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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Programs for Affordable Access to Clean Energy

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a set of six new programs seeking to increase affordable access to clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the Commonwealth. These new programs build upon the efforts...more

Tidal lagoons - turning the tide

by DLA Piper on

This article was originally published in Building.co.uk, and is reproduced with permission. Charles Hendry, an ex-energy minister, found in his recently published report that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in...more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

The Department of Energy’s Simplified IIP Process Goes Into Effect in November

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) simplified Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process will go into effect. The IIP is a voluntary, pre-application process intended to streamline and...more

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but...more

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Water Supply Sufficiency Analyses Must Consider Groundwater Sustainability - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1262 into law, representing an initial attempt to incorporate groundwater management requirements under...more

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects - On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill extending special California Environmental Quality Act litigation streamlining provisions for large,...more

Recycled Water and New Construction. New Standards Being Considered.

The second a series of stockholder meetings will be held on August 30, 2016 in Sacramento, California to consider proposed amendments to the state building code for the installation of recycled water systems for newly...more

Water P3s Now on Tap in South Florida

Florida was an early pioneer in the United States of the public-private partnership (“P3”) model as a means of funding infrastructure improvements. In South Florida alone, we have the Florida Atlantic University dormitory,...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Burgeoning green building materials market set to reach $255B by 2020 - Construction Dive - Aug 3 - The global green building materials market is on pace to hit $255 billion by...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Federal - Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Two Updated Chapters in the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual - EPA is making two finalized chapters of the EPA Air Pollution Control...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming - Business Insider - Jun 6 - Summer is coming, and green bonds are blooming. Issuers of such bonds...more

FERC Grants Extension of Time for Natural Gas Storage Company to Construct Expansion Facilities Over More Than 250 Comments in...

by King & Spalding on

On May 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Arlington Storage Company, LLC (Arlington) a two-year extension of time to construct a previously authorized underground natural gas storage expansion project....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: May 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Requires Solar Panel Installation on New Buildings - Last month, the City of San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring all new buildings to include solar energy systems. California law currently requires...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How cities are taking the lead on green building - Wall Street Journal - Apr 28 - Cities in the U.S. are leading the way on climate and energy policies—especially policies...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

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NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges - All 10 EPA regions are seeking public comment on the draft 2017...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green Buildings are good for the environment, occupants, and the bottom line - CBRE - Apr 14 - Green buildings are good for the environment—that is well known. But what benefits...more

Jordan Cove LNG Setback

In a move that surprised some industry observers, on March 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order (the “Order”) that (i) denied Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P.’s (“Jordan Cove”) application...more

FERC denies Oregon LNG project applications

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U.S. energy regulators have denied applications to site, construct, and operate the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, an associated pipeline and related facilities slated for development in...more

Inflatable flashboards meet historic dam

by PretiFlaherty on

A hydropower project in Lowell, Massachusetts won the right to replace wooden flashboards with an inflatable pneumatic crest gate system -- and now seeks to modify provisions requiring specific actions to mitigate impacts on...more

Effects on project finance loans of the new incentive replacing Green Certificates

by DLA Piper on

The entry into force of Articles 19 and 30 of the Ministerial Decree 6 July 2012 (so-called FER Decree) with effect as from January 1, 2016, which replace the green certificates scheme with a new incentive, has an impact on...more

MPSC Approved Wolverine Pipe Line Project in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

by Clark Hill PLC on

Wolverine Pipe Line Company received the administrative approval that is a prerequisite to it acquiring necessary property rights and constructing its project. On June 17, 2015, Wolverine Pipe Line Company filed anApplication...more

Washington State Court of Appeals Holds Vested Permit Applications Are Not Subject to New Municipal Stormwater Requirements

by Lane Powell PC on

The development community won a victory in Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals in a ruling that excludes pending permit applications from the new low-impact development stormwater regulations that large...more

The Historic Drought Has Killed Your Lawn, Will It Do The Same To The Construction Industry?

After three years of a historic drought, Californians are now subject to mandatory water rationing, bans on washing cars, and water “only on request” at restaurants. In 2015, California saw a number of new laws, regulations...more

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