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California Court of Appeal Strikes Down CARB's Second Review of Low Carbon Fuel Standards - Decision Keeps LCFS Regulations in...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

POET, LLC v. State Air Resources Board (POET II) is the second chapter in the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) troubled history meeting its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance obligations while also...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

Possible New Clean Fuel Standard in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is considering the development of a new clean fuels regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The purpose of this proposed new regulation is to reduce...more

Class Action Quarterly Update - Fall 2016

Class action filings during the fall of 2016 continued to be dominated by Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases. As of October 1, 2016, nearly 150 cases have been filed; these filings are both daily in frequency...more

Sulphur emissions to be further capped by 2020

by Reed Smith on

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has confirmed that new a global cap on the sulphur content in shipping fuel will be introduced on 1 January 2020. Since 1 January 2012, the global limit has been 3.5% mass/mass...more

EPA Publishes Final Phase 2 Rule for GHG Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a joint set of greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for new medium and heavy-duty vehicles and...more

Alberta’s Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act

by Dentons on

The Alberta Government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 24, 2016. The Bill proposes a carbon levy on fuel consumption and marks the Government’s first step towards executing Alberta’s...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges - All 10 EPA regions are seeking public comment on the draft 2017...more

Good Automotive Emissions News

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There certainly has been plenty of bad emissions news in the past few months in the Automotive Industry. How about some good news? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reported that “Automakers Beat...more

A Perfect Storm for Automotive Patent Disputes?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As the automotive industry rebounds from its recessionary levels to an all time record level of spending on vehicles and healthy profitability, one of the key drivers of the increased vehicles sales has been increased...more

Electric Vehicles Continue Gaining Consumer Acceptance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As government mandates like Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets make electric cars more attractive to manufacturers looking to meet these standards, it is worth asking how consumers are responding to these vehicles as they...more

Cross Subsidization For Purpose Of Enhanced Grocery Sales Through Alleged Below Cost Gasoline Discounts Found Not To Violate...

Injury to competing retail fuel stations is non-actionable where market conditions demonstrate that an “incipient antitrust violation” is not imminent. Dixon Gas Club LLC v. Safeway Inc., Case No. A139283 (Court of Appeal 1st...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues have had a big week, with President Obama unveiling the final Clean Power Plan. Congress is now in recess until after the Labor Day holiday, but energy and...more

Low Carbon Fuel Bill Passed In Oregon Senate

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 26, 2015, the Oregon State Senate passed Senate Bill 324 (SB 324), a measure that would require fuel producers to reduce the amount of carbon in car and truck fuels....more

EPA Announces It Will Release New Guidelines on Vehicle MPG Ratings

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The EPA announced, on February 23, 2015, that it will release new guidelines for vehicle fuel economy testing. The new guidelines will apply next year and will address how vehicles should be prepared and broken in before fuel...more

Sustainable Oils Receives Pathway for California LCFS

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Sustainable Oils Inc. issued a press release announcing the issuance of a feedstock-only pathway for the production of Camelina-based fuels under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). ...more

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Overhaul Continues

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

I. LCFS Readoption - The California Air Resources Board (“ARB”) is on the cusp of readopting the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”) regulation to remedy legal defects in the initial adoption process found by the...more

Recent FERC Orders Address the Jurisdictional Status of LNG Facilities Targeting Vehicular Fuel, Marine, High Horsepower Engine...

by King & Spalding on

North America’s new-found wealth in natural gas is driving energy industry participants to seek out new markets for the suddenly abundant fuel. Among these are markets for vehicular and marine fuels, other applications...more

EPA Refuses to Amend Its Backup Generator Rule: Demand Response Breathes Easier

Last Friday, EPA published notice that it would not be revising its regulations on backup generators in response to three petitions for reconsideration it had received after it promulgated its final rule in January 2013. The...more

Renewable Fuels Pathways Final Rule

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 2, 2014, EPA released a signed, pre-published version of its final rule for "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Pathways II and Modifications to the RFS Program, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Requirements, and E15 Misfueling...more

EPA Issues Final Rule on Third Party Quality Assurance of RINs

On July 2, 2014, EPA issued a final rule outlining the elements of a voluntary third party quality assurance program to ensure the validity of renewable identification numbers (RIN) petroleum refiners use to confirm...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Dispute over California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petition for review in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey. In Rocky Mountain Farmers, the Ninth Circuit addressed the constitutionality of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS),...more

RFS Advocacy Continues As Final 2014 Rule Expected Soon

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) advocacy is continuing at a steady pace in anticipation of the expected imminent release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2014 final RFS rule. Some biofuels advocates believe...more

GAO Report Finds Competitive Pricing As Key To Success Of Alternative Jet Fuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on "Alternative Jet Fuels: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-Term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors." GAO...more

EIA releases 2014 Annual Energy Outlook

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its annual report projecting long-term trends in energy markets. The Energy Information Administration, or EIA, is the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S....more

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