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Cuba/United States: Agreement on Oil Spill Preparedness

(Jan. 17, 2017) On January 9, 2017, it was announced that authorities from the United States and Cuba had signed an agreement covering matters related to preparedness for and responses to incidents of hazardous substance pollution and oil spills in the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. (Press Release, United States and Cuba […]

Germany: Compensation to Utilities for Acceleration of Nuclear Energy Phase-Out

(Dec. 21, 2016) On December 6, 2016, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) ruled that the 13th Act to Amend the Atomic Energy Act was partially unconstitutional.  The 13th Amendment Act for the first time set fixed end dates for the operation of nuclear power plants and reduced the additional operating time that had […]

Switzerland: Accelerated Nuclear Energy Exit Rejected

(Nov. 30, 2016) On November 27, 2016, Swiss voters rejected by a vote of 54.2% to 45.8% the Nuclear Energy Withdrawal Initiative. (Vorlage Nr. 608, Vorläufige amtliche Endergebnisse [Proposal No. 608, Preliminary Official Results], Swiss Federal Chancellery website (Nov. 27, 2016).) The initiative would have accelerated Switzerland’s exit from nuclear energy use, with three plants closing in 2017, […]

Italy: Health and Safety Standards for Workers Exposed to Electromagnetic Fields

(Sept. 13, 2016) On September 2, 2016, new legislation on safety and health risks posed by electromagnetic fields entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 159 of August 1, 2016, Implementing EU Directive 2013/35/UE on the Minimum Safety and Health Standards Related to the Exposure of Workers to Risks Deriving from Physical Agents (Electromagnetic […]

Japan: Renewable Energy Special Measures Act Amended

(Aug. 16, 2016) On June 3, 2016, Japan promulgated an amendment to the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electricity Utilities (Renewable Energy Special Measures Act). (Act No. 108 of 2011, JAPANESE LAW TRANSLATION; Act No. 59 of 2016, OFFICIAL GAZETTE (June 3, 2016), at 39 (in Japanese).)  […]

Brazil: Sale of Incandescent Light Bulbs Prohibited

(June 17, 2016) The sale in Brazil of incandescent light bulbs, either domestically-produced or imported, will no longer be permitted as of June 30, 2016, pursuant to Inter-Ministerial Administrative Act No. 1,007 of December 31, 2010. (Portaria Interministerial No. 1.007 de 31 de Dezembro de 2010, Ministry of Mines and Energy website; Sabrina Craide, Lâmpadas Incandescentes Não Serão Mais Vendidas no País […]

European Union: The Netherlands in Charge of EU Presidency

(Jan. 29, 2016) On January 1, 2016, the Netherlands took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will be in charge of the Council agenda for the next six months. (The Netherlands and the EU Presidency, Netherlands EU Presidency 2016 website (last visited Jan. 29, 2016).)  The 2009 Lisbon EU […]

Indonesia: Plan to Modify Rules on Natural Gas

(Dec. 18, 2015) It was reported on December 11, 2015, that the Indonesian government is planning to revise the 2015 Regulation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Provisions and Procedures for Determining the Allocation, Utilization, and Price of Natural Gas (Regulation No. 37, 2015). The goal of the revision is to stimulate […]

Japan: Regulation of Heat Supply Business Relaxed

(Aug. 19, 2015) To reform energy-related businesses in Japan, several laws were amended and promulgated on June 24, 2015. (Act Amending Electricity Business Act and Others, Act No. 47 of 2015, text of the bill that was enacted without change, House of Representatives website (in Japanese).) One of the amended laws is the Heat Supply […]

Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Consumption Tax

(Mar. 2, 2015) It was reported on February 27, 2015, that Turkey’s Revenue Administration has published draft guidelines on excise taxes. (René Offermanns, Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Excise Duty Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Feb. 27, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Özel Tüketim Vergisi (I) Sayili Liste Uygulama Genel TebligÂÂ?i [General Guidelines […]