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Trump Budget Seeks 23 Percent Cut at EPA, Eliminating Dozens of Programs - "The fiscal 2019 proposal released marks the Trump administration's latest attempt to shrink the reach of an agency the president once promised to...more

Now It’s DOE’s Turn — Another Court Requires the Administration to Promulgate Regulations

Last week, I noted that EPA had been ordered to respond to a petition by Connecticut under § 126(b) of the Clean Air Act. This week, DOE was ordered to promulgate energy efficiency rules under the Energy Policy and...more

Bracewell Tax Report: Week of February 12

by Bracewell LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) effected sweeping reform across the Internal Revenue Code. This report, and future installments, will discuss this legislation and other important tax guidance, including how such authorities...more

Administration’s infrastructure initiative unveiled

by Hogan Lovells on

The unveiling of the administration’s infrastructure initiative this week presents many opportunities to ensure that your interests are addressed as part of this landmark effort. Below is a high level summary of the...more

DRM Win for Renewable Energy at Vermont Supreme Court

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

On January 12, 2018, the Vermont Supreme Court decided in favor of Stowe Cady Hill Solar LLC and reversed the Vermont Public Utility Commission’s sua sponte dismissal of a petition for a net-metered solar facility. The...more

Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Projects: Guiding Investors through the Legal and Regulatory Framework

by Jones Day on

The Taiwanese Government has set aggressive renewable energy targets, with a particular focus on the development of its offshore wind power capabilities. This exciting new market presents great opportunities for foreign...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

DOE Announces New Cyber Office to Elevate Importance of Risks to Energy Sector - Effort Builds on Prior White House, DOE and FERC...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The President’s FY 19 Proposed Budget, issued on Feb. 12, 2018, featured a heavy focus on the cybersecurity risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure and included budget increases for cyber specific missions within...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

Neglected Renewables Get Another Shot in Budget Bill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As of February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 retroactively extended many energy related credits that expired December 31, 2016. The Act extended the investment tax credit under Code §48 through 2022 (with...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Partially Reinstates Orphaned Energy Tax Credits

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) (the “Act”) was enacted on February 9, 2018. The Act is a two-year budget agreement that includes a number of provisions extending lapsed renewable energy-related tax credits;...more

CRS Publishes Climate Change-Related Report

On February 1, the Congressional Research Service published a report entitled Evolving Assessments of Human and Natural Contributions to Climate Change. The report traces evolution of scientific understanding and confidence...more

DOJ Employs Money Laundering Statute to Prosecute Venezuelan Oilmen for Foreign Bribery

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As forecasted in a blog post last summer, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has again used the money laundering statute to accomplish the otherwise elusive goal of prosecuting foreign officials who allegedly...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

A Possible Formula for Puerto Rico's Hurricane Recovery: Distributed Renewable Energy

by Sullivan & Worcester on

In October 2017, Hurricane Maria swept through the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico decimating the island, taking hundreds of lives and demolishing infrastructure on an enormous scale. In the hurricane’s immediate aftermath,...more

Early Morning Budget Deal Brings the Return of Previously Expired Short-Term Tax Breaks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Early this morning, the House and Senate voted to pass a budget deal that included $17 billion in tax provisions, ending a short overnight government shutdown. The bill (H.R. 1892) extends the investment tax credit (ITC) to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chipotle and founder Steve Ells—which built an empire on the idea of offering a healthier, more authentic Mexican experience than its Tex-Mex fast food rivals—are turning ironically enough to Taco Bell’s CEO Brian Niccol to...more

Master Limited Partnerships: Fundamentals and Related Structuring and Formation Considerations

by King & Spalding on

It has been a rough three years in the energy sector. We all witnessed the precipitous decline in oil and gas prices and the wide-spread carnage that followed. As of July 2017, 130 oil and gas producers have filed for...more

Is the Allocation Well Debate About to Boil Over?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Issues surrounding the legality of allocation wells in Texas have been percolating for some time, and lately we’ve heard of potential litigation. ...more

Key Energy Bills Before The Wyoming Legislature

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The 2018 Wyoming Budget Session of the 64th Legislature began today and there are several key bills relating to energy issues that are up before the Cowboy State’s legislature. I will highlight a few here and track them...more

FERC Takes Steps to Ensure Service Continuity on the Southeast Markets Pipeline Project

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently taken important steps to permit the Southeast Market Pipelines Project (Project) to continue to provide service without interruption following last summer’s...more

Emerging Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• While financial recoveries under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) continued at a fast pace last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) started 2018 with a proverbial "bang" by issuing new internal guidance directing...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Limpopo’s coal-fired power station gets green light The government has flashed the green light again for a [new] multibillion-rand coal-fired power station in Limpopo, but...more

Industry Petition Pushes FERC to Require Gas Pipelines and Storage Companies to Immediately Reflect Lower Tax Rates in Shipper...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In light of reduced corporate tax rates as the result of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Act), a broad coalition of gas industry trade associations and gas producers recently filed a petition with the Federal Energy...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment Hearing: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing and Infrastructure - Witnesses: - Ms. Emily Hammond: Glen Earl Weston Research...more

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