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Slowing The Juggernaut

In 1992, Mexico thrust itself on to the forefront of the international power private investment stage by amending its power sector laws to permit private sector investment in power generation assets. Those early energy...more

Businesses and Policymakers Confirm Mexican Energy Reforms Are Gaining Momentum

Earlier this year, a group of Stoel Rives attorneys traveled to Mexico to assess existing opportunities and pending developments in the Mexican power markets. Some of the reforms and key trends identified during that trip...more

Options for Obtaining Regulatory Guidance and/or Approval Related to the Export of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products

As previously reported on Speaking Energy (available here), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has recently indicated that it is willing to work with U.S. energy companies to navigate...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Oil and Gas Operations—Q and A

The desire to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations is steadily building. A wide variety of businesses would like to use these devices to improve efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. One field that...more

Increasing Russian Sanctions Target Financial and Energy Sectors

On July 16, the U.S. government further expanded the sanctions imposed in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation. These expanded sanctions...more

White House Weighs Higher EPA 2014 RFS Targets To Help Climate Efforts

On July 15, 2014, Inside EPA reported that "the White House is examining options for reversing EPA's proposed cuts to several renewable fuel standard (RFS) production targets in order to promote biofuels that create fewer...more

DOE Bio Projects Among Winners In R&D 100 Awards For 2014

On July 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that several biobased DOE research projects were recognized by R&D magazine as the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential....more

Carbon Tax Repeal Places Spotlight on Price Reductions

After months of delay, the Australian Government has passed legislation to repeal Australia's carbon tax and introduce new sanctions against energy and gas refrigerant entities that do not pass on cost savings arising from...more

USDA Awards Funds To Promote Development Of Rural Wood-To-Energy Projects—15 States To Benefit

On July 15, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grant awards to support the development of wood energy projects. According to the press release, the federal funds will leverage more than $4.5 million in...more

New York Court of Appeals Upholds Local Fracking Bans

The New York Court of Appeals, in a 5-2 decision, held that the New York State Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (“OGSML”) does not preempt municipal zoning authority. The Court explained that land use regulation is among the...more

Arbitration World - July 2014

Welcome to the 27th edition of Arbitration World, a publication from K&L Gates’ International Arbitration Group that highlights significant developments and issues in international and domestic arbitration for executives and...more

Iowa Supreme Court Decision Boosts Renewable Energy Development

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision may give a boost to small-scale renewable energy development in that state. On July 11, the court issued its opinion in SZ Enterprises, LLC vs. Iowa Utilities Board (link to decision),...more

U.S. Issues New Sanctions On Russia Targeting Defense, Energy Sectors

The Obama administration expanded U.S. sanctions against Russia on July 17th targeting the country’s financial, energy and defense industries in response to Russia’s continued support for Ukrainian separatists. Along with...more

Obama Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Key Russian Energy, Financial and Defense Companies; EU Considering Expanded...

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday, July 17, 2014, targeting key companies in Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors, as well as other companies, regional separatist governments, and...more

Fifth Round of Sanctions Target Certain Russian Banks, Energy Companies and Arms Manufacturers

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a fifth round of designations imposing limited sanctions on two Russian banks and two major Russian energy companies. OFAC also designated and blocked the assets of...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - July 2014

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: A-1: Docket No. AD02-1-000 - This...more

Iowa Supreme Court Allows Third-Party PPA to Move Forward

On Friday, July 11, the Supreme Court of Iowa issued a decision holding that a solar energy company entering into a third-party power purchase agreement (PPA) with an Iowa municipality would not be considered a public utility...more

Lost Opportunity On US LNG Exports

IN A MOVE THAT COULD SIGNIFICANTLY SHAKE UP THE GLOBAL LNG MARKET, THE US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RECENTLY ANNOUNCED SEVERAL DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING NATURAL GAS EXPORTS, INCLUDING A PROPOSED RULE CHANGE FOR REVIEWING APPLICATIONS...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #2

During the past several years, Europe has installed about 2,000 offshore turbines (6,500 MW of offshore wind generation capacity), with capacity doubling since 2010. Offshore wind provides almost 1% of total power in Western...more

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Calls Proposed Denton Fracking Ban ‘Extremely Misguided’; Asks City Council to Reject Measure

On July 11th, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman sent a letter to the mayor and city council members for Denton, Texas asking that the council reject a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton. Chairman...more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

Senate Legislative Activity - The Senate convened on, Monday, July 14, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate was in a period of morning business until 6:00 pm, with senators allowed to speak for up to 10...more

North Carolina Legislators Look to Criminalize Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

As many states and the federal government look towards calling for greater disclosure and regulation of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, state senators in North Carolina appear to be pushing against the tide in...more

Energy Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2014

In This Edition: - Leaders in the News - Washington Update - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: Congratulations to...more

Environmental and Energy: Hydraulic Fracturing: Courts and Localities Act Where New York State Fears To Tread (7/14)

In an opinion issued on June 24, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the zoning laws adopted by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield to ban oil and gas production activities, including hydraulic fracturing, within their...more

How the Ukraine Crisis is Redefining European, Russian and US Energy Relations

The continuing turmoil in Ukraine has once again heightened Europe’s concern over its energy security and rehashed memories of the gas disputes of January 2006 and 2009 when supplies to Europe were disrupted. Following these...more

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