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Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Water conservation during California drought led to reduced energy use and less pollution - Los Angeles Times - Jan 12 In April 2015, Governor Jerry Brown called on the people of the most...more

U.S. Approves New Tariffs on Solar Cells

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Jan. 22, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced that the Trump Administration approved recommendations to impose safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. The USTR made the...more

Can Emails Establish an Easement in Texas?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Email is the way we communicate these days. Whether emails create a contract is important if you’re thinking nothing short of a dead tree could ever bind anybody or, to the contrary, your goal is to establish an enforceable...more

FERC Rejects FirstEnergy’s Application To Transfer Generating Facility to an Affiliated Utility

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In an order issued on January 12, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) rejected an application by Monongahela Power Company (“Mon Power”), a franchised public utility subsidiary of...more

Implementing CAATSA Sanctions on Russia: Approaching Deadlines for “Oligarchs” and “Sovereign Debt” Reports and Recap of Latest...

• The next significant Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)-related deadline for the Trump administration is January 29, 2018, when it must submit reports to Congress on “oligarchs and parastatal...more

FERC Remains Open During Government Shutdown—For Now

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is still up and running despite the shutdown affecting most of the federal government. FERC announced last Friday that it will use its prior-year budget authority to continue...more

Pemex Anuncia la Primera Subasta de la Temporada Abierta 2018 para Terminales y Ductos

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Pemex Logística, la subsidiaria de Petróleos Mexicanos que administra la red de terminales y ductos de la empresa del Estado, planea realizar 11 subastas para reservar capacidad de transporte y almacenamiento en 60 terminales...more

First 2018 Open Season Auction Announced for Pemex Terminals and Pipelines

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Pemex Logística, the Petróleos Mexicanos subsidiary that manages the network of terminals and pipelines of the state company, plans to hold 11 auctions to reserve transportation and storage capacity in 60 terminals and 27...more

Ohio State engineers develop shale gas process that curbs emissions

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Ohio State University reports that engineers at OSU are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels, including natural gas, to useful products such as electricity without emitting...more

What Is the Impact of Tax Reform on US Wind Tax Equity Deals?

A Word About Wind has published our article What Is the Impact of Tax Reform on US Wind Tax Equity Deals? in its blog (subscription required) and newsletter. ...more

EPA Memo Signals Plant Improvement Opportunities

by Jones Day on

A policy memorandum issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) during December 2017 clarifies how the agency will apply and enforce certain facets of the New Source Review regulations following a pair of...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Gas to Power Innovation Drives Global Opportunities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Gas to power (G2P) projects provide an effective solution to power shortages around the globe. As the global demand for power continues to rise, outstripping supply in many nations across the world, existing power generation...more

McKinsey, South Africa and the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

Do you recall the boycott of South Africa from the 1970s and 1980s as a lexicon of the global fight against apartheid? The boycott extended from business to sporting events and everything in between. The campaign was one of...more

New Report Highlights Progress and Growth Potential of Solar Industry

A new report from Baird Equity Research outlines the inroads made by solar energy the past two years and projects the industry’s continued growth over the long term. In particular, the report cites increased installations,...more

Interior Department Excludes Incidental Take Liability Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Reversing a long-standing federal legal position, the US Interior Department recently stated that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not impose liability for the incidental take of protected birds. The 41-page...more

Net metering rules: reasonable limitations or detrimental restrictions? PUCO hears both sides

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

An uncommon opportunity for “utilities, environmental groups and other stakeholders” to testify before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) elicited diverse opinions on the PUCO’s recent changes to net metering...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Shutdown Watch: 4 Days. The government will run out of money on Friday if it does not pass another short-term spending bill. Last week it looked like Congress was close to negotiating a short-term continuing resolution that...more

LNG Exports/PURPA Modernization: January 19th U.S. House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled

The United States House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a January 19th hearing entitled “Legislation Addressing LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization.”...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2018

by King & Spalding on

January 2018 CFIUS Legislative Update - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Full Committee Hearing to Examine the Domestic and Global Energy Outlook - Time: 01/16/2018, 10:00 AM - Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building....more

Trump and the Oil Patch One Year In

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s take a look at what President Trump has done for the oil industry in his first year (This is not about decorum, dossiers, tweets, or Oprah’s inauguration.) As in the past I refer to sources whose opinions and insights...more

Thirteen States Petition FERC to Review Rates in Wake of Federal Tax Reform

by Reed Smith on

In a joint letter dated January 9, 2018, state attorneys general and consumer advocates from 13 states (collectively, the State Advocates) urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) to address the rate...more

Massachusetts DOER Issues Compensation Rates for SMART Program; EDCs Select 17 Projects for Long-Term, Tariff-Based Payments in...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released important new guidelines for its Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, by which the Commonwealth will procure up to 1,600 megawatts...more

AER Announces Increased Scrutiny and New Requirements for Licensees

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announced the release of a new edition of Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals (the updated Directive 067)....more

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