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California Authorizes Expanded Monitoring For And Notification Of PFAS
On July 31, 2019, California enacted Assembly Bill No. 756 (AB 756). The law adds Section 116378 to the California Health and Safety Code (the Health and Safety Code) and becomes effective on January 1, 2020
United States
10 Sep 2019
California Public Utilities Commission Opens Two New Investigations
The investigation will review SoCalGas's operation details for the past few years including revenue goals, budgets, staffing and spending to assess compliance with regulations.
United States
15 Aug 2019
The Light Shines For CA QFs: The Ninth Circuit Finds PURPA Preempts CA Renewable Energy Program
It will likely change the procurement contracts for distributed generation with California utilities.
United States
15 Aug 2019
The Empire Strikes Back: NY Reclaims Lead In Adopting The Most Ambitious Climate Goals In The U.S.
The legislation requires that New Yorkers procure 70 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.
United States
26 Jul 2019
Texas Adds New Statutory Requirements On Land Leases For Wind Farms
The Texas Utilities Code was recently modified by House Bill 2845 to now require any person who leases land for a wind power facility to be responsible for removing its wind power facility at the end of the lease.
United States
25 Jul 2019
Why EPA's Clean Water Act Section 401 Guidance Will Have No Practical Impact On Pipeline Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the rollout of its new Clean Water Act Section 401 Guidance for Federal Agencies, States and Authorized Tribes which replaces an April 2010 Interim Guidance ...
United States
22 Jul 2019
PHMSA Seeks Public Comment On LNG By Rail Assessment
On June 6, 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability for comment of its draft Environmental Assessment for a Special Permit to transport LNG by rail.
United States
22 Jul 2019
FERC And NERC Advance Dramatically Expanded Mandatory Cybersecurity Reporting Standards
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 20, 2019, approved a new mandatory cybersecurity reporting rule, CIP 008-6.
United States
8 Jul 2019
CT Legislature Charges Energy Storage Market With Unlimited Electric Utility Investments
The Connecticut General Assembly energized the rapidly-growing energy storage market this week by enacting legislation that authorizes the electric distribution utilities to own and rate-base wholesale storage generation assets ...
United States
14 Jun 2019
Michigan Governor Moves To Establish Enforceable PFAS Limits
On March 29, 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the formation of a science advisory workgroup and her order for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE),
United States
8 May 2019
President Trump Jumpstarts LNG Development And Transportation
On April 11, 2019, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Promoting Energy Infrastructure on Economic Growth which included provisions related to updating regulations linked to facilities which handle LNG and...
United States
30 Apr 2019
FERC Seeks Comment On Broad Reforms To Electric Transmission Incentives Policies
On March 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI)
United States
8 Apr 2019
More Congressional Scrutiny Of The Federal Government's PFAS Efforts
On March 6, 2019, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Environmental Subcommittee held a hearing entitled "Examining PFAS Chemicals and Their Risks."
United States
19 Mar 2019
Clean Tech Funding Primer
Holland & Knight's Government Energy Finance Team invites you to read our Clean Tech Funding Primer, in which we discuss federal government support for clean energy and related innovative technologies
United States
6 Mar 2019
FERC Sets $10 Million Threshold On Public Utility Merger Approvals
On Feb. 21, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) issued a final rule revising its regulations governing public utility mergers or consolidations.
United States
4 Mar 2019
The Green New Deal: What It Does And (Mostly) Doesn't Do
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Feb 7, 2019, released companion resolutions that provide a framework ...
United States
14 Feb 2019
2018 Farm Bill Signals Continued Congressional Support For Clean Energy
The Farm Bill has long served as a vehicle for clean energy programs, and the 2018 iteration—the first update in four years—is no exception.
United States
8 Feb 2019
FERC Asserts Its Authority To Review Rejection Of Wholesale Power Agreements Days Before PG&E Files Bankruptcy
On Jan. 25, 2019 the FERC issued an order asserting its concurrent authority to approve proposed rejection of wholesale power purchase agreements under the Bankruptcy Code.
United States
1 Feb 2019
Clean Tech Opportunities In The Wake Of The 2018 Elections
After a slow start, and with support and prodding from Congress, the Trump Administration has picked up the pace creating opportunities for clean technology and resiliency solutions.
United States
15 Jan 2019
Solicitor General Tells SCOTUS EPA Poised To Act On CWA Comments
On Jan. 3, 2019, the Solicitor General filed a Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae in response to an order issued Dec. 3, 2018, which "called for the views of the Solicitor General" (CVSG) in connection with two petitions for writ of certiorari pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.
United States
15 Jan 2019
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