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|BC Hydro Amends Standing Offer Program Rules to Exclude Existing Generators|
Maxime Léveillé, Sven Milelli; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
December 17, 2014, previously published on November 27, 2014On November 26, 2014, BC Hydro announced that it has amended its Standing Offer Program (SOP) rules to make existing generation no longer eligible for participation in the SOP. BC Hydro states that the amendment is in line with BC Hydro’s 2013 Clean Energy Strategy contained in its Integrated...
|54 Bids Totaling 6,627.5MW Submitted in Connection with Hydro-Québec Distribution’s 450MW Wind RFP|
Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Franck Marvel Ngandui; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
December 17, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014On November 6, 2014, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) publicly opened the sealed bids received in response to its request for proposals launched on December 18, 2013, for the purchase of 450MW of wind power produced in Québec. The submission of bids, initially due for...
|MDE Publishes Draft Environmental Reporting Regulations|
Todd R. Chason, Victor A. Kwansa, Michael C. Powell, Margaret M. Witherup; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
December 17, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014In 2008, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law instructing the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to develop regulations requiring property owners to disclose environmental sampling results to the State. On October 31st MDE published draft regulations in the Maryland Register and...
|Energy Update: Risk and Opportunity Amid Falling Oil Prices|
Jonathan M. Fisher, Thomas A. Howley, William Prescott Mills, Omar Samji, Jeffrey A. Schlegel; Jones Day;
December 16, 2014, previously published on December 2014The mainstream media have been trying to predict, on almost a daily basis, the causes of, and the winners and losers (mostly focused on the latter category) resulting from, the current volatility in oil and gas prices. Regardless of the cause, as of the end of November 2014, the American price for...
|Mexican President Peña Promulgates Regulations to the Secondary Laws of the Energy Reform|
José Estandía, Mauricio E. Llamas C., William Prescott Mills, Alberto de la Parra Z.; Jones Day;
December 16, 2014, previously published on November 2014Pursuant to the transitory articles of the Secondary Laws to Mexico's Energy Reform, enacted on August 11, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced the issuance of a series of clarifying Regulations, with an effective date of October 31, 2014 (the "Regulations").
|Department of Interior Announces January Auction Date for Martha’s Vineyard Wind Energy Leases|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 15, 2014, previously published on December 1, 2014On November 24th, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it would be auctioning off four commercial leases for the Wind Energy Area (WEA) south of Martha’s Vineyard on January 29th. The area to be leased, which is identical to the area...
|National Energy Board Rules in Favour of Trans Mountain|
Paul R. Cassidy, Gordon M. Nettleton, Monika A. Sawicka; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
December 15, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014On October 9, 2014, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC’s (“Trans Mountain”) motion was heard by the National Energy Board (“NEB”) after a series of incidents between Trans Mountain and the City of Burnaby (“Burnaby”). Burnaby officials ticketed Trans Mountain...
|B.C. Government Tables Comprehensive LNG Tax Legislation|
TJ Kang, Brian O'Neill, Monika A. Sawicka; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
December 15, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014On October 21, 2014, British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Bill 6 - 2014, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act (the “Act”), which proposes an income tax, effective for taxation years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, payable on net income from liquefaction...
|Texas Coops Purchase Wind Power|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
December 12, 2014, previously published on December 1, 2014East Texas Electric Cooperative and Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative recently signed purchase agreements for wind power generated by an Apex Clean Energy subsidiary’s wind project, set to come online in 2015.
|Arkansas Cooperative Adds 150 MW of Wind Energy to Portfolio|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 26, 2014Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) has reached a long-term agreement to purchase power from the 150-MW Origin Wind Farm located in southeast Oklahoma. The Origin Wind Farm is owned by Enel Green Power North America, Inc., and AECC will be the only offtaker of electricity generated by this...