Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy

By | Clean Energy Law Report | September 30, 2014

On September 23, 2014, the California Energy Commission (“CEC”), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”), US Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), and US Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS”) for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”).

Ninth Circuit Upholds TERO Requirements in Indian Country Mineral Leasing

By | North America Shale Blog | September 29, 2014

Conducting commercial operations on tribal lands can pose significant challenges for non-Indian companies. Demonstrating sensitivity to the cultural nuances of Native American society and navigating the complex web of federal and tribal regulations applicable to Indian Country requires expertise and invariably adds time and costs to projects.

EU Court Confirms Support for Protective Local Green Energy Schemes: Will This Approach Spill Over to Other National Environmental Measures?

EU Member State green energy schemes that only support locally produced renewable energy are compatible with EU law.  This is the main conclusion of the Court of Justice of the European Union in its judgment of 11 September 2014 (CJEU, Joined Cases C-204/12 to C-208/12, Essent Belgium NV v. Vlaamse Reguleringsinstantie voor de Electriciteits- en Gasmarkt).

Transforming the Traditional Municipal Bond Market to Finance Environment-Friendly Green Projects

By | Energy Finance Report | September 26, 2014
Transforming the Traditional Municipal Bond Market to Finance Environment-Friendly Green Projects

Following the model of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, several state governments and private companies are ramping up their issuance of green bonds to finance low-carbon, environmentally beneficial projects in renewable energy, clean water, sustainability, biodiversity, energy efficiency, land conservation, river revitalization, drinking water, and infrastructure.