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North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

BIO Assesses Impact Of EPA Delays On RFS Investment

BIO examined the impact of EPA's recent inability in administering the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels. It has found that EPA's delay in issuing the final 2013 and 2014...more

China Announces New Comprehensive Water Pollution Control Plan

The State Council of China has published an ambitious plan to reverse the deterioration of water quality and improve management of water resources throughout China. ...more

USDA Revises Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

On December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP is intended to help mainly businesses, as well as some state, local, and tribal...more

Court Holds Small Business Administration and Farm Service Agency Must Consult on Loan Guarantees

A federal district court in Arkansas recently issued a decision clarifying that the obligation to consult under section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) extends to the Small Business Administration and the Farm...more

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Announces Small Business Awards

On November 12, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press conference to announce the recipients of the Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. In her comments, Administrator McCarthy stated that "a...more

USDA Awards Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC $105 Million Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has guaranteed a $105 million loan through Bank of America, N.A. to help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels build a plant in McCarran, Nevada that would convert municipal waste into renewable...more

Segetis Receives Minnesota NextGen Energy Grant

On May 19, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that it has awarded Segetis, Inc., a green chemistry company based in the State, a $325,000 NextGen Energy Grant. ...more

USDA Announces $181 Million Loan Guarantee Authority Under the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantee Program

On October 2, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a long-awaited Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantee Program (9003 Program). This...more

Project Finance and USDA Rural Utilities Service – Request for Comments

On June 5, Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced publication of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public comment on expanding renewable energy and project...more

In Time of Austerity, President’s 2014 Budget Prioritizes Clean Energy Funding

After two months of delay, the Obama Administration released its proposed 2014 budget on April 10. The 244-page document outlines the President’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year. The proposal calls for $1...more

Minnesota House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee Begins Hearings

The first committee meetings of a new session are often simply for the purpose of making introductions of members and staff, and setting forth committee protocol. After introductions, Chair Jean Wagenius (D-Minneapolis) of...more

USDA Doors Still Open To Cleantech After DOE Loan Firestorm

Originally published in Law360, New York on October 19, 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture made loan guarantees to three biomass energy projects this month, a quiet reminder that after the political firestorm...more

Department of Defense Releases Funding Announcement for Integrated Biofuels Production Enterprise

The Department of Defense recently released a long-awaited $210 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the development of commercial-scale drop-in biofuels production through the use of the Defense...more

Advanced Biofuels Briefing: Washington Updates and Forthcoming Government Opportunities

The first quarter of 2012 delivered a significant amount of activity in the advanced biofuels sector, with initiatives at the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Energy...more

USDA Biofuels Loan Guarantee Program Interim Final Rule Gives Program Added Boost

On February 14, 2011, acting upon the significant input of Mintz Levin’s Mark J. Riedy, Stern Brothers’ John May, and Krieg DeVault’s John Kirkwood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its interim final rule...more

USDA Announces Availability Of Funding For Three Bioenergy Programs

Overview On March 12, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of fiscal year 2011 funding for three programs that were authorized under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the “Farm...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

Energy and Environment Update - February 20, 2011

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate: Early Saturday morning, the House voted (235-189) to cut $61 billion from current fiscal year 2010 spending levels (and approximately $100 billion below what the President...more

Energy and Environment Update - February 13, 2011

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate: Government funding will be the central focus for Congress and the Administration this week, with the House considering a continuing resolution (CR) for the remainder of fiscal...more

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