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African Growth and Opportunity Act, Electrify Africa Act and Power Africa Program to Take Center Stage at U.S.-Africa Leaders...

From August 4-6, President Obama will host approximately 45 leaders from across the African continent in Washington, D.C., for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit (the “Summit”). This is the first such event of its kind...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2014

In This Issue: - Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern - Tanzania Publishes First Draft of a Long-Awaited Local Content Policy - New York's Highest...more

EPA Publishes its Proposed Regulations for Existing Power Plants – Starting the Public Comment Period

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register its June 2, 2014, proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. The act of publication...more

Is RGGI in New Jersey's and Pennsylvania’s Future?

With the release of EPA’s proposed regulation of CO2 from existing sources on June 2, there has been a lot of speculation that states will look to cap-and-trade schemes as a means of complying with EPA’s mandate that the...more

The Third Piece of EPA’s Clean Power Plan: GHG Emission Limits for Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for “new” and “existing” power plants have received substantial media attention, but regulated parties should also be aware of the third...more

EPA Releases Significant Proposed Rule to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plants - Proposed Rule Is Part of...

EPA's proposed rule is focused on limiting the carbon intensity of fossil fuel-fired power plants (commonly referred to as electric generating units or EGUs) by adopting goals to limit overall carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

EPA’s Proposed Power Plant Regulations – Simpler Than You Think

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-anticipated proposal for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on June 2, 2014, to much fanfare. The proposal is simpler than it...more

EPA announces carbon regulations for existing power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time...more

EPA Proposes First Nationwide Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing U.S. Power Plants

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its rule proposal to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the entire existing U.S. fleet of coal, natural gas, and other fossil–fueled power...more

The Top 6 Takeaways From the EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule this yesterday that would regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. The rule would require reductions in CO2 emissions of 25 percent...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update - June 2014

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed CO2 standards for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The proposed rule would require the nation’s fleet of existing power plants to reduce...more

EPA to Roll Out Major Greenhouse Gas Proposal on June 2

On Monday, June 2, EPA and President Obama are expected to jointly announce one of the most significant environmental proposals of the past decade: Clean Air Act regulations that, if finalized, would require the reduction of...more

Proposed IRS Rule Could Allow Solar Energy REITs

President Obama announced on Friday several executive actions to advance clean energy. Among them, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will publish new regulations on May 14th clarifying that certain solar generating assets...more

Washington Insight - May 2014

In This Issue: - Politics Drives the Agenda in Run-Up to the Midterms - An Insider's View: President Obama's Foreign Policy - The Anti-Energy Tax Incentives Caucus of the GOP - Trade Agenda Stagnant, For...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of February 3, 2014

President Obama used his annual State of the Union address January 28 to call for a year of action on a broad array of issues, highlighting energy efforts and his climate action plan amongst 12 executive actions he hopes to...more

U.S. Federal Government Update: Didn’t catch the State of the Union speech last night? Not a problem. We watched for you. Here’s...

The Elevator Speech Overview - On Tuesday evening, President Obama went from “Yes, We Can” to “Yes, I can” and from bold to bite size policy initiatives in his sixth State of the Union (SOTU) address. Focusing...more

State of the (Solar) Union

Viewers of President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening may have noticed the President making a strong, albeit brief, statement in support of solar energy in the United States. ...more

President Obama's Fifth State of the Union Address – A Little Something for Everyone

As required by Article II, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, President Obama appeared last night before members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Judiciary, certain members of his...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 30, 2014

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a reauthorization for the Water Resources Development Act. President Obama also called for corporate tax reform as a method to finance...more

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of January 27, 2014

While Congress was in recess last week, many Obama Administration and Congressional officials traveled to Davos, Switzerland, to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. About a third of the panels addressed climate...more

Climate Change and the Future Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States: President Obama Introduces New Climate...

On June 25, 2013, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan (the Plan) detailing the current administration's comprehensive strategy to address climate change....more

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan

President Obama published a formal Climate Action Plan last month, announcing the plan in a speech delivered at Georgetown University. The plan organizes the President’s executive actions under three pillars...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for the United Arab Emirates

The Patton Boggs Climate Change, Energy and Resources practices, in conjunction with a number of international consultancies, can help companies take advantage of the opportunities the international component of the...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for Qatar

On Tuesday, June 25, President Barack Obama presented his Administration’s 21- page Action Plan on climate change. The Plan synergizes with both the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011...more

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