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[Webinar] Duke Energy's North Carolina CPRE Program - Latest Developments - March 20th, 11:00am ET

by Williams Mullen on

Are you planning to submit a renewable energy project under Duke Energy’s competitive procurement under Part II of H.B. 589? Duke Energy’s solicitation for 680 MW of renewable energy and capacity is expected to be released...more

Coal Lease/National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Court Addresses Challenge to Bureau of Land Management Environmental...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) in a February 27th opinion addressed a challenge by the Northern Plaints Resource Council, Inc. (“NPRCI”) to an Environmental Assessment (“EA”)...more

No parent company duty of care for Niger Delta claims

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the English courts do not have jurisdiction over claims by victims of oil leaks from pipelines in the Niger Delta. The judgment comes after the Lungowe & ors v Vedanta Resources Plc [2017]...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #2

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East - "Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from...more

Solar PPA Provider That Only “Arranges” Installation of System It Owns Is Not a “Contractor” in California

In the recently issued but unpublished decision Reed v. SunRun, Inc. (Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. BC498002, Feb. 2, 2018), the Second District Court of Appeal ruled that a solar power purchase agreement (“PPA”) provider...more

Energy & Sustainability 2017 Year in Review: Notable Deals and Financial Activities (Part 4 of 4)

In this four-part series, we revisit 2017’s biggest developments in Energy & Sustainability-related news, milestones, policy changes, and financial transactions. This is the fourth installment of the series. Click to read...more

Trade Barrier on Solar Cells and Modules to Significantly Impact US Solar Industry

On January 22, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E. Lighthizer announced that President Donald Trump had decided to impose safeguard remedies, or temporary trade barriers, with respect to imports of crystalline...more

EPA Ends 20 Year “Once In, Always In” Policy for MACT Standards: May Effect Enforcement, New Permits

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a major change in air permitting policy, on January 25, 2018 U.S. EPA reversed its longstanding “once in, always in” policy governing what sources are subject to major source regulations for the emissions of air toxics...more

How Will President Trump’s Solar Panel Trade Barrier Affect the Solar Industry?

by Harris Beach PLLC on

With President Trump’s recent announcement of import tariffs on solar panels, the domestic solar energy industry now faces an additional challenge – how to continue to generate cost-competitive power in order to continue...more

Solar Panels and Modules Trade Decision Creates New Uncertainty for Purchasers

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The announcement of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) on January 22, 2018, that the Trump Administration is granting relief for the domestic solar panels and modules industry under section 201 of the Trade...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

FERC Terminates DOE’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Rulemaking Effort and Opens Its Own Investigation

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In an order issued Monday, January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously terminated the rulemaking proceeding it previously initiated in response to a directive issued last fall by U.S. Department of...more

Highly Anticipated En Banc Fifth Circuit Opinion Reframes Maritime Contract Analysis

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a highly anticipated ruling, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018). The case called upon the court to determine...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Services: New York Appellate Court Addresses Request to Dismiss Common-Law Indemnification Claim

The Supreme Court of the State of New York (Appellate Division)(“Court”) in a December 22, 2017, Memorandum and Order (“Order”) addressed whether a lower court erred in failing to dismiss a third-party claimant’s...more

Solar Test Case Heads to North Carolina Supreme Court

The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), a Durham, North Carolina based activist group, has filed an appeal of a North Carolina Court of Appeals decision upholding the North Carolina Utilities...more

Petroleum Marketing Industry: E-Z Mart Stores, Inc. (Texarkana, Texas) to be Acquired by GPM Investments, LLC

Texarkana, Texas based E-Z Mart Stores, Inc. (“E-Z Mart”) has announced it is being acquired by GPM Investments, LLC (“GPM”). The privately-owned company is a major petroleum marketer operating almost 300 convenience...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017 #3

Trump Delivers a Mixed Message on His National Security Approach - "In another shift from his predecessor, Mr. Trump's strategy does not recognize the changing climate as a threat to national security. The document instead...more

Whiskey Aging Emissions: Supreme Court of Kentucky Addresses Whether Clean Air Act Preempts Common Law Claims

The Supreme Court of Kentucky addressed whether common law claims filed related to air emissions were preempted by the Clean Air Act. See Brown-Forman Corporation and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. v. Miller, 2017. The...more

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight. In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck,...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Hardrock Mining Rule: An Industry Win, Environmental Groups Gear Up for Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Environmental Protection Agency announced, in a 121-page prepublication decision on December 1, 2017, that it will not issue final regulations under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...more

Wastewater Disposal for Craft Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last month, a local brewery was informed by the Water & Sewer Commission in its town that its wastewater contained more pollutants than was originally anticipated. Then last week, news broke that the brewery and the...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Services: New York Appellate Court Addresses Whether Field Invoice Terms Limit Damage Claims

The Supreme Court of the State of New York (Appellate Division) (“Court”) in a November 9th Memorandum and Order (“Order”) addressed whether field invoices provided to a customer for the performance of hydraulic fracturing...more

Prompt Reporting is Key to the Upset Defense

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Companies discharging industrial process wastewater often face challenging circumstances at their wastewater treatment facilities. Unexpected equipment malfunctions or system failures can lead to discharges that exceed...more

Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific Fourth Edition

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DLA Piper is proud to release the 4th edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific. This publication is an ambitious task, seeking to capture the key renewable energy market highlights across the vast Asia-Pacific region,...more

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