Tag: California

Upcoming Seminar: California Land Use Law & Policy Conference

Stoel Rives is a proud sponsor of California Land Use Law & Policy Conference, featuring partner Kristen Castaños, who will speak on “A View to the Future—Anticipated Legislation and Regulation Impacting Land Use.” Stay up to date on renewable energy permitting, SB 375 and “fracking” regulation under SB 4, among many other topics. Receive $100 … Continue Reading

Potential Legal Challenges Likely to California’s New Fracking Law

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 4 on Friday, September 20, 2013, establishing a permitting system for fracking of oil and gas wells. (See September 23, 2013 post.) The state, through the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”), will be developing regulations to implement SB 4’s requirements. Despite its recent … Continue Reading

DTSC Rulemaking Proposes to Classify All Discarded Solar Panels As Hazardous Waste

On June 27, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (“DTSC”) announced a 15 day comment period on new regulations concerning the disposal of photovoltaic (PV) modules—broadly defined as “any photovoltaic device that converts photons from the sun into electricity for general use . . . .” The proposed rulemaking would treat discarded PV modules as … Continue Reading

Stoel Rives Publishes Primer on the Basics of California’s Cap and Trade Program

California’s Cap and Trade Program is now a reality. Businesses needs answers to questions arising from this complex program. Now that the State of California has held its first auction of carbon allowances under the Program and the initial compliance period of 2013-2014 is now underway, Stoel attorneys Michael Mills, Tom Henry and Allison Smith … Continue Reading

California Issues 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan

The California Bioenergy Interagency Working Group has released its 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan, with the goal of facilitating the development of bioenergy in California on a variety of levels, including research and development support, streamlining and consolidating permitting, facilitating access to transmission, pipelines, and other distribution networks, and policies and laws to monetize the benefits … Continue Reading

Sulfur Dioxide Added to Prop 65 Could Have Broad Range of Impacts

Effective July 29, 2011 the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added sulfur dioxide (CAS. No. 7446-090-05) to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity. Sulfur dioxide is found in numerous products including food and beverages. Proposition 65 is the statute that requires notification by manufacturers of … Continue Reading

Wind Farm Development in California: A Case Study on How to Overcome Legal and Business Hurdles

Our team of renewable energy attorneys recently published a detailed Case Study of a complex, multi-phase, 600 MW wind project. This hypothetical illustration provides an overview of the myriad issues, both legal and practical, that a wind energy project developer faces in California. The Case Study is a useful resource for all potential wind developers … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Dismisses Commom Law Nuisance Suit

Supreme Court dismisses federal common law nuisance GHG suits against power producers because of federal Clean Air Act preemption, does not rule on state preemption issues. The case also dealt with issues of standing and agency primacy.  See http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/ for the full details.… Continue Reading

CEC Moves Forward on Implementation of 33% RPS

On June 3, the California Energy Commission (“CEC”) issued a Notice of Intent to Implement 33 Percent Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”).  The new 33% RPS was signed into law by Governor Brown on April 12, 2011.  The legislation for the first time expanded the RPS to publicly-owned utilities (“POU”), and tasked the CEC with, among … Continue Reading

High-Speed Rail Authority Applies for Additional Federal Funds to Extend Starter Segment in Central Valley

Late last week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (“Authority”) approved the submission of an additional funding application to the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) that would, if approved, extend the “starter” segment of the High-Speed Rail Project (“HSR”) north to Merced and south to downtown Bakersfield, making the segment fully operational after construction.  The first segment … Continue Reading

Stoel Rives Attorneys Speak at Wine Conference

This past week, Stoel Rives partners Chris Hermann and John McKinsey and associate Jake Storms all participated as panel speakers at the Best Practices for Owning and Operating a Winery conference, held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, CA. John also acted as co-host of the conference, which covered a wide variety of … Continue Reading
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