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Hydro license transfers and fitness

U.S. hydropower regulators have approved the transfer of the license for an Idaho hydroelectric process, despite an argument that the transferee is not fit to operate the project. At issue is the Smith Creek Project, No....more

UAS in the USA: An Overview of the FAA's New Drone Rules

On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced its new rules to govern non-hobbyist small UAS (“sUAS” or “drones”) operations. Gluttons for punishment can read the entire 624-page FAA document here; others can read a summary of the...more

Whitestone hydrokinetic license surrendered

Despite efforts to offer a streamlined regulatory path for some demonstration hydropower projects, earlier this year the holder of a hydrokinetic pilot project license for a project proposed for the Tanana River in Alaska...more

Edgartown's Muskeget tidal project faces questions

A municipal tidal power project proposed for the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard faces federal deadlines if its licensing process is to continue. The Muskeget Channel Tidal Energy Project, proposed by the Town of...more

The AER Makes Waves with its Response to the Redwater Decision

HIGHLIGHTS The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued Bulletin 2016-16 which has put in place interim measures in response to the Court of Queen’s Bench decision in Redwater Energy Corporation (Re) (Redwater) - ...more

Grower Security and Payment Protection Legislation Awaits Senate Approval

On May 5, the Senate Commerce Committee approved Senate Bills 899 and 900. The legislation would strengthen Michigan's Grain Dealer's Act and Farm Produce Insurance Act should a licensed grain dealer end up insolvent or...more

FERC says Nicatous microhydro doesn't need license

Federal energy regulators have ruled that a micro-hydroelectric project proposed by a remote Maine sporting camp does not require licensing under the Federal Power Act. The Nicatous case illustrates one expedited regulatory...more

Alberta Energy Regulator releases interim measures in response to Redwater Decision

On May 19, 2016, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued their decision, Redwater Energy Corporation Re, 2016 ABQB 278 (“Redwater Decision”), which we discussed in our recent alert, “Insolvency and energy insights: The...more

FAA's New Drone Rule Eliminates Pilot's License Requirement

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new rule on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones), announced yesterday, will eliminate the current requirement for commercial drone operators to hold a...more

The New North Sea – Part 3: Top 10 “MER UK” issues for exploration activities

Exploration is undoubtedly a key area of focus for the bodies responsible for achieving MER UK. In its Corporate Plan, the OGA lists “revitalising exploration” as one of its priorities. It also sets out a proposed pathway for...more

HHS Agenda Signals FDA’s Intent to Issue Proposed DSCSA Rules in December 2016

FDA intends to issue long-awaited proposed regulations governing the licensing of prescription drug wholesale distributors and third-party logistics providers (“3PLs”) this December, according to the updated 2016 HHS...more

Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

Contractors Do It, PIs Do It; Why Not Real Estate Brokers?

Individuals and corporations, but not limited liability companies, may be licensed as real estate brokers under the California Real Estate Law. This is a result of a bargain reached when California’s enacted its first...more

Can Fintech Startups Carry Out Crowd-Funding in Hong Kong?

What is crowd-funding? “Crowd-funding” is an umbrella term describing the use of small amounts of money, obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations, to fund a project, a business or personal loan, and...more

MAS Withdraws Fund Manager’s Regulatory Approval

Financial institutions in Singapore, whether licensed or exempt, are reminded to comply with all relevant regulatory obligations. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently withdrew a fund manager’s status in...more

Alta Ski Area conduit micro-hydro project

Alta Ski Area has proposed developing a micro-hydropower project along an existing pipeline, and hopes to benefit from a streamlined regulatory process. Federal regulators have made a preliminary determination that the...more

Hydro relicensing and intervention timing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues hydropower licenses for terms of up to 50 years. At least 5 years before license expiration, the licensee is required to notify the Commission and the public whether it intends...more

Growlers, Howlers, and More: Navigating the Licensure of a Brewery in Rhode Island

Amongst beer enthusiasts, craft beers have become increasingly popular throughout the country in the past decade. With the efforts of local brew enthusiasts, Rhode Island has actively sought to reduce the licensing...more

FERC and microhydro licensing

Federal energy regulators have ruled that a micro-hydroelectric project proposed in New York cannot be constructed or operated without a license. The proposed Henson Micro Hydroelectric Project would be located on the...more

Employee Assistance Programs and State Insurance Regulation Structuring EAPs to Ensure Compliance

Employee Assistance Programs (or EAPs) have served employers and their employees for decades, providing a variety of benefits to address issues that might otherwise adversely affect the overall health and work of employees. A...more

FERC relicensing and annual licenses

What happens when the holder of a hydropower license applies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license, but the original license expires before the relicensing case is resolved? Depending on which federal...more

Telemedicine nursing licensure compact legislation enacted in 6 states and 7 more right behind

In another case of technology out pacing the law, telemedicine has continued to push the limits of state medical professional licensure laws. Generally, physicians and nurses must be licensed in the state in which they...more

NMLS Release 2016.1.2 Targeted for May 2, 2016

NMLS Release 2016.1.2 Targeted for May 2, 2016 - NMLS Release 2016.1.2 is targeted for delivery on May 2, 2016. The release contains general enhancements and system maintenance updates. For example, the MU2 section of...more

Update on China’s New Restrictions on Internet Content

Apple’s iTunes and Disney’s DisneyLife websites have reportedly become early targets of China’s internet regulators who are beginning to enforce new rules restricting the publication of online content. The new rules, the...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ April 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: -...more

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