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Interior Announces Blueprint for Renewable Energy and Transmission Development on Public Lands in the California Desert

Earlier this week, the Department of the Interior announced the federal component of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), an innovative landscape-scale plan that identifies areas best suited for...more

Renewable Energy and Climate Change Update

International negotiations on climate change have been ramping up. It is looking increasingly likely that a new global treaty on climate change will be concluded by the end of the year in Paris. Based on the current state...more

Administration Announces New Mitigation Policies

This afternoon, the Administration issued two policies intended to encourage private investment in natural resource conservation and to facilitate application of the mitigation hierarchy—avoiding, minimizing and compensating...more

Citing Costs and Timing, PUC Denies Xcel Energy’s Request for Contested Case

During a public hearing yesterday, the Public Utilities Commission denied Xcel Energy’s request for a contested case hearing for the next stage of developing the Minnesota Community Solar Garden Program (the “CSG Program”)....more

New Developments in Old Stratas: B.C. Proposes to Lower Threshold for Strata Termination

The British Columbia government recently introduced a bill that will, if passed, make it easier to cancel a strata plan and wind up a strata corporation under the Strata Property Act (Act). Currently, a unanimous resolution...more

Northern Pass files with NH SEC

The developer of the Northern Pass Transmission Project, a proposed high-voltage transmission line from Canada into New Hampshire, filed a formal application to New Hampshire regulators this week. First proposed in 2009,...more

Activists Make Good on Promise to Sue DOT over Pipeline Regs.

On October 8, the National Wildlife Federation (“NWF”) fulfilled its promise to sue the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). The lawsuit alleges that for 20 years the DOT has allowed pipelines to operate illegally by...more

Treasury Announces Decrease in Cash Grant Sequestration Rate from 7.3% to 6.8%

The Department of the Treasury has announced that, for fiscal year 2016, the Cash Grant1 sequestration rate has decreased from 7.3 percent to 6.8 percent. ...more

Alberta Court Strikes Out Pleadings Challenging Validity of Oil and Gas Permits

A challenge to the validity of oil and gas permits outside the judicial review process is a collateral attack and will be struck, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held recently in Ominayak v Penn West Petroleum Ltd, 2015...more

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting

The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a wide range of interactions with the public and other...more

Arizona Increased Tax Credit for Renewable Energy Facilities Used for Self-Consumption by Five Times per Facility

Arizona has enacted Arizona House Bill 2670 (adding Arizona Revised Statute 41-1520 and amending Arizona Revised Statutes 42-5063, 42-5159, 42-6012, 43-1083.04 and 43-1164.05), which includes taxpayer-friendly revisions to...more

Obama Administration Releases Infrastructure Permitting Guidance

On September 22, 2015, the White House, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), issued guidance to the heads of certain federal departments and agencies (the Agencies)...more

Auction set for NJ offshore wind sites

The U.S. government has scheduled an auction for the rights to lease two areas of federal ocean space off New Jersey for offshore wind energy development. The auction, to be held November 9, 2015, will be the fifth...more

Maine considers net metering alternative

The Maine Office of the Public Advocate has proposed a new mechanism to encourage the development of solar energy capacity in the state. Under Maine’s existing law, customers with onsite generation may choose “net energy...more

Riding Waves and Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind. For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in...more

Critical Deadline Approaches for Safe Harbor Application, Questions Remain

Last year, the North Carolina General Assembly delayed the repeal of the tax credit for investing in renewable energy property in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-129.16A. Under the delayed sunset, the credit is repealed for renewable...more

North Carolina offshore wind advances

Federal efforts to lease ocean sites off the North Carolina coast for offshore wind development advanced last week, when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a report finding that there would be no significant...more

Maine PUC considers community energy projects

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is evaluating the viability of proposed community-based renewable energy projects that remain under development. Maine has run a community-based renewable energy program since 2009. ...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Apply to Incidental Takes - What It Means for Energy Developers

On September 4, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the misdemeanor convictions of Citgo Petroleum Corporation and Citgo Refining and Chemicals Company, L.P. (collectively Citgo) for “taking” migratory birds in...more

Reference prices of energy generated in RES installations in Poland

On 15 September 2015 the first draft of the regulation of the Ministry of Economy which sets reference prices of electricity generated from renewable energy sources (“RES”) was published. The regulation is an executive act to...more

Twelve hydrocarbon deposits are tendered in the Republic of Kazakhstan

The RK Ministry of Energy has approved a list of subsurface areas to be tendered. The list includes 12 hydrocarbon deposits, half of which are located in the Kyzylorda Oblast. The period for filing applications to...more

Oil and Gas Tenders in Mexico Proceed With Additional Specificity in Draft PSC

Where does Mexico’s upstream oil and gas bid round process stand? SJA: The tender for the first package of properties auctioned as part of Mexico’s “Round 1” covered shallow water blocks and ended on July 15, 2015, with...more

President Obama Announces Increased Support for Distributed Energy Projects and Eligibility of State Green Banks to Apply for DOE...

President Obama recently announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Program Office (LPO) is expanding support for innovative “distributed energy projects” by adding $1 billion in available loan guarantees to support...more

Pipeline Operators Take Heed – Threatened Enviro Lawsuit May Lead to Greater Regulatory Requirements

On July 28, 2015, the National Wildlife Federation (“NWF”) filed an intent to sue notice against the Department of Transportation (“DOT”), arguing the DOT has not properly approved pipeline projects for more than 20 years. ...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry - Final Model Contract and Bidding Guidelines Published for Ronda Uno, Second Tender

On August 25, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) published the final form of the Bidding Guidelines (“Guidelines”) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Second Tender initially published on...more

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