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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines - ABC News - Sep 11 - New York, California, and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Update: Conditions for CDEEE-Related PPAs for Renewables

In our August 1, 2017 Cross Border Transactions Newsletter we informed about the announcement made by the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) regarding several new conditions included in the Power...more

Africa Focus: Sub-Saharan African power projects - Credit support and enhancement

by White & Case LLP on

Counterparty credit risk continues to remain a key, often threshold concern for private sector sponsors and lenders to the majority of power projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Structuring power projects in an effort to overcome...more

China Dominates Global Investments in Renewable Energy

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Market research has long recognized China as the largest investor in its own domestic renewable energy industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, China invested US$102 billion in 2015 alone....more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions: ‘Soft’ Commodities

by Reed Smith on

This alert focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the ‘soft’ commodities arena. It is the second in a series addressing issues commonly faced when undertaking M&A transactions in the energy and commodities sector. The...more

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years. But the latest to take this step — China — might be...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

Managing Decommissioning Risks in Asian M&A Transactions - By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900...more

Japan’s Competition Regulator Questions LNG Destination Clauses

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”), Japan’s competition regulator, recently published results of an investigation into destination restrictions in liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) supply contracts. The results of the...more

ITC Prepares to Vote on the Suniva/SolarWorld proceeding re Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As we approach the critical September 22 vote of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for the U.S. solar industry, here is a brief review of how we arrived at this point and what to expect. This vote will...more

Jones Act Waiver Extended in the Wake of Irma and Harvey

In the wake of fuel shortages arising from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Tuesday evening the US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) extended and expanded its September 8 waiver of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones...more

International Trade Rules Can Help Unlock Business Opportunities for Cross-Border Electricity Project

by King & Spalding on

International trade rules can help solve problems in trading electricity across borders and unlock business opportunities in a cross-border electricity sector. Trade rules can dictate, for example, the highest tariff that a...more

If China Can Cap-and-Trade Auto Fuel, Why Can’t We?

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that: China will soon unveil a mandatory cap-and-trade credit program for electric cars, starting the countdown for carmakers to be in compliance with stricter rules on emissions and...more

Case Note on MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited and another – [2017] UKSC 59

by King & Spalding on

On 3 August 2017, the Supreme Court of England and Wales handed down its decision in the case of MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited and another – [2017] UKSC 59, finding in favour of the...more

The Shift Away from Take-or-Pay Contracts in LNG

by King & Spalding on

The Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) recently undertook a survey to review destination restriction clauses in contracts for the sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”). Included at the end of the JFTC’s...more

EU Commission Extends Red Tractor Biofuel Crop Assurance Scheme

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 25, 2017, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) announced that the European Commission confirmed the extension of the Red Tractor voluntary scheme for biofuels for an initial three months. Red Tractor is a...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...more

Russia Sanctions Update: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

by King & Spalding on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act) into law. While the Act introduces several changes to the Russia, Iran, and North Korea sanctions programs, this...more

Venezuela Sanctions Update: U.S. Government Sanctions PdVSA

by King & Spalding on

On August 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13808 (“E.O. 13808” or the “Executive Order”) titled “Imposing Additional Sanctions With Respect to the Situation in Venezuela.” The Executive Order prohibits certain...more

New South Wales Introduces Coal Mine Subsidence Compensation Scheme

by Jones Day on

Australian coal miners and landowners should prepare themselves for their roles in the new claims system. A fairer and quicker claims system is proposed....more

Wind Farm/Transmission Line: Federal Court Addresses Whether Facility Operations Can Continue Pending NEPA Supplemental EIS...

A United States District Court (Southern District California)(“Court”) addressed a dispute as to the appropriate remedy for a constructed wind farm and transmission line (collectively “Project”) whose United States Department...more

Former Guinean Minister of Mines Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Laundering $8.5 Million in Bribes Paid by Chinese...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 25, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York sentenced former Guinea Minister of Mines and Geology, Mahmoud Thiam, to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised probations,...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

D.C. Circuit Denies Sierra Club’s Petition Challenging DOE’s Orders Authorizing Exports for the Freeport LNG Terminal

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 15, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) denied Sierra Club’s petition challenging the United States Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) decision to authorize the...more

With Electric Cars on the Horizon, the Internal Combustion Engine Fights Back

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Turbulence in global fuel economy standards are putting new pressures on the automotive industry to shift its thinking on gasoline and electrification. In late July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...more

Indonesia tightens control over changes in shareholding and boards of oil and gas, power, geothermal and mining companies (updated...

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Less than three weeks after its issue, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources has revoked Regulation No. 42 of 2017 on Supervision of Business Activities in the Energy and Natural Resources Sector and replaced it with...more

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