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FERC Redefines QF Eligibility Requirements

September 8, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

On September 1, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an order breaking with decades of precedent regarding how it will determine whether a renewable resource is eligible...

FERC Staff Report on High Voltage Transmission Development to Congress

August 18, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

On Friday, August 7, 2020, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Staff sent a report to Congress examining the “barriers and opportunities for high voltage transmission.” FERC Staff prepared this report in accordance with the Congressional directive  contained in...

Predictable unpredictability: stranded assets and the scope for disputes under PSCs

August 13, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

In the current climate, many exploration and production companies are looking to reduce capital expenditure and to streamline their operations. They are also reassessing their demand and price forecasts and considering the impact on their balance sheets...

FERC Finalizes Reforms to PURPA Regulations

July 22, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued Order No. 872, a final rule that the Commission explains is intended to implement its statutory mandate to update rules promulgated pursuant to the Public Utility...

Trump Administration Publishes Final Revisions to NEPA Regulations

July 16, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

On July 16, 2020, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published its much anticipated final rule revising the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act...

Electric Transmission and Distribution Utilities and FERC COVID-19 Relief

July 14, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

On March 13, 2020, President Trump deemed the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States a national emergency as of March 1, 2020. Due to the pandemic, certain electric transmission and distribution public utilities have experienced electricity demand that differs from...

Nigeria considers changes to Nigerian content requirements in the oil and gas sector

April 7, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Nigerian government has prepared new legislation – the Nigerian Content Development and Enforcement Bill (“Bill”) – to revise the country’s regulatory approach to mandatory Nigerian content in the oil and gas sector and beyond. The Bill was submitted to the House...

COVID-19 and “Electronic” Execution of English Law Documents

March 19, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, many organisations are implementing remote working policies and limiting access to offices in order to effect social distancing measures. Notwithstanding the...

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Flight of Fancy or Enduring Change?

February 26, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The Trump Administration has issued a proposed rule, 85 Fed. Reg. 5915 (February 3, 2020), that would codify its interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), 16 U.S.C. 703 et seq., as applying only to the direct take of birds subject to the Act. For decades...

Trump Administration Proposes Unprecedented and Comprehensive Revisions to NEPA Regulations

January 16, 2020
Energy Legal Blog®

The National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) -- a law that has been referred to as the “Magna Carta” of the nation’s environmental laws – turned 50 years old on January 1, 2020. On January 10, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published a...