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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Potentially New and Improved?

On Tuesday, EPA issued a Notice of Data Availability, requesting further comment on some specific issues that have been raised since it published its draft Clean Power Plan in June. My immediate reaction? My head hurts....more

North America's largest battery energy storage online

A California public utility has brought the largest battery energy storage in North America online. Funded partially by federal stimulus funds, Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project is designed...more

China Update - October 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Center for American Progress Event on U.S.-China...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/27/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - One week until election day, Congressional campaigns are in their final days, and several races remain too close to call. While Congress prepares for a brief but intense Lame Duck session,...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Energy - Department of Transportation - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - Nuclear...more

Japan's FIT: Flying Too Close To The Sun?

Spurred to action by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, Japan's Parliament seized on popular antinuclear sentiment and passed sweeping legislation to encourage the development of the nation's renewable energy resources. The...more

The Obama Clean Power Plan Nuclear Gap

If we want to arrest climate change, all we need are more renewables like wind and solar, right? Not exactly, according to a newly published Canadian report from Hatch Ltd. on lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”). The...more

New Pilot Program for Climate-Related Projects: Insurance for Energy Savings - The Mission of the Global Innovation Lab for...

"Insurance for Energy Savings" is one of four ideas selected on Oct. 20, 2014, for refinement, stress-testing and preparation of a pilot program by the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance. The Lab was launched in June...more

Constitution Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement

A 124-mile natural gas transmission pipeline proposed from Pennsylvania to New York has received its final environmental impact statement from federal regulators, finding that while the project would cause some adverse...more

Electricity Market Reform update: Renewables Obligation grace periods for solar PV

Last year we published an alert summarising the government’s proposals for the transition from the Renewables Obligation (RO) regime to Contracts for Difference (CfDs). Since then, the UK government department responsible for...more

Release of Draft British Columbia LNG Income Tax Legislation

In the 2014 provincial budget, the British Columbia government announced its intention to introduce income tax legislation later in the year applicable to the LNG industry (the LNG Income Tax). The B.C. government stated that...more

FERC revokes hydro license over fish passage

What happens when the owner of a federally licensed hydroelectric project fails to build the fish passage facilities required by its license? In the recent case of the East Juliette Hydroelectric Project in Georgia, the...more

State Bar, Environmental Law Section Presents Update on Fracking Regulations

The California State Bar, Environmental Law Section hosts an annual conference which welcomes attorneys and students from across the state to learn and discuss cutting edge environmental law issues. This year’s Environmental...more

News Flash: Cap-and-Trade Remains the Most Efficient Way to Reduce Emissions

Notwithstanding Congressional gridlock on climate change legislation, cap-and-trade remains the tried and true efficient method for reducing air emissions. Although the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act are the most...more

FERC settles 3rd Southwest blackout case

A California public utility has settled claims by federal electricity regulators related to the September 8, 2011, blackout in the southwestern United States. Following an investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory...more

FERC Accepts Almost All of the CAISO's Proposed Flexible Resource Adequacy Capacity and Must-Offer Obligation Requirements

On October 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order on Tariff Revisions, FERC Docket No. ER14-2574, conditionally accepting, with two substantive modifications, tariff changes proposed by...more

Uncertainty Prevails as Illinois Delays a Decision on Fracing Regulations

Last week, Illinois’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to push back its decision about whether to approve proposed rules governing horizontal fracturing operations until November 6. The delay promises to fuel...more

CRS Report on the Production Tax Credit

On October 2, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published an overview of the production tax credit (PTC). The report is available below. It contains a helpful summary of the history of the PTC and an insightful...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection...more

Energy Reform Legislation in Mexico Gives the Private Sector Unprecedented Opportunities in the Mexican Electrical Power Industry

Mexico’s President recently signed into law a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This article discusses the legislation, which will create a more open and competitive power...more

Court Dismisses Request That NEB Review Upstream and Downstream Effects of Pipeline

On May 16, 2014, the National Energy Board received a motion from the City of Vancouver, among others, requesting that the List of Issues for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project hearing be expanded to include environmental...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Environmental groups fight Southern California tar sands oil project: Courthouse News Service - Oct 13: Kern County illegally approved expansion of a local refinery that will let it...more

Property Owners' Alert: Newly Effective Statutory Requirements for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures

The real estate industry and the media recently have been focused on the updates to the Title 24 energy regulations (24 California Code of Regulations, Part 5) that became effective on July 1, 2014, and the increased costs in...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of October 2014

As expected, this week blew through the Columbus Day holiday and into a flurry of legislative activity. Dozens of bills went back and forth between the chambers this week, and many have already landed on the governor’s desk....more

New UK Mandatory Energy Assessment Scheme

On 17 July 2014, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (“ESOS”) came into effect, which implements various elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012. ESOS requires companies over a minimum size threshold and some...more

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