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Climate Change Considerations in M&A Transactions Climate change and the multi-national efforts to combat and mitigate its effects is one of the most high-profile and rapidly evolving environmental issues facing the global business community today. Companies involved in certain mergers and acquisitions need to be aware of the risks related to climate change that may arise in the transactional context. Learn about climate change–related due diligence, identifying risks to property and supply chains posed by climate change, and measuring the pros and cons of marketing your organization as “climate-friendly” in M&A transactions. Page 6
Try This: Corporate and M&A > Trends & Insights > Practice Notes > Expert Insights: Clean/Renewable Energy M&A Trends and Best Practices
Will More States Follow California on Deal with Automakers? In an unprecedented effort to tackle climate change in general, and greenhouse gas emissions specifically, California lawmakers executed a deal with four major automobile manufacturers. Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW pledged to improve their fleet emissions and gas-mileage standards in amounts close to the standards set in 2012 by the Obama administration—standards that the Trump administration abandoned. Learn more about California’s deal with the automakers and how any of the 14 states that accept California emissions standards might strike their own green deals with the auto industry, as well as with other carbon-driven industries. Page 4
Try This: Energy & Utilities > Green Tech & Renewable Energy > Green Tech Economy > Practice Notes > Clean Fuels and Vehicle Emissions Standards State Laws Survey
Federal Environmental Regulations Affecting Oil and Gas Operations There is substantial environmental regulation of oil and gas exploration and production at the federal level, and for good reason. Drilling efforts generally infuse drilling fluids and various chemical compounds into the ground and can produce large amounts of waste. At risk: clean air, soil and water. Learn more about federal regulations designed to ensure the safe storage and proper disposal of waste, the rehabilitation of the environment surrounding well and life-cycle monitoring requirements, and get tips on how to help keep your clients compliant so as to avoid costly fees and fines. Page 46
Try This: Energy & Utilities > Upstream Oil & Gas > Exploration & Production (E&P) > Forms > Top Ten Oil & Gas Producing States (2013 EIA Data) & Applicable Regulations
Solar Electricity Sales Regulation The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 establishes a two-tier regulatory framework surrounding the sale of electricity by solar utility providers: the “wholesale level,” which is the sale of electricity by generators to utilities, and the “retail level,” which is the sale of electricity by utilities to the general public. Get a better understanding of how both tiers work so you can properly represent your solar utility provider clients and determine whether they qualify for any of the various exemptions from regulation. Page 60
Try This: Energy & Utilities > Energy Financing > Energy Financing Fundamentals > Practice Notes > Solar Energy Financing
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