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Alberta announces Petrochemicals Diversification Program

On February 1, 2016, the Alberta government announced a new initiative to encourage the upgrading of methane and propane in the province, called the Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP). Details of the PDP were issued...more

USFWS Issues Broader 4(d) Rule for Northern Long-Eared Bats: What it Means for Energy Developers

On January 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released its Final 4(d) Rule for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (Final Rule). The Final Rule greatly expands upon the scope of the interim 4(d) rule that the Service...more

The Renewable Energy Sources Act is undergoing a Fundamental Change: From Photovoltaics to Wind Energy - With the end of the final...

The third and final round of the pilot tenders for freestanding PV installations was launched on 6 October of this year. Bids were accepted until 1 December 2015. ...more

Mojave Water Agency conduit hydropower project qualifies

A California wholesale water provider has received a written determination from federal regulators that its proposed hydroelectric power project qualifies for easier regulatory treatment under federal law. The project...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry, Round One, Fourth Tender – Deep Water Blocks

Mexico’s Energy Industry - Round One, Fourth Tender – Deep Water Blocks - At last, the much anticipated deep-water bidding round has been announced in Mexico. Following the precedent set in the recently completed...more

Tax Extenders Signed into Law; Solar and Wind Tax Credits Extended

Earlier today, President Obama signed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Act)—which includes the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 and the Protecting...more

USDA REAP loan guarantee Maine funding available

Funding is available for energy projects at Maine's rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the USDA Rural Development agency's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). At stake is about $200 million in...more

Closure of ROCs for small scale solar

In July, the Government launched a consultation on how to cost effectively manage the deployment of solar PV of 5MW and below within the Renewables Obligation. The outcome of the consultation was published on 17th...more

Presidential Memorandum Promotes Pre-Project Mitigation and Restoration Banking: Implications for Energy Projects and Related...

On November 3, 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum (Memorandum) that potentially opens the door to agency attempts to expand mitigation obligations beyond what is required under law while also...more

FERC hydropower and successive preliminary permits

U.S. federal regulators can give a preliminary permit to the developer of a proposed hydropower projects -- but won't give out a successive permit unless the developer demonstrates it acted diligently under its prior...more

FSRUs: Looking back at the Evolution of the FSRU Market

The growth of the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) market has been exponential over the past decade. The birth of the industry can be traced back to mid-2001, when El Paso contracted with Belgian ship-owner...more

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects

This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contracts for solar photovoltaic power...more

New York State’s Microgrid Development Incentives

Report - Microgrids for Critical Facility Resiliency in New York State: In addition to aggressively pursuing greenhouse gas emissions reductions, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiativeseeks to enhance the...more

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

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