Global Power Law & Policy

Legal and Policy Developments Affecting the Global Power Industry.

 

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‘Fitness for Purpose’ and Conflicting Obligations in Offshore Wind Projects
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Join us for a Webinar: COVID-19: Impacts on Solar Supply Chain
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The Energizer – Volume 62
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Overview of Policy and Technical Progress in Fusion Energy Development Around the World
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Join Us For a Webinar
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The Energizer – Volume 61
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The Energizer – Volume 60
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The Energizer – Volume 59
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California Advances State Microgrid Policy
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Power Purchase Amendment? West Virginia House Bills Introduced With Hope of Spurring Power Purchase Agreements in Renewable Energy Development

‘Fitness for Purpose’ and Conflicting Obligations in Offshore Wind Projects

By Charles Lockwood and Owen Chio

Two recent cases in the UK illustrate the tricky issues Employers and Contractors have to grapple with in defining the responsibilities of contractors involved in the construction of offshore wind projects.

There are no established standard form contracts for offshore wind farm projects. The standard forms that are often adapted for this purpose include traditional offshore forms used in the oil and gas industry such as the LOGIC forms and standard engineering contracts more commonly used for onshore projects such as FIDIC, particularly the FIDIC Yellow Book.

Neither form is ideally suited for use in the offshore wind industry and they are often heavily amended, particularly in relation to design obligations. The cases summarized below illustrate some of the tensions that can arise, particularly in relation to design and fabrication of monopiles and transition pieces and requirements that they should be fit for their intended purpose.

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Join us for a Webinar: COVID-19: Impacts on Solar Supply Chain

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, March 17, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the solar supply chain. Industry leaders will be hosting a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 related measures on the solar supply chain. Moderated by K&L Gates’ Elizabeth Crouse, panelists will discuss the improving situation in Asia, the Europe travel ban, and concerns about labor and components availability in the United States, with an emphasis on (1) troubleshooting supply chain and development disruption now and as the global manufacturing industry comes back online, and (2) the broader impact of the pandemic on the American solar industry.

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The Energizer – Volume 62

By: Buck B. EndemannDaniel S. CohenMolly K. BarkerOlivia B. MoraAbraham F. JohnsNatalie J. Reid, Matthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Researchers Create Nanowire Device That Can Generate Electricity “Out of Thin Air”
  • Shell’s Offshore Wind Farm Wades into Deep Waters for the World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project
  • EWF Completes Joint Test of Renewables Blockchain Market in Japan
  • University of British Columbia Engineers Combine Microgrids and Low-Power Systems to Reduce Blackouts
  • Think Tank Envisions Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Combat Climate Change

To view more information on these topics in Volume 62 of The Energizer, click here.

Overview of Policy and Technical Progress in Fusion Energy Development Around the World

Authors: Tim L. Peckinpaugh, R. Paul Stimers, James Green, Michael L. O’Neill, Francis E. Iyayi, Abraham F. Johns

Fusion energy is moving towards technological and commercial reality.  Fusion involves the release and harnessing of energy by fusing two atomic nuclei to form a heavier nucleus.  Fusion reactions differ from nuclear fission, which is the splitting of relatively heavy atoms to release energy.  Fusion avoids potential downsides to nuclear fission by leaving behind no long-lived and highly dangerous radioactive waste and creating no risks of a runway chain reaction or meltdown.  Fusion also releases substantially more energy, such that it is capable of replacing fission to become baseload power that operates 24/7 and releases no CO2 emissions.

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The Energizer – Volume 61

By: Buck B. Endemann, Daniel S. Cohen, Molly K.D. Barker, Olivia B. Mora, Abraham F. Johns, Natalie J. Reid, Matthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Local Swiss Blockchain-Based Electricity Market Pilot
  • Virginia General Assembly and Senate Pass Similar Versions of the “Virginia Clean Economy Act”
  • Certain Attorneys General File Amicus Brief in National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners v. FERC
  • British Petroleum Sets Carbon Neutral Emissions Goals

To view more information on these topics in Volume 60 of The Energizer, click here.

The Energizer – Volume 60

By: Buck B. Endemann, Daniel S. Cohen, Olivia B. Mora, Abraham F. Johns, Natalie J. Reid, Matthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • NYPA Partners with Zinc8 for a Zinc-Air Energy Storage Demonstration Project
  • Power Ledger and M-RETS to Launch U.S.-based RECs Market
  • California Finalizes Plan to Provide Energy Storage Solutions to Vulnerable Populations at Risk of Wildfires
  • Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Invest Program Provides Renewable Alternatives for Consumers

To view more information on these topics in Volume 60 of The Energizer, click here.

The Energizer – Volume 59

By: Buck B. EndemannDaniel S. CohenOlivia B. MoraAbraham F. JohnsNatalie J. ReidMatthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • IBM Tests Seawater-Based Battery Technology
  • Power Ledger Buys Solar Projects to Initiate Blockchain-Based Energy Auditing
  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces Energy Storage Grand Challenge
  • Great Plains Region Electricity Cooperatives Shift Focus to Renewable Energy Generation

To view more information on these topics in Volume 59 of The Energizer, click here.

California Advances State Microgrid Policy

By: Buck B. Endemann, and Olivia B. Mora

Microgrids have long been seen as a means to provide electricity customers with more control and security regarding their energy use.  In 2018, California passed Senate Bill (“SB”) 1339, which directed the California Public Utilities Commission (the “Commission”), the California Independent System Operator, and the California Energy Commission to jointly craft a microgrid policy framework.  This policy has taken on new urgency in the wake of last fall’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs, as consumers evaluate their energy security options to mitigate the intentional blackouts imposed during periods of heightened wildfire risk.  On September 19, 2019, the Commission issued an Order Instituting Rulemaking that will evaluate whether and how microgrids will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect California ratepayers, and advance California’s progressive environmental goals.

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Power Purchase Amendment? West Virginia House Bills Introduced With Hope of Spurring Power Purchase Agreements in Renewable Energy Development

By: Travis L. Brannon and Katherine M. Gafner

As many states see a push for renewable energy opportunities for their customers located in (or scouting new locations in) their borders, West Virginia legislators are poised to decide whether the state will facilitate such development. On January 8, 2020, two House bills were introduced that could open the door to more renewable choices.

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