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Indonesia’s MEMR Regulation 12: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Despite a significant renewable energy potential, Indonesia currently only produces six percent of its electricity from renewable energy.  The Indonesian government is targeting increasing this to 23 percent by 2025.  Many...more

Energy & Process Corp. Settles Whistleblower Action Related to Construction of Nuclear Waste Treatment Facility

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Monday, April 24, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Energy & Process Corp. agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle False Claims Act allegations concerning the construction of a large nuclear waste treatment...more

Maine community solar procurement bill, LD 1444

by PretiFlaherty on

This week a committee of the Maine state legislature is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a bill that would direct state regulators to enter into long-term contracts to procure 120 megawatts of large-scale community solar...more

The Renewable Electricity Program: the AESO releases the Request for Expressions of Interest and proposed support agreement terms

by Dentons on

On March 31, 2017, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) to initiate the first competitive procurement process as part of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP)....more

This Month in Corruption: Smuggled Drugs, Bogus Billing, Tampered Equipment

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Wrong Way to Keep Prisoners in Line. The office of William D. Weinreb, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announced March 3 that two former corrections officers at the Essex County Correctional facility...more

Results from California’s First Community Solar RFO

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The first round of procurement under California’s community solar program is nearly complete, and the early results suggest that no power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) will be awarded....more

US auctions North Carolina offshore wind sites

by PretiFlaherty on

Yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed a competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy development in federal waters offshore North Carolina. Avangrid Renewables, LLC won the auction-based sale with...more

Amendments to Japan's Renewable Energy Act

by Jones Day on

On April 1, 2017, substantial portions of the Amendments ("Amendments") to The Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities (the "Act") will become effective. These...more

Massachusetts Announces New Solar Energy Incentive Program Proposal and Deadline Extension Procedures for Existing Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced its final proposal for the successor incentive program—named the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)—to the successful Renewable Portfolio...more

"Mexican Energy Sector Restructuring: New Opportunities for Renewables"

The ongoing effort to restructure the power sector in Mexico, together with Mexico’s strong policy on combating climate change, have created compelling opportunities for investors in renewable energy projects that likely will...more

IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Solar Contracts with Federal Agencies

On January 19, 2017, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 (the “Rev. Proc.”) providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as...more

Water Act a “WIIN” for Infrastructure

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (“WIIN” or the “Act”). President Obama signed...more

Autumn Statement – Greening Public Finance

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

The Department of Energy’s Simplified IIP Process Goes Into Effect in November

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) simplified Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process will go into effect. The IIP is a voluntary, pre-application process intended to streamline and...more

EPA Plays Defense in Mine Disaster

by Williams Mullen on

EPA finds itself in unfamiliar territory as the agency defends its involvement in a multi-state environmental disaster. In 2015, a contractor acting under EPA’s supervision used an excavator to dig away tons of rock and...more

NY offshore wind lease auction set

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The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a Final Sale Notice, setting December 15 as the date for auctioning the right to lease sites in federal waters off New York for commercial offshore wind...more

Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to...more

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

by King & Spalding on

The district energy industry has received a global boost through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP has called for governments, state owned enterprises and procuring...more

Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind leasing

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed leasing federal ocean space offshore North Carolina for commercial offshore wind development. On August 12, 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced a proposed...more

BOEM advances California offshore wind leasing

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. ocean energy managers are moving closer to leasing sites in federal waters offshore California for wind energy development. Acting in response to a lease area requested by Trident Winds, LLC, this month the Bureau of...more

Massachusetts Legislation Spurs Offshore Wind Power Development

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a major energy bill aimed at putting Massachusetts at the forefront of states developing offshore wind power. The law, An Act Relative to Energy...more

GAO Sustains Bid Protest Where, Among Other Things, the Agency Improperly Considered Cost Risk under Its Technical Evaluation

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained a bid protest involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) evaluation of proposals for remedial action and surface support assistance at the Gilt Edge Mine...more

EPA's Clean Energy Incentive Program

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Expansion of Eligible Low Income Community Projects to Include Solar Projects - The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) allows participants to earn tradeable emissions credits for...more

Public Works Slowdown Following Implementation of the New Italian Public Procurement Code

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Italian Government definitively approved Legislative Decree no. 50 in April this year, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and European Council. The revised legislation...more

Brexit State Aid Implications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

State aid control is unusual internationally. State aid is entirely a matter of EU law and is administered by the EU. Unlike other areas of competition law, such as antitrust and merger control, there are no national rules or...more

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