The recent rise in royalty class action lawsuits brought by the plaintiffs’ bar, that generally coincides with the ebb in crude oil prices, is a growing risk for oil and gas companies. Class action certifications in royalty lawsuits were less common before the COVID-19 pandemic, but since 2019 there has been an uptick in royalty

Over the past year, there have been major Federal Energy Regulatory Commission developments as more cases moved from the agency to adjudication in the courts. McGuireWoods’ update to its innovative FERC Enforcement Reporter — led by lawyer Carrie Mobley — organizes energy enforcement cases from 2005 to present by topic and presents the information in

McGuireWoods’ multidisciplinary oil and gas sector team published legal insights for companies operating in the oil and gas industry. This “Oil & Gas Year in Review 2023” summarizes key developments and practice points over the past year, from pivotal court decisions to proactive guidance for corporate counsel, investors and project stakeholders.Continue Reading McGuireWoods Oil & Gas Year in Review 2023

On Sept. 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of Texas announced it would review a lower court’s reversal of two winter storm Uri orders by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), which date back to 2021. On Jan. 30, 2024, the Texas Supreme Court held oral arguments to determine if the PUCT had authority to

In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri hit Texas, resulting in severe electricity blackouts throughout the state. Commercial and industrial as well as residential retail customers across Texas sued hundreds of entities involved in the Texas electricity market for damages sustained due to the resulting electrical outages, including wholesale power generators. On Dec. 14, 2023, the

On Nov. 17, the IRS and Treasury Department released long-awaited proposed regulations for the Section 48 investment tax credit. Representing the first update to these regulations since 1987, they provide instructions reflecting new statutes under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, incorporate previous legislative changes and formally adopt administrative guidance the energy market has used

On Oct. 19, 2023, the Department of Energy began accepting applications for all categories of the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program for small-scale wind and solar projects. Read on for further details about the submission portal and the tax credit program.

On Oct. 19, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify filing processes for electronic quarterly reports and revise and eliminate a number of data fields and definitions. Read on for an overview of the proposed changes and implications for EQR filers.

On Sept. 29, the Supreme Court of Texas announced it will review a lower court’s reversal of two winter storm Uri orders in 2021 by the Public Utility Commission of Texas that raised power prices in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, impacting countless companies and consumers. Read on to learn more about the latest

On September 6, 2023, the Federal Register published the  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s  (FERC) Order No. 2023, ‘Improvements to Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreements,’ a 1,000+ page Final Rule adopting reforms to generator interconnection procedures and amending the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP), the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA), the