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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...more

Development of Horizontal Drilling Techniques Drives Global Demand for Associated Fluids and Chemicals

Research and Markets, a leading international market research and market data firm, has released its report on Global Trends and Forecasts for Fracking Chemicals and Fluid Markets. The report estimates that the global...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News

In the April edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you the latest energy technology highlights, an update on energy-related initiatives and issues from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry...more

Federal Court Calls General Partnership Interest A Security

Are general partnership agreements for oil and gas exploration considered “securities” governed by federal securities regulations? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit thinks they could be. In SEC v. Jeffory...more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 1 of 3

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports a wide range of grants, loan and financing programs and also funds transformational and up-and-coming technologies that create innovative ways to source, distribute, and use energy...more

Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well

Are you considering a cybersecurity assessment? If you heard Venable's presentation, "New Cybersecurity Framework Released: What You Need to Know," you might be. The Framework places increased emphasis on...more

Wyoming Supreme Court Remands Fracking Chemical Disclosure Case to District Court for Reconsideration

On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated ruling in a case concerning the scope of trade secret protection available to exempt certain fracking chemical information—which Wyoming requires to be...more

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

Legal Alert: MTC to Explore Apportionment Regulations for Cloud Services, Software and Electricity

While meeting in Denver this week, the Multistate Tax Commission's Income Tax Uniformity Subcommittee advanced two separate projects to develop industry-specific apportionment regulations. One project will look at the...more

Good Chemistry

Thanks to a merger, a poultry and produce wash is helping the oil industry extract resources more effectively - In 2008, Vic Keasler was performing molecular biology tests at a pharma, biotech, and academic research...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Indonesia

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Indonesia? Energy is a critical factor needed for the development of economic activity and national defense. - Ensuring domestic...more

Houston-based SURGE Accelerator and the Success of Startup Accelerators

The Houston-based SURGE Accelerator connects energy-oriented startups with industry leaders and mentors in order to solve the world’s energy problems using technology. The mentor-driven, venture accelerator puts energy tech...more

China Update - February 19, 2014

In This Issue: Quote Of The Week; U.S.-China Relations; China News; Trade; and Energy & Environment. Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations - Secretary Kerry in Beijing: February 13 to February 18,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 14, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Department of Energy announces $30 million for novel and hybrid solar technologies: Solar Server News - Feb 6 -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $30 million in Advanced...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- February 2014

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. For links to industry grant...more

NIST Cybersecurity Framework – What It Is and What It Means for the Energy Industry

The federal government’s long-awaited Cybersecurity Framework offers promising tools for energy companies to manage their cybersecurity risk, but leaves many questions unanswered. The National Institute of Standards and...more

Raising the Bar For Interconnection In the Southwest Power Pool

Like other Independent System Operators have done before it, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is back at the drawing board in an effort to further refine its generator interconnection procedures and improve on queue reforms...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2014

Energy technology companies have gained significant traction with end users, investors, and regulators over the last several years. Given the strong showing in the capital markets so far in 2014 and the fact that last year...more

Technology Will Silence The Critics Of Drilling

Technology and innovation will resolve the issues, real and imagined, that confront hydraulic fracturing. I arrive at that opinion because of history...more

Carbon Capture and Recycling Is Viable, Says EPA, to An Industry In Decline

On Wednesday, EPA published its proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for greenhouse gas emissions in the Federal Register. In its proposed regulations, EPA expresses its determination, despite industry and...more

60 Minutes’ “The Cleantech Crash”: CBS News Program’s Criticism of the Clean Energy Industry and the Reaction of Clean Energy...

On June 5, 2014, CBS news program 60 Minutes aired a segment featuring correspondent Lesley Stahl, titled “The Cleantech Crash.” The news program asserted that “despite billions invested by the U.S. government in so-called...more

Where to Look: Governmental Sources of Funding for Emerging Companies

Young companies are always looking for sources of capital, but many are unaware of funding sources provided by governmental programs. These programs are typically targeted at specific sectors and are intended to create jobs...more

Trade Secrets Trend To Watch In 2014: Government Regulations Requiring Public Disclosure Of Proprietary Information

In the New Year, one of the trade secret trends we’re watching is the ongoing tension between a company’s interest in preserving its proprietary information and the public’s demand to know more about the goods or services it...more

Sweeping Overhaul of Federal Energy Tax Credits Is Unveiled

This week, Senator Max Baucus, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who has been developing a comprehensive overhaul and simplification of the federal income tax, introduced a bill that would scrap 42...more

2013 Water Technology US Patent Landscape Anual Report

Foley’s Green Energy Technologies (GET) team has released its latest annual analysis of the water technology landscape titled "2013 Water Technology U.S. Patent Landscape Annual Report." The 2013 Report was created by...more

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