by Professor Teresa Parejo Navaja, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid The Spanish Ministry of Environment has recently given a Resolution on the Environmental Impact Statement for the project on the construction of an oil refinery (“Balboa” oil refinery) in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, western Spain. The statute that regulates the Impact Assessment of projects in […]

by Professor Teresa Parejo Navaja, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Royal Legislative Decree number 1/2008, of 11th January, adopting the revised text of the Impact Assessment of projects Law (RTIAL) gathers, in one single act, for the sake of the principle of legal certainty (though the RTIAL has already been amended by Law 6/2010, of 24th […]

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has denied petitions by PECO and other electricity providers to lower the energy consumption reduction targets imposed under Phase II of PA’s 2008 Act 129. Act 129 required large electric companies to adopt energy efficiency conservation programs to meet reduction targets set by the PUC.  Rather than set a single […]

A coalition of energy, environmental and community interest organizations, led by Center for Climate Change Law, filed a formal petition with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting that the commission use its regulatory authority to require all utility companies within its jurisdiction to prepare and implement comprehensive natural hazard mitigation plans to address […]

by J. Cullen Howe New updates from December to the Center for Climate Change Law and Arnold & Porter Climate Case Chart.  Find the complete chart here. FEATURED DECISION Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corporation (9th Cir. Nov. 11, 2012):  added to the “common law claims” slide.  The Ninth Circuit denied a motion for […]

On Saturday, December 8, the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) and the 8th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) were concluded in Doha.  While the meetings may have taken a day longer than their original schedule, agreement was finally reached.  According […]

This should have been the last of our reports from the UNFCCC negotiations in Doha, but it is now in the early hours of Saturday, December 8 and it appears that the negotiations are far from over.  A message frequently repeated today was the need to create a “package” outcome, which no party may think […]

At the second last day of scheduled talks in Doha emotions were starting to run high. During a plenary meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), a delegate of the Philippines delivered an impassioned speech about the devastation caused in his country this […]

There are now less than 48 hours until negotiations in Doha are scheduled to conclude, on the evening of Friday, December 7.  While the President of this 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC remains confident that the negotiations will end on schedule, the feeling in the hallways is that talks are […]

by Patrick Woolsey Connecticut has released a draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The strategy, prepared by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), calls for dramatically increased investment in energy efficiency and renewable power. The plan also calls for a large-scale expansion of natural gas use in the state to take advantage of projected […]

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