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More hydropower relicensure expected

Many U.S. hydropower projects face relicensure by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission within the next 3 years, making hydro project relicensing a hot topic. The FERC is the nation's primary federal regulator of…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Are You Ready for a Fast-Track Union Election?

Today the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) new representation case procedures take effect. And as the saying goes, speed kills. The NLRB announced the new procedures last December and, in doing so, significantly…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Maine considers nuclear energy law change

The Maine legislature is considering a proposal to amend state laws regarding the siting and construction of new nuclear power plants. The bill known as LD 1313, "An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Nuclear Power Generating…more
| Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Starting a New Company? Protect Your Intellectual Property Now or Maybe Never

When getting a startup off the ground and in the course of ongoing operations, it is important to take care of some fundamental housekeeping matters. The failure to do so can result in problems that could be costly and/or…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Energy Department to fund low-impact hydropower R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $7 million in funding for the research and development of advanced low-impact hydropower systems. The Energy Department's competitive solicitation is designed to fund projects that…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

Obama links climate and health

President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring this week, April 6-12, 2015, as National Public Health Week. Climate change, and its impacts on human and environmental health, figure prominently in his…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Health

Maine long-term contracting for electricity

Maine energy regulators have asked for public comment on the goals and objectives for a decade-old program supporting long-term contracts between utilities and independent power producers. At stake is the future of Maine's…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Virginia offshore wind research lease

The U.S. federal agency responsible for leasing offshore wind sites on the outer continental shelf has executed its first wind energy research lease, giving Virginia's state energy agency the right to pursue the Virginia…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Government Contracting

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Accommodation

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) specifies that the Title VII prohibition against sex discrimination applies to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. It also says that…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Texas small hydro project loses exemption

What happens to a proposed hydroelectric project takes longer than anticipated to be built, due to difficulties with project financing and severe flooding? As the developer of a proposed project in Texas recently found out,…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Can Retirees Use HSAs?

Yes – and no. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is like an IRA but for the payment of medical expenses instead of retirement income. HSA contributions are not taxed, and like IRA accounts, they belong to the employee…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation

NLRB General Counsel Issues New Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a report that provides new guidance on employee handbooks. The report, which is available here, sets out the most recent views of the General Counsel on what he describes as…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FERC 2014 State of the Markets report

U.S. energy markets overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2014 were impacted by extreme weather and changes in the mix of electric generation resources, according to a report by Commission staff…more
| Energy & Utilities

Don't Get Burned by Unsolicited Ideas

The Company Perspective - Many companies are unsure what to do when receiving unsolicited suggestions from outside the Company. A sound intellectual property program will include a policy regarding the receipt of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

More solar faster, predicts New England grid operator

New England will likely see even more solar photovoltaic energy projects over the next decade than was previously projected, according to the latest draft forecast by the operator of New England's electric grid. …more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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