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Solar Power Purchase Agreements: Tips and Tricks Part 1

Solar power panels on residential rooftops are an increasingly common sight these days. But the legal mechanics behind the development and delivery of solar power to consumers can be complex. There are several alternative...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

Five Steps to Take When an EPA Inspector Knocks

A question I often am asked is “What can and should our company do when it receives an information request from EPA or an EPA inspector shows up unannounced at one of our facilities?” This is an excellent question in light...more

City of Los Angeles Waste Hauling Takes Big Step to Exclusive Franchise System

The City of Los Angeles took another step towards granting exclusive franchises for commercial trash hauling within the City, franchises that would also cover large apartment complexes. Under a plan approved by two City...more

FTC Green Marketing Guides

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the release of revised “Green Guides” on October 1, 2012. The Green Guides are intended to help marketers avoid making misleading environmental claims. The Green Guides are...more

Proposed “Safer Consumer Product Regulations”

Draft regulations regarding toxic substances in consumer products were issued for comment by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on July 27, 2012. Referred to as the “Safer Consumer Product...more

City of Los Angeles Moves Forward With Farmers Field, Challenges Loom

What does pro football in the City of Los Angeles have to do with affordable housing? According to a coalition of community activists, the decision to build a stadium in downtown LA for an NFL franchise “would create a...more

Energy Industry Updates for October 2012

In This Issue: - FERC Approves First Commercial Wave Energy Project - Benefit Corporation Legal Structure Utilized by Companies Focused on Renewable Energy - Massachusetts Provides Additional Policy Support for...more

Mixed Results for Renewable Energy as State Assembly Goes on Recess

Three out of four is an exceptional batting average, but renewable energy advocates are undoubtedly disappointed by the one big loss they suffered in the recent legislative session. Three bills related to solar energy and...more

Department of Interior Streamlining Utility Scale Solar in Western States

Federal agencies in Washington D.C.and the State of California have been concurrently developing plans to allow development and permitting of utility scale solar energy plants on public lands. The US Department of the...more

AB 32 and Cap and Trade Design Basics

California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and 18th in total carbon emissions if it were a separate country1, is rapidly moving forward with the development of its cap and trade program scheduled to be implemented in 2013....more

Property Tax Savings for Green Condo Projects

How do you motivate condo developers to make green building standards a priority? Offer creative green building incentives that will make their projects more marketable. This is what Governor Cuomo had in mind for the State...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-14 -- August 1, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

U.S. Tax Proposals to Help the Renewable Energy Industry

A variety of tax proposals are now under consideration in the U.S. that, if enacted, could help to stimulate investment in U.S. renewable energy projects. One proposal would expand the beneficial tax attributes of...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-11

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-10 - May 30, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince...more

Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans  [Video]

Natural gas is easily one of the most important areas of energy-related matters in the United States. In this video, McNees attorney James P. Dougherty provides an overview of Marcellus Shale and its significance in the...more

Washington State Passes Legislation Authorizing Social Purpose Corporations: Bill to Permit Corporations to Seek Social,...

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law SHB 2239, a bill amending the Washington Business Corporation Act (“WBCA”) to authorize the use of social purpose corporations, effective June 7, 2012. Washington follows...more

Bill 89: Intervention Strategies Refinement And Reinforcement For The Protection Of The Environment

November 2011 — On October 5, 2011, Bill 89 entitled “An Act to Amend the Environment Quality Act in order to Reinforce Compliance” (the “Bill”) was sanctioned, reinforcing compliance with the Environment Quality Act (“EQA”)....more

The California Supreme Court Takes on the Eternal Question: Paper or Plastic?

The Court answered two questions in its ruling: (1) a corporate entity is not subject to a heightened standard in determining whether it has "standing" to bring a lawsuit under CEQA; and (2) the City of Manhattan Beach was...more

Sierra Club Wins Challenge to RUS Approvals of Coop Plant Expansion

A federal district court has sided with the Sierra Club in a nearly four-year battle over approvals issued by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to a Kansas electric cooperative. The approvals—which were given pursuant to a...more

Litigation Alert - March 2011

In this issue: Message From The Chair; RMF Successfully Opposes Joint-Venture Allegations; On The Horizon: The Battle Over Hydrofracking; and Practice Pointer: Find Your Own ”Headless Body Found in Topless Bar”. Welcome to...more

The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2010

It will soon be one year since the April 20, 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting oil spill (the Gulf spill) has been the subject of multiple investigations and analyses....more

Cold Comfort – New California Rules for Businesses Using Refrigeration

On January 1, 2011, a new Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation takes effect to minimize leaks of refrigerants typically used by supermarkets and grocery stores, food and beverage processors, cold storage warehouses, hotels...more

California Proposition 65: A Toxic Solution for Toxic Torts

California's Proposition 65 is a law that can almost defy explanation, because when one tells the uninitiated how it operates and who is affected, the typical response runs along the lines of "You must be mistaken, nobody...more

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