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Maryland Announces $3.5 Million In Funding For Animal Waste To Energy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a $3,500,000 funding opportunity for projects that use animal waste to generate electricity while reducing the environmental impacts that animal wastes can have on Maryland’s...more

Neste Issues Report On Changes In Energy, Transport, Chemical Markets

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 5, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the publication of its business environment outlook titled “Taking Action on Climate Change.” The report provides...more

PNNL, WSU Partnership Produce Byproducts From Biofuel

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A collaboration between researchers at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University (WSU) has led to the development of a method for converting hydrothermal...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California to create roadmap for commercializing microgrids - Microgrid Knowledge - Oct 6 - California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that...more

Consumer Product Update - California's Green Chemistry Initiative Looks for New Products to Regulate

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced it is seeking public comment on its new 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan (Work Plan) under its Safer Consumer Products (SCP)...more

EPA Opens Public Comment Period for Its Clean Power Plan “Repeal” Proposal

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 10, 2017, the Trump Administration took another step in its efforts to unwind U.S. climate change policy. The announcement presented little surprise and provided little substance as it provided limited additional...more

DOE Awards Up To $3.5 Million In Funding For Advancements In Algal Biomass Yield Project

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On September 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of an additional project for the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA)....more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

EPA Issues NODA Regarding RFS Program

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, EPA issued a NODA in the Federal Register to provide supplemental information and an opportunity for further public comment on potential reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Tariffs could make California solar pricier, cost thousands of jobs - KPCC - Sep 25 - Last Friday, U.S. International Trade Commission officials unanimously agreed that two American solar...more

First Electric Generation. Then Transportation. What About Buildings?

October 2, 2017, EnergyWire (subscription required) reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to cap fossil fuel use in buildings in New York City. (I haven’t seen the specific plan, but it is...more

Department of Energy Proposes Rule Benefiting Coal and Nuclear to FERC

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 28, 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a proposed rule to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that, if implemented, could reshape organized wholesale electricity markets. Citing...more

Baker-Polito Administration Distributes 56 META Grants to Fund Energy Efficiency Studies and New Clean Energy Projects Across...

The most effective local clean energy projects result from thorough, targeted, and well-supported research that puts the needs of the surrounding community at the forefront. To support such research efforts in Massachusetts,...more

US Energy Secretary Directs FERC to Issue Rules Supporting Nuclear, Coal Generation

by Morgan Lewis on

If the proposed rules are adopted, they could provide significant economic support to coal and nuclear generation in organized markets....more

We’re Number 1! (And California Isn’t)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released its 2017 Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  After sharing the top spot with California in the 2016 Scorecard, Massachusetts is back where it belongs – alone at the...more

DOE Announces $22 Million In Funding For Marine Biomass Production

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On September 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 18 projects from the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program will receive $22 million in funding through the Advanced...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry roiled by trade ruling that some fear could lead to tariffs - Washington Post - Sep 22 - The U.S. solar industry was roiled on Friday by a unanimous ruling in a much...more

Pruitt Responds To Senators’ Request For Details On Icahn’s Advisory Role

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On September 11, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in response to the request by Senator Whitehouse and four other Democratic...more

Neste Announces Renewable Jet Fuel To Be Used At Genève Aéroport

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 13, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced it is collaborating with Genève Aéroport to make flying more sustainable. Neste will be providing renewable jet...more

DOE Studies Impact Of Drought On Biomass Products

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Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have linked changes in rainfall and other environmental stressors during crop growth to potential deleterious effects on biofuel production. The study demonstrates that...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Cal State Long Beach adds solar panels on campus - Long Beach Post - Sep 15 - To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines - ABC News - Sep 11 - New York, California, and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Update: Conditions for CDEEE-Related PPAs for Renewables

In our August 1, 2017 Cross Border Transactions Newsletter we informed about the announcement made by the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) regarding several new conditions included in the Power...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Here’s how California plans to spend $1.5B in cap-and-trade money - San Jose Mercury News - Sep 12 - As California’s newly strengthened “cap and trade” climate-change program rakes...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

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