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Renewable Energy Update - February 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump’s proposed budget slashes funding for clean energy programs - Greentech Media - Feb 14 The Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget, released on Monday, proposes cuts to several clean energy programs....more

Australian Government Further Tightens FIRB Controls, Now Over Critical Electricity Assets

by Jones Day on

In early 2016, the Australian Government announced the introduction of new standard tax conditions and appeared to indicate that the conditions would be applied universally to all foreign investment approvals. Later that...more

Mexico Issues Interconnection Manual for Power Plants and Charging Points

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Before Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, large-scale power generation was reserved to the state-run Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) or to private investors through government contracts under an independent power...more

Community Choice Aggregators in California: Key Considerations for Financing CCA PPAs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Financing energy projects that have entered into PPAs with CCAs presents unique challenges for lenders and investors. Key Points: ..In recent years, CCAs have begun supplying energy to a growing number of consumers in...more

California May Need up to 2,000 MW of New Battery Energy Storage Resources by 2030, Commission Finds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On February 8, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) adopted a new procurement process in a decision which suggested that 2,000 MW of new battery energy storage resources may be needed in California by...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Western Energy Imbalance Market produces ‘solid’ benefits in Q4 - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 2 The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has released its western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #2

Oil World Turns Upside Down as U.S. Sells Oil in Middle East - "Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from...more

Connecticut Issues New RFP For Offshore Wind, Fuel Cell, And Anaerobic Digestion Projects; Sets April 2018 Deadline For Bid...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a request for proposals to procure up to 899,250 MWh/year of renewable energy and associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from...more

Rhode Island To Issue New RFP For 400 Megawatts of Clean Energy

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

This week, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo directed the Office of Energy Resources to work with the state’s utilities in issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for 400 megawatts of clean energy from solar, wind, and...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Energy dealmaking is fueled by oil and power

by White & Case LLP on

Oil & gas dealmaking continues to generate the bulk of sector activity; consolidation in the power sector was driven by unsettled market conditions. M&A in the energy sector has taken a hit in 2017, with value dropping...more

Quick Hits - January 31, 2018

Solar Tariffs Bring Cloudy Skies in The Short Term, But Set to Clear In the Not-So-Distant Future - Last week, the Trump administration issued its long-awaited decision on a high-profile trade case, imposing 30% tariffs on...more

Wholesale Capacity Market in New England Aims to Better Accommodate State-Sponsored Generation Resources

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The regional transmission organization’s proposal seeks to reconcile the increasing deployment of state-sponsored subsidized clean energy resources with competitive forward auctions. Proposed New Auction Process in New...more

Vietnam's New Solar PPA: Strong Developer Interest Despite Bankability Concerns

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Vietnam's draft model power purchase agreement ("Model PPA") for solar power projects issued in April 2017 departed from international market practice and fell short on bankability. The Action: Vietnam has...more

FERC Proposes to Adopt Electric Supply Chain Cybersecurity Standards

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposal would adopt NERC standards on accelerated deadlines and expand the scope of covered assets subject to supply chain risk management. If adopted, these standards could significantly alter the electric utility...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 3

Northeast Could be Second U.S. Petrochemical Hub - "'While the region with its ample and reliable supply of ethane is primed for the emergence as a second major petrochemical manufacturing hub in the United States, it...more

LNG Exports/PURPA Modernization: January 19th U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled

The United States House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a January 19th hearing entitled “Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization.”...more

Utility-Scale Capacity: U.S. Energy Information Report Estimates Nearly 50 Percent of 2017 Installation Utilized Renewable...

The United States Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) issued a January 10th report (“Report”) stating that “nearly half of utility-scale capacity installed in 2017 came from renewables.” The information originates...more

FERC Rejects Department of Energy Proposal Benefitting Coal and Nuclear

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Proposed Rule, which would have required organized wholesale electricity markets run by independent system...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018

Appalachia Underground NGL Storage Facility Clears Big Hurdle - "The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval for the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan, the...more

FERC Enforcement Litigation Update: Defendants Cannot Take Discovery of FERC’s Decision Not to Pursue Enforcement Cases Against...

One of the big Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Enforcement litigation developments of the past two years has been the federal judiciary’s rejection of the agency’s “de novo review” position in electricity market...more

FERC Aims to Broaden Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements

by Morgan Lewis on

The proposal follows a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finding that existing cyber threats to electric utilities are underreported....more

Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA): December 18th National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Letter...

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) sent a December 18th letter to the Chairman and Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) advocating changes to the Public Utility...more

EPA Solicits Input on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits for Existing Electric Utility Generating Units

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On December 18, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) to solicit input regarding the emissions guidelines limiting greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - U.S. tax bill to preserve key renewable energy credits, sources say - Reuters - Dec 14 The final version of comprehensive tax legislation being negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers will preserve key...more

Federal Court Finds California PURPA Programs Non-Compliant

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of Winding Creek Solar LLC (“Winding Creek”). Winding Creek had alleged that certain California...more

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