Union initiative, which will reform some of the central pieces of EU energy legislation. Referred to in advance as...more

Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the Month of November 2016

November 29, 2016 – Raging River Exploration Inc. closed a Viking consolidation transaction. The company acquired approximately 620 boe per day — 97 per cent light oil — of production and 24 net sections of land prospective...more

FERC Rejects Sierra Club’s Request for Rehearing and Green Lights $3.5B LNG Export Facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana

On November 23, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirmed its authorization of the construction of a $3.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana and rejected the...more

[Webinar] MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections: Working Through Complaint Investigation - Dec. 15th, 1:00pm EST

Regular MSHA inspections (aka E01 inspections) are commonplace for mines – an average of two to four inspections per year for surface and underground operations respectively. Yet, MSHA has in its arsenal a host of other...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Even as auto lending continues at near break-neck pace, regulators are expressing concerns about the rise (again) of subprime delinquencies from borrowers. The trend, at a time when the US economy is doing relatively well,...more

Policy Predictions: How will Trump's 100-Day Plan Affect U.S. Energy Industry?

The American landscape is littered with failed prognostications about what new Presidential administrations would or would not ? and could or could not ? accomplish. Every new President faces the challenge of transforming...more

As Agency Enforcement Efforts Mount, CFTC Prohibits Private Lawsuits Against RTOs/ISOs for Market Manipulation

Incidents of alleged fraud and market manipulation in the energy markets increasingly have received the attention of federal agency enforcement efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the...more

Big Changes Coming – EPA Publishes its Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EPA’s new “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule,” while containing some changes that industry welcomes, also contains new requirements that present challenges for the regulated community. We will...more

FERC 2016 Report on Enforcement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement program has shown consistency in recent years, according to a presentation by Office of Enforcement staff to the Commissioners. On November 17, 2016, the Commission's...more

The Rule Against Perpetuities is Alive and Enforceable in Oklahoma

Today we venture into Oklahoma, to be instructed on the Supreme Court’s treatment of the Rule Against Perpetuities. First, the Rule: No property interest is good unless it must vest, if all, not later than 21 years after...more

Maine considers community solar rules

As Maine utility regulators consider changes to the state’s net metering rule for solar panels and other customer-owned generation, revisions proposed by the Public Utilities Commission could change how consumers can...more

Autumn Statement – Greening Public Finance

The Autumn Statement (the Statement) highlighted sustainability of public finance as key to securing a strong and stable economy for the UK. The need to prioritise longer-term sustainability schemes over short-term economic...more

EPA Publishes Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule

On November 11, 2016, the EPA published a proposed rule designed to update its Renewable Fuel Standards Program and support the growth of renewable fuel use. With the stated goal of removing barriers to production and...more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

FERC Enforcement Office Remains Focused on Market Manipulation and Compliance Programs

This month, the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its tenth Annual Report on Enforcement. The report provides FY2016 statistics on the investigative and enforcement...more

EPA Surrenders in the Regional Haze Dispute With Texas

As I noted when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed EPA’s disapproval of Texas’s regional haze plan, EPA had pretty much no chance of winning. Although the parties then stayed the litigation to talk settlement, EPA...more

Maine utility water supply inquiry

As Maine utility regulators consider how drought and other factors affect water utility supplies, staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission have again requested comments and information on water supply emergencies and...more

Energy incentives and opportunities to invest in renewable technologies

Opportunities to invest in the renewable energy sector in the United Kingdom have shifted quite dramatically since March 2015. Severe cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme and the closing of the Renewable Obligations...more

An Overview of the Industrial Sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Industrial Cluster Development Program

Based on a variety of export-oriented industries including oil and gas, metals and mining, logistics, agrochemicals and food and beverages, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the largest industrial output in the MENA region....more

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