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White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

Update on U.S. Sanctions Relating to Ukraine

U.S. Sanctions - On September 12, the United States, in coordination with the EU, imposed additional sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine. Specifically... - the Office of Foreign Assets...more

New EU Russia sanctions: ban on oil project services; wider capital market sanctions (loans and credit, shorter-term equity, with...

Today, the EU published a second round of targeted sanctions against Russia. These new measures expand the EU’s existing Russia sanctions and restrict access to capital markets covering certain loans and credit, trade in...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Africa Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

House And Senate Pass FY 2015 NDAA Legislation With Conflicting Biofuels Provisions

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that included starkly different...more

Purdue University And U.S. Navy Sign MOU To Develop Biofuels

Last week, Purdue University (Purdue) President Mitch Daniels, and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to work together on the development of alternative energy sources,...more

Energy Efficiency on the Battlefield

In his recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey stressed the imperatives of lives saved and operational agility as being at the fore of the U.S....more

Army Pre-Qualifies Biomass Developers Under MATOC

On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, issued its final round of awards under the multi-award task order...more

Army Pre-Qualifies Solar Developers Under MATOC

On August 28, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (“EITF”), issued a second round of awards under the multi-award task...more

DENR to Issue Siting Permits for Wind Energy Facilities

In April, I posted a discussion of the background of proposed legislation (HB 484 and SB 491) concerning the siting of wind energy facilities in North Carolina. In particular, the legislature was responding to concerns about...more

DoD Commercial-Scale Energy Initiatives Update: PPA RFI, MATOC Announcements, and Alternative Contracting, Oh My!

While many in industry assume that months of virtual silence indicates that the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) commercial-scale energy initiatives have been subjected to drastic sequestration measures, the opposite...more

Siting Wind Energy Facilities in North Carolina

The North Carolina legislature is now considering proposed legislation (SB 491/HB 484) under which the siting of "Wind Energy Facilities,” otherwise known as wind turbine farms and the supporting infrastructure, would be...more

Defense Agencies Seek Electrical Power from Biomass

On December 12, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy (DLA-E), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electrical power from a biomass...more

Department of Defense Energy Initiatives Update: What's Next? How Will the Election Impact Energy Programs?

Hundreds of industry representatives from companies of all types and sizes spent countless hours over the summer preparing submissions to the U.S. Army's $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for...more

What is a “Small Business” Under the Army’s $7 Billion Renewable Energy RFP?

As the October 5, 2012 deadline looms for interested parties to submit proposals in response to the Army’s RFP for Renewable and Alternative Energy there remains a great deal of confusion as to the details of the “small...more

Large Opportunities and Potential Risks: Renewable and Alternative Energy Companies Competing for the Army’s $7B Contract

Renewable and alternative energy (“RAE”) companies will throw their hats into a rich, but potentially risky, ring for an opportunity to contract with the U.S. Army beginning at the end of September 2012. A number of those...more

Recent Developments in DOD’s Renewable Energy Programs

While August is generally quiet in Washington, D.C., so far this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has made progress on two on-going efforts to secure power from renewable energy facilities, and has initiated a...more

"U.S. Army Issues RFP for Renewable Projects"

The U.S. Army (the Army), on August 7, 2012, issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the eventual procurement of $7 billion in renewable and alternative energy under up to 30-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) from solar,...more

U.S. Army Releases Final RFP for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

The U.S. Army has released its final request for proposals to obtain up to $7 billion in locally generated large-scale renewable and alternative energy through long-term power purchase agreements and “other contractual...more

U.S. Army Issues RFP to Purchase $7 Billion of Renewable Energy from New Projects on U.S. Military Installations

On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, issued a Multiple-Award Task Order Request for Proposal (RFP) for $7 billion in total contract capacity to procure...more

Department of Defense Releases Funding Opportunity for Innovative Solutions to National Security Needs

On July 9, 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals for the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF). Enacted by Congress in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, RIF...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

REGULATORY: Government Relations: Renewable Energy Initiatives in the Department of Defense by Thomas J. Spulak and Allison F....

The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest energy consumer in the country, accounting for one percent of total consumption. In fact, the Department’s energy bill last year was $19 billion, up $3 billion from the year...more

"Department of Defense Initiatives Focus on Renewable Energy Projects"

The recession, improvements in energy efficiency, low natural gas prices, ratepayer unwillingness to fund higher-cost renewable energy and largely satisfied renewable energy portfolio standards have resulted in slower load...more

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