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Cement Kiln Operators Better Hope that Their Control Technology Works: D.C. Circuit Vacates EPA’s Affirmative Defense Rule

Last week was hazardous air pollutant regulation week at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. First, as we reported, the Court affirmed EPA’s mercury air toxics rule, determining that EPA need not take cost into account in...more

California Encourages Building Efficiency by Implementing Energy Benchmarking Legislation

After a series of delays, California has implemented new energy disclosure legislation requiring nonresidential building owners to disclose energy information to parties to transactions as well as to the California Energy...more

China Update

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “No bilateral relationship in the 21st century is likely...more

Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy & Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Transportation - Department of...more

Powering Sustainability

Recent focus on distributed generation has not addressed how companies will fully meet increasing sustainability commitments, including goals of being “100% powered by renewable energy.” Customers and utilities are exploring...more

DOE Announces Two Programs Supporting Renewable and Clean Energy

Last week the United States Department of Energy (the DOE) announced two programs supporting the Obama administration’s commitment to renewable energy development. On April 16, the DOE released a draft solicitation for up to...more

NREL Analyzes Production Tax Credit Extension Implications for U.S. Manufacturing

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is a component of the U.S. Department of Energy, has published a report analyzing the implications of the extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for U.S....more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed bi-weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues...more

Generator Optional Firm Access Rights: Australian Energy Market Commission announces terms of reference for detailed design work

On the 6 March 2014, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released terms of reference to progress work on the Optional Firm Access (OFA) framework initially outlined in the Transmission Frameworks Review published...more

Energy Policy and Tax Policy Are Inseparable

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama championed our nation's energy policy and the tremendous progress that has been made in the development and production of fossil fuels, especially natural gas. The...more

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights - Taking the Road Best Travelled? CFE seeks electric-gas "convergence" - Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER -...more

New Rules For Energy Aid: EU Adopts Revised Guidelines For Assessment Of State Aid in The Energy Sector

For the first time, the European Commission has decided on comprehensive rules for the assessment of State aid in the energy sector. The new text adopted on 9 April 2014 will create the framework for the ability of EU Member...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States -...more

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Review of Bill to Expedite LNG Export Approval

Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power reviewed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which was introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to expedite liquefied...more

ML Strategies’ Energy and Environment Weekly Update

Congress is increasingly likely to complete the appropriations process this year, in part because committee leaders in both houses, led by Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Chair Hal...more

Obama Administration Targets Oil & Gas Industry in Methane Reduction Strategy

On March 28, the Obama Administration unveiled a new Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, as part of the President’s overall Climate Action Plan. Methane is the second largest source of greenhouse gases, after carbon...more

White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions

Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions...more

Exemptions for Energy Intensive Companies From Renewable Energy Surcharges: Commission Opens In-Depth State Aid Investigation...

The European Commission has opened an in-depth State aid investigation into a French scheme, under which energy intensive companies are exempted from renewable energy surcharges. The decision to open the formal investigation...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California - CourtHouse News - Mar 17: A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more

Coal Companies, Don’t Look Behind; EPA May Be Gaining on You

As the lawyers among our readers know, the denial of a certiorari petition does not establish precedent. However, that doesn’t make it unimportant. Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied cert. in Mingo Logan Coal Co. v. EPA. ...more

Project Perspectives - Winter 2014 Edition

In this edition: - Oil and Gas Industry Discussion - The False Claims Act: The Government’s Sword in Cash Grant Audits - Is a 50 Percent Renewables Portfolio Standard in California’s Future? -...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - New DOE loan guarantee program: Green Tech Solar News - Feb 27: The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan...more

United States Solar – The Shift from Utility Scale to Distributed Generation

In the first half of this decade, solar developers in the United States were largely focused on utility scale projects. “Mega-projects,” such as SunPower’s approximately 580 MW Solar Star projects, First Solar’s 550 MW Topaz...more

Fracking Heats Up in California: Moratoria and Earthquakes

The last several weeks have seen some interesting developments suggesting an increase in temperature in the debate over hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in California. First, a couple of jurisdictions took actions...more

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