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California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

Other Bidders Question MN ALJ's Selection of Solar Generation

At the close of last year, Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman determined that the single solar proposal in a competitive resource acquisition process would provide the best value to Xcel ratepayers....more

Is Renewable Energy At Parity With Fossil Fuels? Not Quite, But Certainly Closer

According to ClimateWire on Tuesday, a Minnesota state administrative law Judge’s recommendation to the state Public Utility Commission may be the first time that a solar project has been declared cost-competitive against...more

Brief in “SolarCity” Cash Grant Litigation Provides Insight into Strategy

Covington & Burling’s reply brief to the government’s brief in support of its motion to dismiss provides insight into SolarCity’s strategy. The complaint appears to be as much about providing SolarCity with leverage in...more

Voter-Approved Measure That Establishes A Competitive Bidding Process For Future Waste Service Contracts Is Not A “Project” And Is...

A city council’s decision to place a measure on the ballot to establish competitive bidding for future trash service contracts did not require prior environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act...more

Mixed Results for Renewable Energy as State Assembly Goes on Recess

Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session. Three bills related to solar energy and...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Consider New Proposals to Improve Renewables Portfolio Standard Procurement Process

On Oct. 5, 2012, Commissioner Mark Ferron of the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issued a 39-page ruling including a number of proposals to improve California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”)...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 17, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Solar VC funding plummets; U.S. Military Sticks to its Guns with Large Renewable Installations; Solyndra Sues Suntech Holdings Over Antitrust Claims; How the U.S. Is Getting More...more

Section 1603 Renewable Energy Treasury Grant Program Update: IRS and OIG Audits and Sequestration Haircuts

Two recent developments may impact Section 1603 renewable energy Treasury grant program awards: (1) audits of grant recipients by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General...more

California Files Suit Against Whittier to Stop Oil Leases

The City of Whittier, California wants to allow oil drilling on a 20 acre parcel of land purchased as part of a much larger parcel acquired by the City in the 1990’s using bond funds approved by Proposition A. The Santa...more

DOE Announces $5 Million Grant to Arizona Universities for CSP Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it will invest $5 million over the next five years on research to improve the molten salt-based heat transfer fluids used in concentrating solar projects (CSP),...more

SEC Adopts New Disclosure Rules For Extractive Industries

On August 22, 2012, the SEC adopted rules mandated by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which added a new section Section 13(q) to the Exchange Act....more

Army Issues Multi-Billion-Dollar Solicitation for Large-Scale Renewable and Alternative Energy Production for Federal...

The U.S. Army has released a solicitation to acquire locally generated renewable and alternative energy (RAE) at federal installations, with the energy to be acquired from contractors under Power Purchase Agreements or...more

$7B in Contracting Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects

U.S. Army issues an RFP to secure locally generated renewable and alternative energy. On August 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) to procure up to $7 billion worth of...more

Department of Defense Renewable Energy Update: Recent Announcements and Conference Discount

On April 11, 2012, President Obama announced an expanded goal for the Department of Defense (DOD) to deploy three gigawatts (GWs) of renewable energy at Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025. This announcement is...more

Bureau of Reclamation Announces Updated CVP Water Allocations

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) provided a Central Valley Project (CVP) water supply allocation update of 100 percent to North-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors and 40 percent to South-of-Delta...more

OPA Announces Revised FIT Program: Shifting Opportunities in Ontario’s Renewable Power Landscape

On April 5, 2012, the Ontario Ministry of Energy issued a ministerial directive to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to continue the renewable energy Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs, subject to a number of...more

‘Buy American’ And Solar Devices — DOD Clarification

Originally Published in Law360, February 21, 2012 Last year in January 2011, the president signed the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. No. 111-383, Section 846), which included a “Buy American”...more

Municipality Monopoly Is Not Fun For Everyone

Originally published in Law360, New York (February 24, 2012). Unlawful tying arrangements are a frequent point of contention between electric cooperatives and municipalities. On Jan. 17, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court let...more

Patton Boggs Insights - January 2012 - Administration/Congress: MSHA, OSHA Funding Increase

The Labor Department’s fiscal 2012 appropriations bill, approved by Congress last month, includes modest spending boosts for both MSHA and OSHA. MSHA’s budget has risen to $374 million from $361.8 million, while OSHA’s budget...more

Navigating California’s New 33% RPS Law: Key California PUC decision on qualifying RPS portfolio content categories, compliance,...

On December 15, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision implementing key provisions of California’s new 33% Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) law. That law added § 399.16 to...more

UK Public Procurement Law Digest: New Threshold Values for 2012 & 2013

From 1 January 2012, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise in the UK and across Europe have been increased. Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1251/2011 of 30 November 2011...more

California Divests Iranian Investors

During summer 2010, many of the developed nations initiated sanctions against Iran, a signal that their political discourse was supported by economic realities. In the United States, that movement culminated in the...more

The use of arbitration in natural gas and petroleum exploration concession agreements in Brazil

Explanation on the benefits and ways of resolving by means of arbitration any disputes and controversies that may result from the execution of concession agreements for the exploration of natural gas and petroleum reservoirs...more

New Civil Enforcement Efforts Key for Federal Law Enforcement in Western Pennsylvania

New U.S. Attorney, in Briefing for Defense Counsel, Warns Emphasis on "Bringing Money In" From Government Contractors, Health Care Providers, and Energy/Environmental Concerns The new United States Attorney for the...more

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