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Renewable Energy Update - November 2017

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Focus - Wells Fargo global operations now powered by 100 percent renewable energy - PennEnergy - Nov 8 Wells Fargo & Company has announced that 100 percent of its global electricity consumption for 2017 will be met with...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...more

Blockchain Technology Could be Key to Smarter Energy Grid

The same technology underlying the efficiency of bitcoin transactions and largely responsible for the online currency’s success could be the key to developing a smarter energy grid. Blockchain, a shared, encrypted ledger...more

Green Bonds Offer a Solution for China’s Green Finance Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Since establishing the People’s Bank of China’s Green Finance Task Force in 2014, China has encouraged green financing mechanisms through a variety of pioneering initiatives. For example, the country has designated five green...more

Green finance: Legal frameworks and international practice

by White & Case LLP on

Green finance has been defined as “financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development”. As the number of “green finance” transactions is increasing...more

Clean Robotics: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Accepting Funding Proposals for Innovative Robotics Solutions, Investment and...

On September 27, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a Request for Proposals seeking applications to the InnovateMass program, which provides up to $250,000 in grant funding for clean energy and water...more

A Legal and Commercial Checklist for Bankable Solar EPC Contracts: A Developer’s Guide

Large-scale solar development is big business, and solar EPC Contracts are big business by association. In Q2 2017, the U.S. solar market installed 2,387 MWdc, an 8% increase year-over-year, and the largest second quarter...more

Financial assurance and mine rehabilitation reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

In May 2017, the Queensland Government released two discussion papers outlining proposed changes to Queensland's financial assurance and rehabilitation framework. The consultation period has now closed and the Queensland...more

Across the Board-Episode 6, will your assets be stranded?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Rakhi Kumar, the Managing Director, Head of ESG Investing and Asset Stewardship for State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) on the firm’s recent white paper entitled, “SSGA’s Perspective On Effective...more

Water Infrastructure: The Current State of Funding and Considerations for Private Investors

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Almost a decade ago, EPA estimated the needed investment in our domestic water and wastewater infrastructure at approximately $105 billion; today it is estimated at over $600 billion. There is no indication thus far that the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our June edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. The Leaders in the News...more

D.C. District Court Determines that Dakota Access Environmental Assessment was Inadequate

On June 14, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) had not...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

Recap: The 2017 Ceres Conference on Sustainability

From April 26th-28th, San Francisco hosted the 2017 Ceres Conference. Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. The annual conference brings together more than 600 investor and company...more

Call for Tenders: Algeria's Renewable Energy Program Seeks 4,050 MW

by Jones Day on

The Algerian Program for the Development of New Renewable Energies ("Program") aims to produce 22,000 MW for the needs of the national market over a period extending from 2015 to 2035-2040. More than 4,000 MW are intended to...more

Opportunities Abound in the U.S. Offshore Wind Market

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Offshore wind projects have taken root in America. The country’s first operating offshore wind farm, in Block Island, Rhode Island, began contributing energy to the power grid in December 2016. Now, more than 23 offshore wind...more

Financial Assurance Reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

Findings and recommendations by the Queensland Treasury Corporation in its Review of Queensland's Financial Assurance Framework report (April 2017) (QTC Paper) have manifested in substantial proposed reforms to Queensland's...more

Foley Hoag Releases Summary Report on Good Practices for Oil Pipelines, as Commissioned by the Dakota Access Consortium of Lenders

On May 9, we released a public summary of our report “Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States.” The independent report was prepared by Amy Lehr, Cicely Parseghian, and Gare...more

LNG-to-power: Key Bankability Considerations for FSRU-to-IPP Project Structures

by King & Spalding on

Introduction/Synopsis - The growth of “LNG-to-power,” by which we mean the use of regasified LNG as a feedstock fuel for power generation, is largely attributable to a combination of economic, political and technical...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Provisions for Distributed Generation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the private sector may participate and invest in a number of energy-related activities. One of the most attractive activities is power generation, especially considering that distributed...more

State of Texas Sues Federal Government to Prompt Action on Yucca Mountain

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The state of Texas sued the federal government on March 14, 2017, under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, stating that the executive branch failed to comply with the Act’s mandate that the federal government establish a...more

Non-compliance with carbon market rules could result in substantial penalties

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Ontario’s cap and trade program, which launched in January 2017, includes a number of rules regarding participation in the carbon market where emission allowances and offset credits are bought and sold. The stated purpose of...more

The Changing Climate is Changing the Way Financial Institutions Assess Risks and Opportunities

by Bryan Cave on

The financial sector is beginning to face up to the reality of climate change. Increasingly, banks and other financial institutions are managing the immense pool of capital they control with an eye towards the risks posed –...more

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