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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs for Affordable Access to Clean Energy

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a set of six new programs seeking to increase affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the Commonwealth. These new programs build upon the efforts...more

Mexico Introduces Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection Provisions for Hydrocarbon Pipelines

by Jones Day on

On March 31, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources published general administrative provisions in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These administrative provisions establish the guidelines for...more

California SB 71 Could Give New Meaning—and New Construction Costs—to the Word “Sunroof”

For builders working in California—already one of the most expensive states for new construction—a new bill winding its way through the legislature could add yet more costs. For this reason, Senate Bill 71 (SB 71) should be...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

Solar in the Frost: What to Watch Out For

As solar technology continues to become more efficient, construction of solar plants is expanding rapidly around the world, including in colder environments that, in the past, may have lacked the irradiance necessary to make...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos Announces Petróleos Mexicanos Invitation to Bid for Ayín-Batsil...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 7, 2017, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission or “CNH”), commenced an international tender process to grant the right to enter into a production...more

Hydraulic Steel Works: A Case Study in Subcontracting for Hydro Projects

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally posted in Hydropower & Dams, Issue One - 2017. Within the hydropower industry there are many ways to contract for hydraulic steel works. A project owner may choose to contract directly by way of one of more...more

Higher Penalties, Construction, Health and Energy: the ACCC Sets its Enforcement Priorities for 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

In brief: - On 24 February, the ACCC unveiled its Enforcement and Compliance priorities for 2017. - The ACCC's enforcement activities in 2017 will continue to target larger companies causing harm to consumers and...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - January 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for January 2017. 1. Audovisual...more

Tidal lagoons - turning the tide

by DLA Piper on

This article was originally published in Building.co.uk, and is reproduced with permission. Charles Hendry, an ex-energy minister, found in his recently published report that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

New administration sets stage for shift in domestic preference requirements and enforcement activities

by Dentons on

The presidential memoranda signed on January 24, 2017, by President Trump relating to the Keystone XL and Dakota Pipelines included a message of particular significance to the government contractor community: Buy American....more

On the Horizon

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of "On the Horizon" - the mining sector's guide to relevant upcoming legal, commercial and regulatory changes and developments. - In this guide, you will find ... Please see full...more

Denbury v. Texas Rice "Texas Rice II": The Texas Supreme Court Affirms Common Carrier Status

by Jackson Walker on

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas v. Texas Rice Land Partners (“Texas Rice II”), reversing the 9th Court of Appeals and reinstating the trial...more

Delaware Law Updates – The Court of Chancery Determines $2 Billion Dispute Is One for an Independent Auditor to Decide

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2016), the Court of Chancery granted a buyer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that the plain...more

IRS Issues New Guidance on the Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor For Renewable Energy Projects

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The IRS recently issued Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”) which makes two important changes to its “beginning of construction” rules for taxpayers seeking to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

IRS Further Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-04, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for renewable energy tax credits under IRC sections 45 and 48. ...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-04, which provides welcome guidance on how to meet the “beginning of construction” requirements for wind and other qualified facilities. There has been...more

IRS Extends Continuity Safe Harbor Until December 31, 2018

On December 15, 2016, the US Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Notice 2017-4 (the “Notice”), which updates previous IRS “start of construction” guidance by extending the Continuity Safe Harbor to December 31,...more

IRS Updates “Beginning of Construction” Guidance

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The IRS today issued highly anticipated guidance updating the “beginning of construction” requirement for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and the investment tax credit...more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

Illinois Appellate Court Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications for Construction Participants in Wind Energy Projects

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A landmark opinion issued by the Second District Illinois Appellate Court on November 9, 2016, contains vital information for construction industry participants involved in Illinois wind energy projects. In AUI Construction...more

The Department of Energy’s Simplified IIP Process Goes Into Effect in November

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) simplified Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process will go into effect. The IIP is a voluntary, pre-application process intended to streamline and...more

EPA Plays Defense in Mine Disaster

by Williams Mullen on

EPA finds itself in unfamiliar territory as the agency defends its involvement in a multi-state environmental disaster. In 2015, a contractor acting under EPA’s supervision used an excavator to dig away tons of rock and...more

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

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