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FERC Seeks to Enhance Electricity Market Surveillance and Data Collection for Market-Based Rates Sellers and Other Market...

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (July NOPR) to require certain participants in wholesale electric markets to submit “relational databases” to report...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: How far have we come?

In this note (part 3 of a series) we reflect on the Government’s continuing implementation of Electricity Market Reform (EMR), highlight key developments in 2015 and Q1 and Q2 2016, and outline EMR milestones we expect to...more

Red Flags Squelch Corrupt PDVSA Deal

As the Petrobras corruption scandal seems to be going strong, we turn our attention to what may be the most corrupt of all the national energy companies, the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)....more

FERC Once Again Modifies Interconnection Policy to Level the Playing Field Among Electric Generators

For the second time in as many months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) acted to eliminate undue discrimination between electric generators. Last month, FERC issued Order No. 827, which required non-synchronous...more

FERC Rules that Previous Sale of Renewable Energy Credits Does Not Limit Right to Sell Power Under PURPA

May a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) insist that a public utility purchase its energy even if, contrary to state law, the QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits...more

FERC Rules that Previous Sale of Renewable Energy Credits Does Not Limit Right to Sell Power Under PURPA

May a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) insist that a public utility purchase its energy even if, contrary to state law, the QF has previously sold its renewable energy credits...more

New FERC NOPR Will Have Impacts on the Financial Trading Community

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Data Collection and Surveillance, which is to replace the prior Connected Entities and MBR Ownership NOPRs. The new NOPR will apply to: (1)...more

Slow but steady: US M&A H1 2016

The frenzied pace of US M&A in 2014 and 2015 calmed in the first half of 2016, returning the market to far more sustainable and familiar activity levels. After two blockbuster years, the first half of 2016 has brought...more

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

California Proposes Draft Amendments to California Cap-and-Trade Program

On July 12, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed amendments to the California Cap-and-Trade Program (17 CCR 95800 et. seq.) for the first time since 2014. The amendments include major substantive changes...more

Securities Fraud – a Lesson for Promoters

We discussed SEC v. Arcturus et al last week and promised more. Here it is. Did defendants commit securities fraud? It doesn’t matter. Violations of Sections 5 of the Securities Act and 15.A of the Exchange Act are...more

Court Holds FERC De Novo Review to Proceed as “Ordinary Civil Action”

Last week, a federal district judge ruled for the first time that the “review de novo” promised by section 31(d) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. § 823b(d), will be “treated as an ordinary civil action requiring a...more

DOE Announces $15 Million In Funding For Algae-Based Biofuels And Bioproducts Research Projects

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $15 million in funding for three projects that will work to improve algal biomass yields to reduce production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. ...more

Distress in the oil and gas industry: What happened to the price of oil?

To the delight of motorists everywhere, the price of oil suddenly halved in the second half of 2014, dropping from over $100 to less than $50 a barrel. It’s safe to say no one saw the fall coming: most banks and industry...more

FERC as Prosecutor, Judge and Jury?

May the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate an enforcement investigation against a company for manipulating natural gas markets, order the company to show cause why it shouldn’t be fined and then decide the...more

FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In...

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an...more

Quantum Quarterly - Issue VIII – 1st Quarter 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of Quantum Quarterly, a publication of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group. This edition features an interview with Suzana M. Blades and Alberto F. Ravell, Managing...more

Oil & Gas Sector in Mexico: The Mexican Government Announces Round Two | Publications

On July 20, 2016, the Mexican government, through the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission) (“CNH”), published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación (the Federal Official Gazette) the Bidding...more

Drilling Deeper: The Intersection of Producer Bankruptcies and Gathering Agreements

The issue of whether gathering agreements are subject to rejection in bankruptcy as executory contracts and whether certain provisions of those agreements run with the land and survive rejection will impact ongoing bankruptcy...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

A double defeat for EPA on regional haze regulations

On Friday, July 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) a stinging double defeat on its partial disapproval of Texas’ regional haze rule (the...more

FERC Meeting Agenda Summary - July 2016

Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s July 21, 2016 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on July 14, 2016. Agenda items E-6, E-19, E-21 and E-22 have not been...more

Thoughts on the death of DECC

Over the course of 13 and 14 July 2016, UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, appointed the Secretaries of State who will lead the various Departments of Government. By the end of the process, which was precipitated by the...more

Midstream Contracts Remain in Doubt in Bankruptcy

By now, both producers and midstream companies are aware of the Bankruptcy Court decisions in the Sabine bankruptcy proceedings (i) rejecting the gas gathering agreements as executory contracts and (ii) determining that the...more

Brexit Versus Euratom: What the “No” Vote Could Mean for UK Membership in the European Nuclear Peace Treaty

In Depth - Euratom – An Overview - The Euratom Treaty covers all civil nuclear activities in the European Union. As a nuclear peace treaty, it pools the nuclear industries of its Member States and ensures the...more

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