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A Word to the Wise for Advanced Reactors Accepting DOE Money: DOE Enforces its IP Rights

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A recent headline in the energy trade press would not likely have caught the attention of the advanced nuclear industry: “Trump’s DOE punishes Obama-era solar success story.” A casual reader might quickly dismiss the story as...more

FERC Order No 845 Reforms Generator Interconnection Process Advances Energy Storage

On April 19, 2018 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted reforms to the procedures (LGIP) and pro forma agreement (LGIA) pursuant to which generators can interconnect with electric utility transmission grids....more

California-led Coalition Files Suit to Prevent Rollback of Vehicle Emission Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A coalition of states has opened a new front in the ongoing battles between the Trump Administration’s efforts to streamline regulations applicable to industry and the interests favoring additional regulation. In response to...more

Japan Renewable Energy Update - Offshore Wind Energy

by DLA Piper on

On March 9, 2018, the Japanese Cabinet submitted to the Diet a new bill designed to address several issues relating to offshore wind power projects in Japan. This new law, if enacted, is expected to help drive the Japanese...more

New Report Highlights Offshore Wind as the Future of Energy in the Northeast; ML Strategies Client Deepwater Wind Ready to Lead...

Wind is blowing up in the Commonwealth! A report from Environment Massachusetts shows that offshore wind could help power the state’s electricity needs 19 times over – and major generators are already working to make it...more

May 2018 Washington Update

House Hearing on DOE Budget - On April 12, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Energy Budget” with testimony from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The...more

FERC begins policy review of natural gas pipeline proposals

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently announced it has launched an inquiry seeking information and stakeholder perspectives to help it explore a possible revision of its policies for the review and...more

FERC To Consider Adjustments To Use Of Eminent Domain For Gas Pipelines

by Nossaman LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking input on whether to adjust its policies and procedures for reviewing and issuing authorizations for natural gas transportation...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #4

EPA Announces a New Rule. One Likely Effect: Less Science in Policymaking - "The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new regulation that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use when it...more

DOE Moves Forward on Advanced Reactor Funding & Collaboration

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced the award of approximately $60 million to 13 advanced reactor projects—the first under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) “U.S. Industry Opportunities for...more

Infrastructure Series: Momentum Builds for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the United States

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This is the eighth issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. In this series, our attorneys share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United States....more

New Jersey Legislature Establishes Community Solar Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With more than 2,000 megawatts of cumulative solar capacity installed, New Jersey is the nation's fifth-largest solar state, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). New legislation is designed to expand...more

NRC Issues Regulatory Guide on Design Criteria for Advanced Reactors

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 4, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued Regulatory Guide 1.232, Guidance for Developing Principal Design Criteria for Non-Light Water Reactors. ...more

Gas Regulation 2018: United States

Getting the Deal Through is delighted to publish the sixteenth edition of Gas Regulation. Getting the Deal Through provides international expert analysis in key areas of law, practice and regulation for corporate counsel,...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #5

California's Ready to Retaliate if Trump Cuts Auto Rules, Sources Say - "As the Trump administration begins to dismantle Barack Obama's ambitious auto efficiency regulations, California is said to be poised to retaliate...more

Dentons shares analysis of 2018 Alberta Budget

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Budget 2018: a recovery built to last, was tabled in the Alberta legislature by Finance Minister Joe Ceci on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The government stated that its focus and basis of the plan was being framed around three...more

Alberta petrochemical industries to receive additional support

by Dentons on

The Alberta government recently introduced new legislation, Bill 1, the Energy Diversification Act, aimed at promoting private sector investment in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. If passed, the Act...more

PSC Expands VDER Project Size to 5 MWs: Still Work to Do

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On February 22, 2018, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an Order on Phase One Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) increasing the size cap from 2 megawatts (MWs) to 5 MWs for projects eligible to...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #3

Pipeline CEOs Vow to Fight Back Against Environmental Activism and Sabotage - "Executives from some of the biggest energy infrastructure companies in Canada and the United States say their industry had been surprised by...more

Trump administration: "Critical Minerals" could spur U.S. mining activity

by Hogan Lovells on

Recent actions by the Trump administration have focused on encouraging U.S. based development of identified “Critical Minerals,” which could lead to significant policy changes designed to invigorate domestic mining activity....more

Creating a national energy guarantee - the toughest job in Australia?

by DLA Piper on

The Energy Security Board has released its first 'draft design consultation paper' on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). The timing of this initial consultation phase is to allow the Board to report to the Council of...more

Capacity Market Vicini Alla Completa Attuazione

Lo scorso 7 febbraio è stato reso noto che la Commissione europea ha sancito la compatibilità del mercato italiano della capacità (cd. capacity market) con la normativa UE in tema di aiuti di Stato....more

FERC Energy Storage Rule Creates New Opportunitites For Small, Low-Impact Hydropower Projects

by Sullivan & Worcester on

OVERVIEW - The United States has produced clean, renewable electricity from hydropower for more than 100 years. Today there are approximately 2,500 domestic dams and pumped-storage facilities that provide roughly 100...more

Four Energy Conservation Standards: Federal Court Addresses Lawsuit Alleging Department of Energy Violation of Energy Policy and...

A United States District Court (Northern District of California) addressed in a February 15th Order a Motion for Summary Judgment arguing that the United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) violated the Energy Policy and...more

Environmental Aspects of Wind and Solar Projects in Alberta

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In 2015, Alberta adopted a Climate Leadership Plan and set an ambitious goal of eliminating coal-fired generation and replacing it with at least 30 percent of renewable generation by 2030. According to the Alberta Electric...more

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