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Federal Agencies Sign MOU to Require “One Federal Decision” on Major Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

On April 9, 2018, the heads of a dozen federal agencies executed a memorandum of understanding on implementation of Executive Order 13807, which directed federal agencies to expedite environmental review and permitting for...more

Exclusion Options from Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

by Varnum LLP on

As noted in our recent tax advisory, President Trump Issues Proclamations Imposing Increased Tariffs on Imported Aluminum and Steel, President Trump signed two proclamations imposing tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel...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

Transportation Complications - Top Issues to Consider When Drafting an Infrastructure Bill

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the state of U.S. infrastructure earned a score of a D+ based on its physical condition and needed investments for improvement. In what will come as a surprise to...more

Transportation Complications: Top Issues to Consider When Drafting an Infrastructure Bill

cording to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the state of U.S. infrastructure earned a score of a D+ based on its physical condition and needed investments for improvement. In what will come as a surprise to...more

Trump Administration’s Clashes with China on Trade and Investment Demonstrate Importance of Vetting International Trade and...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If private equity and other investors were not aware of the power of the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, or the Committee), its decision to reach out and quash the potential...more

Tax Reform’s Changes To The Treatment Of Non-Shareholder Contributions To Capital

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The 2017 tax reform act amended Section 118 of the Internal Revenue Code, to dramatically reduce the ability of a corporation to exclude from its gross income grants that the corporation receives from federal, state, or local...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2018

by King & Spalding on

FERC Initiates Sweeping Reform of Ratemaking Treatment for Income Taxes - On March 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a series of issuances intended to address the need to reflect the lower...more

FERC Approves CASPR, ISO-NE’s New Forward Capacity Auction

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On March 9, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in a split decision, approved ISO-New England Inc.’s (ISO-NE) proposed tariff revisions to accommodate entry of additional clean energy resources into the...more

Infrastructure: Current State-of-Play

by King & Spalding on

Last week in Richfield, Ohio, before a large crowd of union builders, President Trump heralded his recently announced infrastructure plan. While shedding no new light on the details, he doubled-down on his commitment to make...more

Fueled by Auto Industry Support, Bike Sharing Systems are Taking Over Cities

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Back in November 2017 we discussed the “last mile” issue facing cities and urban planners around the globe. At that time we noted that “… transit options often fail at providing a solution of getting people to their final...more

FCC Reduces Regulatory Barriers to 5G Wireless Deployment

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The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted an order containing sweeping regulatory changes to speed the deployment of advanced wireless services to provide connectivity for innovative Internet of Things, augmented...more

Nueva ordenanza propuesta para facilitar el transporte público en el sur de Florida

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Con frecuencia, los sistemas de transporte público regionales se ven perjudicados por los desafíos que supone la obtención de permisos asociados con la construcción en varias ciudades, cada una con sus propias prioridades,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Metropolitan Water District agrees to major contribution toward Delta tunnels project funding - THE SACRAMENTO BEE - Apr 11 The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) voted Tuesday to cover...more

Federal Agencies Agree to Streamline Environmental Review and Approval of Infrastructure Projects

by King & Spalding on

Two years is the goal for completion of NEPA review - On April 9, 2018, the White House released a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) between twelve federal agencies that is intended to increase the speed and reliability...more

Minnesota House Republicans Announce Updated Budget Targets

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Last week, the House of Representatives Republican majority announced their budget targets for the 2018 legislative session. In February the Minnesota Management and Budget projected the state to have a $329 million surplus. ...more

Commercial Close Achieved for the Automated People Mover (APM) Project at LAX

by Nossaman LLP on

The Automated People Mover (APM) train system project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reached a remarkable milestone this week with Los Angeles City Council’s unanimous approval of a $4.9 billion agreement with ...more

Infrastructure Series: Agencies Establish One Federal Decision Framework for Project Reviews

by WilmerHale on

This is the seventh 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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018 #2

U.S. Agencies Agree to Slash Approval Times for Infrastructure Projects - "More than a dozen federal agencies agreed to slash the time needed for environmental reviews and permitting on major infrastructure projects, a...more

The Trump Administration’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 1, 2018, President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, rejecting push back from his own advisers and objections from both Democrats and Republicans. ...more

The Worker Shortage Challenge: 5 Labor-Related Risks that Would Arise from Infrastructure Legislation

The moment President Donald Trump released his proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, it left many legislators on both sides of the aisle with plenty of questions to answer. The most common among them, which we...more

Twelve Federal Agencies Commit to Implement Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Approval of Major...

On April 9, 2018, the heads of twelve Federal agencies and departments entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) committing their respective agencies to implement certain concepts and directives from Executive Order...more

What's New In Washington - April 2018

Congress returned from its spring recess with a host of issues to address—trade, Trump administration nominations and opioid legislation sitting atop the priority list. Given the ongoing data scandal at Facebook, privacy...more

Agencies Agree to Speed Environmental Permitting

Effective yesterday, April 10, 2018, seven executive departments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have agreed to cooperate for the timely...more

New Ordinance Proposed to Facilitate Mass Transit in South Florida

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Regional mass-transit systems are often plagued by the permitting challenges associated with construction in multiple cities, each with its own priorities, regulations, and permitting processes. For example, the cost of the...more

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