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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide FutureGen Clean Coal Dispute

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of potentially enormous consequence to a major Illinois utility, agreeing to review an order of the Illinois Commerce Commission...more

Broad Duty To Consult Is New Norm Under ESA In 9th Circ.

Recently, the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc issued a landmark decision regarding the consultation provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The consultation provisions require any federal agency that authorizes, funds or...more

Is Renewable Energy At Parity With Fossil Fuels? Not Quite, But Certainly Closer

According to ClimateWire on Tuesday, a Minnesota state administrative law Judge’s recommendation to the state Public Utility Commission may be the first time that a solar project has been declared cost-competitive against...more

RIDEM’S New Expedited Citation Process: Look Before You Leap

On July 15, 2013, the Governor signed a new law that expands the enforcement options available to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (“RIDEM”) to include an expedited citation process. In lieu of issuing...more

Minor Problems In Environmental Impact Report Are Not Prejudicial Defects

A recent appellate case addressed the issue of minor problems and deficiencies in an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) and whether they were prejudicial errors that amounted to defects in the approval process required for a...more

Voter-Approved Measure That Establishes A Competitive Bidding Process For Future Waste Service Contracts Is Not A “Project” And Is...

A city council’s decision to place a measure on the ballot to establish competitive bidding for future trash service contracts did not require prior environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Consider New Proposals to Improve Renewables Portfolio Standard Procurement Process

On Oct. 5, 2012, Commissioner Mark Ferron of the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) issued a 39-page ruling including a number of proposals to improve California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”)...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 17, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Solar VC funding plummets; U.S. Military Sticks to its Guns with Large Renewable Installations; Solyndra Sues Suntech Holdings Over Antitrust Claims; How the U.S. Is Getting More...more

Massive San Diego Desalination Plant Takes Major Step Forward

The San Diego County Water Authority (SCWA) has negotiated a proposed agreement with a private developer under which it will purchase at least 48,000 acre-feet of desalinated water per year for 30 years, from a Carlsbad...more

Section 1603 Renewable Energy Treasury Grant Program Update: IRS and OIG Audits and Sequestration Haircuts

Two recent developments may impact Section 1603 renewable energy Treasury grant program awards: (1) audits of grant recipients by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General...more

DOE Announces $5 Million Grant to Arizona Universities for CSP Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it will invest $5 million over the next five years on research to improve the molten salt-based heat transfer fluids used in concentrating solar projects (CSP),...more

Army Issues Multi-Billion-Dollar Solicitation for Large-Scale Renewable and Alternative Energy Production for Federal...

The U.S. Army has released a solicitation to acquire locally generated renewable and alternative energy (RAE) at federal installations, with the energy to be acquired from contractors under Power Purchase Agreements or...more

$7B in Contracting Opportunities for Renewable Energy Projects

U.S. Army issues an RFP to secure locally generated renewable and alternative energy. On August 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) to procure up to $7 billion worth of...more

Department of Defense Renewable Energy Update: Recent Announcements and Conference Discount

On April 11, 2012, President Obama announced an expanded goal for the Department of Defense (DOD) to deploy three gigawatts (GWs) of renewable energy at Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025. This announcement is...more

Navigating California’s New 33% RPS Law: Key California PUC decision on qualifying RPS portfolio content categories, compliance,...

On December 15, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision implementing key provisions of California’s new 33% Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) law. That law added § 399.16 to...more

Designation of Biobased Items for Federal Procurement

On July 22, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") finalized a proposed rule that designates certain items for inclusion in the USDA's BioPreferred Program ("Program"). See 76 Fed. Reg. 43808 (July 22, 2011). Under...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC: Recap of EPA’s Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report By Heidi Slinkard Brasher

In May 2011 the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Semiannual Report to Congress for October 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. The report covers the OIG’s efforts in assisting the EPA in auditing and investigating...more

New Interim Rule Requires Changes To Bring About More Green Contracting

On May 31, 2011, the Department of Defense ("DoD"), General Services Administration ("GSA"), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration ("NASA") issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation...more

New Civil Enforcement Efforts Key for Federal Law Enforcement in Western Pennsylvania

New U.S. Attorney, in Briefing for Defense Counsel, Warns Emphasis on "Bringing Money In" From Government Contractors, Health Care Providers, and Energy/Environmental Concerns The new United States Attorney for the...more

Energy And Environmental Update - September 21, 2010

In this issue: *Energy and Climate Debate *Senate ..Tax Extender Measure Floated ..Legislation Introduced ..Upcoming Hearings *House ..$100 Million Requested in Oversight Funding ..House Passes Rural Star...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 14, 2010

In this issue: *China most attractive place to develop renewable projects *RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS ..DOE gives $8.5M to advance solar energy grid integration systems *Electricity needs to go smart: report *Drive smart...more

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