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World Energy Council warns utility industry of advanced malware

The World Energy Council recently warned the utility industry that one of the top threats to the energy sector is advanced malware attacks. The warning noted that the utility sector is vulnerable because of the size of the...more

Predictions for Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

In March 2016, the Alberta government tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the independent system operator for Alberta’s electricity system, with developing and implementing a plan to significantly increase...more

DOE Awards $23 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

Earlier this week the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects focused on developing clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These small...more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget –...more

FERC to Strengthen Protections for Infrastructure Information

Implementing new statutory authority, FERC proposes revised regulations to secure and share Critical Electric Infrastructure Information and penalize its unauthorized disclosure....more

2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners Announced

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (PGCCA). The PGCCA honors green chemistry technologies that solve climate and...more

FERC proposes FAST Act CEII rules

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed amending its regulations designed to protect critical information about utility infrastructure. If adopted, the new regulations would govern the treatment of Critical...more

What Fluctuating Oil Prices Mean for Patent Infringement Lawsuits

A notable trend has developed between the price of oil and gas and the prevalence of patent infringement lawsuits. As the price of oil plummeted, the number of patent infringement lawsuits in the oil business has increased...more

Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program Recharges for Phase II, RFQ Stage Expected in August

Renewable power developers can expect to see a draft of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP II), before the end of June 2016. Ontario’s Independent...more

A Big Win for Internet Consumers

On June 14, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its ruling in United States Telecom Association, et al v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America. The...more

Solicitation Of Nominations For Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee

On May 25, 2016, DOE published a Notice For Solicitation of Nominations in the Federal Register to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

State Sponsored Attacks Increasing and Targeting Industrial Facilities

A representative of Honeywell Process Solutions (Honeywell), which provides cybersecurity services for over 400 industrial sites worldwide, recently commented publicly that Honeywell is seeing an increase in nation-state and...more

European Commission Refers Poland To EU Court Of Justice Over Biofuel Restriction Disagreement

On May 26, 2016, Poland was referred to the European Union (EU) Court of Justice for establishing restrictions for certain imported biofuels and raw materials used for the production of biofuel....more

Iowa Extends Biodiesel Production And Retailer Tax Credit Through 2024

On May 24, 2016, Iowan Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 2309, an Act providing for tax credits and refunds relating to renewable fuels including their component biofuels and including effective date provisions....more

Recipients Of $8.8 Million In Advanced Biofuel Payment Program Funding Announced

On May 27, 2016, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of $8.8 million to increase production of advanced biofuels in 39 states. The USDA Advanced Biofuel Payment Program is providing the funding with payments...more

USDA Announces Availability Of BCAP Funding For Farmers, Foresters, And Ranchers

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) had resumed incentives for farmers and foresters producing biomass for renewable...more

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables...more

USDA Exploring Ways To Increase U.S. And Mexican Renewable Energy Sectors

On May 23, 2016, USDA announced that a team of U.S. ethanol industry leaders would travel to Mexico with Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse to explore opportunities to expand the United States' and Mexico's...more

Sustainable Bioenergy And Bioproducts Challenge Area Announces $21 Million In Funding

On May 18, 2016, USDA announced $21 million in funding to support the development of regional systems for bioenergy and biobased products. The funding is provided through AFRI's Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP)...more

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

A Note from the Editors - Our May 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 enVerid...more

Meeting Of The Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Announced

On May 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The purpose of the meeting is to...more

Ontario Announces Significant Climate Change, Cap-and-Trade, GHG Emissions Legislative Developments

On May 18, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) passed the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Act). The Government says that the Act’s objective is to make the province accountable for...more

Public Hearing Announced For Proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

On May 25, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a public hearing for the proposed rule "Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018." A...more

National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine Holding Second Public Meeting On Future

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting a second public meeting examining future biotechnology products on June 1-2, 2016. This two-day meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. both days,...more

UCR Provides More Detail On Biomass Based Fuel And Chemical Project That Received 1.3 Million

On May 11, 2016, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) provided more information about the project that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding with $1.3 million as part of the Biomass Research and...more

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