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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Republican Todd Atwater Announces Bid for South Carolina Attorney General- Republican state Representative Todd Atwater has declared his candidacy for South Carolina AG in 2018. ...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 62, Sentencing of VW Employee Oliver Schmidt

by Thomas Fox on

As many of you all know, Matt Kelly can rant with the best of them, right up there with Howard Sklar. I was quite intrigued when I read Matt’s December 11, 2017 blog post entitled, “At What Cost Dishonesty? For VW Exec, Seven...more

Congressional Review Act: Allan Gates (Mitchell Williams Law Firm) American College of Environmental Lawyers Blog Post

My law firm partner, Allan Gates, authored a December 7th post on the American College of Environmental Lawyers (“ACOEL”) blog titled: It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over - - The Congressional Review Act & the Search for Zombie...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Energy Hot Topics at DLA Piper Africa Week (27 November - 1 December)

by DLA Piper on

The energy sector is a key driver of growth and development for the entire African continent. Energy infrastructure and investment is necessary in order to improve quality of life for people across the continent and to...more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Former Governor Pat Quinn Files to Run for Illinois Attorney General Open Seat- According to reports, former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, has filed to run for Illinois AG in 2018. ...more

Green Bonds

by Dentons on

The green bond market has been the subject of many capital markets headlines this year, from the first issue of green bonds by France, with a record €7 billion sale, at the start of the year to the first Central and Eastern...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

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

California Storm Water Bill Signed Into Law

California Senate Bill 231 (Hertzberg) (“SB 231”), signed into law by the Governor on October 6, 2017, is intended to provide local governments with increased flexibility when imposing or increasing property related fees and...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

China Encourages Green Finance to Meet Clean Development Goals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 18 October 2017, the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will convene, after the week-long National Day holiday, marking one of the most important dates on the Chinese political calendar. Among the issues...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Nancy Rotering Announces Candidacy for Illinois Attorney General- Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering announced that she is entering the 2018 race for AG. Rotering is Mayor of Highland Park and previously...more

UK Launches Taskforce to Encourage Growth of Green Finance

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The UK government has announced that it is bringing together a new taskforce led by senior financiers in order to encourage the growth of “green finance”. The taskforce, which will be chaired by Sir Roger Gifford, former lord...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

Combating climate change: NYDFS calls on insurance industry to help

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 July 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) issued Circular Letter No. 9 (2017) (the “Circular Letter”) and a corresponding press release, directed at all life, property/casualty, and health...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

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US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

2017: The year for sovereign green bonds?

by White & Case LLP on

Green bonds allow sovereign issuers to tap into new pools of capital and meet their international environmental obligations. However, there have been only two sovereign green bond issuances to date. It's been almost 10...more

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