Thomas R. Burton

Thomas R. Burton

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Research finds that Reducing Carbon Emissions will Spur Technology Innovation

In December 2015, 195 nations and the European Union formally pledged to meet nationally determined emissions-reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. Since then, many experts have observed that the national targets are not...more

8/13/2016 - Carbon Emissions Climate Change EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Innovation Paris Agreement Renewable Energy Technology

California Wrestles with Challenges to Meet the State’s Renewable Energy Goals

On July 15, the Los Angeles Times Summit on renewable energy brought together government officials, academics, regulators, fossil fuel executives, and renewable energy advocates to discuss the challenges California faces in...more

8/1/2016 - Clean Energy CPUC Electricity Natural Gas Renewable Energy

Natural Process of Osmosis Has Potential to Generate Electricity

Research published earlier this month in the journal Nature and highlighted in Newsweek explains how substantial amounts of power can be generated when fresh water river mouths flow into bodies of sea water. This natural...more

7/30/2016 - Electricity Energy Sector Nanotechnology Renewable Energy Water

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

DOE Announces $16 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses commercialize promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This is the first...more

6/29/2016 - Clean Energy DOE Federal Funding Renewable Energy Technology

MIT Study Finds Energy Storage For Renewables Makes Economic Sense in Some Locations

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that it currently makes economic sense to combine large-scale energy storage systems with...more

6/21/2016 - Energy Sector Energy Storage Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables...more

6/3/2016 - Clean Tech Electricity Photovoltaic Plastic Solar Cells Popular Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Panels

U.S. Solar Jobs Exceed Oil and Gas for First Time in 2015

According to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the number of U.S. solar jobs surpassed those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year. Overall, renewable...more

6/1/2016 - Job Creation Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy

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

U.S. Solar Installations Reach 1 Million

Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and George Washington University (GWU) issued a report estimating that the United States has reached 1 million solar installations and will surpass 2 million...more

5/9/2016 - Investment Tax Credits Popular Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Panels

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

U.S. and China Pledge to Sign Paris Climate Accord on April 22

Last week, President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping announced that their two countries would sign the global climate accord on April 22. Senior U.S. officials noted that the commitment to cut carbon emissions...more

4/5/2016 - Barack Obama Carbon Emissions China Climate Action Plan Climate Change Paris Agreement

E2 Report Finds Clean Energy Employs 2.5 Million Americans

Last week Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) released a report entitled “Clean Jobs America,” a comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the United States. The study found that over 2.5 million...more

4/4/2016 - Clean Energy Clean Tech Job Creation

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

NREL Releases Tax Credit Impact Study

Last week, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the results of a study exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation...more

3/1/2016 - Natural Gas NREL Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Tax Credits Tax Extenders

Monumental Year for U.S. Solar Market in 2015

Earlier this week, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association announced that the United States installed 7.3 GW of solar photovoltaics in 2015, the largest total ever and 17 percent more than in 2014. Just as...more

2/25/2016 - Energy Market Photovoltaic Renewable Energy Solar Energy

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

Department of Energy Provides Major Funding Opportunities

The start of the new year has brought with it numerous opportunities for energy tech funding from the Department of Energy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been or are being given out to companies and research...more

2/12/2016 - Clean Energy DOE Energy Sector Federal Funding Power Grid Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Solar Installation Boom Expected to Continue in 2016

In a press release last week, the analytics firm IHS predicted that the solar installation boom will continue in the United States in 2016 following the extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) last December. ...more

2/12/2016 - Energy Sector Investment Tax Credits Photovoltaic Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second...more

2/11/2016 - Anti-Competitive Biosimilars D&O Insurance DOJ FDA Individual Accountability Israel Law Practice Management Mobile Apps Off-Label Promotion Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) U.S. Embassies Visa Applications Visas White Collar Crimes Yates Memorandum

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

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