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Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

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

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

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

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

Cybersecurity 2017: The Year in Preview

Introduction - Cybersecurity was a prominent factor in 2016 in all aspects of government, business and personal affairs. Russian and other foreign national hacking has the potential to spark a new form of cold...more

Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate

As the 115th Congress gets underway, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as Portman-Shaheen. The bill is cosponsored by...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

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

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

Energy Insider Interview Series: David McCurdy, CEO, American Gas Association

Ed Hild: Let’s talk a little bit about the new Presidential administration and what impact it might have on the gas industry. Throughout the campaign, President Trump spent a lot of time talking about relaxing regulations on...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

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

GOP Senior Statesmen Call for Carbon Tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury...more

Climate Change Will Increase Peak Energy Demand By More Than We Thought: More Storage, Perhaps?

In an interesting study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors predict that climate change will have a more significant impact on peak energy demand than had previously been...more

Department of Energy Raises Concerns on Cybersecurity for Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy has raised serious concerns regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the U.S. energy grid in its Quadrennial Energy Review. Chapter IV of the Review (which begins on its 272nd page)...more

FERC Proposes Specifics on Allocating Real-Time Uplift to Deviations and More Information on Uplift

At its January meeting, the FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing (1) specific processes for allocating real-time uplift costs from deviations to market participants and (2) providing more information...more

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

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 - February 2017

Sustainable Development Focus - Why build green? Lowered operational costs, increased staff productivity, and higher asset values - Environmental Leader - Feb 2 - Green building continues to play a...more

Ontario Seeks Input On RFS Discussion Paper

On January 11, 2017, the Government of Ontario released a discussion paper titled “Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard For Gasoline in Ontario,” which provides context for the new RFS requirements. ...more

NARUC Release of Cybersecurity Guidelines should have Utility Companies on High Alert

On January 30, 2017, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) released Version 3.0 of “Cybersecurity A Primer for State Utility Regulators.”  This cybersecurity overview is an important reminder...more

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