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US RENEWABLES: INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES PERSIST IN UNCONVENTIONAL PLACES

Christopher Gladbach | Seth B. Doughty

Apart from a few challenges, the sellers’ market in renewable energy is accelerating under the Biden administration, leading international investors to seek opportunities in non-traditional investments. Read more.

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THE US $2.3 TRILLION AMERICAN JOBS INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN

Elle Hayes | Dominique J. Torsiello | Carl J. Fleming | Ranajoy Basu

In March this year, US President Joe Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan, the first of a two-part infrastructure package to revive the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic and the second stage of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. Read more.

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SOUTH EAST ASIA RENEWABLES MARKET

Ignatius K. Hwang | Merrick White

Despite considerable challenges, South East Asia is pulling out all the stops to transition to primarily renewable energy in the coming years. Read more.

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GREEN AMMONIA: AT THE INTERSECTION OF PETROCHEMICALS AND THE ENERGY TRANSITION

John Bridge | Parker A. Lee

As the world seeks to transition to a lower carbon economy, replacing traditional hydrocarbon-based transport fuels in the automobile, aviation, and shipping industries will be important. Read more.

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CLEAN ENERGY EMPLOYERS ARE THE NEW TARGET FOR ORGANISED LABOUR

Ellen M. Bronchetti | Ron Holland | Saniya Ahmed

Employers in the clean energy sector should be prepared to consider how changes to the US labour landscape are likely to impact their workforce. Read more.

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COMPETITION POLICY AND THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL: A PATHWAY TOWARDS CLEAN ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Hendrik Viaene | David Henry | Karolien Van der Putten

EU competition rules—particularly State aid, merger control, and antitrust rules—are playing a key role in supporting the goals of the European Green Deal. Read more.

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NOT YET THE END FOR HYDROCARBONS

Merrick White

There has there been significant activity in the Asian upstream market this year. Who is buying mature oil fields, and why? Read more.

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ENGLISH HIGH COURT SANCTIONS RESTRUCTURING OF DTEK GROUP

Mark Fennessy | Sunay Radia | Alexander Andronikou

The recent restructuring of DTEK Group provides guidance regarding the English High Court’s position on challenges to the international effectiveness of schemes of arrangement and/or restructuring plans post-Brexit. Read more.

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FERC Proposes to Adopt NAESB Standards for Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

by Elizabeth P. Philpott

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on April 19 to amend its regulations “to incorporate by reference the business practice standards adopted by the Wholesale Electric Quadrant of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) that pertain to the measurement and verification of demand response and energy efficiency resources participating in organized wholesale electricity markets.”  The NOPR is timely, coming on the heels of several contentious disputes, including FERC enforcement actions, questioning how to measure the performance of vendors of demand response and efficiency resources.  To be considered, comments on the NOPR must be submitted to FERC 60 days after publication of the NOPR in the Federal Register.

Adoption of the NAESB standards, in FERC’s view, could improve demand response and energy efficiency resource performance, measuring methods and procedures.  FERC also expressed its hope that the NAESB standards could assist Independent System Operators (ISO) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) with accounting for and crediting demand response and energy efficiency resources.

NAESB describes the proposed standards as a “framework” to develop methodologies.  The proposed demand response standards include the following changes:

  • Adding a meter data reporting deadline;
  • Specifying advance notification guidelines;
  • Establishing a telemetry interval; and
  • Tightening requirement for meter accuracy.

Through this NOPR, FERC seeks comment about whether these methodologies need to be more detailed to be useful.  FERC also seeks comment on whether ISOs and RTOs need further specific development of measurement and verification standards and if so, whether NAESB or FERC should lead this process.




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