Thomas R. Burton

Thomas R. Burton

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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

Film Highlights National Security Need for Renewable Energy

When one thinks of renewable energy and the growing movement to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the US military is not, perhaps, the first thing that comes to mind. In reality, however, the military is tied inextricably to...more

1/27/2016 - Clean Energy Movies National Security Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

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

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

DOE Awards $125 Million for Energy Projects

Last week U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz awarded $125 million in funding for 41 cutting-edge energy technology projects under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ...more

11/30/2015 - DOE Energy Sector Federal Funding Innovation Research and Development

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

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy...more

10/29/2015 - Advanced Batteries Batteries Clean Energy DOE Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Energy Sector Energy Storage ISOs Photovoltaic Power Grid Renewable Energy Solar Energy Southern California Edison Transmission Grid Transmission Lines Utilities Sector Wind Power

2015 Cleantech Energy Storage Finance Forum: The Immediate and Long Term Prospects for Storage Technology

On Wednesday, September 23, the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster and North Shore InnoVentures co-hosted the 2015 Clean Energy Storage Finance Forum at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The event...more

10/26/2015 - Capital Raising Clean Energy Clean Tech Energy Sector Energy Storage Financing Grid Energy Storage Investment Public Sector Regulatory Oversight

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question (Part 5 of 6)

The Problem: To DG or Not to DG – That’s The Question: The rapid growth of distributed generation (DG) over the past two years is expected to continue: as of 2013, the U.S. installed one PV solar system every four...more

10/21/2015 - Clean Energy Community Shared Solar Cost-Shifting CPUC Electricity Energy Policy Governor Baker Net Metering PG&E Photovoltaic Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Solar Energy Southern California Edison Transmission Grid Utilities Sector

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment (Part 4 of 6)

The Problem: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment - The last decade has seen tremendous innovations in cleantech that have not only brought new products, but also a fall in prices to consumers. For example, the average...more

10/15/2015 - Clean Energy Clean Tech Climate Action Plan Executive Orders Financing Green Banks Greenhouse Gas Emissions Investment Investment Tax Credits PACE Photovoltaic Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy Solar Panels

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Getting the Most Out of The Clean Power Plan (Part 3 of...

On August 3, the Obama Administration released the much anticipated final Clean Power Plan (CPP). The nation’s first ever standard to address power plan pollution has an ambitious overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 32%...more

10/8/2015 - Cap-and-Trade Carbon Emissions Clean Energy Clean Power Plan Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Costs Energy Efficiency EPA Federal Implementation Plans (FIP) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Natural Gas Obama Administration Power Plants Renewable Energy RGGI Wind Power

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