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Covington & Burling’s reply brief to the government’s brief in support of its motion to dismiss provides insight into SolarCity’s strategy. The complaint appears to be as much about providing SolarCity with leverage in...more
A city council’s decision to place a measure on the ballot to establish competitive bidding for future trash service contracts did not require prior environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act...more
Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session.
Three bills related to solar energy and...more
On Oct. 5, 2012, Commissioner Mark Ferron of the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issued a 39-page ruling including a number of proposals to improve California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”)...more
In This Issue:
Renewable Energy Focus - Solar VC funding plummets; U.S. Military Sticks to its Guns with Large Renewable Installations; Solyndra Sues Suntech Holdings Over Antitrust Claims; How the U.S. Is Getting More...more
Two recent developments may impact Section 1603 renewable energy Treasury grant program awards: (1) audits of grant recipients by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General...more
The City of Whittier, California wants to allow oil drilling on a 20 acre parcel of land purchased as part of a much larger parcel acquired by the City in the 1990’s using bond funds approved by Proposition A. The Santa...more
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it will invest $5 million over the next five years on research to improve the molten salt-based heat transfer fluids used in concentrating solar projects (CSP),...more
On August 22, 2012, the SEC adopted rules mandated by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which added a new section Section 13(q) to the Exchange Act....more
The U.S. Army has released a solicitation to acquire locally generated renewable and alternative energy (RAE) at federal installations, with the energy to be acquired from contractors under Power Purchase Agreements or...more
U.S. Army issues an RFP to secure locally generated renewable and alternative energy.
On August 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) to procure up to $7 billion worth of...more
On April 11, 2012, President Obama announced an expanded goal for the Department of Defense (DOD) to deploy three gigawatts (GWs) of renewable energy at Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025. This announcement is...more
Today, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) provided a Central Valley Project (CVP) water supply allocation update of 100 percent to North-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors and 40 percent to South-of-Delta...more
On April 5, 2012, the Ontario Ministry of Energy issued a ministerial directive to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to continue the renewable energy Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs, subject to a number of...more
Originally Published in Law360, February 21, 2012
Last year in January 2011, the president signed the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. No. 111-383, Section 846), which included a “Buy American”...more
Originally published in Law360, New York (February 24, 2012).
Unlawful tying arrangements are a frequent point of contention between electric cooperatives and municipalities. On Jan. 17, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court let...more
The Labor Department’s fiscal 2012 appropriations bill, approved by Congress last month, includes modest spending boosts for both MSHA and OSHA. MSHA’s budget has risen to $374 million from $361.8 million, while OSHA’s budget...more
On December 15, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision implementing key provisions of California’s new 33% Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) law. That law added § 399.16 to...more
From 1 January 2012, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise in the UK and across Europe have been increased.
Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1251/2011 of 30 November 2011...more
During summer 2010, many of the developed nations initiated sanctions against Iran, a signal that their political discourse was supported by economic realities. In the United States, that movement culminated in the...more
Explanation on the benefits and ways of resolving by means of arbitration any disputes and controversies that may result from the execution of concession agreements for the exploration of natural gas and petroleum reservoirs...more
In the fall of 2009, the government of Ontario implemented a feed-in tariff program (the “FIT Program”). Administered by the Ontario Power Authority (the “OPA”), the FIT Program is North America’s first comprehensive pricing...more
New U.S. Attorney, in Briefing for Defense Counsel, Warns Emphasis on "Bringing Money In" From Government Contractors, Health Care Providers, and Energy/Environmental Concerns
The new United States Attorney for the...more
This is an Amicus Brief filed by Fabisch Law on behalf of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute urging the Rhode Island Supreme Court to remand the Deepwater Wind decision to the Public Utilities Commission and to...more
In this issue:
*Energy and Climate Debate
..Tax Extender Measure Floated
..$100 Million Requested in Oversight Funding
..House Passes Rural Star...more