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Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our May edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at enVerid...more

Key Developments in The Photovoltaic Sector in Italy

In Depth - In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall...more

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

Europe has seen a renewables surge in the last decade, with green power capacity doubling in the last five years alone. And this flood shows few signs of abating, with Europe1 set to welcome nearly 843 GW of additional...more

“Citizen Suits” Under China’s Revised Environmental Protection Law: A Watershed Moment In Chinese Environmental Litigation?

A little over a year ago, on January 1, 2015, China’s amended Environmental Protection Law (“EPL”) went into effect, representing a significant aspect of China’s concerted effort to place greater emphasis on environmental...more

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

World Exchanges Encouraged to Report Indicators of Long-Term Sustainability

On November 4th, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) released a set of 34 sustainability measures that include environmental, social and governance indicators. WFE recommends that its member exchanges implement these...more

Lacey Act Lessons from the Lumber Liquidators $13 Million Settlement: Has the Definition of “Due Care” Been Expanded?

On October 7, 2015, Lumber Liquidators agreed to plead guilty to five criminal charges, including one felony, stemming from the purchase and import of certain wood products through three separate Chinese suppliers. The plea...more

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Speaks to Troubled Culture

Too many organizations learn the hard way that failure to create a speak-up culture poses risks that go far beyond financial calamity. Volkswagen (VW) appears likely joining those sad ranks today, as it scrambles to figure...more

Russian Legislation Update

Investments Industrial Clusters and Parks - On 31 July and 4 August 2015, the Government adopted Resolution No. 779 in relation to industrial clusters and their specialized organizations and Resolution No. 794 in...more

ESOS Regulations: Are you ready to report?

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (“ESOS”) came into force across the UK last July. The purpose of ESOS is to require large businesses to identify energy efficiency savings by carrying out energy audits;...more

Multinationals in China Should be Aware of Increased Enforcement of Environmental Law, Monitoring Requirements – and Fraud

In the last twelve months the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been remarkably vocal about environmental law, monitoring, and fraud, especially under the new environmental...more

Doing Business in Canada: Climate Change

The evolving patchwork of Canadian federal and provincial climate laws and programs has created material risks and opportunities for businesses operating in Canada. Understanding climate change policy and legislation is...more

Construction Insurance Rates Rise

Construction companies need experienced insurance attorneys to guide them now more than ever. That’s because the market for construction-related commercial general liability (CGL) insurance, and umbrella and excess liability...more

Los Angeles Port Modernization

A project to modernize a container terminal at the Portof Los Angelesis being trumpeted by a press release after approval by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission of the final Environmental Impact Report. The container terminal...more

Solar Tariffs Slapped On Chinese Manufacturers Lead To Challenge And Opportunity At Home

The price of solar panels has fallen 80 percent the past two years and more than 50 percent in the last year alone, according to an article in the Los Angeles Business Journal. But recently the Chinese, who control about...more

Preparing For Domestic Carbon Trading In China

China has played a leading role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and providing carbon credits under a United Nations-backed trading scheme. According to the World Bank, China was involved in 73% of deals made under the...more

Global Sourcing Trends in 2008

At the start of 2008, we have once again surveyed the lawyers in Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group in key markets in the United States, Europe, and Asia. This update collates Morrison & Foerster’s view on the state...more

International Smart Grid Regulation

This is a presentation given to the Sino British workshop in Beijing. May 2011 on the future of energy storage technology and policy. This was a joint seminar between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Academy of...more

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