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Energy Bulletin (US)

Transportation Department acts on safety issues regarding crude and ethanol shipped by rail. The US Department of Transportation on April 17 issued regulatory changes it believes will address “some of the issues...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

The Next Six Weeks in Congress

The House and Senate return this week from the annual Spring Recess, with the Senate scheduled to be in session for the next six weeks and the House in session for three weeks, off for one week, and then returning for another...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

Arbitration Roundup

Emilio v. Sprint Spectrum L.P., Case No. 14-732-cv (2d Cir. Nov. 12, 2014) (affirming denial of motion to vacate award; district court did not err by finding that arbitrator did not exceed powers nor manifestly disregard law...more

Energy Industry News and Trends

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

Department of Energy Loan Programs Office Update: Recent Announcements, Insights, and Upcoming Workshops

Throughout 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced nearly $25 billion in new loan guarantee authority across three solicitations and promoted the success of its existing portfolio, while...more

CalPERS’ Commitment to Infrastructure (Real Assets Annual Program Review, November 2014)

On November 17, 2014, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. public pension fund with approximately $300 billion in assets, conducted its annual real assets program review. CalPERS’...more

Unlocking Demand For Natural Gas Pipelines

The shale oil and gas revolution in the United States has radically changed the country’s energy outlook. Massive economically recoverable reserves discovered in places such as the Marcellus and Bakken shale formations...more

Will Foreign-Owned Mining Companies Build Africa’s Rail and Seaport Infrastructure?

Latham & Watkins partners Glen Ireland, Chair of the firm’s Mining & Metals Industry Group, and Clement Fondufe, Chair of the Africa Practice, look at the challenges facing foreign-owned mining companies and discuss how...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Fuel Taxes Increased to Solve Transportation Funding Shortfall

After years of effort by multiple administrations and after overcoming difficult political hurdles in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Commonwealth has finally addressed its steadily worsening transportation...more

Bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

On November 14, a bipartisan group of ten U.S. Senators, led by Mark Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced legislation to create a new independent Infrastructure Financing Authority (IFA) to issue loans and loan...more

WACC: A New World Order?

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) on Friday released its Draft rate of return guideline, August 2013 (AER Draft Guideline). The AER Draft Guideline sets out the methodologies, models and other material that the AER...more

Mexico Projects: Get Ready, Get Set . . .

Development opportunities in Mexico are expected to abound in the coming years with the support and sponsorship of the Mexican government. By all accounts, it appears to be full steam ahead for Mexico in the infrastructure...more

USDOT Issues Temporary Exemption from Buy America for Certain Utility Relocations

Following up on our previous post regarding the uncertainty surrounding the application of Buy America requirements to utility relocations, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has recently released two...more

Expanded U.S. Sanctions on Iran Effective July 1, 2013

President Obama has issued a new Executive Order that goes into effect July 1, 2013. The Executive Order targets new areas of the Iranian economy for sanctions, including exchange transactions involving Iranian Rials and...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

Can New Jersey Bank On the Infrastructure Bank?

The Northeast relies heavily on transportation for its day-to-day functions. Increasingly unpredictable climate changes, dense population, and rapidly aging infrastructure have made the ability to secure financial resources...more

EU defines scope of expanded Iran sanctions, including new natural gas, metals and vessels/ tankers bans

On 21 December 2012, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted the EU-wide legislation clarifying important details of the expanded sanctions measures already agreed by the Council in broad terms on 15 October 2012.1...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

Obama Signs Transportation Bill

After signing a one-week extension to prevent the original, continually extended 2009 transportation authorization bill from expiring on June 30, President Obama finally signed a new transportation bill into law on Friday,...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A backgrounder: Market Opportunities

The growth in extraction and production has been matched by significant investment opportunities in upgrading facilities and transportation infra-structure. Transportation - Over 80 percent of bitumen produced in...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

Italy issues new “Golden Share”

On March 9, 2012, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a Law Decree (the “Decree”) that changes Italy’s “Golden Share” powers in certain strategic sectors and repeals Article 2 of Legislative Decree No. 332 dated May 31,...more

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