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Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Union of Concerned Scientists tracks renewables by state - Power Markets Today - Apr 21 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report yesterday called "Clean Energy Momentum" that...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Perry orders Energy Department study of electric grid - The Hill - Apr 17 - Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered a departmental review of the electricity grid, targeting federal...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Ice Energy, NRG installing new energy storage solutions for SoCal Edison - Utility Dive - Apr 13 - Ice Energy and NRG Energy are partnering to roll out up to 1,800 Ice Bear 30 storage...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

DOE Publishes Report On Alternative Aviation Fuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of the report on the current state of alternative aviation fuels that was developed using findings from...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

California State Court Poised to Destabilize Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Big changes appear to be imminent for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). As discussed in greater detail in our recent post, the LCFS currently is the subject of two interrelated legal challenges commonly known...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E expands renewables portfolio - Solar Industry Magazine - Mar 16 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers...more

Canada Federal Budget 2017

by Dentons on

The Government of Canada has released this year’s Federal Budget, and the Tax group at Dentons has prepared a Special Report providing a detailed analysis and concise summary of the changes featured in the Budget. The Report...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

EPA to Reconsider Previous Determination on Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Light-Duty Cars and Trucks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation will jointly reconsider EPA’s January 12, 2017 determination not to change greenhouse gas...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown wants to spend nearly $450 million on flood control following dam emergency - Sacramento Bee - Feb 24 - After successfully appealing to the Trump...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables made up majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Feb 6 - Renewable energy dominated new U.S. electrical generation put into service during...more

CARB Issues Midterm Review of Its Advanced Clean Cars Program and Invites Comments on the Program’s Future

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a Midterm Review of California’s Advanced Clean Cars program, which established Low-Emission Vehicle III (LEV III) standards for certain model year 2015-2025...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More EV charging stations likely in multifamily - Bisnow - Jan 17 - As electric vehicles gain in popularity, more residential communities will have charging stations as one...more

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This...more

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

With President-Elect Donald Trump and his administration officially moving into the White House this Friday, the landscape of energy policy, investment, and incentives could see major changes in 2017. Given this backdrop, it...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

Massachusetts Proposes New Greenhouse Gas Rules for Electric Generation, Natural Gas, and Transportation Sectors

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) released draft rules that would impose new greenhouse gas (“GHG”) requirements on the electric energy sector, gas distribution...more

PHMSA Sets Standards to Enhance Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 14, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation (DOT), issued an Interim Final Rule (the “IFR”) to implement safety standards for the...more

UK Consultation On Proposed Changes To Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 29, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) Department of Transportation published proposed legislative changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), which is open for consultation until January 22, 2017. ...more

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