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Infrastructure Battles Heat Up During the Summer of ‘15

News came this week that the Obama Administration is threatening a veto if Congress reverts to form and proposes only a temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund instead of tackling a long-term transportation funding...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

FERC enforcement office draws fire at House hearing. The enforcement arm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission came under fire at a congressional hearing June 3 and June 4, as some members of the US House of...more

Minnesota Session Ends With Governor Threatening Veto

The Minnesota legislature concluded its business last evening with Governor Mark Dayton threatening to veto a $17 billion public education funding bill – a threat he carried through with earlier today. The governor issued the...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Oil companies may need to prepare for more regulation of rail shipments of...more

A Skimmed Plan Nord: Keeping in Line with Quebec’s Current Economic Landscape

The Quebec government first launched its Northern Plan, le “Plan Nord”, in 2011 with great fanfare. The Plan Nord seeks to develop Quebec’s vast territory north of the 49th parallel, which covers 72 per cent of the province...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House of Representatives was on recess this week and the South Carolina Senate had an abbreviated week and met on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate approved and sent to the House several measures, including...more

News from Second and State

As another relatively quiet session week comes to a close, our embattled row officers continue to make headlines. On Tuesday, two weeks after being charged, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord appeared in federal court...more

Judge Kenny Rejects Bond Sale to Fund California’s High-Speed Rail Line

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny overruled a request from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to sell $8 billion of the $10 billion in bonds approved by voters in 2008....more

Major Roadblock in High-Speed Rail Project's Track

A ruling by the Sacramento County Superior Court has presented a major roadblock to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (“Authority”) high-speed rail project (“Project”). On November 25, 2013, Judge Michael Kenny...more

California High-Speed Rail Authority Violated Proposition 1A

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“Authority”) had a major setback on Friday when Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled that the Authority had “abused its discretion by approving a funding plan...more

California Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulations

Lessors of tractors or trailers may be subject to California's regulations pertaining to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. California's regulations pertain to heavy-duty tractors and 53-foot or longer box-type...more

NY PSC Acts on Energy Highway Initiative

New York’s “Energy Highway” continues to move forward. On October 22, 2012, the Energy Highway Task Force presented Governor Andrew Cuomo with its New York Energy Highway Blueprint (Blueprint), a comprehensive plan to upgrade...more

Department of Energy Releases $40 Million Solicitation to Fund Pilot - and Demonstration-Scale Biorefineries

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program issued a long-anticipated funding opportunity announcement for innovative pilot- and demonstration-scale advanced biorefineries. As discussed in a recent WSGR...more

Pennsylvania Announces $20 Million Grant Program to Convert Fleet Vehicles to Natural Gas

On June 4, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced a $20 million competitive grant program for companies and organizations to convert fleet vehicles to be fueled by natural gas. The grant...more

California High Speed Rail Agency Requests Billions To Start Construction

California’s bullet train agency today formally requested a multibillion-dollar appropriation to start construction next year, after dozens of people from across the state attacked the $98-billion project’s cost, rationale...more

Federal Clean Energy Policy Summaries: Key Updates from the Past Few Weeks

Energy and Climate Legislation Senate 9/28/09 Bingaman Hearings May Open Door to Cap-And-Trade Alternatives Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) held an Energy & Natural Resources Senate Committee hearing on climate...more

Cash For Clunkers” Program Deemed a Success

The Transportation Department states that the Cash For Clunkers program succeeded in putting 690,114 more fuel-efficient vehicles on the nation’s roads. The entire $3 billion dedicated to the program was spent in an effort to...more

Green Building Update - June 4, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Critics argue LEED in Neighborhood Development is hurting affordable housing *Green Building Focus ..Wachovia Capital Markets' The Greening of America *Green Building movement gaining momentum in...more

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