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Will Utah counties fund thorium reactor?

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Could a coalition of rural counties in Utah and a startup company develop a thorium-fueled nuclear reactor for electric power and other purposes? According to its website, the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is...more

Federal Courts’ Dismissal of Pre-emption Challenges to Illinois and New York ZEC Nuclear Subsidies Returns Focus to FERC

On July 14, 2017, and July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, respectively, dismissed challenges to the Illinois and New...more

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Release Report Recommending Ways to Improve the Resilience of Nation’s...

On July 20, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop solutions...more

Russian Cyber Attack on US Nuclear Power Stations

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warns of malware attacks targeting mainly nuclear power stations and energy facilities. The attacks started in May of this year....more

New York Federal District Court Decision Supports State’s Role in Furthering Clean Energy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For the third time in the past month, a federal court has upheld a state program to pursue support for clean energy, including renewable energy certificates (RECs), and zero emission credits (ZECs) in New York and Illinois....more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

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Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation Are Constitutional

Late last month, the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals rejected a challenge to Connecticut laws intended to encourage use of renewable energy. Earlier this month, Judge Manish Shah, of the Northern District of Illinois, issued a...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Climate change impacts global energy system, says Shell boss - The CEO of Shell, Ben van Beurden, has noted the importance of taking a global perspective on tackling...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Over Expansive Application Of True-Up Provision In Purchase Agreement

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. v. Westinghouse Elec. Co. LLC, et al., No. 573, 2016 (Del. June 28, 2017) - The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s entry of judgment on the pleadings based on a flawed...more

Another Court Upholds a State Generation Program and Dismisses Challenges to Illinois’ Nuclear Subsidies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 14, 2017, and several weeks after the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (see Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

Responsibility for German Nuclear Waste Shifts With Creation of State-owned Fund

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In early July 2017, operators of German nuclear power plants initiated the next step in the process of decommissioning by transferring €24 billion to the new state-owned fund for nuclear power plant waste disposal. The...more

Funding Opportunities Available for Energy Development on Tribal Lands

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As the Trump Administration seeks to promote American energy independence, new funding opportunities for deploying tribal energy projects on tribal lands are now available. These opportunities are the first step by the...more

Update on Canada's environmental and regulatory review process

by Dentons on

On June 29, 2017, the Government of Canada released its environmental and regulatory reviews discussion paper (Discussion Paper). The Discussion Paper follows from reports prepared by expert panels tasked with reviewing...more

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit...more

Ninth Circuit Decision Expands U.S. Jurisdiction for International Nuclear Liability - The Ninth Circuit allowed U.S. service...

On June 22, 2017, a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous decision in Cooper v. Tokyo Electric Power. The case is unique as it is the only claim brought in the United States for damages arising out of the...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - How Dongfang won ZAR4bn “cooked” Eskom tender - General Electric and Murray & Roberts have gone to court accusing Eskom of rigging a ZAR4 billion tender to go to...more

German Utilities Score Billions on Constitutional Challenge to German Nuclear Fuel Tax

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 7 June 2017, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (FCC) published a recent decision that declared the German Nuclear Fuel Tax Act (Kernbrennstoffsteuergesetz – KernbrStG) void due to the lack of legislative...more

Updates to Energy Related Bills in the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Energy Team has been monitoring and providing summaries of key energy-related bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by...more

Brexit and Euratom – The Issues and Consequences

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter invoking the use of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty confirmed that, as well as withdrawing from the European Union (the “EU”), Brexit also will involve the UK withdrawing from certain key...more

Three Mile Island nuclear plant to close in 2019 absent policy reforms

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Exelon Corporation has announced thatit will retire its Three Mile Island Generating Station on or about September 30, 2019, unless energy policies change. Located in Pennsylvania, the Three Mile Island plant Unit 1...more

Senate Committee Hearing on FERC Nominees

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Last week the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to consider the nominations of Robert Powelson and Neil Chatterjee to serve as Commissioners of FERC. Mr. Powelson is currently a Pennsylvania...more

The Future of Takeover Regulation and Corporate Governance in the UK

On 19 April 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the country by calling a snap general election for 8 June 2017. While much of the discourse relating to the election is focused on Brexit and normal political...more

Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Synposis of energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi budget speech - The energy minister reconfirmed that government will proceed with the signing of new nuclear power...more

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