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Maritime Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Legal Update

by Reed Smith on

In our April update on this subject, we reported on the outcome of the sixty-ninth meeting of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) (MEPC 69) and on what to...more

New Opportunities for Ontario Businesses to Benefit from Electricity Rate Relief Program

During its throne speech on September 15, 2016, the Ontario government announced the expansion of its Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI), thus giving more businesses access to a program that allows customers to...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - What does the future hold for green bonds and solar investment? - PV-Tech - Jul 5 - Green bonds first appeared in the market in 2007, with initial issuance from development...more

The Utility as a Distribution System Platform: NYPSC Issues Order in REV Proceeding to Establish A New Paradigm for Utilities,...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In an important order (“Order”) issued on May 21, 2016 in its Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) proceeding, the New York Public Service Commission (“NYPSC”) announced the details of a new paradigm to govern the relationship...more

France’s Energy Mix Remains Uncertain with Nuclear Decommissioning Expected

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

France adopted an ambitious energy transition package in August 2015 that sets out various targets designed to achieve the gradual de-carbonisation and increased sustainability of its economy. The package includes...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

by Reed Smith on

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan Sets Caps for Water Consumption, Energy Consumption, and Carbon Emissions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On March 5, Premier Li Keqiang delivered China’s 13th Five Year Plan (FYP13) to the 12th National People’s Congress. Adopted on March 16, the FYP13 gives top priority to economic development and projects a moderately...more

Senate Bill in Georgia Seeks to Expand Scope of Trade Secret Protection

On February 2, 2016, Georgia State Senator Hunter Hill introduced Senate Bill 321 in the Georgia Senate. The bill is entitled “Commerce and Trade; state government; protections against public disclosure of certain...more

Vermont issues updated energy plan

by PretiFlaherty on

Vermont energy regulators have completed an update of key energy and electricity plans for that state. The Vermont Department of Public Service has updated the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) and Electric Plan, two...more

Supreme Court Affirms FERC Demand Response Authority

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling affirming that federal regulators may encourage large electricity users to reduce consumption at peak times in exchange for price breaks, a practice known as “demand...more

US Supreme Court Holds FERC Has Jurisdiction Over Demand Response

by Morgan Lewis on

Decision brings more clarity to jurisdictional boundaries between state public utility regulatory commissions and FERC set forth by the Federal Power Act. On January 25, the US Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, ruled in...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2016

by Bryan Cave on

Smartphone chip manufacturer accused of an abuse of dominance - On the 8th December 2015, Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of smartphone chipsets, was publicly accused by the European Commission of abusing its...more

Overriding Interest - Winter 2015

by K&L Gates LLP on

What Price Heritage? In April this year English Heritage split into two organisations. English Heritage, now a self funding charity, assumed responsibility for the national collection of over 400 historic properties. The...more

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights...more

New Legislation (AB 802) To Replace Existing Energy Use Disclosure Law (AB 1103)

by Allen Matkins on

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802). AB 802 creates a new energy use disclosure program for the State of California, and replaces the existing law, Assembly Bill 1103...more

Want to Save Money on Energy Costs? Consider Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programs

by Butler Snow LLP on

Renewable energy and energy efficiency programs are not new. Examples of such programs include installation of solar panels or arrays, retrofitting or renovating existing lighting components to incorporate lower efficiency...more

New York Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

On June 25, 2015, the 2015 New York State Energy Plan was released, outlining a 40 percent reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from 1990 to 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The aggressive plan would...more

Amicalola EMC Prevails in Dispute over Chattahoochee Technical College

After a decision in favor of Amicalola EMC under the large-load (900kW) exception of the Georgia Territorial Act, Georgia Power Company has agreed to relinquish the disputed building to Amicalola EMC to serve. ...more

Update on Electricity Market Reform: The Capacity Market

by Reed Smith on

This is the last of a series of three short client alerts summarising recent developments in the UK government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme....more

Mandatory Disclosures Concerning Accessibility Compliance and Energy Consumption in California Commercial Properties

by Miller Starr Regalia on

This article discusses two new disclosures that must be included in certain real estate contracts and leases. The disclosures pertain to Accessibility Compliance and Energy Consumption, and affect the required contents of...more

Shale Update: Is Britain on the cusp of a shale gas boom?

by Reed Smith on

Supply to more than meet demand - It was recently reported that iGas studies show that sites in the north-west of England contain much larger shale gas resources than previously anticipated. These studies indicate that...more

California Energy Commission Postpones Enforcement of Energy Consumption Disclosure Law From July 1st to September 1, 2013

In 2007, the California state legislature passed legislation requiring commercial property owners to disclose, record, and track data on the energy consumption of their buildings. The legislation, enacted to promote energy...more

7th Circuit Upholds Regional Cost Allocation for MISO Transmission Projects

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently upheld MISO’s FERC-approved multi-value project (MVP) tariff, which spreads the costs of constructing certain new transmission lines across the entire MISO footprint...more

California Commercial Building Owners Must Comply With New Energy Use Disclosure Rules Commencing July 1, 2013

The long-awaited energy use disclosure requirements, first enacted as AB 1103 (Saldana) in 2007 (codified as California Public Resources Code, §25402.10), are finally effective. Commencing July 1, 2013, owners of commercial,...more

Legal Update: New Legally Required Disclosures

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Starting July 1, 2013, you will be legally required to make the following additional disclosures in certain California real estate contracts and leases: Accessibility Compliance Disclosure: California Civil...more

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