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WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: New economic development strategy is in the works Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he is working on a new economic development strategy for North Carolina, but it is too early to release details....more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to expedite federal review of some spects of proposed natural gas pipelines. Known as H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act is officially...more

Greenhouse Gas Reductions – Is There Still Time to Change the Policy Direction?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the pending Clean Power Plan and his intent to make climate change a centerpiece of his domestic policy, and indeed an aspect of his Presidential legacy, with the...more

Budget Negotiations and Business Tax Issues Likely to Impact Pennsylvania Employers Amid Fiscal Crisis

Pennsylvania’s employers need to pay close attention to the developing fiscal crisis confronting Pennsylvania policy makers in the months ahead. None of Pennsylvania’s major industries should conclude that they are protected...more

News from Second and State | January 2015

The 2015-2016 session is now in officially in full swing. With the pomp and circumstance of Governor Wolf’s swearing in behind them, legislators started to get down to the nitty-gritty this week. ...more

2015 Texas Legislative Session Includes Twin Bills Concerning Municipal Fracking Bans

With the opening of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature on January 13, 2015, two of the more closely watched bills in the energy arena will be House Bill 539 (HB539) and House Bill 540 (HB540). HB539, filed on December...more

Court Holds Transfer of Electric Utility Revenues to City's General Fund Through Annual Budget Approval is a Tax under Prop. 26

Payment in Lieu of Taxes Increased After the Adoption of Proposition 26 is not Grandfathered-In - A city’s annual budget transfer from its electric utility to its general fund, referred to as a payment in lieu of taxes...more

Update: U.S. Ramps Up Ukraine-Related Sanctions Yet Again

On December 19th, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13685 specifically targeting Crimea and those responsible for the usurpation of the peninsula back in March. This latest EO was the forth in a series aimed at...more

Gov. Brown Makes More Renewable Energy a State Goal

Gov. Jerry Brown recently proposed that California increase its percentage of renewable energy from 33 to 50 percent. An effort by the State to do so would reenergize large-scale renewable energy development in California...more

Legislative Water Update

Conversations Among Federal Lawmakers May Lead to New Water Legislation - A number of conversations are occurring in the U.S. House of Representatives, and between the House and the U.S. Senate (particularly Rep. David...more

Governor Inslee Proposes $1.5 Billion of New Revenue, Including a 7 Percent Personal Tax on Capital Gains

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently released his proposed budget for 2015-17, which includes approximately $1.5 billion of new and increased taxes the Governor is marketing as “improving Washington’s unfair and outdated...more

Colorado Legislature Considers How to Implement EPA’s Clean Power Plan

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to delay until Summer 2015 issuing final rules for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under its Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Colorado General Assembly...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor’s Budget Proposal Released - On January 9th, Governor LePage submitted his biennial budget proposal to the 127th Maine Legislature. This document is the blueprint for state taxing and spending over the next...more

Senate Poised to Debate Keystone XL Pipeline, Other Key Energy Issues

In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of legislation to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate now stands poised to take up the measure beginning this week, opening the door to other key...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2015

In This Edition: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: We are thrilled to...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 1/13/2015

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - The 114th Congress and the final two years of the Obama Administration include a full energy and environment agenda....more

Is a Clean Energy Standard Coming to Massachusetts? We’ll See What the New Governor Thinks

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection proposed to implement a “Clean Energy Standard,” which would require that, by 2020, at least 45% of electricity sales come from sources which have “clean...more

BPC Releases Report On Reforming The RFS

On December 16, 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report on "Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard." A copy of BPC's press release on the report, with links to the report and its summary, is also...more

Senate Passes Tax Extender Legislation

On December 16, 2014, the Senate followed the House of Representatives and passed tax extender legislation that is expected to be signed by the President. The final package that passed would retroactively extend incentives...more

National Defense Authorization Act For 2015 Moves Forward In Senate

On December 12, 2014, the Senate passed a House amendment to the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA FY15). The final version of the NDAA FY15 places...more

California Governor Pledges 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

In November 2008, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-14-08, which set a 33 percent renewable portfolio standard for California by 2020. ...more

Trade-Related Energy Issues at Forefront of Political Debate in 2015

When the 114th U.S. Congress convenes this month, two key trade-related energy issues will be near the top of its agenda. First, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone...more

Keystone Pipeline May Be First Clash between President and New Congress

So the new Congress has been sworn in back in Washington, and the nation gears up for the first big clash between the Republican-controlled Congress and President Obama.  What will the first major battle be:  health care;...more

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