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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

FERC Issues Orders in Cases Involving Rates for Transmission Service, Wholesale Power Rates, and Competition in RTO Markets

The following are summaries of recent orders issued by FERC in four proceedings in which Jennings Strouss was involved. The proceedings involve rates for transmission service, wholesale power rates, and competition in RTO...more

NRC Issues Regulatory Guide on Design Criteria for Advanced Reactors

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On April 4, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued Regulatory Guide 1.232, Guidance for Developing Principal Design Criteria for Non-Light Water Reactors. ...more

Russians Continue to Attack U.S. Energy and Power Sectors

Late last week, a joint statement by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the Russian government has been behind an ongoing targeted campaign to penetrate U.S. power...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - March 2018 #3

Pipeline CEOs Vow to Fight Back Against Environmental Activism and Sabotage - "Executives from some of the biggest energy infrastructure companies in Canada and the United States say their industry had been surprised by...more

Coal Combustion Residuals: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued on March 1st a pre-publication version of a proposed rule that would amend the regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (“CCR”) from electric...more

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking/State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) submitted February 26th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in regards to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled: State...more

Mexico Issues Interconnection Manual for Power Plants and Charging Points

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• 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

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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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

Advanced Reactors Front and Center at House Committee Hearing on Nuclear Energy

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing February 6, 2018 to discuss the challenges facing America’s nuclear infrastructure, including advanced reactor development. ...more

Changes Continue in EPA's Air Program

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In late January, EPA issued a guidance memorandum related to major sources under § 112 of the Clean Air Act that will likely reduce participation in the program. ...more

Aviation Law News Alert: What We Can Learn From A Glider Who Flew Too Close To A Nuclear Power Plant

In the case of William Cox, personal representative for the estate of Robin Fleming, vs. Duke Energy, et. al. the Fourth Circuit recently addressed a glider pilot’s arrest for flying too close to a nuclear power plant, the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018

Trump Official Tells Coal Group He's 'an Advocate for the Coal Industry' "'The good news is I'm with the federal government and I'm here to help,' Doug Matheney, a special adviser in the Energy Department's Office of...more

Court of Appeal Rules Challenge to Constitutionality of Power Plant Licensing Appeals Process is Ripe for Judicial Review

California’s process to challenge thermal power plants will likely be put to the judicial test in the coming years. The California Court of Appeal has granted publication of its recent opinion in Communities for a Better...more

New Jersey To Rejoin Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): The New Administration Already Means Changes To Climate Change...

by Cole Schotz on

New Jersey’s new governor signed an executive order yesterday directing his acting Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, Catherine McCabe, and Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso to begin...more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Climate Change Initiatives

As expected, the Trump administration has been actively engaged in efforts to reverse the federal government’s regulatory direction with respect to climate change. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw...more

Vietnam's New Solar PPA: Strong Developer Interest Despite Bankability Concerns

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The Situation: Vietnam's draft model power purchase agreement ("Model PPA") for solar power projects issued in April 2017 departed from international market practice and fell short on bankability. The Action: Vietnam has...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018 #3

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Focus - 2018 could see wave of West Coast climate pollution pricing - Reuters - Jan 17 If elected officials get their way, the entire West Coast of North America could be putting a price on pollution by the end of this...more

EPA Memo Signals Plant Improvement Opportunities

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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

FERC Terminates DOE’s Proposed Grid Resiliency Rulemaking Effort and Opens Its Own Investigation

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In an order issued Monday, January 8, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously terminated the rulemaking proceeding it previously initiated in response to a directive issued last fall by U.S. Department of...more

FERC Rejects Department of Energy's Bid for Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

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• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has voted to terminate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking stemming from Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry's September 2017 proposal to initiate new pricing rules. ...more

December 2017: Energy Litigation Update

Recent Federal Decisions on the Constitutionality of State Power-Plant Subsidies. Given an absence of a federal scheme to subsidize power plants that may provide certain benefits (like low carbon emissions) that are not fully...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018

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Focus - How corporations ‘bypassed politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017 - Greentech Media - Dec 29 As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327...more

Alberta Replaces Specified Gas Emitters Regulation with Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation

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On December 18, 2017, the Alberta government released the long awaited Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation (CCIR), which came into force January 1, 2018. The CCIR replaces the existing Specified Gas Emitters...more

2017’s Bad Guys in Energy

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Once again we look back at the continuing cavalcade of crooks, criminals, miscreants and, to put it kindly, morons the less intellectually gifted, who met justice face-to-face in 2017. This year’s class includes a preacher,...more

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