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What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19481 - JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Mendez - After a foreclosure sale auction took place, the defendant property owner appeared for the first time and filed a motion to...more

"Renewable Energy Project Warehouse Facilities Are on the Rise"

An important development in the financing of solar, wind and other renewable energy projects in 2015 was the use of a flexible investment and financing vehicle referred to as a “warehouse.” Akin to traditional warehouse...more

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change

On 12 December 2015, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement that many have described as a historic turning point for global cooperation in addressing climate change. This article looks at the key elements of the Paris...more

Legal Trends: Renewable Energy

A recent Clean Energy Canada study concluded that investment in renewable energy in Canada increased at a dramatic rate of 88 per cent from 2013 to 2014, representing an aggregate investment of more than C$10.7-billion in...more

The Five Top Compliance Related Events of 2015

Having gone through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement year for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), I would now like to turn to my Top Five compliance related events...more

Renewable Energy Industry Receives an Unexpected Gift of a Five-Year Extension of the ITC and PTC

On December 18, 2015, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act (the “Act”) into law. Among the numerous changes in tax law contained in the Act are five-year extensions of the 30% investment tax credit (“ITC”),...more

European Commission Work Programme 2016: 'No Time for Business as Usual'

According to the European Commission Work Programme 2016 entitled 'No time for business as usual', this year the European Union is facing new challenges to which the Commission wants to respond in an ambitious and fruitful...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.5.16

US stocks followed their global counterparts yesterday on a nasty open to 2016 on Wall Street – NYTimes and WSJ... Andrew Ross Sorkin makes a byline appearance in Dealbook to discuss “designated lender counsel”—a “rather...more

ERISA Fiduciaries May Factor Climate Change Issues Into Economic Analysis of Investments

New guidance from the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) clarifies the role of environmental, social and governance issues (referred to as “ESG factors”) in investment decisions by ERISA fiduciaries. ERISA Interpretive Bulletin...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislative Council Meets in Advance of 2016 Second Regular Session - Maine’s Legislative...more

FSB plans task force on climate-related financial disclosures

FSB is establishing an industry-led disclosure task force on climate-related financial risks in accordance with its proposal to G20 (see FReD 13 November). It plans to develop voluntary, consistent, climate-related financial...more

Proposed Spending and Tax Extenders Legislation Would Significantly Extend Renewable Energy Tax Benefits

Congressional leaders have announced a package of legislative proposals that include provisions that would extend a number of key renewable energy tax incentives, including the production tax credit (the “PTC”) for wind...more

Green Bonds – how to unlock its full potential?

The green bond market is presently one of the fastest growing fixed-income segments, with issuances tripling between 2013 and 2014. There is a sense of excitement and optimism surrounding the market; initially led and...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya - On December 4th, international media reported that French military aircraft have flown reconnaissance and intelligence missions over Libya, including areas controlled by the Islamic State...more

The upcoming national carbon trade program in China

A national carbon trade program has been a hot topic as soon as China decided to launch it in 2016. Following the publication of the Interim Measure for Management of Carbon Emission Trade (Interim Measure) in December 2014,...more

Water Infrastructure Funding

New water infrastructure projects have limited options for federal funding. Under the U.S. House of Representatives earmark ban, Title XVI funding is limited to currently authorized projects and is subject to yearly...more

Renewable Energy Update - Decemeber 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Wind and solar power to supply more energy than shale, Goldman Sachs says: Bloomberg - Nov 30: New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the...more

New Energy Investment Initiatives Part of Major Trend

With climate change front and center on the world stage as a result of the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a group of other business leaders used the opportunity to make...more

Lost in Translation: Supreme Court Elucidates CEQA GHG Analysis, “Fully Protected” Species Take Prohibition, And Issue Exhaustion...

In a 5-2 decision filed November 30, 2015, the California Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which had upheld the EIS/EIR for the controversial Newhall Ranch development project. Center For Biological...more

UK emissions reduction schemes – an update for property lenders

At the end of last year, we wrote about the energy efficiency schemes most relevant to property lenders. In this article, we set out the key developments in this area since then....more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Legal Update – November 2015

In the past few months, we have seen some decisions regarding Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans (PACE loans) that may open the doors for additional states, counties, and local municipalities to authorize, create, and fund...more

Seeking Net Benefits: President Obama Issues New Federal Policy on Addressing and Mitigating Environmental Harm Early in the...

On November 3, 2015, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum intended to encourage federal agencies to consider land use planning more holistically, clearly and consistently, addressing mitigation needs before they...more

Addressing Climate Change in SEC Filings and Other Public Disclosures: What These Disclosures Mean for Businesses

Regulatory agencies are focusing on required climate change-related disclosures in securities filings and other public disclosures, seeking to ensure not only that such disclosures are made, but also that they are supported...more

Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On...more

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