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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor proposes $6 billion water bond for California: Bloomberg - Aug 6: California Governor Jerry Brown has called on lawmakers to put a $6 billion “no-frills” bond measure on the...more

8/12/2014 - Drought Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail State of Emergency Water Water Supplies

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. government has big bucks to help jumpstart renewable energy innovation: Renewable Energy World - Jul 7: In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that...more

8/12/2014 - Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Tax Incentives Grants Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - New California tax credit would benefit Tesla gigafactory: San Jose Mercury News - Jul 11: Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit...more

8/12/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Energy Tax Incentives Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables provide 56 percent of new U.S. generating capacity in first half of 2014: Electric Light & Power - Jul 21: Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of...more

8/12/2014 - Biomass DOE Drought Energy Geothermal Energy Hydropower Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Lands Commission files suit to overturn S.F.'s Prop. B: SFGate.com - Jul 15: The State Lands Commission filed suit Tuesday to overturn San Francisco's voter-approved limits on...more

8/12/2014 - Beachfront Properties Drake's Bay Drought Endangered Species Act ESA Listings Ports Real Estate Development Treasure Island Water Rights

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appellate court upholds environmental work for high-speed rail via Pacheco Pass: Fresno Bee - Jul 24 -- State appeals justices on Thursday upheld a lower court's approval of an...more

8/11/2014 - CEQA Energy Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Fracking Fracking Bans High-Speed Rail Marijuana Oil & Gas Railways Water

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project with $90 million in community benefits: Contra Costa Times - Jul 30: Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade...more

8/6/2014 - Caltrans Chevron Desalination Environmental Impact Report EPA Fracking Fracking Bans Highways Infrastructure Municipal Bonds Oil & Gas Refineries Trade Associations Waste Treatment Facilities Water Well Drilling

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables now ‘mainstream’ business for U.S. utilities, says report: PV-Tech - Aug 1: NV Energy, Xcel, PG&E, Sempra, and Edison International have topped a new index ranking investor-owned...more

8/5/2014 - Clean Energy Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House holds hearing on proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule - Association of California Water Agencies - Jul 9: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing...more

7/14/2014 - Cap-and-Trade Chemical Safety Board Chevron City of Los Angeles Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Water Waters of the United States

Renewable Energy Update -- July 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas: Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On Monday, June 23, in a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Utility Air Regulatory Group v....more

7/10/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Energy Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants Renewable Energy SCOTUS Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Second leg of California bullet-train line approved: SFGate.com - Jun 27: On June 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave its approval for work to begin on the second leg...more

7/10/2014 - Bonds California Air Resources Board Cap-and-Trade Carbon Off-Set Credits DOT Drake's Bay Drought Fish and Wildlife Service High-Speed Rail Offsets Surface Transportation Surface Transportation Board Trains Water Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Focus: Supreme Court upholds EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources – but scolds EPA for overreaching in its regulatory approach - Allen Matkins - Jun 24: On...more

7/3/2014 - BACT Clean Air Act Climate Change Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permits Power Plants SCOTUS Title V Utilities Sector Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Warren Buffett plans to double Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in renewable energy: PV Tech - Jun 24: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. CEO Warren Buffett certainly made his presence felt at the Edison...more

6/25/2014 - Berkshire Hathaway Biomass Clean Energy Electricity Energy Energy Projects Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector Warren Buffet Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: Long-term money a big boost for California's high-speed rail - Contra Costa Times - Jun 17: Gov. Jerry Brown scored a win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by...more

6/24/2014 - Carbon Emissions CEQA Contaminated Properties Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazardous Substances High-Speed Rail Railways

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Kings County lawsuit challenges Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail: Fresno Bee - Jun 5: The Kings County Board of Supervisors, the Farm Bureau, and a group of county residents filed...more

6/16/2014 - CEQA Drought Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas Railways State of Emergency Tesla

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: California is ahead of EPA on climate rules - Los Angeles Times - Jun 5: In 2006, when California adopted AB 32, its landmark global warming law, it acted virtually alone. Now, the state...more

6/10/2014 - BP Environmental Review EPA Fracking Global Warming Greenhouse Gas Emissions Medical Marijuana Oil & Gas Power Plants Proposed Regulation Real Estate Development U.S. Navy

Renewable Energy Update -- June 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: The EPA’s new carbon rules could be a major boost to renewable energy - Greentech Media - Jun 2: The EPA’s new carbon rule could grow renewable capacity by an additional 70 percent in the next...more

6/10/2014 - Carbon Emissions Electricity Energy Policy Energy Projects Environmental Policies EPA Geothermal Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hydropower Power Plants Proposed Regulation Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96% - Los Angeles Times - May 23: Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96 percent the estimated amount of...more

5/28/2014 - California Air Resources Board Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Diesel Fuel Environmental Policies Environmental Review EPA Legislative Agendas Monterey Shale NRDC Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation Refineries Surface Transportation Trucking Industry Water

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Another solar record set, renewables power nearly quarter of California: KCET - May 20 -- Yet another milestone in California's quest to go solar: the state's industrial-sized solar power...more

5/28/2014 - Capacity Market Coal Coal-Fired Generation Electricity Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Obama Administration Power Grid Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Solar Panels Stanford University SunPower TIAA CREF Utilities Sector

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators side with solar - Green Building Advisor - Apr 23: Hundreds of battery-backed PV installations that have been delayed by red tape and extra fees should be connected to the...more

5/27/2014 - Clean Energy DOE Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Panels Utilities Sector

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - White House announces new action on solar energy: TIME - May 9 - The White House is announcing executive actions to advance clean energy on Friday, including $2 billion worth of upgrades to...more

5/27/2014 - California Energy Commission Electricity Energy Energy Policy Energy Projects Energy Tax Incentives France ISOs ITC Obama Administration Oil & Gas Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Tax Incentives Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: California’s net zero energy building to reshape U.S. construction industry - Alternative Energy News - Apr 15: California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious performance...more

5/23/2014 - Administrative Hearings Commercial Real Estate Market DOE Energy Energy Market Federal Funding Funding Options Geothermal Energy Government-Guaranteed Loans IKEA Power Plants Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Sonoma Clean Power Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - New high-speed train route approved despite 'unavoidable' effects in Valley: The Fresno Bee - May 12: The California High-Speed Rail Authority approved a section of rail line from...more

5/22/2014 - Caltrans CEQA Delta Mendota Canal Department of Water Resources Environmental Assessments Environmental Impact Report High-Speed Rail Surface Transportation Water Resources Control Board

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus: Expanding the definition of "waters of the United States" – EPA's proposed new rule -- Allen Matkins - Apr 23: On April 21, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

5/19/2014 - Chromium-6 Clean Water Act Diesel Fuel Drinking Water Environmental Policies EPA Groundwater Jurisdiction Trucking Industry US Army Corps of Engineers Water Waters of the United States

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California drought: plan would reverse aqueduct flow to send water back to farms: San Jose Mercury News - May 8: Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the...more

5/19/2014 - CEQA Drought Environmental Policies EPA Farms NDRC Pipelines SCOTUS Water Water Quality Control Boards

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