The Oregon legislature is considering a bill that would require the state’s large electric utilities to procure one or more “qualifying energy storage systems” by January 1, 2020.
On Tuesday, March 11, 2015, the Texas Legislature’s 84th Session gained another bill directed at combating future local and municipal fracking bans. State Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), Chairman of the Texas House Energy Resources Committee, filed House Bill 40 (HB40), which seeks to amend Chapter 81 of the Texas Natural Resources Code and expressly preempts the authority of “a municipality or other political subdivision” to regulate an “oil and gas operation” and gives exclusive jurisdiction to regulate an “oil and gas operation” to the state of Texas, specifically the Railroad Commission.
The new year may only be a few months old, but 2015 has already ushered in a number of exciting developments in the solar power space in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Many forces are converging to focus the debate on the evolving role of utilities, and events and trends are being closely watched by utilities, regulators and policymakers. Just in the last week or so, a few developments indicate that new technologies are likely to be transformative.
CEQA “Common Sense” Exemption Upheld; Environmental Baseline for Project Following Improvements Pursuant to an Emergency Exemption Clarified
The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a CEQA exemption related to the City of San Diego’s approval of a project comprising emergency storm drainage repair and site revegetation.
There has not been a lot of recent case law applying the CERCLA Bona Fide Purchaser Defense or innocent Landowner Defense.
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: H-2B Regulations Vacated – Again; Immigration Executive Action Litigation IV; And Aircraft Engines & Greenhouse Gases
Last week’s highlights in regulatory practice were few and tread familiar ground, but have much meaning.
Takings law is complicated enough but leave it to the frequently reversed U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to twist it out of shape so much as to dare the Supreme Court to reverse it not just once but twice in the same case.
In Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, No. S201116 (Cal. Mar. 2, 2015) (slip op), the California Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling that banned developers from using an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) to avoid undertaking an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for the construction of a proposed two-story 10,000-square-foot home in Berkeley.
Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Wells Closed Down As a Precautionary Measure to Ensure Drinking Water Protection
On Tuesday, March 3, twelve underground injection control (“UIC”) wells in California’s Central Valley, specifically in Kern County, were shut down in order to protect subsurface drinking water from potential contamination.