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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

Financial Assurance Reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

Findings and recommendations by the Queensland Treasury Corporation in its Review of Queensland's Financial Assurance Framework report (April 2017) (QTC Paper) have manifested in substantial proposed reforms to Queensland's...more

Highlights from the National Energy Board modernization report

by Dentons on

On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its report, Forward, Together: Enabling Canada's Clean, Safe, and Secure Energy Future (Report). The Panel was appointed in...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

Proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act—Defining Canada's Pacific Gateway

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On 12 May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, in Parliament. This initiative follows up on the launch of the national Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016, and...more

Virginia Governor McAuliffe signs 11 Bills Promoting Solar and Renewable

by Williams Mullen on

On Monday May 8, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bipartisan bills (passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year) which promote the use of solar and other renewable energy options and endeavor to...more

Solar Industry Import Drama Continues

On April 26, 2017, Suniva, Inc., a U.S. producer of solar cells and modules, filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 seeking temporary import relief...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

North Dakota’s UIC Class VI Primacy Wait is Almost Over

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to approve North Dakota’s application for primary enforcement authority over the underground injection of CO2 for geologic sequestration in that state. Nearly four...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

Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 16, 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 11 (the “Directive”), which directs Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas...more

Senators Send SEC, EPA, Letter On Renewable Fuel Credit Market

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 9, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven additional Democratic Senators, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...more

Indonesia’s MEMR Regulation 12: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Despite a significant renewable energy potential, Indonesia currently only produces six percent of its electricity from renewable energy.  The Indonesian government is targeting increasing this to 23 percent by 2025.  Many...more

Kentucky Proposes Regulations to Address Technologically-Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) Associated...

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Filling in a gap in its regulations, Kentucky proposes new regulations for technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials or TENORM. The regulations were in response to concerns about the management of...more

University Of Maine Launches Demonstration Of Biomass To Bioproducts Pilot Plant

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 1, 2017, the University of Maine (UMaine) began a continuous 100-hour demonstration of a biomass to bioproducts pilot plant at its Technology Research Center (TRC). The plant, which is the result of a partnership...more

Maryland Takes Key Step for Offshore Wind

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 11, the Maryland Public Services Commission (PSC) issued $1.9 billion in Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) to two prospective offshore wind developers, effectively ensuring a market for any electricity...more

District Court Dismiss Bid To Force DOI To Decide Whether NEPA Policy Changes Are Needed

On May 4, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a “Deepwater Horizon” ruling in Center for Biological Diversity v. Zinke. The Center for Biological Diversity’s (Center) claims concerns the Department of...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

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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

EIA Publishes February Biodiesel Production Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 28, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its monthly biodiesel production report for February 2017. According to the report, U.S. biodiesel production increased by one million gallons...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

PHMSA Increases Penalty Limits for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) revised its regulations to increase the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, as well as any...more

DOE Hosts Tenth Annual Bioeconomy Conference

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting its tenth annual Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future conference on July 11-12, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. As in years...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

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