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October is National Clean Energy Action Month – What Does That Mean for Your Legal Research?

October 20, 2022 (2 min read)

Climate Change Litigation

Each year the U.S. Department of Energy designates October as National Clean Energy Action Month, providing guidance in energy management and optimization suggestions for both federal and civilian agencies.

As agencies make progress towards meeting federal and state requirements, laws change, lawsuits happen, and are happening more frequently.

According to the American Bar Association, since 2015, more than 1,000 new climate-related cases have been brought worldwide, and the cumulative number of cases has more than doubled. Most of these cases sit in U.S. courts, but they span nearly 40 countries around the world. 

Energy Laws and Regulations

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) can help agencies meet federal energy efficiency and renewable energy laws and requirements as they change, but as climate change litigation grows, its complexity does, too. 

Issues surrounding grid integrity, reliability, and security have been on the rise. Oil and gas markets are in flux because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law in August, impacting the development and financing of U.S. clean energy efforts spanning the next 10 years. Throughout the year, Britain, France, Portugal, and parts of South-Asia have increased work and resources surrounding floating wind technology.

For attorneys working in the energy and utility law segment, the churn of new laws and regulations is ever-growing.  As the energy landscape changes and currents events impact law, attorneys need reliable resources to prepare.  

Energy Law Resources

LexisNexis offers a robust portfolio of national and state-specific energy law publications to help address these unique legal research needs.

Pratt’s Energy Law Report

Energy law is ever-changing. For monthly updates, we offer a subscription to Pratt's Energy Law Report, written by the nation's leading energy and environmental attorneys and professionals. The report focuses on both alternative and traditional energy law issues, as well as the critical juncture where energy technologies and the environment intersect.

Renewable Energy Law and Policy

As the renewable energy industry matures, Renewable Energy Law and Policy is an important addition to your legal library. This publication was written to help you deal with the constant evolvement of this industry and covers the aspects of most renewable energy deals, including issues pertaining to structuring, real estate, finance, land use, contracts, environmental, corporate, tax, and securities law.

Energy Law and Transactions

Energy Law and Transactions provides practical legal and business information on the entire energy industry from more than 100 experienced practitioners. It covers the business aspects of all traditional energy sources and nontraditional energy technologies- from exploration and production through transmission, distribution, and consumption.

Wind and Solar Law

Wind and Solar Law covers wind and solar energy deals, including issues pertaining to real estate, land use, leases, environmental concerns, and government incentives. 

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