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Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy & Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Transportation - Department of...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

D.C. Circuit Denies Rehearing on Nuclear Waste Fee Decision

The D.C. Circuit last week denied the Department of Energy’s (DOE) petition for en banc review of the court’s November decision holding that the DOE could not continue to collect nuclear waste fees from utilities. The...more

Retaliating Against a Nuclear Power Whistleblower

From the recent reports of retaliatory acts against whistleblowers, some wonder if the protections under the Dodd-Frank Act proscribing retribution against tipsters are known to companies and government offices. Regardless of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 4, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - With $6.5 billion loan, nuclear energy gets new life in U.S. -- SustainableBusiness.com - Feb 24: Although Republicans lambasted Department of Energy (DOE) programs that support renewable energy...more

U.S. Government Implements Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief Measures

As part of the recently negotiated interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”) to temporarily suspend certain aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and other countries have agreed temporarily...more

Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanctions

Earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had met its initial obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (Joint Plan) with the “P5+1” (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia,...more

Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal Streamlines Energy Tax Credits

On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology neutral. The proposal would consolidate...more

Implementation of Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Last November, the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., Germany, France, Russia and China) reached an initial understanding with Iran whereby Iran agreed to accept limits on its nuclear program in exchange...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement Negotiation Advances Trigger Limited Easing of US and EU Sanctions

Iran’s suspension of sensitive nuclear activities triggers temporary relaxation of certain sanctions, but most restrictions and an aggressive enforcement climate remain in place. On January 20, 2014, the International...more

Iranian Sanctions – Joint Action Plan is Implemented in EU

Background - Implementation of the Joint Action Plan agreed between the E3/EU+3 in October 2013 by suspending certain sanctions against Iran in relation to nuclear proliferation began on 20 January 2014. This...more

Iran Sanctions—Implementation of P5+1/Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement

The United States and the European Union have begun relieving Iran of some limited sanctions in exchange for Iran’s curtailing its nuclear proliferation activities....more

OFAC Publishes Key Guidance Related to the Lifting of Certain Sanctions on Iran

As part of the implementation of the initial understanding with Iran, pursuant to the Joint Plan of Action among the United States and certain of its trading partners ("the Agreement") regarding the rollback of Iran's nuclear...more

EU partially suspends Iran sanctions under nuclear deal

I. Introduction - On 20 January 2014, the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed to temporarily suspend certain sanctions against Iran, namely those relating to (re)insurance and transport services for Iranian crude...more

What Kept the Holiday Lights Twinkling? Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan’s Impact on the Nuclear Industry

In December, Heenan Blaikie published “Achieving Balance, Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan: A Plan with Potential Sparks for the Future”, an overview of the Long-Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”) for Ontario’s energy generation...more

Revisiting the Mexican Energy Reform Part 1 of 3

I made an early review of the Mexican Energy Reform. Now it is time to revisit in full. This is part 1 of 3 for a series of posts trying to construe the recently approved Mexican Energy Reform. Despite the political opinions,...more

On The Horizon — Renewable Energy In Asia: India

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in India? India’s power generation sector has been dominated by conventional energy. As per data released by the Central Electricity Authority...more

Sanctions Update -- December 2013

Iran: Easing of sanctions by the United States (“US”) and European Union (“EU”) - On 24 November 2013, a joint commission of the United Kingdom ("UK"), the United States, Germany, France, Russia and China (collectively...more

International Trade: Easing The Iran Sanctions - What Is In It For You?

On Sunday 24 November, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the member-states of the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) struck an historic deal providing Iran with approximately $7 billion in...more

Achieving Balance, Ontario's New Long-Term Energy Plan: A Plan with Potential Sparks for the Future

The Ministry of Energy released its Long-Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”) for Ontario on December 2, 2013, entitled Achieving Balance. The LTEP covers electricity generation and distribution for all of Ontario for the next 20 years....more

How Should U.S. Companies React To The Iran Nuclear Deal And Which Sanctions Are Suspended?

The United States agreed to suspend certain sanctions against Iran over the weekend as part of an agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program. The agreement, which provides for a six-month first step towards a...more

Interim Deal on Iran Sanctions Policy Involves Limited Changes

Despite some confusing media reports, the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1 on November 24, 2013 would change very little in U.S. and multilateral sanctions policy. These limited changes are still pending...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement & Sanctions Suspension

The November 23 "Joint Plan of Action" regarding Iran's nuclear program (the "Agreement") contemplates that the United States and the European Union ("EU") will suspend some sanctions measures regarding Iran. This advisory...more

The Old Razzle Dazzle Is Not Sufficient: DOE May Not Collect a Nuclear Waste Disposal Fee If It Has No Way to Dispose of the Waste

In an opinion last week surprising only for the shortness of the shrift that the Court gave to DOE’s arguments, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that DOE may not continue to collect nuclear waste handling/disposal fees...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

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