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Court Limits EPA’s RFS Waiver Authority

In a unanimous ruling on July 28, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to lower total renewable fuels targets in the agency’s 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule promulgated under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The decision follows challenges brought by numerous parties affected by the 2014-2016 RFS targets, including groups representing refiners, importers, and producers of renewable fuels. Americans for Clean Energy, et al. v. EPA, et al. explored several areas of EPA’s authority related to the RFS, but one key area impacted by the Court’s ruling is EPA’s general authority to waive total renewable fuels production targets.

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  • January
  • 2016

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Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the “Act”). As part of a heavily negotiated Congressional bargain to lift the crude oil export ban, the Act includes provisions that extend certain tax credits for renewable energy under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), including the credits for wind and solar energy.

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DOT Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

As described in this previous post, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order 13693, directing key federal agencies to develop “Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans” that explain how they will achieve specified sustainability goals and reduce direct emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2025. As directed by EO 13693, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan in June 2015.

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What Midstream Businesses Need to Know About EPA’s Proposed Methane Air Emissions Rules

Midstream Business recently published an article by V&E partner George Wilkinson and associate Corinne Snow discussing the key aspects of EPA’s recently proposed regulations for methane and volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas sector that will impact midstream operations.

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