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Move Over AB 32, Here Comes SB 32! (and AB 197)

Last week, the California Legislature voted to extend the state's ambitious climate change targets while simultaneously pushing a reform bill covering the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Senate Bill 32 (SB 32)...more

The Clean Air Act Creates a Nightmare for Yuma County

We have all heard, and likely even experienced its meaning on numerous occasions, the old adage of being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Finding oneself in this position is most unpleasant as it means there are no...more

Comprehensive Massachusetts Bill Enacted to Drive Energy Storage and Offshore Wind Generation Resources

Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an omnibus energy bill H.4568 that will provide Massachusetts electricity customers with the benefit of electricity produced by offshore wind and hydropower...more

White House Issues Final Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in NEPA Reviews

After more than six years of review and the issuance of several draft guidance documents, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published on Aug. 5, 2016, its final guidance on considering greenhouse gas...more

Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back. It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot....more

Environmental Issues and the Presidential Candidates: How Will The Incoming President Affect My Business?

With all the hype surrounding the 2016 presidential candidates (and their Twitter accounts), it seems that environmental issues are getting lost in the noise. The two leading candidates, however, could not be more divided on...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California's regional electricity grid plan on hold - Los Angeles Times - Aug 8 - Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for a regional electricity grid is being put on hold this year, and...more

FY 2017 Sequestration Reduction Percentage for Direct Pay Tax Credit Bonds Set at 6.9 Percent

According to an update released by The IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB), the sequester reduction percentage applied to the payments made to issuers of direct pay bonds in FY 2017 will be 6.9 percent. This percentage will...more

The Impact of PROMESA on Creditors

On June 30, 2016, the United States Senate passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (“PROMESA”) and it was quickly signed into law by President Obama. PROMESA enables the Commonwealth of...more

2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 20152016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity...more

Cooling the Energy Bill in the Senatorial Saucer

There is an old folklore that once, over breakfast, Thomas Jefferson asked George Washington why there was a need for a Senate. Washington responded with, “Why did you just pour that coffee into your saucer, before drinking?”...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and...more

A new regulatory climate for energy producers? Six points about the Energy Policy Modernization Act

This summer, in an 84-3 vote, the United States Senate moved forward a wide-ranging piece of bipartisan energy legislation, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The nearly 800-page bill tackles everything from the security of...more

New Presidential Policy Directive Hopes to Coordinate Federal Response in the Event of a Cyber Attack

In an implicit acknowledgment that the Federal government's response to cyberattacks is diffused among quite a number of agencies, the White House issued Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41 last week (July 26). The...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Clean Energy Legislation

Overview - Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill that will significantly increase electricity produced by offshore wind, hydropower and other renewable energy sources. The...more

How Will Brexit Impact Environmental and Energy Law?

While the overwhelming majority of the UK’s environmental legislation is derived from EU legislation and UK climate change and energy policy is largely influenced by the EU, surprisingly, environment and energy has been the...more

Offshore wind in Massachusetts energy bill

The Massachusetts legislature has enacted an energy bill that will require utilities to purchase offshore wind energy by 2027. The legislation, known as H. 4568, "An Act to promote energy diversity," has been laid before...more

Trump and Clinton on energy and environmental policy

The 2016 U.S. presidential nominees' starkly different views on energy and environmental policy reflect the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats on these issues. Donald Trump has largely dismissed climate change...more

Maine biomass commission first meeting

A special commission formed by the Maine Legislature to study the economic, environmental and energy benefits of the state's biomass industry holds its first meeting this week. This spring, the Maine legislature enacted...more

Carbon offset regulations published for comment

On 20 June 2016, the South African National Treasury published, for public comment, the Draft Carbon Offset Regulations (the Draft Regulations) setting out the mechanics according to which carbon offset allowances may be...more

Worth Another Look: The Clean Power Plan

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. With little expected on the legislative front...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Greentown...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Sees Higher Budget Surplus Than Expected - On June 30, 2016, Maine’s fiscal year ended...more

Brexit: Energy market and energy policy issues

Many EU and UK energy policies are closely aligned. In many respects, the UK has taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy, with its focus on open and transparent markets, energy security, low carbon energy sources, energy...more

North American Leaders Announce Energy Plan

On June 29, 2016, the North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit...more

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