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Congress and Energy This Fall

Earlier this week, a group of Senate Democrats released a national energy bill, the American Energy Innovation Act of 2015, which lays out the party’s “vision for a cleaner energy future.” The bill addresses the need to...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale (Part 1 of 6)

Although there are a variety of barriers to expanding clean technology’s reach across the United States, there are also numerous ways to optimize policy that will streamline renewable energy and cleantech at ever greater...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our September edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Pacific Northwest Utilities Seek Key FERC Declarations Regarding New Regional Market

Two weeks ago, a diverse group of electric industry entities in the Pacific Northwest filed a Petition for a Declaratory Order asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to decide issues raised by establishing a...more

Maine considers net metering alternative

The Maine Office of the Public Advocate has proposed a new mechanism to encourage the development of solar energy capacity in the state. Under Maine’s existing law, customers with onsite generation may choose “net energy...more

California Legislature Boosts Renewables Portfolio Standard to 50 Percent and Increases Energy Efficiency Goals; Balks at...

Following a raucous debate fueled by intense lobbying by environmental organizations and the oil industry, the California Legislature has approved an ambitious plan by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to boost targets for renewable...more

Legislation Allowing the Export of U.S. Crude Oil Advances in Congress, EIA Report Lauded as Support

Modification of the U.S. policy restricting exports of domestic crude oil has been at the forefront of energy policy discussion due to the country’s recent emergence as a leader in oil and natural gas production. ...more

The (further) Global Rise of District Energy: The United Nation’s push for District Energy in World Cities

Three years ago, we predicted the global rise of the district energy sector. The key drivers at the time were energy efficiency savings of up to 70% and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. However, there were no policy...more

Legislative Roundup on Energy from the New England States

On Thursday, September 10, The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) hosted its third annual Legislative Roundup. The event brought together clean energy advocates and technology developers from around the Northeast to...more

Push to lift ban on crude oil exports gains momentum in Congress

Proponents of lifting the US ban on crude oil exports have made significant progress in recent weeks. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill today to lift the decades-long statutory prohibition. This follows...more

NH explores electric grid modernization

New Hampshire regulators are considering whether and how to modernize the state’s electric grid. In a recently opened investigation, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission seeks to educate stakeholders about grid...more

ACER reports on its activities under REMIT

ACER has published its third annual report. This covers its activities during 2014 for the implementation and monitoring of the Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT). The report looks at...more

California Legislative Session Wrap-up

Last Friday, September 11, 2015 was the final day for California legislators to pass bills out of the Legislature and on to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration. This year’s crop of bills included something for both sides...more

Energy Dept 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review

The U.S. Department of Energy has released its second Quadrennial Technology Review, a 505-page report describing the nation’s energy landscape and the dramatic changes that have taken place over the last four years. The...more

OPR Releases Preliminary Discussion Draft of CEQA Guidelines Amendments for Public Comments

On August 11, 2015, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a Preliminary Discussion Draft of Changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines (Preliminary Discussion Draft). The OPR...more

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an...more

Energy and Climate Happenings – Overview for the Remainder of 2015

The Obama Administration’s release of the final Clean Power Plan kicked off a busy second half of the year for climate and energy policy issues. As climate issues increasingly become an important part President Obama’s...more

China’s International and Domestic Climate Change Policies: An Overview Leading up to Paris

In June, China submitted its climate policy pledges to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC” or “Convention”) for the December 2015 Paris Climate Conference (“COP 21” or the “2015 Paris...more

ESOS Regulations: Are you ready to report?

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (“ESOS”) came into force across the UK last July. The purpose of ESOS is to require large businesses to identify energy efficiency savings by carrying out energy audits;...more

Will The Carbon Plan Survive?

Almost everyone has an opinion about big topics in litigation like marriage equality and Obamacare, but almost no one has an opinion about the Clean Power Plan. The CPP is one of the most far-reaching regulatory initiatives...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. President Obama reveals Clean Power Plan. Calling it the "single most...more

EPA Finalizes Clean Power Plan: Now What?

President Obama unveiled on August 3 what has been billed as the Administration’s biggest initiative yet to regulate carbon emissions. Although the final regulations that form the Clean Power Plan are ostensibly aimed at...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues have had a big week, with President Obama unveiling the final Clean Power Plan. Congress is now in recess until after the Labor Day holiday, but energy and...more

EU Commission Consults Industry on EU Strategy for LNG and Gas Storage

Introduction - On 8 July 2015 the European Commission launched a public consultation on an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage. The consultation is part of the Commission's strategy to explore the...more

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