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What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014

“In the US, there are two regulatory programs that require blenders and refiners to mix a certain percentage of biofuels into their traditional supply of crude oil,” said Brisson. “We’ve seen a number of issues in 2013 with...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-04 - Feb 28, 2014

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Legislative Report – MLP Parity Act

What: The MLP Parity Act (the “Act”) is a bill currently before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance seeking to expand Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (which defines “qualifying income” for publicly traded...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-24 -- Dec 27, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-22 -- Nov 22, 2013

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but...more

What the Strong IPO Market Means for Emerging Energy and Renewable Technology Companies

The IPO market in the United States is continuing at its fastest pace since 2000. The year 2000 (over 350 IPOs)[1] was the last year of a 10 year boom in US IPOs that reached its peak in 1996 (over 650 IPOs). Since 2000,...more

Legislative Update Report - No. 2013-18 Sept 27, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Materiality Momentum

In April, a number of interesting developments occurred that contribute to the momentum on the topic of materiality in sustainability reporting. The common theme is a focus on better defining material environmental, social...more

California Bill Aims To Promote Green Energy Investment Scams

“Today I’d like to tell you a little bit about the color green . . .” Green energy is popular. That popularity makes not just likely, but inevitable that promoters will use the cachet of green energy to attract and...more

Business News Digest – May 2013

In this issue: - Does the SEC Like Social Media? Understanding the Application of Regulation FD to Social Media - NIST Holds First Workshop on Executive Order Cybersecurity Framework - Jumpstart Our...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-08 -- Apr 26, 2013

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Episode 76 – Ben Lee Shares CircleUp’s Crowd Funding Model

In Episode 76 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on September 15, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Ben Lee, director of...more

Outlook for Institutional Investors in Renewables

This article originally appeared in the September 3, 2012 edition of Power Finance & Risk. Participation in renewable energy projects by institutional investors has been increasing over the last few years, particularly...more

Rescued Down Under: The Linking of the EU ETS with the Australian CPM

Amid the recent frustrations of the carbon markets, on the 28th August 2012 arrived the exciting announcement of the intention of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (the “EU ETS”) to link with the Australian Carbon Price...more

UK Quoted Companies to be Required to Report Greenhouse Gas Levels

The UK Government has announced that it intends to introduce regulations taking effect from April 2013 requiring all companies quoted on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange to report details of their levels of...more

Washington Energy Update - June/July 2012

In This Issue: - Recent Dos and Don’ts for Updated Market Power Study Filings - FERC Seeks Comment on Potentially Sweeping Changes to Its Open Access and Priority Rights Policies Relating to Interconnection...more

Securitization of Renewable Energy Loans

Renewable energy sources have increasingly become a focal point of U.S. regulatory and financial institutions as well as trade associations and legislatures. One main source of interest in this regard is programs that have...more

Illinois Senate passes B-Corp Bill.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2897 on March 28. The bill proposes a new type of corporate entity (like a C Corp or an LLC) known as a Benefit Corporation, otherwise known as a B-Corp. B Corps would be required to...more

High Court of England and Wales Rules Emissions Allowances to be Treated as Property

Following a decision of the High Court of England and Wales in Armstrong DLW GmbH v Winnington Network Ltd [2012] EWHC 10 (Ch) the legal status of European Union Allowances (EUAs) traded under the EU Emissions Trading...more

Recently Proposed Legislation Adopts IPO Task Force Recommendations

On December 1, 2011, Senators Charles Schumer and Pat Toomey introduced a bill designed to improve emerging-growth companies' access to public capital markets. The bill, known as the "Reopening American Capital Markets to...more

You Know It’s A Really Tough Regulatory Environment When . . .

In this letter sent last June, the writer commiserated: ” . . . the financial markets are more volatile and challenging than ever before. Couple all of that with that the burden of new rules and regulations, and it is...more

Amid Derivatives Reform, Federal Regulators Contemplate Future Regulation of Carbon Markets

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a Notice and Request for Comment on a study regarding the oversight of existing and prospective carbon markets. Although carbon markets are currently far removed...more

SEC Interpretive Release On Climate Change Disclosure

On February 2, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued an interpretive release (the "Release"), previously approved by a 3-2 vote on January 27, 2010, to provide guidance to public companies as to how...more

Climate Change Disclosure: A Growing Issue for Publicly Traded Companies

This article explores the issues related to disclosure of climate risk in Securities and Exchange Commission filings and in voluntary climate or environmental reports. It provides recommendations as to how to evaluate what...more

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