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PUE, CUE and DCeP. Can Metrics Rescue Green IT?

Businesses’ technology estates consume ever-greater amounts of energy and, at the same time, the cost of that energy continues to escalate. Green IT initiatives seem to have little effect despite the fact that, on paper, the...more

CBP’s Approach to CEEs Continues to Evolve

On March 28, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted an updated version of its procedures for its Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) in response to a recent Federal Register notice and policy shifts by...more

Development of Horizontal Drilling Techniques Drives Global Demand for Associated Fluids and Chemicals

Research and Markets, a leading international market research and market data firm, has released its report on Global Trends and Forecasts for Fracking Chemicals and Fluid Markets. The report estimates that the global...more

Federal Court Calls General Partnership Interest A Security

Are general partnership agreements for oil and gas exploration considered “securities” governed by federal securities regulations? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit thinks they could be. In SEC v. Jeffory...more

Where to Look: Governmental Sources of Funding for Emerging Companies

Young companies are always looking for sources of capital, but many are unaware of funding sources provided by governmental programs. These programs are typically targeted at specific sectors and are intended to create jobs...more

Explore - Insights from DLA Piper Mining Sector (Global)

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our mining sector - Take or Pay Contracts, a double-edged sword - Africa Rising - Protect, Respect and Remedy – Human Rights and the Mining Industry - Mine Your Own...more

Google invests in solar energy projects

Google has announced an investment in six solar photovoltaic projects to its portfolio. The projects, located in California and Arizona, have a combined electric generating capacity of 106 megawatts. This deal illustrates...more

2013 Alternative Energy Legislative Roundup: California Continues to Move Forward on Clean Energy

California continued to add to its steady stream of laws and regulatory actions to promote renewable energy and clean technologies with significant new legislation on net metering and community solar projects. While AB 177...more

Technology & Sourcing News - October 2013 (Global)

- What's in an indemnity anyway? - Kit Burden provides an informative overview of the use of indemnities in IT and outsourcing contracts, including guidance on what to look out for when drafting or negotiating these...more

California Takes Pioneering Role on Energy Storage Policy

I noted in July that emerging energy storage technologies have received increasing attention from policymakers as an essential element for improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. Adequate storage is...more

New Energy Storage Mandate for California Utilities – Big Promise for Cleantech

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved the first energy storage mandate in the United States. The mandate will compel utilities to use energy storage technologies. ...more

Key Energy Regulators Speak – Energy Storage is Happening

This November 2013, new and improved Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations adopted in Order No. 784, Third-Party Provision of Ancillary Services; Accounting and Financial Reporting for New Electric Storage...more

FERC Issues New Rules on Selling Ancillary Services to Promote Energy Storage

To promote use and development of energy storage technologies, FERC recently revised its market-based rate regulations, OATT ancillary services requirements, and accounting and reporting requirements....more

DOE ARPA-E Will Exercise Its Authority to Issue SBIR Grants to Venture Capital Majority-Owned Small Businesses

Under the authority of Section 5107 of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 15 U.S.C. § 638(dd), Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) notified Sam Graves (R-MO),...more

EU Environment Report - July/August 2013

In this issue: - Chemicals: ..European Chemicals Agency consults on BPA classification ..Norway proposes to restrict decaBDE ..Danish register of goods containing nanomaterials -...more

CFTC Exercises Disruptive Trading Authority for the First Time

By order dated July 22, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) settled charges against Panther Energy Trading LLC and its principal Michael Coscia for engaging in the disruptive trading practice...more

Red Notice: A Monthly Update on Global Investigations and Prosecutions - June 2013

Welcome to the June 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, a French energy giant agrees to one of the most expensive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments - Russia and former republics: Unconventional Russia

The unconventional hydrocarbon resource boom that hit the US and Europe had gone relatively unnoticed in Russia until recently. Ignoring the world’s fascination with the potential of unconventional resources, Russia...more

Upcoming Clean Energy Procurement by Southern California Edison, Including New Energy Storage Opportunities

On February 13, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (the Commission) issued Decision 13-02-105 to authorize the procurement of electrical capacity by Southern California Edison Company (SCE) to meet long-term...more

EU Environment Report - December/January 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals - France bans bisphenol A in food contact materials - Commission adopts RoHS exemption for lead - Commission adopts RoHS exemption for cadmium - Consultation begins on three...more

DOE Grant For Superconducting Wires

Lapeer-based Grid Logic has been awarded a $3.8 Million grant from the Department of Energy to develop a low-cost superconducting wire for use by electric utilities. This funding, under the Advanced Research Project Agency...more

Reducing Total Lifetime System Costs For Solar Panels

Dow Chemical of Midland is marketing a new way to minimize delamination in solar panels. Using polyolefin technology, Dow has created its ENLIGHT™ product which combines the encapsulate and backsheet as one unit for solar...more

Battery Currents: Advanced Energy Storage

In This Issue: - Aiming to Lessen Use of Rare Earth Metals - Overheating in Electronic Vehicle Testing - Nanophosphate Lithium Ion Battery All Electronic Vehicle - GM to Improve Electric Vehicle...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - November 2012

In This Issue: - International Trade And U.S. Manufacturing Get Prime Time Exposure In Second And Third Presidential Debates - Special Feature: Book Review - Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing...more

Nuclear Export Controls - A Comparative Analysis of National Regimes for the Control of Nuclear Materials, Components and...

INTRODUCTION: PURPOSE OF THIS ASSESSMENT - Commercial nuclear companies that export goods and services from the United States have long pointed to the U.S. nuclear export control system as a major competitive...more

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