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Update - Environmental and Energy Policy Round-Up: Status of Regulations and Key Decisions under the New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As the environmental and energy regulatory landscape under the new Administration continues to shift, we want to keep our clients up to speed, as many of these policy changes may directly or indirectly impact your businesses....more

Trump Administration Pronouncements on Authorization of Jordan Cove LNG Project Could Raise Issues Before the Senate and in the...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Since the resignation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay in early February, FERC has been without a quorum of three commissioners and, as a result, has not been able to issue orders and take...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

Trump Executive Order Addresses Executive Branch, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on May 11, 2017 aimed at “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” (the “Order”). The Order mandates federal governmental review of...more

Does FERC's Authority to Delegate Functions to Staff Survive the Loss of an Agency Quorum?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 25th, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold hearings on President Trump's nominations to fill two commissioner vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). If confirmed, the...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - May 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Early April felt almost normal. There was no blowup in U.S.-Mexico relations and the Mexican economy performed well. Then came President Trump’s renewed broadsides, insisting that Mexico will pay for...more

Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Reconsider Energy and Climate Change Initiatives

by Williams Mullen on

President Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017 that will have a significant impact on existing energy and environmental policies and regulations. Entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” the...more

Bye-Bye Clean Power Plan

by Williams Mullen on

The Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), and its companion new source review rule, is the Obama Administration’s signature regulation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Among other things, it requires states to put...more

Wind in the Sails of Offshore Wind Farms: Recent Developments in Incentives for Offshore Wind Generation

On May 11, 2017, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act or, simply, the Offshore WIND Act (here). The Offshore WIND Act would...more

Senator Wyden Introduces “Clean Energy for America Act”

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced the “Clean Energy for America Act,” which aims to create a new technology neutral system for federal tax credits for clean energy, clean fuel, and...more

President Trump Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

by WilmerHale on

On May 11, President Trump signed his long-awaited Executive Order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” Much of the Order mandates efforts to improve the government's own...more

President Donald J. Trump Announces his Intent to Nominate FERC Commissioners

by Williams Mullen on

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate the following two individuals to become members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission... ...more

The New South Carolina Gas Tax

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

South Carolina’s gas tax is one of the lowest in the country. The result is the deplorable condition of the state’s highway system and roads. South Carolina is a conservative state, politically, and any tax increase, gas or...more

Maryland Enacts First in the Nation Energy Storage Tax Credit

On May 4, 2017, Maryland became the first state in the country to offer a tax credit for energy storage systems with Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) signing of Senate Bill No. 758....more

Oil & Gas Tax Alert - "Trump's 15% Pass Through Tax Proposal: Say Goodbye to Joint Operating Agreements?"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

On Wednesday, April 26, President Trump submitted his tax reform proposal which is, for now, only about 100 words long. It contemplates a number of sweeping changes to the tax code. On the business side, these include a 15%...more

Federal Court Halts Lawsuit Consideration over Obama’s Clean Water Rule; Pruitt Recruits Governors to Shape New EPA Water...

One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting...more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Longtime legislative reporter Mark Binker, most recently editor of the The Insider, passed away unexpectedly this past Saturday at 43 years old. Mark was a friend to many including the Nexsen Pruet Public...more

What's New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress returned to session the week of April 24 following a two-week recess. Active discussions and debate surrounding the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and efforts to “repeal-and-replace” the Affordable Care Act resumed...more

Energy Alert: LNG exports - A rare case of policy continuity from Obama to Trump

by Hogan Lovells on

Whether health care, climate change, taxes, or general international trade, it is hard to identify an area of policy in the United States that is not experiencing dramatic changes in the transition from President Obama to...more

Trump to Nominate Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson for FERC Vacancies

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republicans Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2017

by King & Spalding on

Navigating Private Equity Fund Limitations for Energy Infrastructure-Focused Investments - Energy infrastructure funds have emerged as a class of funds that offer investors the potential for long-term stable returns, as...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

3% Surcharge To Cause Loss of Revenue, Not Gain - On Monday, May 1, the Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee reported to the Governor and Legislature on first quarter estimated individual income tax payments. ...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA, clean energy spared Trump's ax in $1.1 trillion budget deal - Bloomberg - May 1 - Environmental programs marked for termination or deep cuts by President Donald Trump got a...more

Executive Order Charts New Path For Offshore Energy Development

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On April 28, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.” This EO calls for expanded oil and gas leasing in areas of the U.S. Outer Continental...more

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