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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

Hackers Target U.S. Power Plants, Including Kansas Nuclear Facility

by King & Spalding on

According to a June 2017 joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), hackers penetrated the computer networks of at least a dozen U.S. power plants...more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

by PretiFlaherty on

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

Hatteras Island power outage and response

by PretiFlaherty on

North Carolina's Hatteras Island experienced a power outage last week when construction activity damaged two underground transmission cables serving the island. While the damage is repaired, residents face mandatory power...more

Changes to RES Act in Poland

by Dentons on

On 28 June 2017, a draft amendment to the Act of 20 February 2015 on renewable energy sources (the RES Act) and the Act of 20 May 2016 on wind energy investments (the Distance Act) was published. The draft amendment (Proposed...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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

Il futuro non e piu quello di una volta sostenibilita e investimenti energetici

The paper (in Italian), produced by Antonio Sileo, Director, Osservatorio Innov-E of I-Com and Research Fellow IEFE-Bocconi, was presented during the workshop "The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Sustainability and Energy...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

This Month in Corruption: Power Plant Tech Punished for Equipment Tampering

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A recent Massachusetts case involving violations of the federal Clean Air Act serves as a much-needed reminder of how dependent we all are upon the honesty and diligence of those responsible monitoring the purity of the water...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19799 - Middlebury v. Connecticut Siting Council Neighbors unsuccessfully challenged the modification of an approval for a new power plant before the Siting Council claiming...more

Some Will Always Have Paris: Withdrawal from the Climate Change Accord May Not Reduce the Heat on the Health Care Industry

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement—an international, nonbinding agreement to take steps to limit global temperature rise—followed a series of moves at the...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

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators weigh whether the state needs more power plants - Los Angeles Times - Jun 6 - California energy officials are, for the first time, rethinking plans to build...more

To Disclose or Not to Disclose? D.C. Circuit Resolves Clash Between FOIA’s Exemption 4 and Section 308 of the Clean Water Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently issued a significant decision addressing the interplay between a confidentiality provision in the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), known as “Exemption 4,” and a...more

New England power plant portfolio

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A recent report by the New England wholesale electricity market's monitor sheds light on the region's portfolio of generation resources, and how they are changing. The ISO New England, Inc. Internal Market Monitor's 2016...more

NYPA announces Albany microgrid plans

by PretiFlaherty on

The New York Power Authority has announced plans to develop a microgrid to supply steam and electricity to the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany. NYPA, officially known as the Power Authority of...more

Exemption 4 of FOIA Not Revoked By Later Enacted CWA Section 308

On May 30, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit decided the case of Environmental Integrity Project, et al. v. EPA. Affirming the District Court, the Court of Appeals held that Exemption 4 of the Freedom of...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Medupi Unit 4 synchronised to national grid - In South Africa, Unit 4 of the Medupi Power Station Project in Lephalale, Limpopo, was synchronised to the national...more

Vietnam's New Solar Power Policy

by Jones Day on

Effective June 1, 2017, Decision No. 11/2017/QD-TTg ("Decision 11"), supports the development of solar power projects to address energy security concerns related to the overreliance on coal fired and hydropower projects....more

Morocco – Gas to Power Project

by White & Case LLP on

In order to meet the growing demand for electricity and address certain issues arising from the significant expansion of renewable energy, the Kingdom of Morocco has decided to diversify its generation mix by increasing the...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

FERC Seeks Comments on Market Design Issues Affecting Nuclear Power Plants

by Morgan Lewis on

The agency requests comments on policies regarding state support for zero-carbon-emitting power plants....more

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