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World Energy Council Issues New Report on Cyber Risk

Because cyber risk presents a “unique concern” in the energy sector, the World Energy Council has issued a new report entitled “The Road to Resilience: Managing Cyber risks,” to its industry leaders....more

Xcel Wins Approval to Transform Minnesota Generation Fleet

On October 13, 2016, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s dramatic proposal to shift away from coal generation toward renewable energy. In authorizing the company’s 2016-2030 Integrated Resource...more

Treasury Department Issues Guidance Intended to Ease Dollar-Denominated Foreign Transactions with Iran

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) amended its guidance on Iranian sanctions to clarify that some transactions with Iran by non-U.S. institutions are permitted, provided that such...more

Stop the Presses: Nuclear Power Still Does Not Emit Greenhouse Gases

On Monday, the TVA announced that Watts Bar Unit 2 had successfully completed what is known as its final power ascension test. It is now producing 1,150 MW of power in pre-commercial operation. Though EnergyWire did report...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Leaders in the News: EnerNOC - This month we’d like to highlight EnerNOC, a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) that supports decision-making around energy costs and sustainability issues. EnerNOC...more

New York’s New Renewable Energy Standard

Last week’s article discussed New York’s Zero-Emissions Credit (ZEC) for nuclear power. The ZEC is one component of New York’s Clean Energy Standard (CES). The other major component of the CES is the new Renewable Energy...more

Nuclear Liability in the UK: Implementation of the 2004 Protocols

On May 4, 2016, the Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 (the “2016 Order”) entered into force in the United Kingdom. The 2016 Order, which implements the 2004 Protocols1 to the Paris Convention and...more

NY Creates New Emissions Credit for Nuclear Plants

The New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Clean Energy Standard (CES), adopted in August, includes a new emissions credit—the ZEC. The ZEC, or zero-emissions credit, is the first emissions credit created exclusively for...more

Energy and Environment – Opposites on Oil, Gas and Coal; Potential Overlap in Nuclear Power

Like in other sectors, Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton have diametrically opposed policy priorities when it comes to energy and the environment. For the most part mirroring their parties, Mr. Trump is a strong supporter of...more

Energy Update - September 2016

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please...more

Energy Update - April 2016

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please...more

Successful procurement challenge against the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

On 29 July the High Court handed down its judgment in the high-profile Energy Solutions (ES) v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) case.  The case concerned the competition to become the “Parent Body Organisation” (PBO)...more

DOE Clarifies Whistleblower Protections in Proposed Rule Revision

Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors may be subject to additional civil penalties. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently published proposed revisions to its procedural rules for nuclear activities in...more

The Small Matter of Bankability: Small-Modular-Reactors and the Financing of Nuclear Projects

The nuclear industry in the UK, and beyond, will warmly welcome EDF’s final investment decision for Hinkley Point C. However, as the UK government mulls over the project fundamentals one last time before committing, it is...more

New York Unveils Details of its Clean Energy Program

The New York Department of Public Service (DPS or Commission) on August 1, 2016 issued its long-awaited Clean Energy Standard order (“Order”). The Order sets forth the means by which the Empire State intends to achieve its...more

Brexit Versus Euratom: What the “No” Vote Could Mean for UK Membership in the European Nuclear Peace Treaty

In Depth - Euratom – An Overview - The Euratom Treaty covers all civil nuclear activities in the European Union. As a nuclear peace treaty, it pools the nuclear industries of its Member States and ensures the...more

Energy Brexit: initial thoughts

In the energy sector, as elsewhere, it is far too early to give any definitive view on the effects of the UK electorate’s vote to leave the EU, or to offer a comprehensive analysis of the merits of the options now facing the...more

Brexit State Aid Implications

State aid control is unusual internationally. State aid is entirely a matter of EU law and is administered by the EU. Unlike other areas of competition law, such as antitrust and merger control, there are no national rules or...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - California land officials sign off on closing Diablo Canyon nuclear plant - OC Register - Jun 29 - California State Lands Commission officials dropped their longstanding environmental...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California utility phasing out nuclear, voluntarily raising renewables target - PV-Tech - Jun 22 - California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) plans to increase investment...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant - Los Angeles Times - Jun 21 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it plans to close...more

DC Circuit: NRC Rule Is Not a Licensing Action and Generic EIS Satisfies NEPA

In 2014, the NRC promulgated a “Continued Storage Rule” followed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) issuance of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities (NUREG-0586) to...more

France’s Energy Mix Remains Uncertain with Nuclear Decommissioning Expected

France adopted an ambitious energy transition package in August 2015 that sets out various targets designed to achieve the gradual de-carbonisation and increased sustainability of its economy. The package includes...more

State Sponsored Attacks Increasing and Targeting Industrial Facilities

A representative of Honeywell Process Solutions (Honeywell), which provides cybersecurity services for over 400 industrial sites worldwide, recently commented publicly that Honeywell is seeing an increase in nation-state and...more

If You Don’t Like Nukes, Petition Congress: The D.C. Circuit Affirms the NRC’s GEIR On Nuclear Waste Storage

On Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges by several states and the NRDC to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Generic Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the impacts of continued on-site storage...more

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