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Sustainability Reporting After the Paris Climate Accord

It’s fair to say that President Trump’s June 1 announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been widely reported. It’s also fair to say that the announcement triggered a host of passionate...more

The European Commission Places Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues Centre Stage

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission has recently published plans to integrate sustainability considerations into decisions made by investors within the EU. More specifically, the EU is looking to spell out in legislation, that the...more

New Fed Policy Eliminates Ability of Settlement Options to Include Payments to Non-Party NGOs

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 7, 2017, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) components and 94 United States Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on...more

The Financial CHOICE Act and Shareholder Engagement

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The Financial CHOICE Act introduced in the House this spring has largely garnered attention because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank, but the bill would also significantly change the rules governing shareholder resolutions for...more

Responding to environmental incidents?

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Will regulators be able to access all your documents? In March the Munich offices of international law firm Jones Day, were raided by prosecutors in the VW emissions investigation. This breach of the law firm citadel has...more

The Latest on Shareholder Climate Activity: BlackRock Begins Explaining Its Votes

We previously noted BlackRock’s recent shareholder votes in favor of increased reporting of climate risks by ExxonMobil and Occidental. Now, BlackRock has stepped it up a notch by including “vote bulletins” on its investment...more

Is the wind of change blowing for energy investors in Poland?

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The Polish Ministry of Energy (ME) has been working on a set of changes to the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other acts including the Wind Energy Investments Act. The wording of the proposed changes is to be...more

Monetizing Vacant Land Through Mitigation Banking

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other habitat area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to such...more

Maryland New Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

by Williams Mullen on

Maryland’s Governor Hogan has signed into law a state income tax credit for specific costs related to energy storage systems installed between January 1, 2018 and December 1, 2022. Systems eligible for the credit are systems...more

Exxon Mobil Shareholders Push for Climate Policy Risk Disclosure

A new trend is emerging among the country’s most influential fossil fuel investors: a demand for climate change accountability and progress towards a low-carbon economy. On May 31, 2017, a vote among Exxon Mobil’s...more

Despite U.S. Retreat from Paris Agreement, Shareholders Require Climate Change Assessments

In the midst of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, shareholders are demanding greater transparency regarding climate change risks. While publicly-traded companies are often adept at disclosing...more

Shareholders at ExxonMobil Vote in Favor of Climate Change Reporting

On May 31, shareholders at Exxon Mobil Corp. (“ExxonMobil”) voted in favor of a climate change resolution asking the company to publish an annual report on the business impact of measures designed to limit global temperature...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new report on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the...more

Financial Assurance Reform in Queensland

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Findings and recommendations by the Queensland Treasury Corporation in its Review of Queensland's Financial Assurance Framework report (April 2017) (QTC Paper) have manifested in substantial proposed reforms to Queensland's...more

Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

Conservation Finance: An Increasingly Attractive Concept for Investors?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Broadly defined, conservation finance is the raising of capital to support the conservation of land, water and resources. This concept started with “debt for nature” swaps during the 1980s and 1990s whereby developing...more

Foley Hoag Releases Summary Report on Good Practices for Oil Pipelines, as Commissioned by the Dakota Access Consortium of Lenders

On May 9, we released a public summary of our report “Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States.” The independent report was prepared by Amy Lehr, Cicely Parseghian, and Gare...more

Getting the Deal Through: Gas Regulation 2017

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Two of our lawyers recently co-authored the Global Overview of Getting the Deal Through: Gas Regulation 2017. Dentons' lawyers also authored the Mexico and United Kingdom chapters. This publication provides expert local...more

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case

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Severe and sustained drought conditions in Florida have sparked large wildfires across the state. With thousands of acres that have already burned, and more than 100 active wildfires, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2017

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A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. To learn about MIT’s latest...more

Maryland Legislation Update - April 2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Governor Hogan has held six bill signing sessions to date. Two bill signings remain on the Governor’s schedule for May 2 and May 4. Under Maryland law all bills are to be presented to the Governor by April 30 this year, the...more

IRS Releases 2017 Section 45 Production Tax Credit Amounts

On April 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the 2017 inflation-adjustment factors and reference prices used in the calculation of renewable energy production tax credits under IRC section 45. That guidance...more

CA Court of Appeal’s Split Decision Upholds CARB Cap-and-Trade Program

by Perkins Coie on

In a 2-1 decision, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, upheld the California Air Resource Board’s cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas allowances. California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air...more

China’s Securities Regulator Issues New Green Bond Guidelines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) released new guidelines (the Guidelines) on the issuance of green bonds on March 2, 2017, marking an important step in the development of what is now that world’s largest...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

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Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

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