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CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Commission requests risk advice from EIOPA

The Commission has written to ????? requesting further technical advice on the identification and calibration of other infrastructure investment risk categories under Solvency 2. ...more

Department of Energy invests $34M in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will invest $34M to the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois for two projects designed to “improve and enhance” the protection of the U.S. electric grid,...more

[Event] 2015 Cybersecurity Seminar: Identifying and Mitigating Data Breaches and Related Liabilities - Oct. 29th, Richmond, VA

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Please join Williams Mullen, Marsh and EY for an in-depth discussion on effective strategies for identifying and mitigating data breach and related liabilities. WHO...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 8, Fitch published a report clarifying the application of its United Kingdom RMBS criteria during the ongoing consultation period. On October 12, DBRS published a report describing its methodology for generation of...more

Risk or Reward? Using Drones on Your Construction Project

In this week’s issue of ENR, technology writer Luke Abaffy details the use of drones by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct bridge inspections....more

Investments in Digital Health Infrastructure Dominate in August

At our Digital Health Summit earlier this year, Malay Gandhi, Managing Director at Rock Health, noted that once digital health venture investing accounts for 10% of all venture investment, we should start breaking out...more

ACER issues work programme 2016

ACER has published its work programme for 2016. ACER continues to focus on four main objectives: - the post-2014 completion of the internal energy market...more

Appellate Court Upholds TIF District Levy and Collection of Taxes

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld the actions of a city council in its establishment and implementation of a TIF district (Devyn Corp. v. City of Bloomington). In this case, the Court addressed the adequacy of a...more

Commission adopts CMU action plan

The Commission has adopted an action plan setting out 20 key measures to achieving a true single market for capital in Europe (Capital Markets Union (CMU)). Key early action points include...more

Illinois Court Upholds TIF District Levy and Collection of Taxes

An Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld the actions of a city council in its establishment and implementation of a TIF district through the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act, (Devyn Corp v. City of Bloomington)....more

Commission amends Solvency 2 delegated legislation

The Commission has made several amendments to the Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation as part of a host of measures brought in to form part of the CMU initiative. “Qualifying infrastructure investments” will now form a distinct...more

EIOPA advises on new asset class under Solvency 2

EIOPA has published its advice to the Commission on the identification and calibration of infrastructure investments risk categories. ...more

Proposed Legislation Provides Further Support for P3 Transportation

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for the senior procurement executive of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to enhance the services of the Office of Contract and Procurement...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: The Knot Further Loosens

Effective September 21, the U.S. Department of Treasury amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), providing further Cuba sanctions relief. In a coordinated action, the U.S. Department of Commerce simultaneously...more

PortMiami Hoping to Continue P3 Success

A new public private partnership (“P3? or “PPP”) is coming to PortMiami. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD (“RCCL”) seeks to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new cruise terminal in the northeast section of the Port....more

IRS Allows Developer Tax Benefit of Common Improvement Advance to City

In CCA 201537022, the IRS allowed a real estate developer to capitalize its required “advance” to the city for common infrastructure improvement costs, subject to later year adjustment to the extent the city repaid the funds....more

New Safety NPRM and Recent Letter from the Acting Administrator Demonstrates FTA's Continued Implementation of Its MAP-21 Safety...

In 2012, through passage of MAP-21, Congress required the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) to develop a comprehensive program for safety in public transportation. FTA’s new safety mandate is in addition to its...more

LA Metro Pursues Independent P3 Authority: ABX 1-12

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“LA Metro”) is pursuing new public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Assembly bill ABX 1-12 (“Bill 12”). Bill 12, introduced and read for the first time on August...more

Hostile Investments Defense System – The Newly Adopted Polish Act On Control Over Certain Investments

On August 5, 2015, the President of the Republic of Poland signed a new act on control over certain investments dated July 24, 2015 (Journal of Laws of 2015, item 1272). The purpose of the new act is to take the opportunity...more

FTA Provides Notice of Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative

Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) grants fund billions of transit-related projects throughout the United States. In an effort to improve the project delivery process for those projects, the FTA on September 3, 2015,...more

Commission publishes EMIR responses

The Commission has published responses to its consultation on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The review asked stakeholders for feedback on experiences in the implementation of EMIR to date. It received...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report EPA is announcing the availability of its Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines...more

German Federal IT Committee Issues New Restrictions for Cloud Service Providers

Last month the German Federal Government IT Advisory Committee ("Federal IT Committee") issued new cloud computing service criteria for all prospective vendors to German Federal Agencies. Cloud services providers who offer,...more

NIST Guide Highlights Cybersecurity Considerations for Utilities and Manufacturing Companies

In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 256 cyber-incident reports—more than half of them in the energy...more

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