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Legal Brexit: Energy - Oil & Gas

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). This outcome is expected to have far-reaching consequences for UK industry, including the oil & gas sector. These include: short- to...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - September 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s September 22, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on September 15, 2016. Agenda item G1 has not been summarized due to...more

PE investments into oil and gas in the low oil price environment

Over the past 24 months, the low oil price environment has led to increased interest in the hydrocarbon sector from private equity investors. However, this has not translated into the anticipated avalanche of PE investments...more

Massachusetts energy storage report

A Massachusetts state energy office has issued a report finding that Massachusetts has the potential to develop for 600 MW of energy storage by 2025, which could lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, and improve grid...more

BLM Moves Forward with Phase I of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) has now been approved, paving the way for streamlined permitting and environmental review of qualified renewable energy projects on Bureau of Land Management...more

Merging Companies Tesla and SolarCity Among Entities Advocating Wider Role for Electric Storage Resources in RTO and ISO Markets

In early August, Tesla Motors Inc., a manufacturer of advanced electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems, announced a deal to buy SolarCity Corporation, a developer of distributed energy resources, particularly...more

Nuclear Liability in the UK: Implementation of the 2004 Protocols

On May 4, 2016, the Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 (the “2016 Order”) entered into force in the United Kingdom. The 2016 Order, which implements the 2004 Protocols1 to the Paris Convention and...more

DC Circuit Denies Sierra Club Appeal of FERC Authorization of Two LNG Facilities

Since 2012, the major opponent of new large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has been the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has adopted a two-pronged approach in its opposition to LNG exports projects, opposing...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert for Water-Related Fatalities

Working around, over, or near water is a safety hazard that may result in entrapment and drowning, the Mining Safety and Health Administration has warned in a hazard alert. The federal agency said 24 miners have died at...more

Texas Supreme Court Agrees to Review Three Oil and Gas Cases in 2016

On September 2, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to review three oil and gas cases involving issues pertinent to the industry and land and mineral owners. 1. BP America Production Company v. Red Deer Resources,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.22.16

As most expected, the Fed held rates steady yesterday. Though its divided FOMC and Chair Yellen’s comments about an improving economy seem to portend a rate hike before the end of the year....more

Negotiating an Electric Supply Contract [Video]

In this video, McNees attorney Pamela Polacek explains the ways businesses can take advantage of the opportunities available to them in reducing their electric operating costs....more

Another Step Closer to Direct Potable Reuse: California Releases Draft Report on the Feasibility of Developing Regulations for...

The California State Water Board released its Draft Report on the Feasibility of Developing Regulations for Direct Potable Reuse (the “Draft Report”). California Water Code Section 13561 defines “direct potable reuse” as...more

NY Creates New Emissions Credit for Nuclear Plants

The New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Clean Energy Standard (CES), adopted in August, includes a new emissions credit—the ZEC. The ZEC, or zero-emissions credit, is the first emissions credit created exclusively for...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - CleanFund finances $3.5M for California projects - Bisnow - Sep 19 - San Francisco-based CleanFund closed six transactions in California totaling about $3.5 million. Property...more

The UK’s Energy Act 2016: An Independent Regulator Gets Its Teeth

The publication of the draft strategy for the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to give effect to the maximization of economic recovery (known as “MER UK”) was a welcome development, but further guidance and detail was needed on...more

The White House Final Greenhouse Gas Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions...

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality published its final guidance to federal agencies requiring the consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and effects on climate change when evaluating...more

Attorney General Finds Governor’s Contract for Legal Services Not Approvable, Unacceptable, Illegal, and Unconstitutional

The dispute between Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry over the retention of several private attorneys to represent the State of Louisiana, through the Department of Natural Resources (“LDNR”) in...more

Back to the Bulgarian Bad Guy, So Say the Justices

My blogging sensei Cordell Parvin says the title should always inform the reader of the content. Mea culpa on this one; I couldn’t resist the alliterations. Some time back I reported on Carlton Energy Group et al v....more

USGS Study Points To Biofuel Crop Related Land-Use Change Reducing Honey Bee Habitat

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published a study on the result of land-use changes on North and South Dakota commercial honey bee colonies in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....more

Oil & Gas Services Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical...more

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading renewable energy and clean technology sector capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages,...more

Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical...more

FERC Staff and PUCT Oppose CFTC Proposal to Permit Private Right of Action for RTO/ISO Transactions

In June, the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) submitted comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) opposing the CFTC’s...more

Green Bond Assessments

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

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