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Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind lease signed

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U.S. ocean energy managers have leased a 122,405-acre site offshore North Carolina to a company for offshore wind development. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's lease to Avangrid Renewables, LLC will enable the...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

Arkansas Department of Health Engineering Section: Website Redesign

The Arkansas Department of Health (“DOH”) discussed in Volume 30 (No. 3) of the Fall 2017 edition of the publication Arkansas Drinking Water Update the redesign of its webpage. An article authored by Jeff Stone noted that...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill directing utilities to plan storage, DERs for peak demand - Utility Dive - Oct 12 - Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill directing utilities to plan...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday...more

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Ninth Circuit: US Must Pay Share of CERCLA Cleanup Costs at Former Military Plant

by Morgan Lewis on

The decision could make it easier to recover from the government for CERCLA response costs at former defense production facilities and shift leverage in settlement discussions....more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The House is not in session this week. The Senate is in session. Senate Appropriations — Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies markup of the “Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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 #2

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 aims to...more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Strategic Plan: FY2018 – FY2019

By: Walter G. Wright Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law Download PDF The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (“ANRC”) recently issued its Strategic Plan...more

EPA Proposes to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

by White & Case LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (the "EPA's") October 10, 2017, proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (the "CPP") will hinder prior federal efforts under the Obama Administration to curb greenhouse gas...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

Oregon Targets Renewable Heating Companies for Increased Assessments

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Biomass heating companies, which use renewable energy sources like wood, crop waste, or garbage to generate heat, will now come under central assessment in Oregon. Under central assessment, all of a company's property,...more

Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China: Solid Waste Association of North America October 11th Update to States

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) sent an October 11th “update” to state officials regarding the People’s Republic of China intent to update its Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China...more

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Power Plan

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On October 10, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a notice of proposed rulemaking (“proposed rule”) repealing the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary...more

Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043): State Organizations' October 5th Letter in Opposition

Three organizations of state environmental officials authored an October 5th letter to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing concern with provisions of...more

Clean Power Plan Repeal: October 10th Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) October 10th that would repeal the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”)....more

Clean Water Act Challenges to Pipeline Development: Recent Litigation and Key Issues

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Pipelines delayed as certain states and environmental groups pursue CWA and NEPA challenges to FERC Natural Gas Act Authorizations. Key Points: - FERC extends Millennium’s Valley Lateral Pipeline Project construction...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

Trump Track: EPA Moves on its Plan to Repeal [and Eventually Replace?] the Clean Power Plan

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 10, 2017, EPA announced it is taking steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), regulations put in place in 2015 which requires existing power plants to roll back their CO2 emissions by 2030. EPA is taking the...more

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