David L. O'Connor

David L. O'Connor

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Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to...more

10/24/2016 - Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Electricity Governor Baker Hydropower Natural Gas Offshore Wind Oil & Gas Utilities Sector

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

10/4/2016 - Clean Energy Energy Sector Gaming Health Care Providers Hospitals PACE Pharmaceutical Industry Presidential Elections Solar Energy State Budgets Tax Exemptions

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and...more

8/8/2016 - Clean Energy Dams Electricity Energy Sector Energy Storage Hydropower Natural Gas New Legislation Offshore Wind Pipelines Renewable Energy Repairs State and Local Government Waste-to Energy Wind Power

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Clean Energy Legislation

Overview - Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill that will significantly increase electricity produced by offshore wind, hydropower and other renewable energy sources. The...more

8/3/2016 - Clean Energy Dams Electricity Energy Policy Governor Baker Hydropower Offshore Wind Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy State Legislatures

Governor Baker Signs Controversial Solar Legislation

On April 11, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a solar energy bill into law that increases the statewide limits on the amount of solar capacity that will qualify for net metering, but also lowers the value of...more

4/14/2016 - Energy Policy Governor Baker Net Metering Proposed Legislation Solar Energy

Federal Housing Administration Move on PACE Showcases Program’s Possible Impact

On August 24, President Obama directed the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to allow homeowners to purchase and refinance properties with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans when those loans are subordinated to an...more

9/3/2015 - Barack Obama Clean Energy Draft Guidance Energy Efficiency Fair Housing Act (FHA) FHFA Financing HUD Loans Mortgage Insurance Obama Administration PACE Property Tax Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Recent FERC Decision Provides Welcome News for Operators, Many Renewable Energy Generators

In late July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a ruling to help ISO-New England more effectively manage congestion on its grid due to growing renewable energy generation. Due to the intermittent nature...more

8/24/2015 - FERC Hydropower Reliability Standards Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Renewable Energy Conference Spotlights American Energy Innovation

On Tuesday, June 2, New England Economic Partnership, The Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Brandeis International Business School held a conference at the Boston Federal Reserve titled “Building the Backbone of...more

6/17/2015 - Asset Diversification Business Roundtable Innovation Investment Funds Renewable Energy Research and Development

State Officials Welcome Clean Energy Advocates to State House for NECEC Clean Energy Day, Weigh in on Hot-Topics Facing the State

On Tuesday May 5th, members of state government, clean energy advocates, and business representatives assembled at the Massachusetts State House for the New England Clean Energy Council’s (NECEC’s) fourth annual Clean Energy...more

5/8/2015 - Clean Energy Energy Sector Technical Conference

Beginnings and Endings: New Administration Moves In, Massachusetts Legislative Session Concludes

The last several months witnessed a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill: Governor Deval Patrick inked a number of bills as the two-year legislative session drew to an official end, and his successor, Governor Charlie Baker, has...more

1/26/2015 - Deval Patrick Healthcare Hospitals New Legislation Pharmacies Political Appointments

Renewable Thermal Energy Technologies Gain Eligibility for Incentives under New Massachusetts Legislation

With the passage of HB 4385/SB 2214 early last month, Massachusetts has joined New Hampshire and Wisconsin as the only states to provide incentives for the use of clean, renewable fuels to heat and cool buildings. Signed into...more

9/15/2014 - Energy Energy Tax Incentives Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Solar PV Capacity Quickly Expands When States Provide the Right Incentives

The American solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has grown tremendously in recent years. In 2012, more than 3,300 MW of solar power were installed throughout the United States, with a record 1,300 MW installed in the last three...more

6/20/2013 - Incentives Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

1/9/2013 - Biofuel China Clean Tech Fiscal Cliff Investment Tax Credits Offshore Wind Production Tax Credit REIT Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- December 2012

In the December edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

12/7/2012 - Biofuel Clean Tech Solar Energy Wind Power

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