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Feeling Underwater? A Brief Look at Recent Clean Water Act Developments

by Holland & Hart LLP on

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the regulated community to stay abreast of state and federal environmental regulatory developments, particularly as they are decided in court. The following alert summarizes some...more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions: Regulatory Considerations

by Reed Smith on

This is the third article in our series, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and commodities sector. The first article covered key issues relevant to acquiring business assets, and trading portfolios, across...more

School District Finalizes Deal for Renewable Energy Partnership

by Miller Canfield on

Flushing Community Schools recently finalized a public-private partnership (P3) project with solar power company Standard Solar Inc. This transaction, the first-of-its-kind for a public school in Michigan, is anticipated to...more

Maryland leading the charge with energy storage tax credits

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On January 1, 2018, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) kicked off a program designed to encourage installation of energy storage systems in the state of Maryland. This program comes on the heels of supporting...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

National Waterways Conference Requests More Time on Draft 408 Policy

by Downey Brand LLP on

The National Waterways Conference has submitted a letter in response to the notice published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2018, seeking comment on the draft Engineering Circular (EC) on 408 permissions. According...more

Landman Defeated By The Statute Of Frauds

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Proving once again that gratitude is the rarest of human emotions, a contract between a landman and his client was deemed unenforceable, leaving the landman with nothing, even though he actually secured oil and gas leases for...more

The White House Infrastructure Plan & Permitting Reform Opportunities

by Hogan Lovells on

The White House released its long-awaited infrastructure plan outline last week.  Leaving aside the funding proposals, the plan sets forth a number of potential revisions to the environmental permitting process for new...more

Highly Anticipated FERC Rule Removes Barriers to Electric Storage

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On February 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a much-anticipated order designed to remove barriers to electric storage resource participation in organized wholesale electricity markets. The...more

Landmark FERC Rule Paves Way for Electric Storage in Wholesale Markets

by Morgan Lewis on

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its long-awaited final rule that aims to remove barriers to electric storage resource participation and enhance competition in regional transmission organization and...more

At The Well Weekly – Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 2/16/2018 – PA Permit Fees On The Rise, Trump’s Plans For Pipelines, And...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Since our last report, natural gas prices dropped alongside a flat rig count and a slight increase in oil prices. In Appalachia, PADEP is poised to increase permit fees and is on the verge of finalizing methane-reduction...more

Brief Overview of Wind Energy in Texas, and Issues to Consider When Constructing a Small Wind Energy System

For a state that leads the country in the production of crude oil and natural gas, one would be surprised to learn that Texas also leads the country in wind energy production. In fact, wind accounts for nearly all of the...more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Insights from Terry Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania

1. Over the course of this series, we’ve talked to a number of different players in the energy space—from businesses, to trade organizations to lawmakers—all of which have had different things to say on the status of the...more

Mixed Messages on PABs: Fit for the Chopping Block or Cornerstone of Infrastructure Finance?

by Bracewell LLP on

Only a few months ago, the public finance industry was shaken when the U.S. House of Representatives proposed to eliminate tax-exempt private activity bonds (“PABs”), despite previous assurances that tax reform would not...more

FY 2019 President's Budget Request: Relevant Programmatic Figures

Various state environmental agency organizations have commented on the fiscal year 2019 President’s Budget Request (“Budget”). The organizations addressing the Budget include: The National Association of Clean Air...more

Presidential Proclamation Imposes Safeguard Tariff on Solar Panel Components

by King & Spalding on

On January 23, 2018, President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation imposing a safeguard tariff on solar panel components. The U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) released the following terms of the tariff...more

California Issues Revised Proposed Underground Gas Storage Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the California Department of Conservation (“DOC”) issued a public notice announcing revisions to the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking for California Underground Gas Storage Projects. ...more

Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Water Conference: July 23rd/24th Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) announced that its annual water conference will be held on July 23rd and 24th in Fayetteville, Arkansas. AWRC states that the theme for the conference is “The Value of Water.”...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Public-private partnerships key for gas infrastructure development in SADC region - Speaking [Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) Africa infrastructure programme manager Peter Varndell] at the Africa Gas Forum, in...more

Discharge of Pollutants/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Request for Comments Addressing Groundwater/Surface...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a February 20 Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the agency’s previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act and: . . . whether pollutant...more

What’s on the horizon for the LNG market in 2018?

Following a rise in the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in recent years, it was speculated that these cargoes would be unable to find buyers. However, demand for the commodity has aligned with this increased supply. In...more

Weekly Water Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Updates on the water situation in South Africa Koeberg participating in development of other desalination projects Apart from its recently announced temporary desalination plant, the Koeberg nuclear power station is working...more

FERC Final Rule Boosts Electric Storage Participation in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 841, a final rule designed to facilitate greater participation by electric storage resources (including batteries, flywheels, compressed...more

Quick Hits - February 2018

ISO-NE Request, PJM Board Decision Put Future of Capacity Markets Firmly in FERC’s Hands - Actions taken last week by two of the nation’s leading RTOs put the future of centralized capacity markets, and specifically how...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipeline permitting, cut environmental reviews - Reuters - Feb 12 The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the...more

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