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Electricity Law Developments: Developments in the States

By American Bar Association Section of Public Utility and Electricity Committee This emerging issue analysis examines developments in electricity law in 29 states across the United States. It covers developments such as the Delaware Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Act of 2009, the Georgia Power...

Videocast - Shari Shapiro of Green Building Law Blog looks at Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Energy Industry Updates for March 2011

By Foley & Lardner LLP An Uncertain Future for the DOE Loan Guarantee Program As discussions heat up over how to reduce the deficit in the current fiscal year, many eyes are on the loan guarantee program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A recent proposal from the House...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Chesapeake Energy Announces New, $1 Billion Gas Plan

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 stated that it hopes that its plan will help create...

Troutman Sanders: Obama Administration Chooses 7 Electric Transmission Projects for Accelerated Permitting and Construction

On October 5, 2011, the Obama Administration announced that it would "accelerate" permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines. These projects will serve as pilot demonstrations of streamlined processes and increased cooperation among federal, state and tribal authorities...

Ballard Spahr Alert: Treasury Offers New Guidance on Renewable Energy Grant Eligibility

By Charles S. Henck, Mark J. Maichel and Darin Lowder Eligibility for a renewable energy grant hinges on the start date of a project, and the U.S. Treasury Department has provided new guidance on the issue of how that eligibility may be affected by a property transfer. The new guidance addresses...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Changes Coming to Oil and Gas Industry in Ohio

By R. Neal Pierce Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans to propose significant statutory and/or regulatory changes to the state's energy policies. The Governor announced in a speech in Cleveland that he is working with lawmakers to prepare legislation to address energy policy generally, including...

Cadwalader Clients & Friends Memo: FERC Confirms It Lacks Jurisdiction over Unbundled Renewable Energy Certificate Sales

On April 20, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued an order accepting proposed revisions to the WSPP Agreement addressing sales of renewable energy certificates ("RECs") made pursuant to that agreement. In the course of issuing this order FERC confirmed something...

Greenberg Traurig Continues Major Strides in Building Global Energy Practice: Adds William Garner in Houston

HOUSTON - The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has added prominent energy attorney William S. Garner, Jr . as a shareholder in the firm's Houston office . Garner will head the firm's Renewable Energy Practice . Prior to joining the firm, Garner practiced at Dewey & LeBoeuf in...

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...

Ballard Spahr LLP: U.S. Army Releases Final RFP for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

By Roger D. Stark, R. Thomas Hoffmann and Darin Lowder The U.S. Army has released its final request for proposals to obtain up to $7 billion in locally generated large-scale renewable and alternative energy through long-term power purchase agreements and "other contractual equivalents."...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Becoming Battleground Issue

Last month's "fiscal cliff" deal temporarily extended several federal renewable energy incentives, such as the tax credit for producers of wind energy. But with investor confidence in renewable energy still somewhat shaky in comparison to more established energy sources like natural gas...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Cooling on Renewable Energy

States' recent passion for renewable energy appears to be running out of steam. Sixteen of the 29 states with renewable portfolio standards are considering legislation that would scale back those mandates, according to the North Carolina Solar Center, a partnership between the U.S. Energy Department...

DLA Piper Climate Change Alert: EPA Announces Carbon Regulations For Existing Power Plants

By Deborah E. Jennings , Andrew B. Schatz and Catherine B. Campbell The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time establish...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Edison International Using Rooftop Solar to Help Modernize It's Grid

By Jeffery R. Atkin and Annie Y. Tsai SunEdison, Inc. has secured 20-year power purchase contracts with Southern California Edison to build 33 megawatts of rooftop arrays on industrial buildings in Southern California. Once the rooftop arrays are complete, SunEdison’s public traded yieldco unit...

Foley & Lardner LLP: FERC Issues Proposal to Ease Regulation of Gen-Tie Lines

By Kurt R. Rempe FERC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that would substantially reduce the regulatory burdens placed on energy project developers that construct generator lead lines (gen-tie lines) to interconnect their projects to the grid. Currently, developers that own, operate...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Offsets Collapse Of Coal

The U.S. coal industry has endured a precipitous decline in recent years. A Duke University study indicated that the industry shed 49,530 jobs between 2008 and 2012. U.S. renewable energy, meanwhile, has surged. The Duke study found that wind and solar energy generation provided more than 79,000 direct...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Without Tax Credit Extensions, Returns Of PPAs For Renewables Will Have To Give, GAO Says

By Renewable Energy Insights SNL reports that if Congress does not extend a pair of subsidies for the renewable energy industry, new construction will slow unless retail electricity providers pay significantly more for wind and solar power or developers forfeit a big chunk of their returns, the U...

Troutman Sanders: 10th Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

On July 13, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (“10th Circuit”) upheld the State of Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) as valid under the dormant commerce clause. In doing so, the 10th Circuit held that the RPS (1) was not a price...

Ballard Spahr LLP: New York, Connecticut Establish Community-Based Renewable Energy Programs

New York and Connecticut recently joined at least 13 other states, including Hawai’i and Maryland, in establishing measures that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in those states through community-based renewable energy programs. Because certain federal tax credits...

State Net Capitol Journal: New Mexico Gov. Martinez Unveils Energy Plan

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) proposed a new “all of the above” state energy policy last week she said would utilize renewable energy sources like wind and solar, traditional fossil fuels like oil and gas and even nuclear power. “New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and...

Duane Morris LLP: New York Public Service Commission Staff Supports Continuation of Net Metering

By statute, New York state utilities are required to offer net metering of electricity to generators of certain renewable energy resources, depending on the size of the project. Net metering means that, to the extent that there is surplus energy that is not used by the utility customer on behalf of whom...