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Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms - Reuters - Feb 15 - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will...more

Wind Power Overtakes Coal in Europe

Last year, 86 % of the 24.5 GW of new generating capacity installed in the EU came from renewable energy sources, specifically from wind, solar, biomass and hydro, breaking the previous record of 79% in 2014. This new water...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Building apartments near transit brings in more money for cities and counties - Greater Greater Washington - Feb 2 - In the Washington, DC region, apartments near train...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Confirms Anti-Slapp Provisions Apply To “Protected Petition Activity”

On February 14, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reviewed the application of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” law to challenges made against a blogged critique of Cardno Chemrisk, LLC (Chemrisk) and British Oetroleum (BP)...more

European Parliament Adopts Draft Reform of Carbon Market Post-2020

On February 15, 2017, the European Parliament (EP) made a significant step toward reforming the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020, adopting a draft proposal that seeks middle ground with a tight vote of 379 for/263...more

Two Federal Lawsuits Challenge the Constitutionality of the Exelon Nuclear Bailout Legislation

On February 14, 2017, two lawsuits were filed in federal court in Chicago challenging a key provision of sweeping energy legislation known as the Future Energy Jobs Bill ("FEJB"). The FEJB was passed by the Illinois General...more

China Will Issue “Green Certificates” for Renewable Energy

China’s National Development and Reform Commissions (NDRC) – the country’s chief economic planning body – announced that a “green certificates” program for solar and wind power will be launched beginning on July 1, 2017. The...more

Canada Publishes Draft Assessment Of Fungus For Biofuels Production

On February 4, 2017, the Canadian Department of the Environment and the Department of Health published in the Canada Gazette the draft screening assessment of the commercially relevant fungus, Trichoderma reesei, stating that...more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...more

Neste Rebrands Its Renewable Product Family

On January 17, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced the rebranding of its “Neste Renewable Diesel” to “Neste MY Renewable Diesel,” and the updating of other names...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

Wind Power Is Now the Largest Installed Renewable: 82,000 MW And Counting

According to the American Wind Energy Association blog, installed wind capacity in the United States has reached 82,000 MW. That puts it past the 80,000 MW of installed hydropower capacity and makes wind the largest...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...more

Impact of New Administration on Natural Resources Development in United States

Anyone who has owned or operated a project involving public lands in the United States knows of the complex jigsaw puzzle of land ownership that defines the landscape of the United States. Jurisdictional governance is divided...more

Massachusetts Announces New Solar Energy Incentive Program Proposal and Deadline Extension Procedures for Existing Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced its final proposal for the successor incentive program—named the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART)—to the successful Renewable Portfolio...more

Can the ‘Long-Ago’ Nature of Conduct Bar Punitive Damages — Even for Recent Injuries?

Does the statute of limitations bar a claim for punitive damages if the conduct occurred outside the limitations period, but the plaintiff’s injuries occurred within it? An Illinois federal judge recently confronted this...more

UAI Petitions EPA To Withdraw Flawed Emissions Model

On January 25, 2017, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), along with the Energy Future Coalition and the states of Kansas and Nebraska, filed a request for correction of information petitioning EPA to correct its models on motor...more

Coal Plant Shutdown: Owners and Operators Need Vision – Part I

PDF Version Coal plant owners and operators can make a plant shutdown easier by planning now for the site’s future. This plan, or Vision, can help expedite shutdown efforts, reduce costs, improve relations with the local...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2017 #2

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

Oroville Dam evacuation and relicensing

A California dam in the midst of a federal relicensing process has experienced flooding and storm-related damage, prompting the evacuation of over 180,000 people. Evacuation orders and a reservoir drawdown represent the most...more

Tidal lagoons - turning the tide

This article was originally published in Building.co.uk, and is reproduced with permission. Charles Hendry, an ex-energy minister, found in his recently published report that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in...more

BB&K Represents Water District in Historic Indian Water Rights Settlement

Congress enacted the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indian Water Rights Settlement Act in late 2016 as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (S.612). The Act, in part, culminates years of...more

Two Congressional Bills Aimed At Reforming The RFS

On January 31, 2017, two bills were introduced in the U.S. Congress that propose to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the national biofuels mandate. The first bill would require the National Academy of Sciences...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - California extends emergency drought regulations despite heavy rain and snow - Sacramento Bee - Feb 8 - The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on...more

Sea Change: Washington Supreme Court Decision Affects Coastal Energy Projects

The Washington State Supreme Court recently held that two oil terminal facility expansion projects, near coastal waters in Washington State, are subject to review under the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA). ORMA requires...more

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