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The PURPA Modernization Act of 2017: Proposed Reforms and Potential Implications

On November 29, 2017, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced H.R. 4476, the PURPA Modernization Act of 2017 (the “Act”), which, if enacted, would significantly change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA)....more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

Net-Metering/Arkansas Public Service Commission: Joint Report/Recommendations of Working Group Filed

A Joint Report and Recommendations of the Net-Metering Working Group (“Report”) was filed before the Arkansas Public Service Commission (“PSC”) on September 15th. See In the Matter of Net-Metering and the Implementation of...more

U.S. Department of Energy Releases “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability”

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability,” which was commissioned by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April to provide an...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

German-backed initiative to help increase use of solar energy in industrial processes - The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. LePage Presents Priorities at Biddeford Town Hall Forum - On Wednesday, January 25, Governor...more

Louisiana Statutory Penalties Imposed on Operator

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

If you’ve ever tried to escape penalties for the operator/producer’s failure to comply with La. R.S §30:103.1 and §103.2, take comfort in XXI Oil & Gas, LLC v. Hilcorp Energy Company. You are not alone. No excuse has...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green Buildings are good for the environment, occupants, and the bottom line - CBRE - Apr 14 - Green buildings are good for the environment—that is well known. But what benefits...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus: Governor Brown signs climate-change bill that calls for more renewable energy and energy efficiency: OC Register - Oct 7: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB350, an ambitious bill...more

Want to Save Money on Energy Costs? Consider Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programs

by Butler Snow LLP on

Renewable energy and energy efficiency programs are not new. Examples of such programs include installation of solar panels or arrays, retrofitting or renovating existing lighting components to incorporate lower efficiency...more

Businesses Should Review Terms of Energy Supply Contracts

Now is the time to determine if your business is vulnerable to price swings for electricity and natural gas supply due to the volatility of the wholesale market. With cold winter months ahead, money-saving options may be...more

Federal Agencies Need to Address “Controversial” Social Cost of Carbon in NEPA Cost-Benefit Analysis

by BakerHostetler on

A federal district court in Colorado recently issued a decision faulting federal agencies for failing to calculate the social cost of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the basis that such a calculation was not feasible. The...more

What’s the EPA Been Up To Lately?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Our wardens at the EPA are “racing to turn out new regulations before the clock runs out on President Obama’s term”, says The Hill. The EPA is revising its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal fired power plants....more

UK electricity market reform: the road ahead

by White & Case LLP on

The UK’s electricity market is evolving, with far-reaching implications for generators and investors in the renewables sector. As the draft Energy Bill progresses through Parliament this year, further detail is expected in a...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2013

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: - Shareholders' Agreements for LNG Midstream Projects - Upstream Developments – Latin America Foreign Exchange Controls in Venezuela Strangle...more

Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects Have Multiple Benefits for California Cities - BB&K's Sophie Akins Writes About the Benefits, Ways...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Landfill gas, or LFG, to energy projects provide tangible public benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and generating local jobs. Municipalities are finding that landfill gas to energy projects...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 5-17-13

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor’s Fourth and Fifth Vetoes of the Session Sustained - Last week,...more

Green Building Update -- May 8, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

Green Building Focus - The ultimate green building eats smog - Bloomberg Businessweek - Apr 26: The Manuel Gea González Hospital in Mexico City has installed a decorative, white facade made from a sophisticated new...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-19-13

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

A quiet week in Augusta. The House and Senate did not meet and only five Committees met to work on legislation. When the Legislature returns next week, there will be less than two months to go until the statutory adjournment...more

Coakley Announces Plans to Hold Energy Summit

On Wednesday, in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced plans to organize an energy summit to address the high costs of energy in Massachusetts. The summit would include...more

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