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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

Canada Proposes 2016 Regulations on Energy Efficiency

Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) have a major impact on both the economy and the environment. Homes and buildings are one of the major contributors to GHG emissions and accounted for 22% of Canada’s national GHG emissions in 2013....more

Massachusetts Energy Bill Emerges from Senate Committee on Ways and Means

Last Friday, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its version of the energy bill that passed the House earlier this month. Whereas the House bill would require distribution companies to procure 1,200 MW of offshore...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - June 2016

Dispute-Management - Best Practices in Construction Projects - Introduction - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project?...more

CAISO Tariff Changes Facilitate Participation of Small Renewable and Storage Technologies in California Energy Markets

On June 2, 2016, FERC approved revisions to the California Independent System Operator's open access transmission tariff that facilitate the participation of small, distribution level energy generation, storage and...more

Predictions for Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

In March 2016, the Alberta government tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the independent system operator for Alberta’s electricity system, with developing and implementing a plan to significantly increase...more

BLM Has No Authority To Regulate Fracking, At Least For Now

Yesterday, Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming held that the Bureau of Land Management did not have authority to regulate the environmental impacts of fracking. I think Judge Skavdahl probably got it right, but I...more

Reform of the law on renewable energy

Although an inadequate and fragmented regulatory framework, caused by a lack of financing, has hindered the development of the renewable energy sector in Morocco for many years, the Kingdom now has one of the most ambitious...more

Maine opens net metering inquiry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain feedback on whether its net energy billing rules should be modified, or other action taken to affect Maine's net metering policy. Under...more

Alberta Follows Through With Consumer, Small Business Aspects of Climate Leadership Plan, Passes New Act

After significant debate, the Alberta legislature passed the Climate Leadership Implementation Act (Act) on June 7, 2016. While it has yet to receive royal assent, the Act represents a significant step in converting portions...more

Saudi Renewables: Is the Sleeping Giant Finally Awakening?

On 1 June 2016, Saudi Electricity Company (“SEC”) invited expressions of interest from potential lead developers for the development of two 50MW solar photovoltaic (“PV”) Independent Power Plants (“IPPs”) in Al-Jouf and...more

Transforming Saudi Arabia: National Transformation Program 2020 approved

On 6 June 2016, the “National Transformation Program 2020” was approved by the Saudi Cabinet. This caps a frenetic few months of activity in the Kingdom that began with the approval of “Saudi Vision 2030” at the end of April,...more

Advancing Energy Efficiency Programs in Alberta

Recently, the Government of Alberta appointed the following panel members to the Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel: Dr. David Wheeler, Chair (President and Vice Chancellor, Cape Breton University), Michele Aasgard (Executive...more

Maine to consider net metering rules

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is set to consider opening an inquiry into the state's net energy billing rules, which allow electric utility customers to offset their load with distributed generation. Under...more

France’s Energy Mix Remains Uncertain with Nuclear Decommissioning Expected

France adopted an ambitious energy transition package in August 2015 that sets out various targets designed to achieve the gradual de-carbonisation and increased sustainability of its economy. The package includes...more

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