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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - New California law gives air quality officials power to quickly shut down industrial operations - Los Angeles Times - Aug 7 - Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation,...more

Has President Trump Done More to Further the Paris Climate Agreement than President Obama?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A little over a week ago, the Trump administration finally documented President Trump’s previously stated intention to withdraw United States support from the Paris climate change agreement in an official notice delivered to...more

The New Administration’s Efforts to Deconstruct the Obama Climate Initiatives

by Sullivan & Worcester on

President Trump is spearheading a government-wide roll back of Obama Era climate initiatives. The president and his EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, have delivered a one-two punch. They both have denied the impact of human...more

Green Tech IP after Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Paris Climate Agreement sets forth goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases with the magnitude and timeline for such reduction being self-imposed by each signatory country.1 The withdrawal of the United States from the...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - With a quorum, FERC now grapples with distributed energy trends outpacing market rules - Greentech Media - Aug 4 - Last Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Powelson,...more

AMC's Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project

by PretiFlaherty on

Miles from the nearest road in the woods of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire sits a backcountry hydropower project. Owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Zealand Falls Hydroelectric Project No. 14657...more

Investment funds enter the North Sea oil and gas market

by DLA Piper on

As the oil and gas market is beginning to recover, new players for example from Asia, Russia or the Middle East, may enter the North Sea....more

MassDEP Issues New Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated final regulations to ensure that the Commonwealth will meet the 2020 statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits mandated by the...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Salesforce taps SF’s clean energy program to power its offices - San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 7 - CleanPowerSF, the green energy program run by San Francisco’s Public Utilities...more

DOE Announces Open Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 2, 2017, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of approximately 30 volunteers...more

Minnesota Doubles Summer Biofuel Mandate For Diesel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 3, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced that the state will implement a new biodiesel standard in May 2018 that will increase the biodiesel blend mandate from 10 percent (B10) to 20 percent (B20) between...more

DOE Awards Additional MEGA-BIO Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On August 2, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a fourth project under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity would be awarded up to $1.8 million. Michigan State University was...more

The Montreal Protocol Is Not a Climate Change Statute

Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of an EPA rule promulgated pursuant to the Montreal Protocol. The section that was struck down would have required manufacturers of HFC-134a, which is not...more

New Groundwater Contamination Case: TVA Ordered To Excavate Large Quantities of Coal Ash Waste

On August 4, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee issued a very significant ruling in the case of Tennessee Clean Water Network, et al., v. Tennessee Valley Authority. The District Court has ordered...more

N.C. Governor Signs H.B. 589

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed H.B. 589 into law. H.B. 589, otherwise known as the Competitive Energy Solutions Plan, adds the following features to the already robust North Carolina solar industry: competitive...more

California Attempts to Fill the Clean Water Act Breach - State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Although the federal government under the Trump Administration is stepping back from regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – see President Donald Trump's Executive Orderand proposed federal rule – the state of...more

The Trump Administration Delivers Much Needed Relief to the Coal Industry

by Snell & Wilmer on

During the first six months of the new Administration, President Trump has delivered much needed relief to the coal industry. The President and Congress have been particularly effective at rolling back policies proposed at...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - CAISO approves changes to enhance demand response in wholesale markets - Utility Dive - Jul 28 - The California ISO (CAISO) has approved a measure aiming to enhance the ability of demand...more

Sage-Grouse: Short Flight for Pending 10 Million-Acre Withdrawal from General Mining Law?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Secretary of the Interior Zinke has directed that the Bureau of Land Management immediately begin implementing the recommendations in his Sage-Grouse Review Team’s report, which was was released today, concerning the 2015...more

Appeals Court Thwarts Trump Effort to Stall Implementation of Methane Rules

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Although the fight remains ongoing, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately enforce Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions from new oil and gas...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

NBB Announces New CARB Certified Biodiesel Additive

On July 25, 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that the California Air Resource Board (CARB) certified a biodiesel additive that will make California B20 blends the cleanest diesel fuel with the lowest...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Power M&A loses its spark

by White & Case LLP on

A slew of blocked deals has caused a hesitant environment for deals within the utilities space, while the renewables sector offers an attractive alternative - The power sector is in a state of flux. While traditional firms...more

Advanced Approaches to Stormwater Runoff Management Through Green Infrastructure

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Green infrastructure refers to, among other things, the utilization of sustainable forestry and agriculture as elements of a cost-effective compliance strategy for meeting the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System...more

Should Infrastructure Project Developers Invoke Streamlined Environmental Review Under FAST-41?

by Perkins Coie on

Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) includes measures to streamline environmental reviews for certain infrastructure projects. Congress passed the FAST Act in December 2015, and the Office of...more

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