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Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

4/1/2014 - Clean Tech CPUC Energy Green Technology Natural Gas Nuclear Power Power Plants Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal agencies release proposed rule on Clean Water Act jurisdiction: Los Angeles Times - Mar 25 -- On Tuesday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army...more

3/31/2014 - CEQA Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California - CourtHouse News - Mar 17: A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more

3/25/2014 - Drought Energy Policy Environmental Policies FAA Water Water Supplies

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - New DOE loan guarantee program: Green Tech Solar News - Feb 27: The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan...more

3/25/2014 - Clean Energy DOE Energy Policy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

California Environmental Law and Policy Update

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Court of Appeals upholds determination: Reuters - Mar 14 - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...more

3/18/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Act Environmental Policies Fish and Wildlife Service Solar Energy Solar Farm Water Water Supplies

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 11, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - California lawmakers pass $687 billion drought plan -- San Francisco CBS Local - Feb 27: California lawmakers have passed a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to...more

3/11/2014 - Carbon Emissions Drinking Water Drought Energy Efficiency Environmental Policies EPA Fuel Standards Water

Renewable Energy Update -- March 4, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - With $6.5 billion loan, nuclear energy gets new life in U.S. -- SustainableBusiness.com - Feb 24: Although Republicans lambasted Department of Energy (DOE) programs that support renewable energy...more

3/4/2014 - DOE Geothermal Energy Nuclear Power Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Update -- February 21, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - San Francisco announces 0-50-100 plan to fight climate change: SustainableBusiness.com - Feb 14 - San Francisco says it is closing in on the goals of its 2004 Climate Action Plan, and the city...more

2/25/2014 - Carbon Emissions Climate Action Plan Climate Change Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 21, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - White House proposes new fuel efficiency rules to reduce emissions from heavy trucks: Los Angeles Times - Feb 18 - President Obama moved ahead Tuesday with plans to further tighten...more

2/25/2014 - Air Pollution CEQA Environmental Policies Fuel Standards Oil & Gas Renewable Fuel Standard Trucking Industry

Renewable Energy Update -- February 14, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Department of Energy announces $30 million for novel and hybrid solar technologies: Solar Server News - Feb 6 -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $30 million in Advanced...more

2/19/2014 - Carbon Emissions DOE Drought Energy Energy Policy Renewable Energy Solar Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 13, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Sens. Feinstein, Boxer propose emergency drought legislation: SFGate - Feb 13: Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer proposed emergency drought legislation Tuesday ahead of President...more

2/19/2014 - Carbon Emissions Drought Environmental Policies EPA Farms Fracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions State of Emergency Water

Renewable Energy Update -- February 7, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: Judge rules that San Diego Gas & Electric can’t cancel Montana wind farm deal: Sacramento CBS Local - Jan 27: A California utility was barred Monday from canceling its power purchase contract...more

2/10/2014 - Energy Renewable Energy

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought: The Sacramento Bee - Feb 3 -- California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may...more

2/7/2014 - Climate Change Drought Farms Hazardous Substances Keystone XL Pipeline Redevelopment

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 31, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Ninth Circuit debates application of dormant Commerce Clause - CourtHouse News - Jan 22: A Ninth Circuit appellate panel’s rejection of a challenge to the “life-cycle analysis” approach...more

2/4/2014 - Carbon Emissions Chevron Environmental Policies Fuel Standards Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas Renewable Fuel Standard

New Permit Requires Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids For Offshore Oil and Gas Operations in Southern California

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, announced that it will require oil and gas operators engaged in hydraulic fracturing off the southern California coast to disclose any chemicals...more

1/24/2014 - Chemicals Discharge of Pollutants Disclosure Requirements Environmental Policies EPA Fracking NPDES Oil & Gas

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 17, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Judge recommends approval of California natural gas plant -- UT San Diego - Jan 7 - An administrative law judge has urged the California Public Utilities Commission to authorize...more

1/22/2014 - CEQA Clean Water Act Energy Environmental Policies Natural Gas Oil & Gas Power Plants

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 2014

Gov. Brown wants to use cap-and-trade fees to fund high speed rail project - Insurance For Less - Jan 8: Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans to provide new funding for California’s high speed rail project from corporate...more

1/14/2014 - Air Pollution Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Fracking Funding Greenhouse Gas Emissions High-Speed Rail Oil & Gas Plastic Bag Bans Public Projects

Renewable Energy Update -- January, 9, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Catching rays in California, and storing them - New York Times - Dec 23: Solar power is growing so fast in California — with installations by customers increasing tenfold since 2006 — that it is...more

1/9/2014 - Clean Energy Climate Change FERC Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Panels Wind Power

U.S. EPA Amends Its "All Appropriate Inquiries Rule" To Reference Updated Standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On December 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule, codified in 40 CFR Part 312, to include a specific reference to the updated ASTM International Standard...more

1/8/2014 - ASTM Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies EPA

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 19, 2013

California plans tighter control of hydraulic fracturing, but not enough for some - New York Times - Dec 13: California oil and gas companies using hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation...more

12/19/2013 - Air Pollution DTSC Fracking Nuisance Plastic Bag Bans Trespass Waste Disposal

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 12, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Intends to Add Trichloroethylene (TCE) To Proposition 65 Reproductive Toxicity Lis: BNA - Dec 12 - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has...more

12/12/2013 - High-Speed Rail Proposition 65 Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Update -- December 3, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewable energy to the rescue for California's Salton Sea: SustainableBusiness.com - Nov 27 - Geothermal energy is coming to the rescue of California's Salton Sea while also giving a huge boost...more

12/3/2013 - Biofuel Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Wind Power

Delayed AB 1103 Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Requirements Set To Go Into Effect In January 2014

Following significant delays, the California Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program is now slated to go into effect on January 1, 2014 for buildings over 10,000 square feet. An owner of a building subject to...more

11/27/2013 - Benchmarking Commercial Property Owners Compliance Energy Efficiency ENERGY STAR Program Energy Use Disclosure Requirements EPA

DOGGR Releases Proposed Regulations and Interim Compliance Notice Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing and Acidization

Following the recent passage of Senate Bill 4 ("SB 4"), California's controversial new law addressing well stimulation techniques including hydraulic fracturing (sometimes called fracking) and acidization, the California...more

11/27/2013

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California releases new regulations for hydraulic fracturing: San Jose Mercury News - Nov 22 - California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has released proposed...more

11/25/2013

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