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What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

"Renewable Energy Project Warehouse Facilities Are on the Rise"

An important development in the financing of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects in 2015 was the use of a flexible investment and financing vehicle referred to as a “warehouse.” Akin to traditional warehouse...more

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

Legal Trends: Renewable Energy

A recent Clean Energy Canada study concluded that investment in renewable energy in Canada increased at a dramatic rate of 88 per cent from 2013 to 2014, representing an aggregate investment of more than C$10.7-billion in...more

Renewable Energy Industry Receives an Unexpected Gift of a Five-Year Extension of the ITC and PTC

On December 18, 2015, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act (the “Act”) into law. Among the numerous changes in tax law contained in the Act are five-year extensions of the 30% investment tax credit (“ITC”),...more

Proposed Spending and Tax Extenders Legislation Would Significantly Extend Renewable Energy Tax Benefits

Congressional leaders have announced a package of legislative proposals that include provisions that would extend a number of key renewable energy tax incentives, including the production tax credit (the “PTC”) for wind...more

Green Bonds – how to unlock its full potential?

The green bond market is presently one of the fastest growing fixed-income segments, with issuances tripling between 2013 and 2014. There is a sense of excitement and optimism surrounding the market; initially led and...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya - On December 4th, international media reported that French military aircraft have flown reconnaissance and intelligence missions over Libya, including areas controlled by the Islamic State...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

Renewable Energy Update - Decemeber 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Wind and solar power to supply more energy than shale, Goldman Sachs says: Bloomberg - Nov 30: New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the...more

New Energy Investment Initiatives Part of Major Trend

With climate change front and center on the world stage as a result of the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a group of other business leaders used the opportunity to make...more

UK emissions reduction schemes – an update for property lenders

At the end of last year, we wrote about the energy efficiency schemes most relevant to property lenders. In this article, we set out the key developments in this area since then....more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Legal Update – November 2015

In the past few months, we have seen some decisions regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans (PACE loans) that may open the doors for additional states, counties, and local municipalities to authorize, create, and fund...more

Addressing Climate Change in SEC Filings and Other Public Disclosures: What These Disclosures Mean for Businesses

Regulatory agencies are focusing on required climate change-related disclosures in securities filings and other public disclosures, seeking to ensure not only that such disclosures are made, but also that they are supported...more

Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On...more

Another Season of Change in North Carolina Environmental Law - Part II

As discussed in Part I of our environmental legislative update published on November 12, 2015, the 2015 North Carolina legislative session resulted in a great deal of change for the state’s environmental programs....more

Africa Update - November 2015 #3

Leading the News - Egypt: On November 12th, officials at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted while they had offered assistance to both Egyptian...more

Foley Hoag Climate Update: November 2015

Only five weeks ahead of COP21, the Ad Hoc Working group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) – the subsidiary body of the UNFCCC – held its 11th Part of its 2nd Session in Bonn, Germany, from 19th until 23rd...more

Alert: Climate Change and Pension Fund Investments

On October 22 the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 (published in the Federal Register on October 26 and effective on that date) setting forth its supplemental views concerning the legal...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Carbon war erupts between states over Obama power plan - Bloomberg: - Nov 4: In the era of global climate change, the phrase “war between the states” has taken on a new dimension. An 18-state...more

Renewable Energy and Climate Change Update

International negotiations on climate change have been ramping up. It is looking increasingly likely that a new global treaty on climate change will be concluded by the end of the year in Paris. Based on the current state...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - CalPERS set to divest from thermal-coal companies: Los Angeles Times - Oct 18: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Investment Committee will have a new task at...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q3 2015 for the energy industry including 1) the latest initiatives from the Environmental...more

Treasury Announces Decrease in Cash Grant Sequestration Rate from 7.3% to 6.8%

The Department of the Treasury has announced that, for fiscal year 2016, the Cash Grant1 sequestration rate has decreased from 7.3 percent to 6.8 percent. ...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2015

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting - The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy...more

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