The Energy Regulation and Markets Review - Edition 5

David Schwartz
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  • David Schwartz
  • Latham & Watkins LLP

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Our fifth year of writing and publishing The Energy Regulation and Markets Review has been marked by significant efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), important infrastructure development needs and continued low oil and gas prices. We have also seen divergent positions on existing and future nuclear power generation, and further liberalisation of the energy sector.

With respect to climate change efforts, 177 countries signed the Paris Agreement and 17 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement, which will enter into force after at least 55 countries representing at least 55 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions ratify the Agreement. Even prior to the effectiveness of the Paris Agreement, we are seeing significant carbon reduction efforts, such as increased development of renewable resources, as well as energy efficiency and demand reduction measures.

For many countries, reliable energy supply is the key concern, regardless of fuel source. Coal still plays a dominant role in meeting energy supply for Poland, India, Turkey and China. Indonesia’s primary challenge remains to reach its goal of 90 per cent electrification by 2020. The primary concern for India’s energy sector remains the challenge of providing reliable, uninterruptible electricity to its population and India has begun to employ a variety of creative measures (including a transitional state financing programme) to allow distribution companies to expend greater resources on investment in procurement and infrastructure over the next five years.

Low oil and gas prices continue to have adverse impacts for the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Angola and Nigeria. Exploration and production activity has slowed in the United States because of current oil and gas prices, and low gas prices have led to increases in coal plant retirements.

I would like to thank all the authors for their thoughtful consideration of the myriad of interesting, yet challenging, issues that they have identified in their chapters in this fifth edition of The Energy Regulation and Markets Review.

About the Editor

David Schwartz is a partner in the finance department of Latham & Watkins’ Washington, DC office. He serves as global chair of the energy regulatory and markets practice, is a member of the project finance group, and is co-chair of the firm’s global power industry group. He has extensive experience representing entities involved in electric generation, transmission and distribution, electric and gas marketing and trading, and gas transportation and distribution.

Mr Schwartz has been active in the formation of the developing electricity markets in the United States; led transactional and regulatory teams in mergers and acquisitions and divestitures of energy companies and assets; litigated contract, rate and transmission access disputes; and drafted federal and state energy legislation. He also has extensive experience in negotiating power purchase and sale agreements, electric transmission agreements, natural gas transportation agreements, energy management agreements, and electric and gas interconnection agreements.

Mr Schwartz regularly advises clients on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), various state public utility commissions, the US Department of Justice (DoJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Department of Energy (DoE).

Mr Schwartz is regularly named as a leading energy lawyer in Corporate Counsel magazine, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 – United States and both the global and the US Chambers and Partners guides to leading business lawyers. Mr Schwartz is a member of the American Bar Association and has held leadership positions in the Energy Bar Association.

Acknowledgements

The publisher acknowledges and thanks the following for their learned assistance throughout the preparation of this book:

Editor’s preface

  • David L Schwartz
  • Latham & Watkins LLP

European Union Overview

  • Charles Morrison, Nigel Drew and Andreas Gunst
  • DLA Piper International

Overview of Central and West Africa

  • Pascal Agboyibor, Bruno Gay, Doux Didier Boua and Gabin Gabas
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Gas Price Disputes under Long-Term Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements

  • John A Trenor and Anna S Holloway
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Transitioning from Climate Change 1.0 to 2.0 and the Impacts on Energy

  • Roger R Martella, Jr
  • Sidley Austin LLP

Angola

  • Catarina Levy Osório and Helena Prata
  • Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

Australia

  • Clare Pope, Samantha Smart, Fiona Meaton and Tim O’Shannassy
  • Squire Patton Boggs

Brazil

  • Marcos Chaves Ladeira, José Roberto Oliva Jr and Carolina Queiroz Pereira Dantas de Melo
  • Pinheiro Neto Advogados

China

  • Monica Sun, Hao Su and James Zhang
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Cyprus

  • Michael Damianos and Electra Theodorou
  • Michael Damianos & Co LLC

Denmark

  • Nicolaj Kleist
  • Bruun & Hjejle

Ecuador

  • Ariel Lopez, Gina Ludeña, Joan Proaño, Daniela Buraye and Paulette Toro
  • López & Associates Law Firm

Egypt

  • Mariam Fahmy and Mostafa El Zeky
  • Shalakany Law Office

France

  • Fabrice Fages and Myria Saarinen
  • Latham & Watkins

Germany

  • Kai Pritzsche, Sebastian Pooschke and Henry Hoda
  • Linklaters LLP

India

  • Neeraj Menon and Riyaz Bhagat
  • Trilegal

Indonesia

  • Mochamad Kasmali
  • Soemadipradja & Taher

Iran

  • Munir Hassan and Shaghayegh Smousavi
  • CMS

Iraq

  • Salem Chalabi
  • Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP

Italy

  • Marco D’Ostuni, Luciana Bellia and Giuliana D’Andrea
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Japan

  • Reiji Takahashi, Norifumi Takeuchi, Wataru Higuchi, Kunihiro Yokoi, Ryutaro Kanno and Kunitaro Yabuki
  • Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune

Korea

  • Wonil Kim and Kwang-Wook Lee
  • Yoon & Yang LLC

Mexico

  • Juan Carlos Serra Campillo and Jorge Eduardo Escobedo Montaño
  • Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Mozambique

  • Fabrícia de Almeida Henriques and Paula Duarte Rocha
  • Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

Netherlands

  • Roland de Vlam and Max Oosterhuis
  • Loyens & Loeff NV

Nigeria

  • Gbolahan Elias, Okechukwu J Okoro and Chinedu Kema
  • G. Elias & Co.

Norway

  • Per Conradi Andersen and Christian Poulsson
  • Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Poland

  • Krzysztof Cichocki and Tomasz Młodawski
  • Sołtysińksi Kawecki & Szlęzak

Portugal

  • Nuno Galvão Teles and Ricardo Andrade Amaro
  • Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

Senegal

  • Mouhamed Kebe and Codou Sow-Seck
  • Geni & Kebe Law Firm

South Africa

  • Lido Fontana, Deon Govender and Sharon Wing
  • Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Spain

  • Antonio Morales
  • Latham & Watkins

Turkey

  • Okan Demirkan, Melis Öget Koc and Zeynep Buharalı
  • Kolcuoǧlu Demirkan Ko çakli Attorneys at Law

United Arab Emirates

  • Masood Afridi and Kanan Kasuya
  • Afridi & Angell

United Kingdom

  • Munir Hassan and Dalia Majumder-Russell
  • CMS

Ukraine

  • Maryna Ilchuk
  • Arzinger

USA

  • Michael J Gergen, Natasha Gianvecchio, Kenneth M Simon and David L Schwartz
  • Latham & Watkins

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