Sahir Surmeli

Sahir Surmeli

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“Holy Grail” of Renewable Energy Storage is Fast-Approaching

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created its Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) division to fund energy storage projects conducted by scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Lawrence Livermore and...more

8/22/2016 - Batteries DOE Energy Sector Popular Renewable Energy

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Promote Electric Vehicles

In late July, the Obama administration announced a collaboration with 50 federal and state agencies, electric utility companies, vehicle manufacturers, electric charging station companies, and others in the private sector to...more

8/3/2016 - Department of Transportation (DOT) DOE Electric Vehicles EPA Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) Obama Administration Private Sector Utilities Sector

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Greentown...more

7/29/2016 - Clean Energy DOE Energy Sector EPA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy

North American Leaders Announce Energy Plan

On June 29, 2016, the North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit...more

7/26/2016 - and Environment Partnership Canada Clean Energy Climate Change Energy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methane Mexico North American Climate Oil & Gas Paris Agreement Paris Convention United States

President Obama Announces Los Angeles-Based Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition as Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New...

Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition,...more

6/30/2016 - Barack Obama Clean Energy DOE Energy Efficiency Innovation Manufacturers Manufacturing Hubs Smart City Challenge Technology

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our May edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at enVerid...more

5/31/2016 - Clean Energy Clean Tech Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Innovation Renewable Energy Startups

Massachusetts Ranks Second and Boston Ranks Seventh in the 2016 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index

Last week, Clean Edge published a report titled the “U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index” (“Index”) that ranked Massachusetts as the second state and Boston as the seventh metro area in the U.S. according to its scoring...more

5/24/2016 - Clean Tech Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy

ASCE’s Report Update Highlights Major Infrastructure Investment Funding Gaps

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which grades the current state of national infrastructure categories on a scale of A through F. The...more

5/19/2016 - Clean Power Plan Electricity Infrastructure Investment Funds Utilities Sector

Major U.S. Companies Launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

More than 60 companies have joined forces with several environmental groups to launch a new coalition, called the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), to promote the development of 60 GW of renewable energy in the United...more

5/17/2016 - Energy Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)

Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

By a vote of 85-12, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan energy bill, S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, last Wednesday. The bill’s passage marks the first time in almost a decade since the Senate has...more

4/28/2016 - Bipartisan Agreement Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Electricity Energy Policy Liquid Natural Gas Pending Legislation Power Grid

Catalytic Finance Initiative Raises $8 Billion for High-Impact Sustainable Projects

On April 6, a consortium of leading financial institutions and investors pledged $8 billion to join Bank of America Corporation’s Catalytic Finance Initiative (CFI), which plans to raise at least $10 billion for investments...more

4/22/2016 - Bank of America Clean Energy Investment Opportunities Sustainable Projects

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - April 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our April edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile WellDog for its work in...more

4/22/2016 - Clean Energy Clean Tech Innovation Renewable Energy

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - March 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

4/1/2016 - Apex Doctrine Clean Energy EPA Hydropower Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas Pipelines Renewable Energy Water Management

Eight Ways to Work with the Press in an Evolving Media Landscape

Do you find yourself checking social media for news instead of sitting down each morning to read the newspaper? If so, you’re not alone! Last year, 63% of Twitter users agreed that the platform serves as a source for news,...more

3/21/2016 - Clean Energy Media

AEE Releases Annual Report on Advanced Energy Growth

Last week the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released its fourth annual Advanced Energy Now Market Report, which highlighted the spectacular growth in advanced energy over the last five years both globally and in the United...more

3/9/2016 - Annual Reports Energy Market Energy Sector

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our February edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

2/24/2016 - Bipartisan Agreement Bipartisan Budget Clean Power Plan Clean Tech Energy Policy EPA Innovation Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Wastewater Water

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2016

As the Northeast begins (hopefully) to thaw out and we head into an early spring (so said the Groundhog), we are excited to deliver our new issue of TechConnect — our bimonthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the...more

2/24/2016 - Corporate Taxes Drones Private Equity Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act Small Business Technology Sector Venture Capital

Supreme Court Affirms FERC Demand Response Authority

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling affirming that federal regulators may encourage large electricity users to reduce consumption at peak times in exchange for price breaks, a practice known as “demand...more

2/3/2016 - Administrative Authority Demand Response Electricity Energy Consumption Federal Power Act FERC FERC v Electric Power Supply Association SCOTUS

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our January edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

1/23/2016 - Clean Energy Clean Tech Climate Change Energy Policy Sustainability

DOE Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement “BENEFIT 2016”

Last month the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies...more

1/21/2016 - DOE Energy Efficiency Federal Funding Funding Opportunities

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. First, we feature...more

12/30/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Clean Tech Climate Change Contamination Energy Efficiency Fracking Paris Agreement Popular Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard Tax Extenders Water

Spending and Tax Deal Brings ITC and PTC Extensions

On December 16, 2015, Congressional leaders reached agreement on a year-end spending and massive tax deal that would prevent a government shutdown and extend a series of tax breaks that benefit businesses and individuals. The...more

12/17/2015 - Clean Power Plan Crude Oil Energy Sector Investment Tax Credits Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy

American Businesses Installing More Solar Than Ever

Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report highlighting the rapid growth in the use of solar energy by American businesses. According to the study, the top corporate solar users now operate...more

12/8/2015 - Carbon Emissions Electricity IKEA SEIA Solar Energy Wal-Mart Walgreens

New Energy Investment Initiatives Part of Major Trend

With climate change front and center on the world stage as a result of the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a group of other business leaders used the opportunity to make...more

12/3/2015 - Barack Obama Clean Tech Climate Change Energy Sector Innovative Technology Investment Jeff Bezos Mark Zuckerberg

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our November edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

11/17/2015 - Arctic Drilling Bipartisan Budget Clean Energy Climate Change Congressional Investigations & Hearings Crude Oil Energy Storage Recycling Shell Oil Solar Energy Wastewater Wind Power

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