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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Recent Events in the Dominican Power Sector Open the Door for the Development of Power Generation Projects,...

Recent announcements of key projects in the Dominican power sector and actions taken by the government signal that this sector is finally taking meaningful steps aimed at resolving the structural problems that affect it,...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

Europe’s Energy Markets: Navigating the New Commercial Reality

Lars Kjølbye, a partner in Latham & Watkins' Brussels office, focuses his practice on complex cases in all areas of European Union competition law, including abuse of dominance, restrictive practices, merger control, state...more

DOD Should Consider Adding Fast-Ramping Generation to its Procurement Planning

Intermittent resources create unique challenges for 21st Century Utilities, RTO's and System Operators. The now infamous "Duck Chart" highlights a key element of the problem -- central station thermal plants cannot ramp...more

Italy: Changes to Minimum Guaranteed Electricity Sales Price for Renewable Energy Plants

On 13 December 2013, the Italian Government approved the Destinazione Italia Decree (the Decree), which, amongst other things amends the regulatory framework applicable to renewable energy source plants (RES plants)....more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2013

In This Issue: - Challenge to Coal Plant's Modified Air Permit Fails - Electric Reliability Project to Include Focus on Outages - Michigan Shorts - Consumers Energy May Terminate Case for New Gas Plant -...more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 30, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus - California renewables rise and the grid survives: Earth Techling - Sep 25 -- Forecasts of doom for the California power grid have been popping up since the state began its aggressive pursuit of...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 23, 2013

Climate change was the Obama Administration’s message of the week. Leading the news was the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards announcement. In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 16, 2013

Two weeks ago, many had expected the House and Senate to consider spending and foreign relations issues last week. Instead, the House pushed back consideration of the continuing resolution to this week while the Senate...more

Restrictive Wind Zoning Struck Down By Court

A wind energy development company, Forest Hill Energy, recently won an order striking down alleged police power ordinances attempting to regulate the construction and operation of wind turbines in Clinton County, where the...more

Consumers Energy Natural Gas Plant Approval Case Gets Started

The first hearing in Case U-17429 at the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding the application of Consumers Energy to build a 700 megawatt gas-fired power plant took place on August 19....more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for the United Arab Emirates

The Patton Boggs Climate Change, Energy and Resources practices, in conjunction with a number of international consultancies, can help companies take advantage of the opportunities the international component of the...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for Qatar

On Tuesday, June 25, President Barack Obama presented his Administration’s 21- page Action Plan on climate change. The Plan synergizes with both the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011...more

President Obama Issues Ambitious Climate Action Plan

On June 25, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan. The Plan is long on aggressive goals and short on details, but clearly will impact businesses in a number of economic sectors. The Plan revolves around three...more

The Mongolian energy industry: filling in the gaps - (Mongolia)

Mongolia is attracting great interest thanks to its astonishing, barely exploited mineral wealth and its rapid economic development: the International Monetary Fund forecasts Mongolia’s gross domestic product will grow on...more

Energy And Environment Update -- April 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Interior Department; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of...more

Japan’s New Feed-in Tariffs: Government’s Model Contract Available Now

I. Introduction of FIT in July 2012 - On July 1, 2012, the Act on Special Measures concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electric Utilities (Act No. 108 of 2011) (the “RE Act”) came into...more

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