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Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

U.S. EPA Moves to Repeal Clean Power Plan

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In a much-anticipated move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The draft proposed rule outlines EPA’s revised interpretation of its authority under Clean Air Act...more

Energy market and energy policy issues

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Many EU and UK energy policies are closely aligned (see graphic on p3). In many respects, the UK has taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy, with its focus on open and transparent markets, energy security, low carbon...more

Energy Update - September 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting U.S. and international energy markets. Please...more

ITC Decision Could Cloud Outlook for Solar Project Developers

by Jones Day on

A recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") could have long-term consequences for the U.S. solar industry. On September 22, 2017, the ITC found, by a vote of 4-0, that rising imports have caused...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - European Union

by White & Case LLP on

The world's biggest trading scheme sees proposals intended to stabilize the market and links to Switzerland - The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the world's first and biggest international emissions...more

U.S. Solar Industry Braces for Potential Tariffs After U.S. International Trade Commission Decision

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) ruling on September 22 that importers of solar panels have seriously injured domestic solar panel manufacturers, the U.S. solar industry is set for a period of...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018

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Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Legislators have been busy moving...more

Connecticut Makes Favorable Changes to its Commercial PACE Financing Program

On July 11, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted H.B. 7208 (“Revised C-PACE Statute”) to make several minor changes to the existing statute governing the State’s commercial property assessed clean energy (or...more

Energy East pipeline case suspended

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The developed of a proposed C$15.75 billion Canadian oil pipeline has asked Canadian regulators to temporarily suspend their review of the project, following the regulator's decision to consider the project's indirect...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

Energy Department funds for new hydropower at existing dams

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The U.S. Department of Energy has $6.6 million available for the latest round of funding under a program supporting projects adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing dams and impoundments. Applications...more

Federal Appeals Court Limits U.S. EPA’s General Waiver Authority under the Renewable Fuel Standards Program

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit determined that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) wrongly invoked its general waiver authority and set the volumes for...more

In 2017 Legislative Sessions, New England States Continue to Lead in Clean Energy and Climate Change Measures

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In their 2017 legislative sessions, New England states continued to show support for clean energy projects and policies, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, and continue to look to each other in determining what...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

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Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

Federal Courts’ Dismissal of Pre-emption Challenges to Illinois and New York ZEC Nuclear Subsidies Returns Focus to FERC

On July 14, 2017, and July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, respectively, dismissed challenges to the Illinois and New...more

Quebec Amends its Energy Efficiency Regulations and Moves Towards Implementation of 2030 Energy Policy

On August 15, 2017, the Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances (Quebec Regulations) was amended in order to eliminate and reduce disparities with the energy efficiency...more

The New Administration’s Efforts to Deconstruct the Obama Climate Initiatives

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President Trump is spearheading a government-wide roll back of Obama Era climate initiatives. The president and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have delivered a one-two punch. They both have denied the impact of human...more

Investment funds enter the North Sea oil and gas market

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As the oil and gas market is beginning to recover, new players for example from Asia, Russia or the Middle East, may enter the North Sea....more

MassDEP Issues New Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions

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Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated final regulations to ensure that the Commonwealth will meet the 2020 statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits mandated by the...more

The Trump Administration Delivers Much Needed Relief to the Coal Industry

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During the first six months of the new Administration, President Trump has delivered much needed relief to the coal industry. The President and Congress have been particularly effective at rolling back policies proposed at...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised - Speaking at the Africa Liquefied Petroleum Gas Summit, held in Johannesburg last month, he...more

WindPower 2017 Soundbites

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) annual conference, WindPower, was held in Anaheim, California. Below are soundbites from panel discussions on May 24, 2017. The soundbites were prepared without the benefit of a...more

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