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Energy Storage Alert: California Public Utilities Commission Approves Utility Energy Storage Procurement Plans

At its business meeting yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) unanimously approved procurement plans for Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric to...more

House Transportation Committee P3 Panel Calls for Central P3 Office

Introduction & Background - On September 17, 2014, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships, a special panel of the US House of Representatives, issued a report in which it...more

Will the USPTO Respond to Public Feedback of Its Eligibility Guidance?

Periodically, the USPTO holds open meetings with the public to discuss its thinking on current topics relating to the patent procurement process. Late last week, the Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer...more

Construction Law Alert: “P3” is Way More than a New Buzzword - North Carolina's Approval of Public-Private Partnerships and...

August 23rd marks the one-year anniversary of House Bill 857 (“HB 857”) becoming law in North Carolina. Through the enactment of HB 857, the Tar Heel state opened its doors to what is commonly referred to across the country...more

Task Order Protests: The Trek Toward Clarity On The Court of Federal Claims’ Jurisdiction

The United States Court of Federal Claims’ July 18, 2014 decision in Orbis Sibro, Inc. v. United States, represents one of the few straightforward decisions by the court in recent months relating to the court’s subject matter...more

Corruption & Procurement: Bribery "Thrives in the Dark."

In the July 31, 2014 edition of the Jakarta Post there was a featured article “Smith & Wesson bribery scandal involves National Police officers,” which reported that “the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) has called for an...more

Arizona DOT Announces Procurement Decision for South Mountain Freeway Project

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced today its decision to deliver the $1.9 billion South Mountain Freeway Project under a single design-build-maintain public-private partnership. While there will be a...more

Proposed "Buy American" Regulations Complicate Doing Business with the State of Maryland

On July 11, 2014, the Maryland Board of Public Works issued a Notice of Proposed Action that proposed new regulations concerning the preference for American-manufactured goods on most public contracts. The regulations, as...more

Minnesota Legislature Establishes New Requirements for Public Contractors

On May 16, 2014, the Minnesota Legislature enacted a new statute that sets out several criteria for contractors bidding on public construction projects. The statute is effective as of January 1, 2015, and attempts to enhance...more

Out of State . . . Out of Mind?: Ensuring that Local and Out-of-State Construction Companies Play by the Same Rules

The construction industry is all too familiar with its perception as a means by which individual and corporate citizens alike may experience economic opportunity. Whether at the federal, state or municipal level, set-aside...more

Limited Remedies For Concession-Contract Protesters

In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims clarified the source of its jurisdiction over bid protest actions that involve pure concession contracts as well as the scope of potential relief available to...more

Understanding Suspension and Debarment

In this presentation: - Current climate - Why does the Government suspend or debar a contractor? - What does it mean to be suspended or debarred? - What process does the Government follow to...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Applies Common Law Procurement Principles to Best Value Contracting

In April 2014, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a published decision clarifying certain aspects of state procurement law. In Rochester City Lines, et al., v. City of Rochester, et al., No. A13-1477, the Court held that...more

California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects

Counties Can Now Use Construction Management At-Risk - Effective January 1, 2014, all California counties are expressly authorized to use the “construction management at risk” project delivery method (CMAR) for any...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

Russian Legislation Update - 10 February – 2 March 2014

In This Issue: - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Concession Agreements - Public Procurement - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Court Practice: Bankruptcy - Excerpt from Banking - On 25...more

UK’s Serious Fraud Office Looks to Pursue More Prosecutions of Corporates

A proposed amendment to the UK Bribery Act would give the SFO greater power to prosecute corporates for financial crimes committed by their employees. The head of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), David Green,...more

European Procurement and Government Contracts Digest: New European Procurement Directives - European Union Overhauls the EU Public...

On 11 February 2014, the EU took the final step in its latest overhaul of its public procurement regime. As well as a new directive dealing for the first time with the award of concession contracts, the EU has issued new...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Update Part 2 - Procurement

BACKGROUND - Tokyo will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July - 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August - 6 September 2020. According to Jacques Rogge, former President of the...more

Public Private Partnerships: From Economic Development to Local-Serving Infrastructure Procurement

In This Presentation: Public Private Partnership Opportunities: - Public Assistance into Private Projects • Economic Development/Redevelopment • Land Use/Zoning • Real Estate Assets/Long Range Property...more

California Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Framework

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted the country’s first energy storage procurement targets requiring utilities to integrate energy storage resources into the state’s electricity grid. Pursuant to the...more

1.3 GW California Energy Storage Procurement Mandate Approved

The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved a 1,325 MW energy storage procurement target for the state’s largest utilities in Decision 13-10-040. PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE must collectively procure 1,325 MW...more

California Takes the Lead With Energy Storage Procurement Targets

In a first-of-its-kind move in the United States, a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) order made effective today sets specific energy storage procurement targets for 2020 covering enough power to serve...more

Tweaked & Overhauled: The Latest on Virginia Construction Law

Each year, Virginia’s legislature overhauls or tweaks existing legislation and occasionally enacts entirely new legislation of which construction industry operators should remain aware. This year was no exception. The...more

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