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City’s Electric Utility Fund Transfer to General Fund Upheld by Court - California Appellate Court Interprets Term “Increase” and...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The City of Riverside’s transfer of electric utility service charge revenue to the City’s general fund for general purposes was upheld last week by a California Appellate Court. ...more

Maryland Offshore Wind Grant Programs Now Available for 2019

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) had opened up its Offshore Wind Business and Workforce Development Grant Programs for the 2019 fiscal year. The two offshore wind programs are intended to work in tandem. The...more

Generator Interconnection Final Rule

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

FERC Substantively Revises Generator Interconnection Rules, Eases Rules For New Developers of Generation and Storage Facilities. ...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - GOP senators want to exempt giant solar farm panels from tariffs - BLOOMBERG - May 11 Republican senators from five states with big solar farms are asking the Trump administration to exempt the workhorse of...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Affirms Duke Energy’s Monopoly over Rooftop Solar

In September 2017, we reported on a Court of Appeals of North Carolina decision holding that entities installing solar panels on customer rooftops are “public utilities” under state law, at least if they retain ownership of...more

District Court Confirms that City of Oakland Breached its Development Agreement with Coal Terminal Developer

On May 15, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that the City of Oakland’s attempt to apply a new “coal ban” ordinance to a coal handling terminal was invalid. The District Court concluded that...more

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

Some practical considerations regarding carbon tax

by Hogan Lovells on

Carbon tax seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle by ensuring that the real cost of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the environment and society are explicitly incorporated into the prices of carbon intensive...more

New Regulations Require Disclosure of Energy Use in Certain Buildings

On March 7, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented the regulations behind California Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802). AB 802 directed the CEC to create a statewide building energy use benchmarking and public...more

Who is a “Payor” Under the Texas Natural Resources Code?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

You’ve secured the right leases. You’ve drilled nice wells in the right locations. Now, will you pay the right royalty owners? Follow Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. v. Apache Corporation, to be sure that you do....more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of May 7, 2018

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CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/31/18. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) (R.1502-020) - On 5/26/17, the ALJ issued a proposed decision implementing new compliance...more

House Committee Approves Four Bills To Strengthen Energy Infrastructure Cybersecurity

by King & Spalding on

On May 9, 2018, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a series of legislative measures to further secure the U.S. energy infrastructure from cyberattacks. These bipartisan bills are designed to strengthen the...more

California Regulatory Happenings for the Week of April 30, 2018

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CPUC Commissioner’s Meeting - The next Commission meeting is scheduled for 5/10/18 in Fontana, CA. Items of Interest: #10 Decision establishing reentry fees and financial security requirements for CCA’s. R.03-10-003...more

Transporting LNG by Rail is One Step Closer

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On May 7, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finally responded to the Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). As...more

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets: BC Re-establishes Targets

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On May 7, 2018, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 34 to amend the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. The Bill re-establishes the province’s greenhouse-gas reduction targets, and broadens the regulatory...more

Projects and energy snippets

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Development agendas to curb power woes - Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says...more

Arkansas Advanced Energy Association: May 16th Spring Social - REMINDER

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association (“AAEA”) will have a Spring Social tomorrow on May 16th. The Spring Social will be held at the Powers of Arkansas facility located at 5440 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock,...more

California Energy Commission Unanimously Approves Solar Panel Mandate for Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on May 9, 2018, to require solar panels on all new single-family homes and apartment buildings that are three stories or less starting in 2020. • The new regulations...more

California Mandates Solar for Nearly All New Homes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a historic move, California has become the first state in the country to require solar panels on nearly all new homes. On May 9, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously approved standards that, among...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2018

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Courts Hold Clean Water Act Regulates Discharges through Groundwater, as Congress and Regulators Consider Responses - The Ninth Circuit and Fourth Circuit have joined a growing number of lower courts finding that the...more

2017 State of the Market Report: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Enforcement Division of Energy Market Oversight

The Office of Enforcement’s Division of Energy Market Oversight (“Division”) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) undertook a presentation to the Chairman and Commissioners titled: 2017 State of the Markets...more

Parent company liability and human rights – new claims against mining company filed in the English courts

by Hogan Lovells on

On 16 April, proceedings were issued in the English courts against Gemfields Limited, a London-based mining company, in relation to allegations of human rights abuses in connection with the activities of its subsidiary in the...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Markup: FY 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies - Date: May 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm EDT - Where: 2007 Rayburn House...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - May 2018 #2

Oil Soars After Trump Nixes Iran Nuclear Deal, Stocks Rally - "Crude oil prices rose more than 3 percent on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a nuclear accord with Iran, a move that...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2018

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Focus - California breaks solar power, renewable energy output records - PV MAGAZINE - May 1 California blew through a series of peak solar and renewable energy generation records in the last week of April, showing not...more

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