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Australian Government supports innovation in mining, energy, oil and gas

The Australian Government (through Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane) on 31 October 2014 launched ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’, an initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of intellectual property...more

Green Sukuk: Financing the Gulf Region’s Renewable Energy Infrastructure

In this lw.com interview Latham & Watkins partner Harj Rai and associate Lee Irvine discuss how an issuance of green sukuk would allow Islamic investors, for the first time, access to ethical and socially responsible...more

DOE Announces New Grant Topics To Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced three new subtopics related to bioenergy under its SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs...more

OCS Operators and Lenders Beware - Comment Period Ending on BOEM Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention Notice...

Monday, November 17, 2014, is the last day to provide comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in connection with its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) with respect to risk management, financial...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 6, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating securitizations in emerging markets. On November 5, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the automotive manufacturing industry. On November 5,...more

Navigating Russia Sanctions: US, EU, and Japan Update

US, EU and Japanese sanctions targeting Russia are becoming increasingly aligned as a result of each jurisdiction’s continued tailoring of sanctions targeting Russia. In each jurisdiction there are now laws which block funds...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

DOE Announces Technology Transfer Opportunity For Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued an announcement for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs,...more

Africa Energy Update

The latest news on legal and regulatory developments in Africa’s energy sector. This first Africa energy update focuses on East Africa, a region of growing potential for sector participants. Future updates will focus on other...more

Australian Tax Alert: Mining For Tax Breaks? The Exploration Development Incentive Explained

The Government has released an exposure draft of the Exploration Development Incentive ("EDI") legislation. These rules intend to encourage investment in small minerals exploration companies by allowing the benefits of losses...more

Japan's FIT: Flying Too Close To The Sun?

Spurred to action by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, Japan's Parliament seized on popular antinuclear sentiment and passed sweeping legislation to encourage the development of the nation's renewable energy resources. The...more

Mozambique’s New Mining Law: A Re-Balancing Act

Mozambique’s new Mining Law (Law No. 20/2014 of 18 August) introduces changes largely aimed at re-balancing the terms under which mining activities are conducted in favour of Mozambique and Mozambicans, following the trend...more

Mexico’s Guidelines for Clean Energy Certificates Will Support Renewable Energy Development

As part of a historic restructuring of its electrical power sector, Mexico will create a market for tradable Clean Energy Certificates, which many industry participants will be required to obtain. Draft guidelines proposed by...more

BC LNG Tax Regime: Rate Concessions and New Tax Credit but Uncertainty Remains

On October 21, 2014, the British Columbia government introduced Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act (LNGITA). The LNGITA proposes a two-tier tax on income derived from liquefaction activities at liquefied natural...more

Bankruptcy Courts Fail to Enlighten on Electricity as Goods or Services

Is electricity goods or services? That seemingly simple yet confounding question is illustrated by three recent bankruptcy cases (all of which consider whether an electricity provider is entitled to an administrative expense...more

Funding Opportunities for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies from MassCEC

Recently, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has opened up two top-rate funding opportunities for young, emerging clean energy companies in Massachusetts. Aimed primarily at university researchers and early-stage...more

Energy Reform Legislation in Mexico Gives the Private Sector Unprecedented Opportunities in the Mexican Electrical Power Industry

Mexico’s President recently signed into law a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This article discusses the legislation, which will create a more open and competitive power...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Third Quarter 2014

In this issue: - The Revised OFAC 50 Percent Rule - U.S. and E.U. Sectoral Sanctions Targeting Russia - Additional U.S. Sanctions Targeting Iran - Sanctions Targeting Ongoing Conflicts in Syria,...more

Polar vortex caused energy price spikes, says FERC staff

Why did energy prices rise during last winter's extremely cold "polar vortex" weather? A recent report by federal regulators suggests that inadequate infrastructure is largely to blame, while finding no evidence of...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Concession Agreements - Energy - Corporate/Civil Code Reform: Notarial Certification on the Decisions by the General Meeting of a Company’s Participants and on the List of the Attended...more

Novel U.S. and EU Sanctions Targeting Russian Financing Activities Raise Unique Compliance Considerations for Global Financial...

Since March 2014, the United States and European Union have imposed multiple rounds of sanctions restricting certain activities with Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in...more

Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

On January 1, 2013, California embarked on a grand experiment with the launch of the world’s most complex cap-and-trade program. Under this program, companies operating in California, such as food processors, power producers...more

MiFID II: Commodity Derivatives and Emissions

MiFID II is the latest piece in a package of European and global reforms impacting commodity derivatives and emissions traders, drawn up in response to concerns as to excessive speculation and volatility in the commodities...more

Sarulla Geothermal Power Project To Serve As Blueprint For Future Projects

The 330-MW Sarulla geothermal power project stands to be the largest geothermal power project in Indonesia to date. A Latham & Watkins team led by partners Joseph Bevash, Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi and Andrew Roche advised the...more

Why Including The Year Of Enactment Can Be Important

Several provisions of the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968 need to be brought up to date. Section 25100(i) is one of them. That section exempts from the qualification requirements of Sections 25110, 25120 and...more

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