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Top 6 at 6 - Climate Change Legal Highlights of the First Six Months of 2015

Some might say that the Clean Power Plan is all one needs to talk about in any highlights article on recent climate change legal issues. When final the CPP will expand the scope of the Clean Air Act profoundly, impact the...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

An Oft-Forgotten Detail in Infrastructure Deals – Telecom Licenses

Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from energy to transportation, depends upon telecommunications for safe and efficient operation. The facilities that provide such communications services generally are proprietary...more

The Baker Administration looks to Hydropower to meet GHG goals

The Baker Administration announced on July 9 that it filed a bill for sourcing long-term hydroelectric power in the Commonwealth. Hydroelectric power currently provides a small portion of electricity consumed in...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Los Angeles County supervisors to ban large wind turbines in unincorporated areas - Los Angeles Daily News - Jul 14: After hearing pleas from more than a dozen Antelope Valley residents, the Los...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Mandate

On July 13, the Tenth Circuit upheld Colorado’s renewable energy mandate against a claim that it impermissibly interferes with interstate commerce. This decision, addressing a state’s power to encourage or require the...more

Energy Companies and Utilities Are Well Advised to Engage in Drone Privacy Discussions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that, as of July 9, 2015, it has granted 746 Petitions for Exemption under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 authorizing commercial operations with...more

10th Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Challenge to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit unanimously rejected a challenge to Colorado’s renewable-energy mandate today. The case, which was argued before the judges in January, centered...more

Alberta Announces More Stringent GHG Emission Regulations and Climate Change Policy Review Panel

In her first major policy announcement since taking office six weeks ago, Alberta’s Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips announced on June 25, 2015 that Alberta’s primary GHG regulation will be renewed and updated....more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

House and Senate members passed a continuing resolution (CR) this week that will fund state government on a temporary basis until August 14, staving off a June 30 budget deadline which marked the end of the fiscal year. The...more

The Impact of the California Drought on Water Agencies and Treatment Districts

Best Best & Krieger LLP water attorney and managing partner, Eric Garner and John Freshman, senior director of governmental affairs, recently attended a meeting of Southern California water suppliers and water treatment...more

Summary of H.40: An Act Relating to Establishing a Renewable Energy Standard

On June 11, 2015, Governor Shumlin signed into law H. 40, An Act Relating to Establishing a Renewable Energy Standard (the “RES”). This significant renewable energy law establishes a mandatory renewable energy standard for...more

Green Certification: obtaining green certification for existing buildings in VA

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its preliminary results for the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). According to the CBECS, the United States currently has 87...more

Gov. Dayton Signs 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law

On Saturday, June 13, Governor Dayton signed the 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law. The following amendments were made after the Governor’s veto: - New definitions for “propane,” “propane storage facility,” and...more

Special Session Set For Today

After weeks of negotiations, speculation, and a late night caucus, Governor Mark Dayton called the Special Session for today at 10 a.m. The six bills on the approved agenda are the three budget bills that Dayton vetoed at...more

FERC Approves PJM's Capacity Performance Proposal

On June 9, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its long-anticipated order where it conditionally accepted PJM Interconnection, LLC's proposal (PJM) to restructure its Reliability Pricing Model (RPM)...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Still No Budget as Statutory Adjournment Date Nears - As the legislative session ticks toward...more

Vermont resets renewable energy program

The Vermont legislature has voted to create the state's first renewable energy standards for electric utilities. The bill, H.40, changes the way Vermont encourages the generation and use of renewably derived...more

Approved Drone Use Grows Among Electric Utilities

On May 11, 2015, Xcel Energy became the latest electric utility to obtain an exemption under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act authorizing the company to conduct commercial small unmanned aircraft...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules

On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“SPP”) proposing to exempt three categories of SPP transactions...more

Coal power plants retiring in 2015

The U.S. portfolio of electric power plants will continue to shift in 2015, according to a federal assessment projecting that nearly 16 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity will retire in 2015. Most of the capacity to be...more

Sprint to the Finish! Fast Work at the Conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Results in Few but Significant Energy...

In a literal sprint to the finish, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill, which included energy policy provisions as part of a Senate Floor Amendment, just seconds before the State constitutional deadline. Pertinent energy...more

House subcommittee considers reliability draft

A congressional committee is considering legislation to assure reliability and security of the U.S. electricity grid. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power's discussion draft includes a series of provisions designed to...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Work Continues, Gains Momentum in Appropriations - As the clock ticks towards the...more

Arizona Resource Planning Process Seeing Changes

Resource planning is a critical task for energy utilities. It is also of great interest to regulators, ratepayers and other industry members such as renewable energy companies....more

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