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Fueling Freedom: Explaining the Value of Fossil Fuels

Which of these statements makes sense to you: A. “Never before have the rulers of a society intentionally driven it backwards to scarcer, more expensive, and less efficient energy.” B. “Communism is the optimal...more

Supreme Court of Argentina suspends natural gas price increases for residential users

The increases had been approved as a part of substantial energy and financial reforms undertaken by the Macri administration to promote investment in aging infrastructure. The Court’s ruling delays the contemplated price...more

NEPA guidance on greenhouse gas emissions

Federal agencies have new guidance on how to address the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change as those agencies satisfy their duties under the National Environmental Policy Act. This month the White House...more

White House Issues Guidance Advising Agencies to Assess Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

On August 1, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies on considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the effects of climate change in National Environmental...more

Cooling the Energy Bill in the Senatorial Saucer

There is an old folklore that once, over breakfast, Thomas Jefferson asked George Washington why there was a need for a Senate. Washington responded with, “Why did you just pour that coffee into your saucer, before drinking?”...more

White House Issues Final Guidance on Climate Change Impact Analysis

On August 1, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its final guidance on how and when federal agencies should consider the direct and indirect impacts from climate change, including from...more

European Commission Sets “Low-Emission Mobility” Strategy, Aiming for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last month the European Commission continued its drive towards reducing carbon emissions by releasing a low-emission mobility strategy. The strategy identifies key transportation initiatives of the European Commission and...more

White House Issues Final NEPA Guidance on Climate Change

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued its final guidance for federal agencies to assess the impact of their decisions on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and also how such decisions...more

NH adopts Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has approved a settlement agreement that establishes a statewide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. The Commission described the EERS as "a framework within which the...more

NY Clean Energy Standard adopted

The New York Public Service Commission has issued an order adopting a clean energy standard. The standard will require 50% of New York’s electricity to be generated by renewable sources by 2030. This so-called "50 by 30"...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Clean Energy Legislation

Overview - Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill that will significantly increase electricity produced by offshore wind, hydropower and other renewable energy sources. The...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU legislation and UK climate change and energy policy is largely influenced by the EU, surprisingly, environment and energy has been the...more

Offshore wind in Massachusetts energy bill

The Massachusetts legislature has enacted an energy bill that will require utilities to purchase offshore wind energy by 2027. The legislation, known as H. 4568, "An Act to promote energy diversity," has been laid before...more

Trump and Clinton on energy and environmental policy

The 2016 U.S. presidential nominees' starkly different views on energy and environmental policy reflect the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats on these issues. Donald Trump has largely dismissed climate change...more

Brexit: Energy market and energy policy issues

Many EU and UK energy policies are closely aligned. 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 energy sources, energy...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

Following the recent UK referendum result, attention is now turning to the legal implications for specific policy areas. While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU...more

One Small Step… Alberta Energy Regulator Makes Change to Interim Measures

HIGHLIGHTS - The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has considered feedback on the interim measures put in place in Bulletin 2016-16 and issued revisions and clarifications in Bulletin 2016-21.....more

Maine DEP Developing New Rule For Wind Power Projects

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it is developing a new Site Law rule that will address certain development standards for wind projects. The standards that will be addressed by the new rule...more

Earlier Peak Emissions in China’s Most Developed Cities

At the China-US Climate-Smart / Low Carbon Cities Summit held in Beijing on June 7 and 8, 2016 the world’s two largest carbon dioxide emitters announced expanded co-operation in their efforts to counter climate...more

Energy Brexit: initial thoughts

In the energy sector, as elsewhere, it is far too early to give any definitive view on the effects of the UK electorate’s vote to leave the EU, or to offer a comprehensive analysis of the merits of the options now facing the...more

Brexit State Aid Implications

State aid control is unusual internationally. State aid is entirely a matter of EU law and is administered by the EU. Unlike other areas of competition law, such as antitrust and merger control, there are no national rules or...more

FERC Increases Maximum Civil Penalty Amounts To Adjust For Inflation

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued Order No. 826, increasing the maximum civil penalty amount for violations of statutes, rules, and regulations within FERC’s jurisdiction, in order to...more

Top takeaways from North American Leaders' Summit and Canada-Mexico state visit

This past week the North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) was held in Ottawa, Canada, with US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to the summit,...more

The potential impact of Brexit on the EU Emission Trading System and future UK climate policy

Through the referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to end its membership of the EU. Although the timeframe for withdrawal under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty limits the window for negotiations to two...more

New RES regulations

For a few last months we have been observing in Poland a significant change in the approach to supporting the production of energy from renewable sources (“RES”). According to the current Polish authorities, only those...more

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