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|BC Sets New Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard for LNG Industry|
Paul R. Cassidy, Selina Lee-Andersen; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014On October 20, 2014, BC Environment Minister Mary Polak introduced legislation for the management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the province’s burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. With the objective of ensuring that BC has the cleanest LNG facilities in the world, Bill 2...
|Régie de l’énergie Approves Weighting Table for 450 MW Wind RFP|
Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Mathieu LeBlanc; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014On August 22, we reported that Hydro-Québec Distribution was postponing to an undetermined date the deadline for submission of bids in its latest call for tenders for the purchase of a block of wind power produced by facilities with an installed capacity of 450 MW (A/O 2013-01), pending the...
|California Enacts Comprehensive Groundwater Management Legislation|
Jolie-Anne S. Ansley, Thomas M. Berliner, Colin L. Pearce; Duane Morris LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014On September 16, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a historic package of three bills—Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739—instituting comprehensive groundwater management in California. The legislation represents perhaps the most significant...
|Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Extending Real Property Tax Abatement for Solar Power Installation|
Samuel J. Scroggins; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill that extends real property tax breaks for installing electricity-generating solar panels on New York City buildings effective September 23, 2014.
|We Need a Smarter, Greener Grid, But How?|
David R. Zoppo; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014There is no denying that the U.S. electrical grid is in need of replacing, but the route to achieving that goal is unclear. The EPA added another curve in June 2014 with its proposed and highly controversial Clean Power Plan, which requires the total carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S....
|British Columbia Government Tables LNG Tax Legislation|
Paul R. Cassidy, Sven Milelli, Gordon M. Nettleton, Monika A. Sawicka; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014On October 21, 2014, the British Columbia Government tabled Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act. The Bill will be considered at the Legislature’s next sitting.
|Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letter to the Minister of Energy|
David Stevens, Zoe Thoms; Aird & Berlis LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 2014Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently sent a letter to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli setting out key priorities for the Ministry of Energy in 2014. The government’s top energy priority continues to be providing Ontarians with a clean, reliable and affordable supply of electricity. Among the...
|EPA Agrees with WDEQ Analysis Regarding Aquifer Exemption|
Holland Hart LLP;
October 27, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014EPA recently approved WDEQ’s aquifer exemption request associated with Linc Energy’s coal gasification pilot project in Campbell County. WDEQ’s Land Quality Division approved a research and development license for Linc Energy’s project in 2013. Part of the license requires...
|First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois|
Jodi L. Avergun, Isabelle S. Corbett, Jonathan H. Flynn, Anthony M. Mansfield, Gregory George Mocek; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing. This indictment represents the first ever criminal...
|Pennsylvania Superior Court Applies Doctrine of Estoppel by Deed in Oil and Gas Context|
James H. McCune; Bowles Rice LLP;
October 22, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014The Pennsylvania Superior Court has applied the doctrine of "estoppel by deed" in a case involving the ownership and leasing of oil and gas.