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Little Action During Presidential "Infrastructure Week"

by Clark Hill PLC on

President Trump declared an “Infrastructure Week” but did not accompany it with specific actions to increase infrastructure expenditures. President Trump campaigned on promises to increase infrastructure spending. If this...more

Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

Car Sharing Act - New Benefits for Car Sharing Offerings in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

Over the last several years, car sharing has become a frequently used supplement to public transportation and an alternative to purchasing a personal vehicle. Car sharing not only provides expanded mobility and flexibility...more

Green Cars: Reducing Range Anxiety and Increasing Incentives

by Snell & Wilmer on

The “green car” market is growing. Tesla may lead the way in luxury, but almost all auto manufacturers are investing significantly in plug-in electric vehicles (EV(s)). Policy, law, and regulation must change as the EV market...more

The Paris Agreement and the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With President Trump announcing that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the Auto Industry is sure to be impacted. But, how is definitely not known. One impact may be the development of “green car”...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Evidence of a decline in electricity use by U.S. households - Haas Energy Institute - May 8 - Between 1950 and 2010, U.S. residential electricity consumption per capita increased...more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdraws Proposed Changes to Jones Act Rulings

In a move hailed as a win for international offshore marine contractors and oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico and decried as a setback for domestic shipping interests, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...more

Customs withdraws Notice of Proposed Modification regarding the application of coastwise laws

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency withdrew its notice of proposed modification and revocation of a series of letter rulings relating to its position on the application of the coastwise laws to the...more

Indonesia's Infrastructure Financing Deficit—ABS to the Rescue?

by Jones Day on

Indonesia's considerable infrastructure financing deficit is a hot topic in the project finance market. A likely outcome of this infrastructure gap is the growth of alternative financing instruments, such as asset-backed...more

Entry into force of the new rules on public procurement in Belgium

by DLA Piper on

On 28 March 2014, the new European legislative framework with regard to public procurement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The framework consists of Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession...more

Some Not-So-Good News Out of Washington, D.C. for Pipeline Operators – Feds Increase Fines for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

President Trump’s recent executive orders have benefited the oil pipeline industry in a number of ways, including most notably, giving the final “okay” to the Dakota Access Pipeline. But some legislative mandates have been...more

Changes in gas transit regulations

by Dentons on

Customs warehouse regime for extended gas storage by foreign gas traders and introduction of backhaul transactions - Ukraine now allows VAT-free temporary storage for up to 1095 days (3 years) of natural gas by gas traders...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Union of Concerned Scientists tracks renewables by state - Power Markets Today - Apr 21 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report yesterday called "Clean Energy Momentum" that...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Perry orders Energy Department study of electric grid - The Hill - Apr 17 - Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered a departmental review of the electricity grid, targeting federal...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Ice Energy, NRG installing new energy storage solutions for SoCal Edison - Utility Dive - Apr 13 - Ice Energy and NRG Energy are partnering to roll out up to 1,800 Ice Bear 30 storage...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

U.S. Army Corps Issues 2017 Clean Water Act Nationwide Permits

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Modifications and updates to the general permits will impact both new and ongoing projects, including in energy, mining, transportation, and construction sectors. Key Points: - Nationwide Permits 12 and 14, which...more

DOE Publishes Report On Alternative Aviation Fuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of the report on the current state of alternative aviation fuels that was developed using findings from...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Affordable energy storage with power-to-gas technology? - IEEE GlobalSpec - Mar 31 - New research, conducted at the University of California, Irvine and funded by Southern...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....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

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