DLA Piper: Japan's Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Regime

By Stephen Webb and Michelle Thomsen Prior to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, Japan relied on nuclear power for roughly 30% of its energy needs, with 60% coming from conventional sources such as coal, oil and natural gas. Hydroelectric power accounted for 9% of Japan's energy resources...

DLA Piper Update: South Africa's Landmark Renewable Energy Program

By Damian McNair and Evelyn Chan South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP) is a landmark project designed not only to secure energy to meet increasing demand, but also to stimulate the country's renewable energy sector as part of the South African...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: With Revised Proposed Regulations, 'Fracking' Returns to the Fore of New York State's Energy Policy

By Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's administration has issued revised proposed regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking or HVHF) in New York State, a move that will avoid sending the entire process back to the drawing board. Issuance...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Thinking Strategically on Pipe Build-out for the Shale Boom

By Lee A. Alexander, Stefan M. Krantz and Zachary S. Launer Recent developments in horizontal drilling techniques have propelled natural gas production from shale formations to the forefront of domestic oil and gas production today. This rapid expansion is presenting opportunities and challenges for...

DLA Piper: Avoiding Multimillion-Dollar Liability For De Facto Partnership Breach Under Texas Law: One Useful Tip

By Ileana Blanco After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. “to market and pursue a pipeline project to transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.”...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: Federal District Court Decision Appears To Clear Way For Cape Wind

By Robert J. Alessi and Jeffrey D. Kuhn | The Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., has issued a lengthy ruling that appeared to substantially clear the way for Cape Wind, a large proposed offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The decision...

DLA Piper Energy Alert: DOE Approves LNG Exports To Non-Free Trade Countries

By Philip Angeli The US Department of Energy has issued an Order granting approval to Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Jordan Cove’s liquefaction and export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the...