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Is Iran Open for Business for U.S. Exporters?

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Government issued a revised Guidance regarding Iran and also issued a Third Amended Statement of Licensing Policy on Activities Related to the Safety of Iran’s Civil Aviation Industry. The bottom...more

Non-U.S. Companies Should Use Caution When Investing in U.S. “Agricultural Land”

A non-U.S. company that buys or sells U.S. real estate that is or once was used for agricultural purposes may face reporting requirements in connection with such transactions. These reporting obligations might apply whether...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

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Announces Funding For Biofuel Production

On February 24, 2015, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $5.2 million in funding that would go to the design and construction of a pilot scale biofuel production facility in Perth. ...more

Local Agencies that Can Recover Fees Through Prop 218 Process are Ineligible for State Reimbursements

Decision from the Commission on State Mandates - Several agricultural water suppliers seeking reimbursement for state-mandated activities under the Water Conservation Act of 2009 are ineligible to receive state...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

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

Bridging the Week - October 2014

NJ-Based Trader Previously Sanctioned by UK FCA, CFTC and CME Indicted in Chicago for Same Spoofing Offenses - New Jersey resident Michael Coscia, the prior manager and sole owner of Panther Energy Trading LLC, was...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

USDA Awards Funds To Promote Development Of Rural Wood-To-Energy Projects—15 States To Benefit

On July 15, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grant awards to support the development of wood energy projects. According to the press release, the federal funds will leverage more than $4.5 million in...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

How Does the Sequester Affect Energy Programs?

On Friday evening, President Obama formally notified the Office of Management and Budget to initiate the sequester, as both sides were unable and/or unwilling to reach an agreement on a plan to avert the automatic...more

Three Weeks after President Obama's Re-Election: Insights into Executive Branch Energy Funding, Federal Policy, and White House...

Despite uncertainty heading into the 2012 election, the incumbent president secured a second term and the congressional landscape remains largely the same. For energy and clean tech, this means an almost seamless continuation...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

Guaranteeing California’s Renewable Energy Small Business Future

In late February, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) (in collaboration with State Controller John Chiang) introduced California Senate Bill 1465. The legislation would seek to provide credit support for small renewable...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

Applications Now Being Accepted for Key USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program

On Friday, January 20, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will begin accepting new applications for grants and loans under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Authorized by...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 Technology Alert - USDA 9003 Advanced Biofuel/Bioproduct Loan Guarantee Program Interim Final Rule & FY2011 NOFA

On February 14, 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 for the...more

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