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Measures Regarding Basic Services in the Face of COVID-19
Carey, March 2020

On 27 March 2020, the Chilean Government announced that the Ministry of Energy reached an agreement with power distributors to roll out a contingency plan that helps Chilean households pay the electricity bills during the State of Catastrophe...

Coronavirus: Impacts on Energy Licensing and the Energy Market
PLMJ, March 2020

A global public health emergency was declared by the World Health Organization on 30 January 2020 as a result of the spread of the new virus COVID-19. The virus was later classified as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As a result, it is important guard against any negative impact of the events relating to COVID-19 on ongoing energy licensing processes and on the energy market as a whole, particularly in the light of Decree-Law 172/2006 of23 August (“DL 172/2006”)...

National Hydrocarbons Commission / Energy Regulatory Commission Suspension of Terms and Proceedings
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., March 2020

On March 20, 2020 the National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”) published in the Federal Official Gazette an administrative resolution declaring the suspension of all terms and proceedings before such authority from March 23 to April 19, 2020. As per the resolution issued by CNH, all terms applicable to administrative procedures before CNH shall be extended and will continue running on April 20, 2020...

Please Mr. Postman: Energy Trading Contract Notice Issues in the Time of COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

COVID-19 and the sweeping government actions to curtail the effects of the virus have disrupted business activities across the globe, requiring businesses to carefully examine their existing contracts and in certain cases deliver important notices thereunder, such as notices of force majeure...

COVID-19 Impact on Renewable Energy Asset Development
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the sweeping government action to curtail its effects across the globe has disrupted global supply chains and may continue to do so for quite some time. These constraints will strain project development timelines across the renewable energy industry...

Several States Adopt CISA Guidance Giving “Essential Critical Infrastructure” Exemption for Energy Sector under COVID-19 “Shelter-in-Place”
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2020

Several state and local governments have issued “shelter in place” orders and undoubtedly more will follow. All have various exemptions for “essential businesses” and many rely on exemptions outlined in the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) guidance on critical infrastructure workers...

Considerations of MinEnergia on the Freedom of Movement Restriction
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

By means of Circular No. 4007 of 25 March 2020, the Ministry of Mines and Energy set out some considerations on the understanding of paragraphs 13 and 25 of Article 3 of Decree 457 of 2020, by which the National Government ordered the preventive isolation of all inhabitants of Colombia for a period of 19 days. Paragraphs 13 and 25 refer to exceptions to the restrictions on freedom of movement...

What Does The Michigan Stay Home Executive Order Mean For Your In-Person Energy Operations?
Dykema, March 2020

  On March 23, 2020, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (“EO 2020-21”), which orders all Michigan residents to stay at home or in their place of residence unless exempted until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m...

Coronavirus: Extraordinary Measures in the Energy Sector
PLMJ, March 2020

On 17 March, the Energy Services Regulator (“ERSE”) approved Regulation 255-A/2020 and it was published in the official gazette, Diário da República, on 18 March 2020...

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Amends the Purchase Scheme for Renewable Sourced Electricity
Makarim & Taira S., March 2020

Overview At the end of February 2020, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (“MEMR”) issued Regulation No. 4 of 2020 (“Reg. 4/2020”), as a second amendment to MEMR Regulation No. 50 of 2017 on the Use of Renewable Energy for the Provision of Electric Power which was initially amended through MEMR Regulation No. 53 of 2018 (“Reg. 50/2017”). Reg...

Oil & Gas Industry—Are You Prepared to Deal With COVID-19?
Dykema, March 2020

The price of oil—already hammered by market conditions—took another stumble in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak with no immediate relief in sight. Accordingly, the Oil & Gas Industry must prepare for the looming wave of oncoming legal issues, which will affect every sector of the market. This alert contains recommended actions for industry stakeholders...

Sener Reduces Requirements for Fuel Marketers and Distributors
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2019

Summary of Public Policy and Prior Amendments The Minimum Fuels Storage Public Policy (the “Public Policy”) was released by Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (“SENER”) on December 12, 2017. The objective is to improve energy security in Mexico and ensure adequate energy supply and competitive prices, through the establishment of mandatory minimum fuel inventories and reporting obligations...

Public Consultation on the revised draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines
A&L Goodbody, December 2019

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD, launched a public consultation on proposed revisions to the Wind Energy Development Guidelines (the draft Guidelines) on 12 December 2019. The draft guidelines, when finalised, will affect future planning applications and considerations for future wind energy development proposals...

