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Troutman Sanders: China Finance: Venture Capital and Private Equity Cleantech Fund Structures for China Investments
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

This article is written by Edward Epstein , Office Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders' Shanghai Office. It appeared first in ACORE's Summer 2011 US-China Quarterly Market Review and is reprinted with ACORE's permission. To access the full... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Carbon Savings of Wind Likely Reduced by Ramping of Fossil Fuels to Balance Intermittency
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 by Troutman Sanders

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory recently performed a modeling study aimed to quantify the total effect that increases in wind energy will have on pollutant emissions from an electric power system. Although... Read More

FERC Provides Guidance to PJM Limited Liability and Worker Safety Issues
Posted on 14 Jun 2012 by Troutman Sanders

On June 7, 2012, FERC provided guidance to PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. ("PJM") on whether there was a responsibility to oversee worker safety under its Open Access Transmission Tariff ("OATT") and whether the OATT's limited liability... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Chesapeake Energy Announces New, $1 Billion Gas Plan
Posted on 21 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On Monday, July 11, 2011, Chesapeake Energy Corporation ("Chesapeake") announced its plan to spend over $1 billion over the next 10 years in order to help spur the development and demand for domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Chesapeake... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Approves Merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR
Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On July 6, 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC" or the "Commission") approved the proposed merger of NSTAR and Northeast Utilities (the "Merger"). The newly formed utility will operate under the name Northeast... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Atlantic Wind Connection Project Adds Belgian Grid Firm Elia to Team
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On July 22, 2011, the Atlantic Wind Connection ("AWC"), offshore transmission line project off the Mid-Atlantic coast that would bring thousands of megawatts of offshore wind capacity ashore ( see the October 12, 2010 edition of the WER ), announced... Read More

Troutman Sanders: Multiple Parties Seek One-Year Delay of EPA MACT Rule
Posted on 21 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On October 13 and 14, 2011, the National Mining Association ("NMA"), twenty-five states and Guam, and other public interest groups submitted amicus briefs to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in support of Utility... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Tax Basis for Solar PV Projects: Treasury Guidance
Posted on 18 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

Owners, and in some cases, lessees, of qualified renewable energy projects are eligible for either an investment tax credit (ITC) equal to 30% of the tax basis for the project, or until the end of this year, a cash grant paid directly by Treasury in the... Read More

Troutman Sanders: DOI and DOE Release 'Roadmap' for Solar Energy Development
Posted on 1 Aug 2012 by Troutman Sanders

On July 27, 2012, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") and the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement ("PEIS"... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Issues Strict New Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for Power Plants
Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued new rules requiring power plants in 27 eastern, mid-western, and southern states to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide by 54% and sulfur dioxide by 73% from 2005 levels by... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: EPA Defers Application of CO2 Emissions Rules to Biomass
Posted on 26 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

The EPA on July 1, 2011 issued a final rule deferring for three years application of the Clean Air Act's Prevention of Significant Deterioration ("PSD") and Title V permitting requirements to carbon dioxide ("CO2") emissions from... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Commission Approves Duke and Progress Merger Subject to Certain Conditions
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 by Troutman Sanders

On June 9, 2012, the Commission accepted the revised compliance filing by Duke Energy Corp. ("Duke") and Progress Energy, Inc. ("Progress") (collectively the "Applicants"), paving the way for full Commission approval of their... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Duke, Progress File Updated Settlement Agreement in North Carolina
Posted on 22 May 2012 by Troutman Sanders

By Troutman Sanders LLP On May 8, 2012, Duke Energy Corp. ("Duke") and Progress Energy, Inc. ("Progress") (collectively, "Applicants") entered into a supplemental merger settlement agreement with the North Carolina Utilities... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Finds Insufficient Consensus to Issue Rulemaking on Smart Grid
Posted on 5 Aug 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On July 19, 2011, FERC issued an order on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, and found insufficient consensus to institute a rulemaking proceeding to adopt the five families of standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology... Read More

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Finds BPA and WAPA to be in Breach of Contract
Posted on 16 May 2012 by Troutman Sanders

On May 2, 2012, United States Federal Court of Claims issued a ruling in Case Nos. 07-157C and 07-167, holding that the Bonneville Power Administration ("BPA") and the Western Area Power Administration ("WAPA") are in breach of a present... Read More