Archive: 2022

Sustainable Outlook: Environmental and Social Responsibility with Acorn International: Part II
FERC Enforcement In 2021: A Year Of Change


By: Ankur K. TohanLaurie B. PurpuroTad J. MacfarlanAlyssa A. MoirCliff L. RothensteinDavid L. WochnerElizabeth C. CrouseNatalie J. ReidMatthew P. ClarkChristina A. EllesSamuel R. Boden

Carbon Quarterly is a newsletter covering developments in carbon policy, law, and innovation. No matter your views on climate change policy, there is no avoiding an increasing focus on carbon regulation, resiliency planning, and energy efficiency at nearly every level of government and business. Changes in carbon—and more broadly greenhouse gas—policies have the potential to broadly impact our lives and livelihoods. Carbon Quarterly offers a rundown of attention-worthy developments.


Carbon Policy

  • Hydrogen Gets a Lift in Federal Infrastructure Act

Carbon Litigation and Regulation

  • Illinois Equitable Climate Bill 
  • California Offshore Wind Ramping Up 

Carbon Business

  • CO2 Shortage in United Kingdom
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Releases Sixth Assessment Report, Unequivocally Finding That Human Activity Has Warmed the Atmosphere, Ocean, and Land  
  • Chevron Expanding Green Hydrogen Portfolio 

Carbon Spotlight

  • Clean Fuels for Flying—Honeywell’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels Initiative
  • U.S. Steel’s Best for AllSM Strategy Toward a Sustainable Future

Sustainable Outlook: Environmental and Social Responsibility with Acorn International: Part II

By: Elizabeth C. Crouse

In this part two of this series with Acorn International, host Elizabeth Crouse continues her discussion with Grace Russell, a biologist and environmental consultant with a focus on marine policy for Acorn International. They discuss why environmental justice is a concern for the energy industry on the U.S.’s Gulf Coast, and the role that Acorn International plays in managing social and environmental impact for their clients.

FERC Enforcement In 2021: A Year Of Change

By:  Ruta Skučas, Kimberly Frank, and Maeve Tibbetts

Originally posted on Law360 on January 3, 2022

2021 was a pivotal year for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission‘s Office of Enforcement. Under the direction of Chairman Richard Glick, the office gained a new director, Janel Burdick, added threats to infrastructure as a new priority, and increased its pace of opening and closing investigations and reaching settlements.

Most significantly, Glick asserted at the presentation of the 2021 enforcement report that “the cop is back on the street,” and that he intends to ensure “vigorous oversight and enforcement” of jurisdictional markets.

Increased Investigations Under Chairman Glick

During the commission’s November 2020 open meeting, when the Office of Enforcement presented its 2020 annual report, then-Commissioner Glick criticized the commission’s enforcement efforts, which he perceived as lacking. In 2020, the commission opened only six new investigations, and reached three settlements totaling $553,376.

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