Archive: March 2022

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BOEM Issues Final Sale Notice for Offshore Wind Lease Areas in Carolina Long Bay
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Please Join Us: ESG Insights | SEC Proposed Climate-Related Disclosures
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MCE Clean Energy: Green Hydrogen Expert Roundup
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Calling All Hydrogen Players!
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SUSTAINABLE OUTLOOK: DEVELOPING SOLAR AND STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES WITH HOLLY CHRISTIE OF HECATE ENERGY

BOEM Issues Final Sale Notice for Offshore Wind Lease Areas in Carolina Long Bay

U.S. Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources Alert

By: Stanford D. BairdKenneth J. Gish, JrNathan C. HoweDavid L. WochnerKimberly B. FrankAnkur K. Tohan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold its next offshore wind lease auction on 11 May 2022, for two lease areas in the Carolina Long Bay. The lease areas comprise 110,091 acres off the coast of North and South Carolina. The auction date will occur weeks ahead of a 10-year moratorium on offshore energy leases imposed in 2020 by the Trump administration prohibiting auctions of leases for wind, in addition to oil and gas, off the coasts of North and South Carolina beginning on 1 July 2022.

For more information, please contact our Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources lawyers or visit our practice page.

Please Join Us: ESG Insights | SEC Proposed Climate-Related Disclosures

28 March 2022
2:00 – 3:00pm ET
via Webex

ESG perspectives are constantly evolving, and the SEC is releasing several significant ESG-related rules this year.  Companies will have questions about the implications of these rules and what will happen next.  K&L Gates wants to be a resource to its clients and contacts as these rules are released, and public companies consider how to prepare.

On March 21, 2022, the SEC released its proposed rules on climate-related disclosures. We will be hosting a webinar to address initial questions on the rule proposal.  Some of the topics that we will address include: 

  • What disclosures are required by the proposed rules, including board and management oversight and governance of climate-related risks?
  • Is an attestation report required for climate-related disclosures, including Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions information?  If so, for what information and who can provide an attestation report?
  • Is there a phase-in period in the proposed rules?  If so, when would companies be required to begin providing these climate-related disclosures?
  • What will happen next and what can companies do to prepare?

Panelists:

Please RSVP by March 27. 

Calling All Hydrogen Players!

By: Laurie Purpuro

The Department of Energy (DOE) has begun the process of establishing “Hydrogen Hubs” that are funded in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, aka the “infrastructure package.”  The infrastructure package provides $8 billion for hydrogen hubs, plus an additional $1 billion for hydrogen electrolysis research, development, deployment and commercial applications.  Another $500 million was appropriated in the infrastructure package for a Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing, Recycling, Research, Development and Demonstration Program.  All of this funding is to be distributed over the next five years.

The Hydrogen Hub Program.  Through the Regional Hydrogen Hub Program DOE will choose a minimum of four locations in the U.S. to locate hydrogen hubs — networks of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure located in close proximity.  The law calls for diverse energy sources for hydrogen production at the hubs, requiring, to the maximum extent practicable, that one hub produce hydrogen from fossil fuels; one from renewables; and one from nuclear energy.   

H2 Matchmaker.  To help hydrogen players connect with others and create “hubs”, DOE has stood up the “H2 Matchmaker” tool, an interactive map which includes various hydrogen producers, infrastructure companies, consumers, and other stakeholders, along with their contact information.  You can find the H2 Matchmaker map here, where you will also find the H2 Matchmaker Self-Identification Form.  You can use the H2 Matchmaker Self-Identification form to submit your own information for the H2 Matchmaker Map.

Requests for Information.  DOE has issued Requests for Information (RFI) for these programs, which give stakeholders the opportunity to provide input that DOE will use in developing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).  The Hydrogen Hub RFI can be found here, and the deadline is March 21.  The RFI for the Hydrogen Electrolysis Program as well as the Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing, Recycling, Research, Development and Demonstration Program can be found here, and the deadline is March 29.

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SUSTAINABLE OUTLOOK: DEVELOPING SOLAR AND STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES WITH HOLLY CHRISTIE OF HECATE ENERGY

By: Elizabeth C. Crouse

On this episode of Sustainable Outlook, host Elizabeth Crouse speaks with Holly Christie, the General Counsel of Hecate Energy. Hecate Energy is a leading renewable energy power plant developer, and Holly oversees the legal aspects of all projects. She speaks on creative partnerships in developing communities, emerging trends in solar technology, and human rights and environmental justice issues within the renewable energy industry. 

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