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Mexico’s Energy Reform Provides Significant Opportunities in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Mexico’s new energy legislation, which went into effect on August 12, 2014, will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity. This legislation opens up oil and gas exploration...more

Insurance In Brazil: A Reinsurance Perspective

Brazil, the largest South American economy, has been an important market for international insurers and reinsurers for many years. At the same time, Brazil presents major property risks for underwriters. Companies covering...more

EPA Proposes The Clean Power Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions

On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan – a proposed rule passed under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d) – which will significantly affect...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - June 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Item - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items Excerpt from Electric Items: E-3: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and...more

Coal Ashy Afternoon in a Senate Committee (SB 729)

This afternoon the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources met to debate its version of the Governor's Coal Ash Plan -- which is now titled the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 and is definitely the...more

The Third Piece of EPA’s Clean Power Plan: GHG Emission Limits for Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for “new” and “existing” power plants have received substantial media attention, but regulated parties should also be aware of the third...more

Natural Gas & Electric Industry Coordination Efforts Advance Through NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Forum After Recent FERC...

The natural gas and electric industries have been a buzz since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued its March 20, 2014 Orders focused on improving the coordination and scheduling of natural gas pipeline...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - White House announces new action on solar energy: TIME - May 9 - The White House is announcing executive actions to advance clean energy on Friday, including $2 billion worth of upgrades to...more

U.S. natural gas to pass coal as electricity fuel in 2035

Coal will continue to fuel the largest share of electricity generated in the U.S. until 2035, when natural gas will surpass it, according to a recent federal report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2014 Annual...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - May 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Item - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: Christopher M. Anthony, Docket...more

FERC Issues NOPR Regarding Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities

At the March open meeting, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in which it proposed changes to the Gas Day and pipeline nominations schedule (Docket No. RM14-2-000, 146 FERC ¶ 61,201). The NOPR is part of the...more

Mexico Projects Part III: Round Zero

As a follow-on to our client alerts “México Projects: Get Ready, Get Set . . .” and “México Projects Part II: Off to the Races!,” this alert summarizes one of the next steps of the Constitutional reforms opening both the oil...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - March 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Miscellaneous Items - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Electric Items: E-1: California Independent System Operator...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Crude Allegations: Corruption in the Energy Trading Sector

The world-wide energy trading sector, where traders match physical supply and demand of energy by purchasing, reselling, and moving commodities (crude oil and refined products, natural gas, coal, and even electricity) across...more

Mexico Opens Up Its Energy Industry: The Liberalization of Mexico’s Energy Sector May Lead to New Opportunities for Investors

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, introduced a reform in August 2013, according to which the Mexican state will give up absolute control over the supply of oil, gas and electricity. The relevant bill changing the...more

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill

As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a highly anticipated constitutional reform proposal to the Mexican Congress for purposes of restructuring the Mexican energy...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - November 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Item - Hydro Item - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Certificate Items: C-1: Revisions to Auxiliary Installations, Replacement...more

UK's Labour party proposes regulatory reform to secure gas and electricity price freezes

In the UK, political campaigns for the next general election in May 2015 are gaining momentum. At a recent Labour party annual conference, Labour's leader, Ed Miliband pledged that gas and electricity bills would be frozen...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - September 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the...more

Gas Generating Plant Certificate Of Necessity Sought

On July 12 Consumers Energy filed testimony with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to support its application for approval of a Certificate of Necessity for 700 MW of generation at the Thetford Generating Station...more

FERC Lays Groundwork for Open Communication Between Natural Gas and Electric Industries

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on July 18, 2013, is proposing to facilitate increased coordination between electric transmission operators and natural gas pipelines....more

PG&E Files Rate Application to Allocate a Requested $5.3 Billion in Increased Revenues - Application Protests Due by May 17

Last week, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company filed its General Rate Case Phase 2 Application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The application requests that the CPUC approve new electric rates for...more

PIOGA Launches Gas/Electric Coordination Effort With PJM

In Harrisburg on April 2, 2013, the PIOGA End Use Subcommittee convened its inaugural Gas/Electric Coordination Task Force meeting. Attendees included PIOGA-member representatives of Local Distribution Companies, Exploration...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - February 2013

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s February 21, 2013 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on February 14, 2013. Agenda items E-5, E-7 and C-8 have not been...more

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