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What to expect when you’re not expecting: Anticipating the outcome of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference

The 21st Conference of the Parties (“COP”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) meets in Paris at the end of this year to seek to achieve the vaulted ambition set by the Durban Platform of...more

Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #4

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - After a busy week with Yom Kippur and visits from Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Congress is focusing this week on finalizing a continuing resolution and preparing for new...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - Congressional activities are abbreviated this week, with the observance of Yom Kippur and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress...more

Washington State Department of Ecology Starts Rulemaking Process for Regulating Carbon Emissions

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has taken the first steps toward new rules for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by proposing to adopt a new Clean Air Rule and amend two...more

EPA Publishes Regulatory Proposals that Would Further Curb Methane and VOC Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed a suite of regulatory actions aimed at reducing methane and volatile organic compound (“VOC”) emissions from the oil and gas sector....more

Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - United States, China sign landmark climate change declaration at Los Angeles summit: Courthouse News - Sep 15: U.S. and Chinese leaders on Tuesday signed a landmark declaration on climate...more

The (further) Global Rise of District Energy: The United Nation’s push for District Energy in World Cities

Three years ago, we predicted the global rise of the district energy sector. The key drivers at the time were energy efficiency savings of up to 70% and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. However, there were no policy...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate: We are half way through a busy September, and Congress will focus much of the rest of the month on a continuing resolution. Energy and climate issues will garner some attention in committee...more

Implications of, and CARB's Response to, the 2015 California Climate Change Legislative Session

For most of the year, tracking the inner workings of the California Legislature can be a grueling effort suitable only for the most die-hard policy wonks. But at the end of session, things can move and change so fast that you...more

California Legislative Session Wrap-up

Last Friday, September 11, 2015 was the final day for California legislators to pass bills out of the Legislature and on to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration. This year’s crop of bills included something for both sides...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2015 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Gov. Brown and Democratic legislators drop plan for 50 percent cut in petroleum use in state: New York Times - Sep 9 - Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Democrats abandoned a proposal for a 50...more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Regional Analysis

EPA’s recently issued Clean Power Plan (“CPP” or “Plan”) affects every state differently. The Plan has a decidedly nationwide impact—reducing the United States’ power plant greenhouse gas emissions 32 percent by the year...more

Clean Power Rule Challenges Will Proceed Sooner or Later, But Its Goal May Already Be Close at Hand

Legal challenges filed almost immediately after President Obama announced the Clean Power Rule may be premature. That is what attorneys for EPA told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently in...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2015 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Obama adds $1 billion in loan guarantees for clean energy: Bloomberg - Aug 24: President Barack Obama will announce on Monday a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy...more

U.S. EPA Proposes Methane Limits for Oil and Gas Industry

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rules to limit emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), from certain new and modified facilities in the oil and natural gas industry. The...more

China’s International and Domestic Climate Change Policies: An Overview Leading up to Paris

In June, China submitted its climate policy pledges to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC” or “Convention”) for the December 2015 Paris Climate Conference (“COP 21” or the “2015 Paris...more

EPA Launches Proposed Measures to Cut Methane and VOC Emissions from Oil & Gas Industry: Agency Clarifies Permitting Requirements...

Draft New Source Performance Standards to Reduce Methane and VOC Emissions - The oil and gas sector is the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest target regarding the reduction of GHG emissions. The White House...more

Opportunities for Renewables Get Big Boost in Final Clean Power Plan

The Obama Administration’s final Clean Power Plan (CPP) is an attempt to curb climate change and, at the same time, will create a new pipeline of opportunities for developers, sellers and purchasers of renewable energy (RE)....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: Coastkeeper's suit against water agency dismissed - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 31: A San Diego superior court judge ruled against an environmental group on July 30, rejecting its...more

Obama Announces Clean Power Plan, Fights to Follow

On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the finalization of the long-awaited Clean Power Plan, a policy primarily intended to further the commitment to combatting global warming. The Plan focuses on the electric power...more

President Obama Implements Sweeping New Rules to Control Climate Change

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) utilized executive action to call for a major societal shift on climate change policy. The new rules, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, are intended...more

Obama Administration Adopts Landmark Clean Power Plan

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health, and the economy, the Obama Administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first ever national...more

President Obama, EPA Unveil Final Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Rule

Although legal hurdles remain, EPA’s Clean Power Plan envisions sweeping changes to the electricity generation sector designed to mitigate climate change concerns through reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, and it...more

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