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West Virginia, Tightening the Belt, and Growth - Financing Public Improvements in Lean Budget Times

Since 2008, many state and local governments around the country have faced budget challenges. As lawmakers struggle to produce balanced budgets in the face of declining revenues, investment in public improvements, such as...more

Energy and infrastructure project bankability in Africa: making the right choices

by DLA Piper on

During Africa Week, and in association with FTI Consulting Inc., and along with many friends and associates, we explored the myriad of factors influencing investment decisions in energy and infrastructure project success in...more

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight. In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck,...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

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One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #9

Fast-moving Tax Bill Creates Uncertainties for Infrastructure Plan - As the GOP works to resolve its House and Senate tax bills, the legislation’s impact on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is far from...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Top energy storage projects driving the sector in 2017 - Utility Dive - Nov 28 2017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage...more

European Union Proposes Stricter Emissions Targets and Incentives For Electric Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 8, the European Commission proposed a new set of emissions standards for vehicles, starting in 2030. The standards include a further 30% CO2 emissions reduction for new cars and vans, on top of the standards in...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020 - Los Angeles Times - Nov 15 The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced Tuesday evening that it would not meet its...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy celebrates new solar project in Carmel Valley - Del Mar Times - Nov 9 Kilroy Realty celebrated its new solar project with a ribbon-cutting event on November 2 at Kilroy Centre Del...more

Coming Soon to a Northeast or Mid-Atlantic State Near You: Regulations on Carbon Emissions From Transportation

On November 13, 2017, eight states in the Transportation Climate Initiative issued a joint statement pledging to pursue regional solutions to GHG emissions from transportation. The statement does not identify any specific...more

Underground Storage Tanks/Airport Hydrant Systems: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Addresses Question Regarding Aviation Fuel...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) periodically updates a “Compendium” which addresses revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle I, Underground Storage Tank (“UST”)...more

The Western States’ Plan for EV Charging Infrastructure – Lessons Learned and Things to Watch

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Governors of a number of western states signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to lay the foundation for work on a regional electric vehicle (“EV”) infrastructure development plan called the...more

Challenge to Electric-Drive/Hybrid-Drive Vehicle Fee: Supreme Court of Oklahoma Opinion

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (“Court”) issued an October 24th opinion addressing a challenge filed by the Sierra Club to Oklahoma legislation which created the Motor Fuels Tax Fee (“H.B. 1449 [ Legislation]”)...more

Government Warns of Threat Activity Targeting Critical Infrastructure through Third-Party Access

A cloak of secrecy usually covers covert government activities when it comes to the latest cyber threats and intelligence. But in a rare public statement, the U.S. government has warned that hackers are targeting government...more

Feds Warn of Critical Infrastructure Attacks as CT Releases Report on Utility Company Cyber-Readiness

by Murtha Cullina on

According to Reuters, late on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") and the FBI issued a warning in a report, sent to firms at risk of an attack, that critical infrastructure industries may have been targeted in...more

The Continued Growth of Drones in the Energy Sector

by Blank Rome LLP on

The energy industry continues to see a marked growth in the use of drones as they provide cost efficient and time-saving services. For example, drones are being utilized as a tool to accurately inspect oil and gas pipelines,...more

Fewer Diesel Options Available for 2018 Light Duty Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Consumer options for light duty diesel vehicles are expected to be slimmer next year. The U.S. Department of Energy and EPA released its preliminary 2018 Fuel Economy Guide, which lists just 11 light duty diesel vehicles,...more

Aviation and Petrochemical Industries Subject to Hacking by Iran

Hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government have been targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korean since 2013, according to a report released by FireEye...more

DHS Approves Waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Sept. 28, 2017, approved a waiver of the Jones Act in response to the severe impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on Puerto Rico. The U.S. Department of Homeland...more

DHS: Final Decision Has Not Been Made on Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sept. 27, 2017, said that it has not formally denied a Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico requested on Sept. 25 by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and seven other members of the...more

Tesla Bringing Supercharger Stations to Boston and Chicago

On September 11th, Tesla announced the opening of Supercharger stations in downtown Boston and Chicago, representing the first step in the company’s effort to expand its Supercharger network into urban areas. The company...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Cal State Long Beach adds solar panels on campus - Long Beach Post - Sep 15 - To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently...more

One Wrong Turn

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The road to the first class action against the Province of British Columbia - On May 3, 2017, the Honourable Justice Masuhara, of the British Columbia Supreme Court, certified the province’s first environmental class...more

China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years. But the latest to take this step — China — might be...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

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