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FERC Off to a “Fast Start”

USA - January 2 2018 At the December 21, 2017 FERC open meeting, the first with the agency’s new Chairman, Kevin McIntyre and a full slate of Commissioners, several major new orders and policy initiatives were announced that are important to the energy industry, including initiating a more RTO-specific approach to fast-start resource pricing policies, new reporting requirements for cyber security incidents and a preliminary announcement of FERC’s intent to review the current pipeline certificate procedures.

EPA Solicits Input on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Limits for Existing Electric Utility Generating Units

USA - December 22 2017 On December 18, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) to solicit input regarding the…

Wisconsin Legislature Considers Repealing Nonfederal Wetland Permitting Program

USA - December 21 2017 Since 2001, Wisconsin law has required a permit to discharge fill into wetlands that do not fall under federal jurisdiction (“nonfederal wetlands”)…

Congressional Compromise Mollifies Renewable Industry Concerns

USA - December 16 2017 The renewables industry can breathe easier this weekend as details emerge from whirlwind negotiations that appear to clear the path toward passage of…

EPA Abandons CERCLA Financial Responsibility Rule for Mining Industry

USA - December 6 2017 In a major reversal of Obama-era policy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on December 1, 2017, that it will not issue final…

Texas Developers, Mark Your Calendars for March: Changes Coming for Texas Stormwater Permit

USA - December 5 2017 The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the process of renewing its General Permit to Discharge under the Texas Pollutant Discharge…

“Base Erosion Tax” Poses Newfound Threat to Wind and Solar Development

USA - December 1 2017 Renewable energy developers believed to have dodged a bullet in the Senate’s tax reform bill face newfound concerns as the upper chamber works toward…

EPA and Army Corp Propose to Delay Effective Date of WOTUS Rule

USA - November 20 2017 The U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed to delay the effective date of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule which…

FERC Review Finds Few Regulations That Burden Energy Production

USA - November 20 2017 FERC recently reviewed its regulations to determine if they “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources, with…

Senate Battle Over PTC Heating Up

USA - November 17 2017 Late last night, the Senate Finance Committee voted its massive tax overhaul bill out of committee, retaining Production Tax Credits (PTC) important…