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Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Governor Brown signs climate-change bill that calls for more renewable energy and energy efficiency: OC Register - Oct 7: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB350, an ambitious bill...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

Hyperdynamics Resolves FCPA Investigation with SEC Settlement

On September 29, Hyperdynamics Corp. announced a settlement with the SEC, fully resolving the SEC’s FCPA investigation into the Houston-based oil and gas company’s operations in the Republic of Guinea. The SEC proceeded via...more

SENER Publishes Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market Protocols

In a major step toward the implementation of a modern and competitive wholesale electricity market in Mexico (the "Wholesale Market"), on September 8, 2015 the Secretaría de Energía ("SENER") published the first set of...more

Angola's New Private Investment Law

On 11 August 2015, Angola's New Private Investment Law ("NPIL") came into force on its publication in Angola's Gazette, repealing the previous 2011 law. Like its predecessor, the NPIL sets out the rules applicable to...more

BOEM’s “Proposed Guidance” Shakes Up the Agency’s Supplemental Bonding Requirements

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) has backed away from its proposed rulemaking regarding financial assurance requirements for the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”). On August 19, 2014, BOEM published an Advance...more

Hudson Energy Denied Administrative Priority for Electricity Sold Pre-Bankruptcy

In a September 18, 2015 order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed a bankruptcy court order denying administrative claim treatment to Hudson Energy Services, LLC (“Hudson”) for its retail...more

Mining in Iran: Post-deal Opportunities

US$20 billion worth of investment opportunities in Iran's mining sector has piqued the interest of international mining companies. Opportunities were presented by Iran's Minister of Industry and Mines at an investment...more

What to expect when you’re not expecting: Anticipating the outcome of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference

The 21st Conference of the Parties (“COP”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) meets in Paris at the end of this year to seek to achieve the vaulted ambition set by the Durban Platform of...more

Mining & Metals: Weathering the storm no more: Mining companies, including the sector's giants, need to act decisively and swiftly...

Will sustained stress unmake the mining & metals markets? A year ago, the first wave of distress in the mining & metals sector provided the industry’s major and mid-size players with something to think and talk about. It...more

FERC Seeks to Expand Electricity Market Surveillance with New Data Reporting Requirements

On September 17, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to expand the obligations of Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators...more

Iran Sanctions Relief: Opportunities and Challenges for US and EU Financial Institutions

Although US and EU sanctions targeting Iran are not likely to be lifted before early 2016, there are a number of issues which US and EU-based financial institutions should be aware of in preparation for sanctions relief as a...more

Fibra E | Energy and Infrastructure Investment vehicle

On September 17, drafts of the Fourth Set of Amendments to the Annual Tax Regulations issued by the Ministry of Finance for the fiscal year 2015 (“Tax Regulations”)1and the amendments to the general provisions applicable to...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015 #2

This Week - The sole focus for both chambers this week was the budget. Last weekend, budget writers from the two chambers remained in Raleigh over the Labor Day weekend to continue negotiations. Significant progress was...more

ACER reports on its activities under REMIT

ACER has published its third annual report. This covers its activities during 2014 for the implementation and monitoring of the Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT). The report looks at...more

Arizona Rooftop Solar Regulations Highlight Distributed Generation Debate

Sunny Arizona is again in the middle of a nationwide debate between solar companies and utilities. Legislation adopted in March 2015, and which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, mandate certain disclosures and formats for...more

District Court Confirms Netting/Setoff Practices

In a recent decision related to the SemCrude bankruptcy, the federal district court upheld the Bankruptcy Court’s rulings on the efficacy of certain common risk-mitigation tools used in the energy trading and marketing...more

Two Additional Former PetroTiger Employees Sentenced Following FCPA Conspiracy Guilty Pleas

On September 10, Gregory Weisman, former general counsel of oil and gas services company PetroTiger, and Knut Hammarskjold, PetroTiger’s co-founder, were each sentenced to two years’ probation stemming from their prior...more

Iran Deal “Clears” Congress, But No Sanctions Relief Yet

On September 10, 2015, Senate Democrats in the U.S. Congress blocked a vote on a widely anticipated resolution to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. On September 11, the...more

Saudi Arabia Looks Beyond Oil and Encourages Foreign Investment

Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia is anticipated to become easier following an announcement of a significant relaxation of ownership rules in the Kingdom which will enable foreign investors to own 100% of wholesale and...more

FCA and Ofgem Question Adequacy of Commodity Firms’ Compliance and Market Abuse Controls

In the most recent edition of its regular market conduct and transaction reporting-focused ‘Market Watch’ publication, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) provides a review of commodities firms’ compliance and...more

The Iran Sanctions Program: Is There Relief in Sight for Re/Insurers Under The Iran Nuclear Agreement?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers complex and comprehensive trade and financial sanctions against the Government of Iran. The Iran sanctions prohibit virtually all...more

President Obama Announces Increased Support for Distributed Energy Projects and Eligibility of State Green Banks to Apply for DOE...

President Obama recently announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Program Office (LPO) is expanding support for innovative “distributed energy projects” by adding $1 billion in available loan guarantees to support...more

Federal Housing Administration Move on PACE Showcases Program’s Possible Impact

On August 24, President Obama directed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to allow homeowners to purchase and refinance properties with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans when those loans are subordinated to an...more

DOE Offers $1 Billion in Federal Loan Guarantees for Distributed Energy Projects, Provides Guidance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it will make $1 billion available for distributed energy project loan guarantees. DOE issued supplements to the existing loan guarantee solicitations for Advanced...more

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