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Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

By a vote of 85-12, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan energy bill, S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, last Wednesday. The bill’s passage marks the first time in almost a decade since the Senate has...more

Global Energy Game Changers

The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Advanced technologies, distributed networks and new regulations in nearly every subsector have strangled yesterday's business models. Foundational elements...more

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan Sets Caps for Water Consumption, Energy Consumption, and Carbon Emissions

On March 5, Premier Li Keqiang delivered China’s 13th Five Year Plan (FYP13) to the 12th National People’s Congress. Adopted on March 16, the FYP13 gives top priority to economic development and projects a moderately...more

I Wish for a Happy Earth Day

April 22nd marked Earth Day, an annual celebration of environmentalism. The headline event of Earth Day 2016 was having 175 countries sign the Paris Agreement, which represents a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas...more

Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently released Report 151: Developing a Business Case for Renewable Energy at Airports (the Report). Foley partner David Bannard is a co-author of the Report, assisting lead...more

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

China One of First Countries to Sign Paris Agreement

China, along with leaders from more than 150 countries, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York on April 22, 2016. New York Signing Update - Following final negotiation on December 12, 2015, April 22,...more

US Senate Passes Bipartisan Energy Bill

The first broad energy bill passed in nearly a decade was passed by the Senate on April 20, 2016 with an 85-12 vote margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S. 2012, responds to major changes to the energy...more

EU to Fast-Track 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Post-COP 21

The Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 countries following the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21), is the first multilateral agreement on climate change that covers almost all of the world’s emissions. The Paris...more

US Quadrennial Energy Review second round

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a series of public meetings centered on the topic of the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through...more

European Commission’s First State Aid Sector Inquiry Identifies Preliminary Concerns with Capacity Mechanisms

The European Commission's Interim Report is critical of price-based mechanisms and calls for harmonized methods to determine generation adequacy levels and reliability standards. The European Commission (Commission)...more

Governor Baker Signs Controversial Solar Legislation

On April 11, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a solar energy bill into law that increases the statewide limits on the amount of solar capacity that will qualify for net metering, but also lowers the value of...more

Quebec’s Energy Policy: Ambitious Energy Goals for 2030

After extensive public consultations, the Government of Quebec announced Quebec’s energy policy for 2016–2030 (Policy) on April 7, 2016. By focusing on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energy, the Policy aims to...more

Renewable Energy Projects Are Making Impacts in Several Ways – – Nationally and Worldwide

Renewable energy investments (primarily solar and wind generation) set a record in 2015 with a collective investment of $286 billion. This according to a report from the United Nations Environment Progamme. (Climate Central...more

What is President H.R. Clinton’s Energy Policy?

Even as the number of 2016 presidential candidates in both parties has dwindled, the media -- particularly television news -- has yet to focus on an in-depth discussion of the candidates’ policy proposals. While it was...more

U.S., China to sign Paris climate agreement

The U.S. and China have announced plans to sign the international climate change agreement reached in Paris last December. The Paris Agreement, adopted at the "COP21" U.N. Conference on Climate Change, establishes a...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from February 15 – March 15, 2016. Greetings! Spring has sprung and the legislatures are back in full force and active on scores of new initiatives regulating a range of...more

Asia Moves to Balance Environmental Regulations and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Commitments With Economic Growth

On March 17, 2016, China released its Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development (the “Plan”). The Plan strengthens several of the environmental priorities set forth in the prior plan (“12th Plan”)...more

Massachusetts net metering expansion bills

As Massachusetts solar energy legislation seems stalled over debate on the value of solar renewable energy credits, 100 state legislators have written to the Massachusetts House of Representatives leadership calling for "a...more

Maine community solar farms

As the Maine legislature considers a bill to change the state's solar energy laws, opportunities for customers to participate in community solar farms are drawing interest. As a result of this interest, some of the legal...more

NH net metering bills passed

The New Hampshire legislature is acting to expand that state's net metering programs. Now the question is how much: a 50% expansion, or a doubling?...more

FERC denies Oregon LNG project applications

U.S. energy regulators have denied applications to site, construct, and operate the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, an associated pipeline and related facilities slated for development in...more

Oil and Gas Sector Should Seize Opportunity to Shape Methane Regulations

On March 10, 2016, President Obama announced that Canada would join the United States in its goal to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The President said that the countries together would “move swiftly to...more

New York Staged to Begin Full Community Net Metering Program

Community net metering is relatively new to New York. Last July, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order establishing a “community distributed generation program” that allows multiple customers to net...more

Maine solar legislation released

The Maine legislature has printed a bill whose enactment would reshape the state's solar energy laws. The bill, An Act To Modernize Maine's Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development, has been numbered as LD 1649....more

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