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Apocalypse Now? Not Much Has Changed in the Last Six Months

by Snell & Wilmer on

It has almost been six months since the Trump administration came into power. At that time, energy and environmental stakeholders were either celebrating the advent of a period of progressive reform or lamenting the end of...more

Oil Regulation 2017 - United States

Describe, in general terms, the key commercial aspects of the oil sector in your country. The US oil industry is divided into three sectors: upstream (exploration and production), midstream (processing, storage and...more

Funding Opportunities Available for Energy Development on Tribal Lands

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the Trump Administration seeks to promote American energy independence, new funding opportunities for deploying tribal energy projects on tribal lands are now available. These opportunities are the first step by the...more

Environmental Notes - July 2017

by Williams Mullen on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement (“Paris Agreement”). The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in December of 2015. The goal of the...more

Energy Independence in the Age of Renewables

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Facing the traditional energy sector’s uncertain future and the decreased cost of producing renewable energy, many companies have taken to generating their own power. Manufacturers may be in an ideal position to do the same...more

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

Baker-Polito Administration Supports Clean Energy Education with $960,000 in STEM Learning Grants

On June 22, 2017 the Baker-Polito Administration announced $960,000 in grants for STEM and clean energy learning programs for six Massachusetts high schools to help direct students towards STEM higher education majors and...more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

Senate Proposes Legislation to Modernize Federal Energy Policies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the Senate introduced a bill that aims to revitalize and overhaul various federal energy and natural resources policies. Senate Bill 1460 (S.1460), sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Arkansas) and...more

Life After Paris: Global Change at a Local Level

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The scientific community largely accepts that the climate is changing, and that there is a “greater than 95 percent” chance that we are the cause. In late 2015, nations around the world gathered in Paris to attempt to combat...more

Rhode Island Passes Legislation to Streamline Approval Process for Renewable Energy Projects

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Following our client alert several days ago concerning the Rhode Island General Assembly’s consideration of legislation designed to streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects, we can report that the...more

June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

NY energy storage bill would launch program

by PretiFlaherty on

The New York legislature has unanimously passed a bill establishing an energy storage deployment program. The bill, S. 5190, aims to promote the installation of energy storage systems. ...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...more

Sustainability Reporting After the Paris Climate Accord

It’s fair to say that President Trump’s June 1 announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been widely reported. It’s also fair to say that the announcement triggered a host of passionate...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 Solar Panel Proceeding

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") initiated a proceeding under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine if imports of crystalline solar photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules are...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

President Trump Announces U.S. Government Pull Back on Paris Agreement While States, Cities, Businesses, and Investors Continue...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, President Trump made a public decision to take action on the Paris Agreement on climate change. His remarks have no legal effect on their own and do not explain when or what legal action will be taken. As a result,...more

Senate “MA Clean Energy Future Tour” Continues Across the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is hosting hearings across the Commonwealth to gather input on clean energy and climate change. Launched by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco...more

No Accord: Summarizing the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Jones Day on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the "United States will cease all implementation" of the Paris Climate Accord. This Commentary provides a short summary of the impacts of President Trump's announcement....more

US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement resources

by PretiFlaherty on

President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement reached in 2015. Here is a quick roundup of relevant resources....more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

FERC Invites Comments on State Energy Policy Technical Conference

On May 1 and 2, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) held a technical conference to “discuss the interplay between state policy goals and the wholesale markets”1 operated by the three...more

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