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No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner...more

US Dept. of Commerce Initiates 2nd Administrative Review for 2012 Chinese Solar CSPV Products Antidumping Duty and Countervailing...

On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through the International Trade Administration or ITA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) published a notice initiating the 2nd annual Administrative Review for the...more

NRC Report Reviews DPR’s Pesticide Risk Assessment Process

An ad hoc committee of the National Research Council (NRC) released a report, Review of California's Risk-Assessment Process for Pesticides, following its scientific and technical evaluation of the California Environmental...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, 1/15

Predictions And Outlook For EPA's Office Of Chemical Safety And Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2015: 2015 will be a very interesting year. There are two overarching considerations that will make the year more difficult to...more

Predictions And Outlook For EPA’s Office Of Chemical Safety And Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2015

FORECAST 2015 - 2015 will be a very interesting year. There are two overarching considerations that will make the year more difficult to predict than merely assuming most of this year’s issues will simply be extensions...more

BRAG® Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products CDR Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products

On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same Chemical...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, 10/14

EPA Schedules SAP Meeting On Endocrine Activity: On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has scheduled a four-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide...more

TSCA on Hydraulic Fracturing: Gateway to New Federal Rules?

Historically, states have taken the lead in regulating oil and gas development given the states’ primary interest in securing rational oil and gas development in their own boundaries. Hydraulic fracturing—a 60-year-old...more

Regulatory Threat to Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

A federal inter-agency Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group has called for the elimination of an exemption currently enjoyed by water and wastewater treatment facilities from the Chemical Facility and...more

Scientists Weigh In On Biogenic Carbon Accounting Debate

On June 19, 2014, over 90 scientists sent a letter to EPA urging the Agency to move forward under its Tailoring Rule by "1) moving beyond the flawed assumption that bioenergy is inherently carbon neutral; 2) rejecting the...more

EU Environment Report

In this issue: *Chemicals: ..Commission amends Annex XVII to REACH Regulation as regards 1,4-dichlorobenzene ("DCB") in relation to air fresheners and deodorisers ..Commission adopts Delegated...more

California Bill Would Create Cyber Security Commission

In recognition of the increasing threat that cyber-attacks pose to the state's infrastructure and the considerable costs that government and private sectors are estimated to spend on cyber security (more than $70 billion...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - November 15, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

DOE Boldly Goes Where It’s Not Allowed

In an astonishing display of chutzpah, the Department of Energy has proposed to regulate computer servers as “consumer products” (link). Only in a bureaucrat’s mind could a computer server be considered a consumer product...more

DOE Grant For Superconducting Wires

Lapeer-based Grid Logic has been awarded a $3.8 Million grant from the Department of Energy to develop a low-cost superconducting wire for use by electric utilities. This funding, under the Advanced Research Project Agency...more

Can Wind Energy Serve As Baseload Power? The First Circuit Agrees with the NRC That, For Now, The Answer Is “Not Yet.”

In an interesting decision issued last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Beyond Nuclear v. NextEra Energy Seabrook, affirmed the decision by the NRC rejecting a challenge to Seabrook’s relicensing posed...more

D.C's clean-energy conundrum

Originally published in Reuters on December 9, 2012 Few issues are now as politically polarizing as the role of government in supporting clean-energy technologies. It pits those concerned about global warming against...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 10 of the Conference

Introduction - The high-level segment continued on Wednesday 5 December 2012, slowly drawing together the threads of agreement. A further stocktaking plenary session was held in the evening to assess progress, but the...more

Clean Energy Policy Priorities for 2013

Mintz Levin hosted a roundtable discussion on November 27, 2012, led by the New England Clean Energy Council, to build consensus around the energy and clean technology sector’s policy priorities for 2013. At the roundtable,...more

CBb 6 juni 2012, Mediaforum 2012/11-12, Nr. 28 (Minister van EL&I en NDC/RATO c.s.) m.nt. H.P. Wiersema en J.J.R. Lautenbach

Deze uitspraak gaat over de verdeling van vergunningen voor het gebruik van frequentieruimte voor niet-landelijke commerciële radio-omroepen en de middengolf. Op 3 maart 2008 heeft de Minister van EL&I twaalf FM-frequenties...more

Electronics Recyclers Will Have To Do More and No Doubt Spend More To Obtain Certification Under R2 Solutions’ R2:2013 Standard

On October 10, 2012, R2 Solutions made available for comment its Draft 2013 R2 Standard (“R2:2013”). If adopted, R2:2013 would specify the requirements with which an electronics recycler would have to comply in order to...more

Nuclear Export Controls - A Comparative Analysis of National Regimes for the Control of Nuclear Materials, Components and...

INTRODUCTION: PURPOSE OF THIS ASSESSMENT - Commercial nuclear companies that export goods and services from the United States have long pointed to the U.S. nuclear export control system as a major competitive...more

PG&E Announces Energy Storage RFI

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), an investor-owned utility serving customers across Northern California, recently released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding energy storage. PG&E seeks knowledge about various...more

FERC Proposes Rule to Address Threat to the Power Grid From Geomagnetic Disturbances

On October 18, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop one or more...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 9, 2012

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - Insight: Delays dog U.S. government loans to green energy projects; Insight: Delays dog U.S. government loans to green energy projects; Chinese-Owned Firm Sues Obama Over...more

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