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Coal Plant Shutdown: Owners and Operators Need Vision – Part I

PDF Version Coal plant owners and operators can make a plant shutdown easier by planning now for the site’s future. This plan, or Vision, can help expedite shutdown efforts, reduce costs, improve relations with the local...more

SEC Issues a Call for Comments on All Aspects of the Conflict Minerals Rule

On January 31, the Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Michael Piwowar, issued an call for comments with regard to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was originally adopted by the SEC in...more

Protections afforded to Massachusetts' ancient burial grounds

See Charles E. Rounds, Jr., Protections Afforded to Massachusetts’ Ancient Burial Grounds, 73 Massachusetts Law Review176 (1988). Here is an external link to the article:...more

Key Decision on Corporate Separateness – English High Court Decides Not to “impose liability in an indeterminate amount, for an...

In a highly anticipated judgment, the English High Court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), a holding company that is the ultimate parent of the Shell Group, does not owe a duty of care to residents of the Niger Delta in...more

SHE Matters: Safety, Health and Environment Matters - Autumn/Winter 2017

Now more than ever, companies need to appreciate the significance of their financial position to when faced with a corporate manslaughter prosecution. Businesses should be on notice that regulatory fines may be much more...more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...more

Record fine under sentencing guidelines

Southern Water is the latest company to receive a heavy fine for environmental offences, following a pollution incident in Kent in June 2012 where large amounts of sewage were expelled onto the Thanet coastline after pumping...more

California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017

Brownstein’s California Water Group is pleased to provide you with our California Water Rights: Compliance Checklist for 2017. Adequate maintenance and protection of your water rights requires compliance with certain...more

Public Decision Making newsletter - Summer Edition 2016

This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...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

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

Financial Stability Board Task Force Issues Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Disclosures

In January 2016, the G20’s Financial Stability Board organized a task force, chaired by Michael Bloomberg, to come up with recommendations for a uniform framework for the disclosure of financial risks and opportunities...more

IRS Issues Welcome Guidance on “Continuity Safe Harbor” for Wind Energy Projects

New rules provide wind developers with additional time to satisfy a critical safe harbor. On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-4, which modifies the “continuity safe harbor” as set...more

Renewable Energy Investor Group Asks FERC to Designate Certain Passive Equity Interests in Public Utilities as “Non-Voting...

On December 9, 2016, a group of investors in renewable energy projects (“Petitioners”) asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find that certain non-managing (i.e., passive) “tax equity” interests in public...more

IRS Updates “Beginning of Construction” Guidance

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

Saudi Arabia unveils new US$50 billion water desalination programme - The Kingdom to offer privatisations as well as new water...

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia has announced a new water desalination programme involving private sector participation worth over an estimated US$50 billion. The programme will be...more

Corporate dissolution will not protect former directors and officers from environmental liabilities

On December 10, 2016, Ontario’s Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015 (the FCPA), comes into force,1 along with related amendments to the Ontario Business Corporations Act (the OBCA).2 Directors and officers may be aware of...more

Blog: Environmental Shareholder Proposals Increase In Frequency And Sophistication, But Will They Continue To Be Viable?

The WSJ discusses the increased frequency and sophistication of shareholder proposals regarding the environment. In particular, the piece observes that shareholder proposals focusing on environmental issues have evolved “from...more

Energy incentives and opportunities to invest in renewable technologies

Opportunities to invest in the renewable energy sector in the United Kingdom have shifted quite dramatically since March 2015. Severe cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme and the closing of the Renewable Obligations...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Roundup

Oil & Gas - Murray Energy Closes $63.6 Million Asset Sale of Utica Oil and Gas Reserves - On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Murray Energy Corporation announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell around 5,900...more

1603 Cash Grant Applications Underpaid

On October 31, 2016, the Federal Court of Claims ruled that the U.S. Department of the Treasury underpaid 1603 cash grant applications made in respect of the Alta Wind Energy Center by approximately $206 million. The...more

Alta Wind Wins Cash Grant Dispute in Court of Federal Claims – Awarded US$206 Million

Favorable decision clarifies the value of cash grants and investment tax credits for renewable energy projects. A large wind developer won a significant victory in the Court of Federal Claims on October 28 in a case that...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 290, Professor Samuel Buell on Capital Offenses [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Duke Law School Professor Samuel Buell about his book Capital Offenses-Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age. We explore some of his theories on why corporations are so...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 288-Alison Taylor on the future of stakeholder engagement [Video]

In today’s podcast I chat with Alison Taylor, Director of Advisory Services at BSR, a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and...more

Limitations on Community Association-Imposed Solar and Renewable Energy Restrictions

Due to its climate, Florida – the “Sunshine State” – is ideally situated to take advantage of unlimited and environmentally friendly solar energy. In the last two decades, the price of solar collectors has dropped...more

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