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Will the Romanian Offshore be the Expected Investment Driver for New Energy Projects?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, February 2021

With the main goal of the EU being to cut CO2 emissions in order to become carbon neutral by 2050, offshore represents valuable “available space” for the development of clean energy projects. While in some cases offshore is already a crowded place, other offshore locations are still free of significant energy infrastructure. Therefore, planning ahead is more important than ever...

Mining Rounds Advances: ANM Publishes Draft of the ToR and the Minute
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

The National Mining Agency published for comments: (i) the Draft Resolution by means of which it adopted the Terms of Reference for the selection of proposals for the award of Special Contracts for the Exploration and Exploitation of Minerals in Strategic Mining Reserve Areas; (ii) such terms of reference; and (iii) the special contract minute...

Murky Waters: Assessing EPA’s Draft Guidance on Groundwater Regulation After the Maui County Decision
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, February 2021

Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a draft guidance intended to assist regulated entities and permitting authorities in applying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, concerning Clean Water Act (“CWA”) jurisdiction over discharges to groundwater...

COVID-19: ANM Extends validity of Mineral titles and Suspension of Procedural and Material Deadlines until June 30, 2021
Veirano Advogados, January 2021

On January 22, 2021, the Federal Official Gazette published Resolution No. 55, by means of which the National Mining Agency (“ANM”) amends Resolutions No. 28/2020 and 46/2020, which deal with the suspension of deadlines of certain procedural and material acts under its competence, and the extension of the terms of mineral titles, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic...

Biden Administration Voices Strong Support for the Jones Act
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2021

On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed the Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers (Made in America) Executive Order, which not only directs that federal government purchases and procurement go to American businesses and workers, but also calls out the Jones Act for specifically endorsing the nation’s vessels, ports, and merchant crews...

Vietnam: Update on Rooftop Solar Power Policy (As of 22 January 2021)
DFDL, January 2021

Decision No. 13/2020/QD-TTg issued by the Prime Minister of Vietnam on encouraging mechanisms for solar power development in Vietnam, dated 6 April 2020 (“Decision 13”) prescribed feed-in tariffs which expired on 31 December 2020...

Chilean National Geology and Mining Service Updates Closure Plans and Audit Programs for 2021
Carey, January 2021

The National Geology and Mining Service (the "SNGM") has issued exempt resolution No. 69/2021 (the "Resolution"), which establishes the program of updates and periodical audits of closure plans to which the companies listed there must comply within the 2021 calendar year. Closure Plans Law No...

The ANH Modified CEPI Selection Process through Addenda No. 4 and 5
Brigard Urrutia, January 2021

In recent days, the National Agency of Hydrocarbons ("ANH") published Addendum No. 4 and Addendum No. 5 to the CEPI Selection Process. Addendum No...

NEPA in the Ninth Circuit: A Rare Look at Impacts to Redwood Forests and "Downstream" Carbon Emissions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2020

Key Points In a rare move, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals published two opinions about subjects that are hardly ever discussed in the court's published National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decisions. For the first time in more than three decades, the court examined impacts to an old-growth redwood forest, and for the first time since 2016, the court examined indirect (downstream) carbon emissions. In Bair v...

Brief Introduction to Indonesia’s Job Creation / Omnibus Law on Broadening of the Investment Ecosystem and Business Activities, the Ease of Doing Business and Acceleration of National Strategic Projects Oriented Towards National Interests
Makarim & Taira S., December 2020

Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation (the “Job Creation Law” or known as the Omnibus Law) was issued and came into effect on 2 November 2020. It is mainly based on the principles of the equalization of rights, legal certainty, greater ease of doing business, togetherness, and independence...

Government Launches Long-Awaited Energy White Paper
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

The government has launched its long-awaited Energy White Paper, expanding on the government’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The Energy White Paper commits to the creation and support of up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade, ranging from jobs in major power generation, carbon capture storage and hydrogen projects supported by a new £240 million net zero Hydrogen Fund, to the retrofit of homes and buildings for greater energy efficiency...

COVID-19: ANM Clarifies Suspension of Material and Procedural Terms, Including the Validity of Mining Titles - Resolution ANM No. 50
Veirano Advogados, November 2020

On November 27, 2020, the Federal Official Gazette published Resolution No. 50, by means of which the National Mining Agency (“ANM”) amends Resolution No. 46/2020, which suspended the deadlines of certain procedural and material acts and the extension of mining titles. According to the new wording, the period of certain procedural and material acts as well as the tacit approval by the Agency is suspended from March 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020...

Environment, Trade: British Government Aims to Forbid Imports of Commodities from Deforested Areas
Veirano Advogados, November 2020

British Government aims to forbid import of commodities from deforested areas as a consequence of international discussions focused on ESG. In 2019, the British Government hired the independent consultancy 'Global Resource Initiative' ("GRI") to evaluate actions to ensure a more sustainable economy for the United Kingdom...

