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Nevada Solar Project Survives Ninth Circuit Review Despite Impacts to Tortoise Connectivity

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision in favor of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and other federal officials in an...more

Analysis of Energy and Tax Proposals in the 2018 Budget Proposal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2018 FY on May 23, 2017, expanding on the budget blueprint he released in March. The budget proposal and blueprint reiterate the President’s tax reform proposals to lower...more

A Sea of Change: The Congressional Review Act and Energy Regulation

The beginning of 2017 has brought a sea change within the US regulatory regime, with yet unknown global effects. While Congress and the administration targeted many regulations, only 15 were reviewed and only 14 were...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.791 billion FY2018 budget. The budget, which increases spending by 3.3% over FY2017 levels, spends $280 million more than Governor Charlie...more

Public Hearing on Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Program Set for June 2017

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We reported previously on the Natural Resource Damage Restoration Banking Program proposed in Louisiana. A public hearing relating to the recent proposed regulations will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Coastal...more

Scott Angelle Tapped to Take the Helm of BSEE

by Baker Donelson on

Scott Angelle took over as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 23. Mr. Angelle is well known to the oil and gas...more

PJM's 2020-2021 capacity auction results

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PJM Interconnection -- the operator of the wholesale electricity market serving mid-Atlantic and eastern states -- has reported its latest capacity auction results. PJM's 2020/2021 Reliability Pricing Model Base Residual...more

Trump Administration Pronouncements on Authorization of Jordan Cove LNG Project Could Raise Issues Before the Senate and in the...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Since the resignation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay in early February, FERC has been without a quorum of three commissioners and, as a result, has not been able to issue orders and take...more

Highlights from the National Energy Board modernization report

by Dentons on

On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) delivered its report, Forward, Together: Enabling Canada's Clean, Safe, and Secure Energy Future (Report). The Panel was appointed in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With complaint piling up, Fannie Mae has decided to stop selling REO properties to Vision Property, the rent-to-own home business that’s been the subject of predatory-lending investigations of late....more

Litigation Trends in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: What You Need To Know

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Michael Davison is head of the Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the firm’s London office as...more

Trump Executive Order Addresses Executive Branch, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on May 11, 2017 aimed at “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” (the “Order”). The Order mandates federal governmental review of...more

Drill on Through to the Other Side: No Trespass When Drilling Through Mineral Estate with Surface Use Agreement

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Action Item: The Texas Supreme Court annunciated two critical points in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: (1) unauthorized interference may be a trespass only when it impacts the mineral lessee’s ability to exercise...more

Does FERC's Authority to Delegate Functions to Staff Survive the Loss of an Agency Quorum?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On May 25th, the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold hearings on President Trump's nominations to fill two commissioner vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). If confirmed, the...more

Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We know that in Texas the mineral owner has the right to explore for and produce the minerals. What does that leave for the surface owner? In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC the Texas Supreme Court tells us...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment hearing on “Expanding the Role of States in EPA Rulemaking.” Date: Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. Place: 2318 Rayburn Bldg....more

Update on US Federal Tax Reform Proposals and Their Effect on the Renewable Energy Industry

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

While tax reform has been a stated focus of the Trump administration and Congress, details remain elusive. The administration has recently reaffirmed its desire to enact comprehensive corporate and individual tax reform, but...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Synposis of energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi budget speech - The energy minister reconfirmed that government will proceed with the signing of new nuclear power...more

FERC Accelerates Efforts to Integrate Electric Storage Projects Into Jurisdictional Wholesale Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Over the past year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accelerated its efforts to facilitate integration of electric storage projects into wholesale electricity markets subject to its jurisdiction....more

30,000 Foot View: State Of The Oil Patch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Big picture concepts have filled my mind lately – I am trying to take a step back and see the whole picture instead of getting too deep in the weeds and isolated details. It made me curious – what is the 30,000 foot view of...more

Virginia Begins Development of Cap-and-Trade Program for Electric Power Sector

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On May 16, 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 11 (the “Directive”), which directs Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas...more

Energy Update - May 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please see...more

White Certificates - New regulation on incentive scheme in Italy

by Hogan Lovells on

White certificates (dubbed “certificati bianchi” or “titoli di efficienza energetica”) have proven to be quite a successful incentive scheme in Italy in the past few years, generating significant returns on investments...more

Indonesia’s MEMR Regulation 12: A Step Forward or a Step Back?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Despite a significant renewable energy potential, Indonesia currently only produces six percent of its electricity from renewable energy.  The Indonesian government is targeting increasing this to 23 percent by 2025.  Many...more

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