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Clean Technology Resources from Latham & Watkins

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Cleantech San Diego member Latham & Watkins’ award-winning transactional, energy, and environmental practices represent companies developing at all stages for a range of products involving batteries, biofuels, geothermal, solar, recycling, wind, and more. Latham helps clients obtain and defend the governmental approvals, licenses, and permits needed for vital infrastructure and new development, such as power generation and transmission, refining, manufacturing, ports and airports, mixed use development, office towers, toll roads, educational facilities, and new master planned communities. Latham represents emerging companies from the earliest stages of formation, financing, and going public, to navigating the diverse legal and regulatory issues during ongoing operations. The firm also counsels venture capital and investment banking firms regarding company financing, and has deep expertise in project development, including citing and permitting, tax structuring and finance.


Below is a list of online resources from Latham & Watkins’ Clean Technology division:

Thought Leadership:


Renewable energy development activities covered by the DRECP include solar, wind, and geothermal projects, as well as transmission facilities that service renewable energy projects. (October 23, 2014)
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan to Streamline Permitting for 20,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy


The CAISO proposed its FRAC-MOO requirements to help meet the expected increased need for flexible capacity resources. (October 22, 2014)
FERC Accepts Almost All of the CAISO’s Proposed Flexible Resource Adequacy Capacity and Must-Offer Obligation Requirements


To avoid a situation in which allowance prices spiral upwards, a number of outstanding design flaws in the program must be addressed (October 16, 2014)
Outstanding Design Flaws in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program


Offset providers could face the unenviable choice of spending significant resources to achieve vague, or even flatly incorrect, compliance mandates or risk losing their GHG offsets. (October 9, 2014)
Carlsbad Proposes Invalidating Offset Credits for Facility’s Alleged RCRA Noncompliance


The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). (October 2, 2014)
A Step Toward Expediting California Clean Energy Permits


Decision calls into question the ability of intermittent generation resources, such as many wind generation resources, in Texas to sell power under PURPA Put Contracts. (September 12, 2014)
Fifth Circuit Holds that Texas Public Utility Commission Can Limit Ability of Intermittent Wind Generators to Sell Their Power Under PURPA as “Firm Power,” Contrary to FERC and District Court


The Supreme People’s Court has set up an environmental tribunal and clarified in its new Opinions which parties are able to pursue cases, the courts of first instance and the rules on litigation fees and funds. (September 12, 2014)
Time for the Courts to Go Green


Eligible projects must utilize an “innovative” technology and must reduce, avoid, or sequester greenhouse gases. (July 7, 2014)
DOE Announces New Renewable and Efficient Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation


Past Webcasts and Presentations:


This 60-minute webcast addresses market design issues and potential solutions in California’s cap and trade program (AB32).
Priority Market Design Issues in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program for 2015 and Beyond: October 2014


This 45-minute webcast covers: EPA’s SIP call on “Startup, Shutdown and Malfunctions;” the first underground injection permit for CCS; and a recap of the Climate Change Summit. October 2014
Air & Climate Forecast: October 2014


This 45-minute webcast covers: The continued focus on social cost of carbon estimates, how LCFS avoids Supreme Court Review, and the EPA’s staff recommendation to lower the ozone NAAQS.
Air & Climate Forecast: September 2014


This 45-minute webcast covers: The EPA’s motion to lift the stay in CSAPR; implications of the US Supreme Court’s UARG v. EPA decision; and an update on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
Air & Climate Forecast: July 2014


This 45-minute webcast covers: The new greenhouse gas emission rule and how it will affect the power industry.
EPA’s GHG Rule: Overview and Implications: June 2014


This 45-minute webcast covers: The updates on interstate air pollution matters, technical and regulatory developments in carbon capture and sequestration, and the Energy Tax Extenders.
Air & Climate Forecast: May 2014


For more information on Latham’s experience, contact Kelley Gale (kelley.gale@lw.com, 858-523-5433) or Marc Campopiano (marc.campopiano@lw.com, 714-755-2204).


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