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Current Water Utility CCN Decertification Issues At The Public Utility Commission Of Texas

by Jackson Walker on

The responsibility for the regulation of water and sewer service, including the oversight of certificates of public convenience and necessity (“CCNs”), was recently transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental...more

Measures to improve energy performance of non-domestic buildings: Scottish implementation timetable announced

by DLA Piper on

Following recent consultation, the Scottish Government has confirmed the timetable for the publication and implementation of regulations to be made under section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009....more

Current Water Utility CCN Decertification Issues At The Public Utility Commission Of Texas

by Jackson Walker on

The responsibility for the regulation of water and sewer service, including the oversight of certificates of public convenience and necessity (“CCNs”), was recently transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental...more

EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Significantly Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Snell & Wilmer on

Summer has kicked off with a regulatory push by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This alert briefly addresses two recent EPA rulemakings....more

New Reliability Compliance Opportunities in 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) closed out 2012 with several orders affecting reliability compliance. FERC adopted a revised definition of the “bulk electric system,” authorized FERC access to e-Tags used to...more

EPA Provides Comfort to Prospective Tenants at Contaminated Properties

by Morgan Lewis on

Revised guidance details how tenants may benefit from the bona fide prospective purchaser protections under CERCLA. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 5 issued revised guidance that addresses...more

The Department of the Interior Issues New Rules Regulating the Leasing of Tribal Lands

by Snell & Wilmer on

New regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) applicable to tribal leases will have far reaching impacts on businesses, particularly renewable energy projects, utilizing tribal lands....more

Episode 84 – The PACE-Prologis Project in San Francisco

In Episode 84 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on November 10, 2012, on 960 KNEW AM radio), show moderator Dick Lyons, co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s sustainable business practice group, welcomes Aaron Binkley, Director of...more

Opportunities and Risks in Green Buildings -- Be careful not to overstate certifications and other environmental achievements

Adopting green business practices in a challenging economy may seem like a luxury, but some tactics, such as reducing a commercial building’s energy usage, actually can save money and make a business more competitive....more

Power Purchase Agreements: Tips and Tricks Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we introduced you to Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA’s), which are contracts for purchasing electricity generated by a power plant that take advantage of federal tax incentives to lower electricity...more

California Sets Schedule for Non-Residential Building Energy Disclosures

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

In furtherance of its ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency, California has implemented a new requirement that owners or operators of non-residential buildings disclose a building’s past energy use data to prospective...more

Massachusetts Environment and Energy Developments

by McCarter & English, LLP on

This month, Governor Patrick signed legislation that will impact energy, environment, and development in the Commonwealth. On August 8, 2012, the so-called Jobs Bill (Act Relative to Infrastructure Investment, Enhanced...more

The End of the "Functional Interdependence" Test?

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 7, 2012, in Summit Petroleum Corp. v. EPA, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) current position that “functional...more

It’s Out: The Latest Draft Permit For California Industrial Storm Water Dischargers

The State Water Board is moving closer to reissuing the Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP) with the release of a draft for public review and comment. This lengthy draft differs substantially from current requirements...more

New Incentives for Solar and Transmission on BLM Lands in the Southwest

by Reed Smith on

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have issued a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States. It is anticipated...more

State Water Board Seeks Public Comment on 2012 Draft General Permit

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is seeking comments on its latest draft of the proposed General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (General Permit). The...more

New Jersey affirms commitment to developing renewable energy resources with new legislation

On July 23, 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that is intended to both stabilize and reinvigorate the state's green energy market and support development for renewable sources of energy. In addition,...more

Texas Supreme Court Holds That an Electric Company Can Condemn Public Property Over Governmental Immunity Objection

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The Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion on Friday, June 22,2012, in Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC v. Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Cause No. 11-0079)— holding that a recent change...more

Risks Increasing for Properties with Chlorinated Solvent Contamination

by Mintz Levin on

For properties where chlorinated solvents have been released, new regulatory challenges and related liability concerns are increasing as a result of controversial human health studies recently published by the federal...more

Green Building Newsletter - May 2012

by Mintz Levin on

In This Edition: Law & Policy Updates: AB 1103 Update: Revised Draft Regulations Postpone Compliance with California’s Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program and Recent CEQA Legislation Streamlines Review...more

Maryland Governor signs new environmental bills

This week, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law a number of important environmental bills that may require property owners, businesses and local governments to take additional compliance measures. The bills...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - April 2012: Storage tanks By Chris Paul

by McAfee & Taft on

Owners of land on which petroleum underground storage tanks are located are responsible for the cleanup of gasoline released (In re Huntington and Kildare Inc. v. Grannis, N. Y. App. Div., No. 512100, 11/3/11). Huntington and...more

Does Your City Make the Energy Star Cut?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today the annual list of metropolitan cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings for 2011. To earn EPA’s Energy Star, commercial buildings must perform in the...more

River Segment Must be Navigable in Fact for Commercial Purposes at Statehood for State to Obtain Title to Riverbed Under the Equal...

Two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in PPL Montana v. Montana. The Court held that the Supreme Court of Montana had incorrectly determined that certain segments of the Upper Missouri, Madison,...more

SB 573, CCN Decertification, And Water Utility Service Issues - The Changing Face Of Water Rights In Texas 2012

by Jackson Walker on

TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Introduction ....................................................................................................... 1 II. Background on Decertification of CCNs...more

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