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Mexico to Bid P3 Contract for Private HVDC Line in Baja California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power industry opened investment and contracting opportunities that were once reserved to the State. In case of transmission and distribution activities, the Mexican State still keeps...more

EIA: Appalachia natural gas production soars over past five years

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

A federal agency reports that shale gas production in Appalachia, including from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, has jumped more than 14 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) since 2012, according to Kallanish Energy....more

FERC Chairman McIntyre Granted 30-Day Extension to Act on DOE NOPR

by Reed Smith on

Facing a looming deadline, newly installed FERC Chairman McIntyre requested a 30-day extension to take final action on the Department of Energy’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing. FERC...more

Mineral Conveyance Thwarted by a Spendthrift Provision

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In Bradley v. Shaffer, Darrell, a beneficiary of a mineral trust established by his grandparents, purported to convey to Bradley his mineral interests that were subject to the trust and any interest held in trust that he...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

Court rules in favor of Eclipse in oil and gas lease case

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in Eclipse Resources - Ohio, LLC v. Madzia, affirming the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to Eclipse Resources in all respects. ...more

Alberta’s Balancing Pool Confirms Right to Terminate Keephills Power Purchase Agreement

Following ENMAX Energy Corporation’s (ENMAX) successful application to obtain a mandatory injunction against the Balancing Pool of Alberta (as reported in our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

by Clark Hill PLC on

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

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the “Interior Department’s and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting processes for energy and resource infrastructure projects and opportunities to improve...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate - Energy Storage News - Dec 6 Investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has furthered its commitment towards the state’s mandated target for energy...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

CPUC Reopens TOU Grandfathering Grace Period Eligibility - Public Agencies Must Submit Application by Dec. 31

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved a proposal to re-open the application period for public agencies with solar projects under development to qualify for time-of-use rate grandfathering protections....more

Energy Insider Interview Series: Nissa Darbonne – Author of The American Shales, Editor-at-Large for Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas...

1. A few years ago, you wrote The American Shales, which is a history of the American shale plays. What was your motivation for writing the book? Thanks for asking about that. In particular, with Oil and Gas Investor...more

Second Circuit to Expedite Review of Whether NYSDEC Waived Jurisdiction Over Water Quality Certification, After Denying Stay of...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 7, the Second Circuit rejected the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) request for a stay of construction of the Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC’s Valley Lateral natural gas pipeline...more

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

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

Hardrock Mining Rule: An Industry Win, Environmental Groups Gear Up for Litigation

by Perkins Coie on

The Environmental Protection Agency announced, in a 121-page prepublication decision on December 1, 2017, that it will not issue final regulations under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

Groups work together to create and expand Akron Summit County ESID

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA), along with Summit County and Akron, Barberton and Coventry Township, teamed up to create and expand the Akron Summit County Energy Special Improvement District (ESID),...more

Ontario Issues Proposed Amendments In Support Of Biofuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 29, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Ministry) issued proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation (O. Reg. 535/05) and the Greener Diesel -- Renewable Fuel Content...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: December

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 November 2017, the European Union (“EU”) General Court (“GC”) rendered a judgment partially annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision fining a broker for its involvement in the Libor Yen interest rate...more

AER Revises Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals

On December 6, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released a new edition of Directive 067 (New Directive), dealing with the eligibility requirements for acquiring and holding energy licences and approvals in Alberta....more

West Virginia listed in top 10 for oil and gas investment climate

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Fraser Institute's new survey of petroleum industry executives and managers lists West Virginia as one of the 10 most attractive jurisdictions for oil and natural gas investment worldwide. ...more

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