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  1. EPA Adopts Quality Assurance Program to Reduce RIN Fraud

    Friday, July 18, 2014 9:13 am by

    To address past issues associated with invalid Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) generated for compliance with the renewable fuels standard (RFS), EPA has established a voluntary quality-assurance program (QAP).  79 Fed. Reg. 42,078 (July 18, 2014).

    Types of RINs Available

    Under the voluntary QAP, independent third-party auditors can certify the validity of various types of RINs.  Three of the four types of RINs available to establish compliance under the RFS program are verified RINs: (more…)

  2. Environmental Regulations Impacting the Energy Industry – Summer 2014

    Friday, June 20, 2014 11:06 am by

  3. NBR Interview with Jason Hutt: The Role of Government Support in Solar Power Growth

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 2:22 pm by

    On June 4, Bracewell partner Jason Hutt was interviewed on Nightly Business Report by NBC’s Jackie DeAngelis about the role of government support in the growth of the solar power industry. Click here to view the Nightly Business Report clip.

  4. Has the Sun been Shining too Brightly in the UK?

    Monday, May 19, 2014 10:38 am by

    Last week (13th May) the Department of Energy & Climate Change (“DECC”) unveiled proposals to “maintain the growing momentum behind renewable electricity investment in the UK, while continuing to deliver value for money for consumers.” DECC’s paper[1] has been published to consult with the industry regarding the financial support available for solar power generation. Whilst it has been recognised that solar photovoltaic (PV) is an important part of the UK’s energy mix, the sector’s growth in recent years is considered to be already significantly ahead of expectations.

    In 2013, the Government revised that the Renewable Obligation Credits (ROC) for solar PV in the expectation that there would be approximately 900MW of new large scale solar PV development by the end of 2016/2017. The latest published data has recorded around 545MW of solar PV projects had been accredited by March 2014. The growth has been stronger than anticipated due to support from the small scale feed in tariff (FIT) scheme and ROCs as well as the decreasing costs as a result of global development in large solar markets like China and Germany. (more…)

  5. Gunnison Sage Grouse Continues Its Wobbly Path Toward Listing

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 3:48 pm by , and

    Last week, the Gunnison Sage Grouse took another detour on its road to being listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as a federal court agreed to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) request to postpone a listing decision by six months. A listing – and the concurrent protection of over 1.7 million acres in western Colorado and southeastern Utah – would have significant impacts on oil and gas and grazing activities in the region.  The grouse’s wobbly path toward listing is therefore being closely watched by the oil and gas industry, ranchers and environmentalists alike, but also offers an interesting lesson on how and why certain species get listed, why some do not, and how the listing timeline can be influenced by third parties. (more…)

  6. Commission Holds Roundtable Discussion with Stakeholders on Compensation for Reactive Power

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:27 am by

    While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) has never required a uniform structure for reactive power compensation, in light of the growing number of new technologies, particularly wind and solar photovoltaic generation facilities, the changing landscape of the electricity industry and emerging reliability concerns, the Commission held a workshop on April 22, 2014 to examine the third-party provision of reactive supply and voltage control and regulation and frequency response services.  The Commission is seeking more information on the technical, economic and market issues concerning the provision of these particular ancillary services before it determines if, and how, it will revise its regulations to increase transparency around payment for these services.  The roundtable discussion led by FERC Staff involved various stakeholders including representatives for independent system operators, electric associations, and electric generators. (more…)

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