ANNA Mining, the New Integral Mining Management System
Brigard Urrutia, December 2019

The ANM, launches ANNA Mining, the digital platform will replace the Colombian Mining Cadastre and will start operating in phases. On December 13, 2019, the National Mining Agency (ANM) launched the new Comprehensive Mining Management System: ANNA Mining (ANNA), which will replace the Colombian Mining Cadastre...

Pollution of the Solution?
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2019

Amid the noise, vitriol and spectacle, the real debate that we need to have about climate change has been drowned out. In the past few weeks, I have followed with much interest a Swedish child activist’s barely concealed yearning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Sadly, Greta Thunberg, famous for her tirades on climate change, did not win the award, despite her widely watched zero-emission Atlantic crossing in a hydro- and solar-powered yacht to address the UN General Assembly...

How will the 2019 Proposed Financing Provisioning Regulations affect mining companies?
ENSafrica, August 2019

  In May 2019, the South African Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations, 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”) were released for public comment...

Mining and Local Communities: Free, Prior and Informed Consent in South Africa?
ENSafrica, August 2019

  With South Africa’s recent cabinet reshuffle, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation was amalgamated with the Department of Human Settlements. This indicates the growing intersection between natural resources and people/communities, and in turn, the potential for policy to stop seeing natural resources and people in separate silos...

The Nigeria Power Sector Review 2019
AELEX, August 2019

Electricity was first generated in Nigeria in 1866 when two generating sets were installed to serve the Colony of Lagos. In 1951, the government of Nigeria, through an Act of Parliament, established the Electricity Commission of Nigeria (ECN) to regulate and operate the power supply systems in Nigeria. Subsequently, the Niger Dam Authority (NDA) was established for the development of the Kanji Hydroelectric Dam...

2019 Romania - Call for Petroleum Blocks Tender. A Breath of Fresh Air?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, August 2019

In a country with a significant number of mature fields and few discoveries made and/or developed in the last years, the Romanian National Authority for Mineral Resources has recently launched a public call for tender for the concession of 28 exploration, development and exploitation petroleum blocks, both onshore and offshore (Licensing Round XI/2019)...

The Climate Action Plan 2019: Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use
A&L Goodbody, July 2019

Currently, 33% of Ireland's Greenhouse Gas emissions are produced as a result of agricultural activities. In order to reduce emissions there must be a change in farming methods; opportunities are also present in the areas of forestry, bioenergy and land-use practices. While reducing emissions, policy in this area must also aim to: Maintain the "green" brand image of Irish food exports abroad ("Origin Green" etc.). Maintain good prices for producers...

Electric Sector in El Salvador
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, July 2019

At the end of the 19th century, mechanisms that transformed natural resources into energy began. The conception of electricity as a private good, which fosters economies of scale and the promotion of transmission and generation megaprojects in the sector, consciously and interestedly omit sustainable energy alternatives from a social and environmental point of view. The causes that leave aside this type of projects are based on the lack of economic profitability for investment interests...

How will the 2019 Proposed Financing Provisioning Regulations Affect Mining Companies?
ENSafrica, July 2019

In May 2019, the South African Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations, 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”) were released for public comment...

Michigan Opens the Door for Expanded Solar Development on Farmland
Dykema, June 2019

On Monday, June 3, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced MDARD’s decision to allow for commercial solar energy development on land currently enrolled in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, commonly known as PA 116. PA 116 was established in 1975 and is designed to preserve farmland and open space in Michigan...

Use of a Feed-In Premium for Photovoltaic Electricity
Karanovic & Partners, June 2019

The Government of North Macedonia announced an open call for awarding a contract for the use of a feed-in premium for electricity produced in photovoltaic power plants (“PVPPs”) on state land in North Macedonia, with total installed capacity of 35 MW. Two locations are envisaged for construction of the PVPPs – Azambegovo (Sveti Nikole) and Manastirec (Makedonski Brod)...

MHSA Guidance Note on Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths Published
ENSafrica, May 2019

  On 10 May 2019, the Chief Inspector of Mines published, in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (the “MHSA”), a Guidance Note on Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths.Legal status of the Guidance Note:It is important to note that the Guidance Note has been compiled with a view to provide guidance to all relevant stakeholders regarding their roles and responsibilities with regard to medico-legal investigations of both natural and unnatural mine deaths...

 

 

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