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Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #5

Drive for ANWR Oil Bonanza Could Prove to be a Bust for the Republicans' Budget - "Congressional Republicans counting on a $1 billion windfall from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to help...more

Tax Reform Bill Limits Renewable Energy Credits

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The much anticipated tax reform bill released today by the Republican leadership in the House would make several potentially significant changes to certain energy tax provisions. These would include changes to the Production...more

EPA Initiates Formal Regulatory Process to Roll Back Clean Power Plan

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Monday, October 16, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, marking the start of the formal process to repeal the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”)....more

Department of the Interior Announces Actions to Expedite Energy Development with Potential Consequences for Listed Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” identifying agency actions that potentially...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #4

EPA to Restrict Scientific Advisers Who Get Agency Grants - "Pruitt did not say how restrictive the policy would be. But it has the potential to greatly reduce the body of expert scientists who could serve on the boards...more

Worth Another Look: The Fiscal Code

We inched a little closer to a completed 2017-2018 state budget with the House’s final passage of H.B. 674 (Prime Sponsor Withdrawn), an omnibus bill amending the state Fiscal Code. The bill, which basically serves as an...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Leaders in the News - Wayne Fueling Systems Launches Disaster Relief Initiatives - This month, we are excited to feature our client Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects twin Delta tunnels plan, endorsing smaller version instead - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 17 - In a landmark vote closely watched across California, the Santa Clara Valley...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

EPA Proposes to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

by White & Case LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (the "EPA's") October 10, 2017, proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (the "CPP") will hinder prior federal efforts under the Obama Administration to curb greenhouse gas...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Power Plan

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On October 10, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice of proposed rulemaking (“proposed rule”) repealing the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary...more

Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043): State Organizations' October 5th Letter in Opposition

Three organizations of state environmental officials authored an October 5th letter to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing concern with provisions of...more

Clean Power Plan Repeal: October 10th Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) October 10th that would repeal the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”)....more

Trump Track: EPA Moves on its Plan to Repeal [and Eventually Replace?] the Clean Power Plan

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 10, 2017, EPA announced it is taking steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), regulations put in place in 2015 which requires existing power plants to roll back their CO2 emissions by 2030. EPA is taking the...more

U.S. EPA Moves to Repeal Clean Power Plan

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In a much-anticipated move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The draft proposed rule outlines EPA’s revised interpretation of its authority under Clean Air Act...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California greenhouse gas emissions fall as renewables boom - PV Magazine - Oct 4 California is leading the energy transition in the United States, including achieving the highest portion of...more

Trump Track: Court Blocks Postponement of Methane Rule, But Battle Continues

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 4, the district court for the Northern District of California in State of California and Sierra Club, et al v. BLM, et al. held that BLM could not postpone its enforcement of various provisions of the Obama-era...more

Trump’s BLM Cannot Delay Implementation of Oil and Gas Methane Rules after Effective Date

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) cannot postpone implementation of natural gas methane emission rules because such...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

Trump Track: DOE Proposes FERC Action to Benefit Coal and Nuclear Power

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) pursuant to §403(a) of the DOE Organization Act. Regulations...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Trump Nominates RD James for Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

by Downey Brand LLP on

This morning President Trump announced his intent to nominate candidates to a number of administration posts. Among them is RD James to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. He is the blurb on James...more

Energy market and energy policy issues

by Dentons on

Many EU and UK energy policies are closely aligned (see graphic on p3). In many respects, the UK has taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy, with its focus on open and transparent markets, energy security, low carbon...more

The Money Calendar – How The Federal Budget Calendar Is Circular, Not Linear

by Downey Brand LLP on

On a recent visit to Washington, D.C. to work on client issues, I attended any number of meetings where we discussed Federal appropriations. But before we get to an observation or two, here is a recap on the process for how...more

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