Topic Archives: Energy + Environment

September 19, 2017Energy + Environment

NEPA, Energy, and Infrastructure: The Times They Are a Changin’?

For energy and infrastructure project developers, investors, and market participants, the past few weeks introduced increased regulatory uncertainty around the environmental reviews required as part of federal decision-making on matters like permitting and leasing. As the Executive Branch attempts to curtail these reviews, some in the Judicial Branch are increasingly demanding additional consideration, especially on ...›

August 29, 2017Energy + Environment

DOE Grid Report Pins Coal Decline Primarily on Economics of Natural Gas

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) publicly released a long‑anticipated study of the U.S. electrical grid titled “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Grid Reliability.” The report followed on suggestions by the Trump Administration that increasing concerns regarding grid reliability were warranted as a result of increased renewable energy ...›

March 30, 2017Energy + Environment

New Executive Order Scraps Obama Era Environmental Policy

President Trump issued an executive order titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” on March 28, 2017, which outlines the following initiatives: Review:  The order requires agencies to (1) review existing regulations, orders, guidance, and policies that “potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources,” and (2) submit within 45 days a ...›

January 30, 2017Energy + Environment

Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) proposes a 10-year extension of the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, in addition ...›

January 11, 2017Energy + Environment

Midnight Rules May Face Rude Awakening Under the Congressional Review Act in the 115th Congress

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make rolling back certain aspects of the Obama Administration’s domestic policy, including environmental and other rules and regulations issued by federal agencies, a first order of business after taking office in January 2017.  This blog post will explore some ways President-elect Trump and Congress may seek to make good ...›

November 10, 2016Energy + Environment

A Green Light for Green Energy?

While President-elect Donald J. Trump has advocated for an increase in fossil fuels and vowed to nix major climate change regulations, many experts in the sector – including leaders in Morrison & Foerster’s Energy Group – believe Trump will not derail U.S. green energy growth. Growth will most likely take place on the state, not ...›