October 2020 Nickel Report Post Summary
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

This alert provides links to the latest insights and commentary on key energy and environmental issues from the Hunton Andrews Kurth team. Links to our most recent posts on the Nickel Report Blog for this month are below. Please subscribe to receive alerts when new posts are published by visiting our blog and entering your email address in the subscribe field or by following us on Twitter.  For current Covid-19 related news updates please read more here...

Round and Round Florida (and Georgia) Go: An Update on the Florida-Georgia Water Wars
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

For most of the last three decades, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have waged a multifront water war, filing cases in federal courts across the United States. This war, and these cases, turn on apportionment of two river basins: the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin and the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. At the heart of this legal tug of war lie competing uses—and visions—for the basins...

Angola: New Local Content Rules for the Oil Sector
PLMJ, October 2020

The new legal framework applicable to the Angolan oil sector was approved by Presidential Decree 271/20 of 20 October (the "Decree"). The Decree makes a substantial change to the rules on local Angolan content applicable in the sector and it naturally repeals Order 127/03 of 25 November.The new legal framework now extends to service providers and suppliers of goods and services to the oil sector ("Providers") and not only which oil companies (i.e...

Hydrogen: National Strategy and Guarantees of Origin
PLMJ, August 2020

Of the Council of Ministers Resolution no. 63/2020, which approved the National Hydrogen Strategy, was published on 14 August 2020. Also, on 17 August 2020, Decree-Law no. 60/2020 was published, which, following the National Hydrogen Strategy, establishes the mechanism for issuing guarantees of origin for low carbon gases andfor gases of renewable origin. 1...

Panama: The World of Turnkey Contracts, Partial Payment Accounts and Certificates of No Objection
Morgan & Morgan, July 2020

For a long time, we have heard in different social media, for various reasons, some more positive than others, information related to Turnkey Contracts and the State indebtedness resulting from the Partial Payment Accounts (in Spanish, “Cuentas de Pago Parcial”) and Certificates of No Objection (in Spanish, “Certificados de No Objeción”)...

Ministry of Energy Establishes Criteria for Requests of Unique Collective Permit Applicable to Power Generation Companies
Carey, July 2020

By means of Ordinary Resolution No. 675/2020 dated July 8th, 2020 (“Ordinary 675”), the Ministry of Energy established the criteria of the requests of Unique Collective Permits applicable to companies with power generation businesses in the context of the transit instructions issued by the sanitary authority due to the COVID-19 outbreak...

Mining Safety Guide on Contingency Plans for Staff Reduction, Production Detentions or Slowdown of Operations
Carey, June 2020

Due to the reduction to the minimum necessary staff that works in mining operations and, consequently, to the reduction of their capacity to react in the event of incidents or operational accidents,a guide for preparing contingency plans with measures to prevent these risks was approved. (Guide: Exempt Resolution No...

NEC Exempt Resolution No. 176 that Determines the Scope on the Exclusive Business Purpose of Energy Distribution Companies
Carey, June 2020

The National Energy Commission (“NEC”) issued on May 29, 2020 the Exempt Resolution No. 176 (“NEC ER 176”) that determines the scope on the exclusive business purpose and separate accountings of energy distribution companies, for the provision of the energy distribution public service according to what was set in Law No. 21,194. The NEC ER 176 was published in the Official Gazette on June 9, 2020...

CORFO Creates Green Credit to Boost Investment in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Circular Economy Projects.
Carey, June 2020

On June 11, 2020, Resolution No. 29/2020 (“RES 29”) of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (“CORFO”), which approved the regulations that will govern the “Green Credit” program, was published in the Official Gazette. The RES 29 aims to endorse the investment in renewable energy projects during the economic contingency arising post Covid-19. (https://www.corfo.cl/sites/cpp/sala_de_prensa/nacional/10_06_2020_corfo_crea_credito_verde)...

Coal Earnings Set to Plunge 50% in North America, Moody's Says
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

  "Earnings for North American coal miners may plunge by more than half this year as the coronavirus pandemic makes a weak market even worse, according to Moody’s Investors Service."   Why this is important: The COVID-19 outbreak continues to wreak havoc with U.S. coal companies as the outbreak has exacerbated an already weak coal market. Moody’s Investors Service has just announced it expects U.S. coal production to drop 25 percent this year...

Energy Regulatory Commission, Extension of the Suspension for Terms and Proceedings
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., June 2020

On May 29th, 2020 the Energy Regulatory Commission (“ CRE ”) published in the Federal Official Gazette an administrative resolution declaring the extension of the suspension of all terms and proceedings before such authority from June 01st, 2020 until the sanitary authorities determine that there are no epidemiologic risks related to the gradual, careful and organized opening of the federal public administration activities...

National Mining Agency Changes Rules Regarding Suspension of Procedural and Material Deadlines
Veirano Advogados, June 2020

On June 2, 2020, Resolution No. 36 was published in the Official Gazette, by means of which the National Mining Agency ("ANM") has changed Resolution No. 28/2020, which suspended the deadlines of certain procedural and material acts under its competence, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic...

 

 

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