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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 […]

Indonesia: Government to Permit Extra Distribution of Subsidized Fuel

(Dec. 17, 2014) Indonesia’s government plans to issue a regulation that would permit the distribution of a greater quantity of fuel at subsidized prices, beyond the amount set in the 2014 state budget, should the need arise. The regulation would be in effect until the end of the year, and the fuel would be distributed […]

Portugal: Active Participation in EU Agreement on Climate and Energy

(Oct. 30, 2014) The Portuguese Minister of Environment, Territory Order, and Energy was quoted as saying that the agreement on Climate and Energy 2030 (reached at the European Council meeting of October 23-24, 2014) had the active participation of the Portuguese Prime Minister and is of the utmost importance, given that the European Union will […]

Indonesia; Portugal: Energy, Mineral Resources MOU Signed

(Sept. 25, 2014) The Office of the Prime Minister of Portugal issued a statement announcing that on September 19, 2014, the country signed a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia in the area of energy and mineral resources. The MOU provides for the creation of a working group to identify opportunities for investment in the sector. […]

Cape Verde; Portugal: Signature of Protocol on Sustainable Energy

(Sept. 25, 2014) Portugal and Cape Verde signed a protocol in the area of sustainable energy on September 23, 2014, during the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York. The protocol aims to strengthen recovery in the context of sustainable energy. It was also signed by Luxembourg, Spain, and Austria. (Press Release, Ministério […]

Brazil: National Council of Justice Launches Campaign for the Rational Use of Resources

(May 23, 2014) On May 13, 2014, Brazil’s National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça, CNJ) launched a campaign to encourage the rational use of resources by the judiciary and to disseminate good environmental practices. (Sarah Barros, CNJ Lança a Campanha Melhore o Planeta para Estimular o Uso Racional de Recursos, AGÊNCIA CNJ DE […]

Brazil: Pre-Paid Electricity Regulated

(May 21, 2014) The Brazilian Agency of Electric Energy (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica, ANEEL) published Resolution No. 610 in the country’s Official Gazette of May 13, 2014, to regulate procedures for the receipt of electricity before or after payment. (Resolução ANEEL No. 610, de 13 de Maio de 2014, ANEEL website.) The Resolution had […]

Mexico: Constitutional Amendment on Energy

(Feb. 12, 2014) In December 2013, the Mexican government approved an amendment to a number of provisions on energy in the country’s Constitution. (Decreto por el que se Reforman y Adicionan Diversas Disposiciones de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, en Materia de Energía [Decree that Amends Provisions of Mexico’s Constitution Concerning Energy], […]

Indonesia: New Energy Regulation Passed

(Feb. 3, 2014) On January 28, 2014, Indonesia’s legislature passed a new regulation on energy, designed to gradually end the existing fuel and electricity subsidies, stop exports of coal and gas, and increase the role of renewable energy in the country. (Tito Summa Siahaan, Indonesia Passes National Energy Regulation, Set to Raise Price of Fuel, […]

European Union: New Measures Adopted on Shale Gas Initiative

(Jan. 29, 2014) In January 2014, the European Commission put forward three measures to tackle the issue of hydrocarbon extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing. The Commission’s initiative was in response to calls for action raised by interested parties, the related industries, the public, and local and national authorities in a public consultation initiated by […]