Marty Dunn

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Summary The Government’s decision to close the Renewables Obligations Certificates (ROC) subsidy scheme for larger solar PV installations (above 5MW) two years early, and the grace periods introduced to mitigate the effects of the closure, were upheld as lawful by the High Court at the end of 2014 after a challenge by solar operators. This is despite a successful challenge over the change to the Feed-in-Tariff regime for smaller installations in 2012. In this blog,…
National Grid has made its decisions as to eligibility for participation in the first Contracts for Difference auction but the auction process itself has been delayed as some applicants have asked Ofgem to review National Grid’s decisions. However, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, by letter, assured the Select Committee that the process could still see contracts awarded by 17 April 2015.…
The solar industry has experienced further recent upheaval as the Government is again reviewing the support it gives for renewable projects from the Renewables Obligation Scheme. The initial intention was that there would be a gradual transition for renewable projects to new Contracts for Difference up until March 2017. However, at the start of this month the Department for Energy and Climate Change announced that it would be unaffordable to keep the RO Scheme open…
The SEC’s Division of Investment Management and Division of Corporation Finance published joint guidance on June 30, 2014 regarding investment advisers’ responsibilities in voting client proxies, and two exemptions from the federal proxy rules that are often relied upon by proxy advisory firms. The staff noted that the guidance may require investment advisers and proxy advisory firms to make changes to their systems and processes.  In this regard, the staff stated its expectation that these…