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Renewable Energy Update - January 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables accounted for majority of new U.S. capacity in 2016 - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 11 - Although the concrete statistics for the final months of last year aren't in...more

News from the Vermont State House - Legislative Updates for the 2017 Session

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

USDA Issues A Notice of Available Funds For The Farm-To-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) published in the Federal Register a notice of available funds regarding the Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI) for companies...more

Lazard Annual Report Reveals Steady Decline in Costs of Clean Energy Technologies

Financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard recently published its annual report on the costs of electricity generation technologies, finding that the costs for clean energy projects continue to decrease. The tenth...more

Key Goals For The Next Secretary Of Transportation

A safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transportation system is the lifeblood of this nation. It is critical to the economic prosperity of this country and to the well-being of everyone who lives here. It connects us to...more

DOE Announces Recipients Of $12.9 Million In Funding For Biofuels, Bioproducts, And Biopower Project

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that six projects had been selected for a funding opportunity of up to $12.9 million titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing...more

EPA Extends Comment Period On REGS Rule And RFS Point Of Obligation Petitions

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two announcements in the Federal Register regarding an extension of the comment period for the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule...more

Insurance Coverage for Lost Profits Arising from Cyber Attacks on the U.S. Power Grid – Contingent Business Interruption Coverage...

The Washington Post reported Friday that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. utility grid through Burlington Electric, a Vermont utility. Although the utility later clarified that the attacked computer was not connected...more

MIT Energy Initiative Releases Report for Evolving Electric Power Sector

On December 15, 2016, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) released an in-depth research report providing guidance for the evolving electric power sector. The MITEI report, The Utility of the Future, proposes major regulatory,...more

2017 Regulatory Policy Forecast: Environmental & Energy Policy

Pulling from deep experience serving as counsel in highly-regulated industries and careers on Capitol Hill, Balch & Bingham’s team of energy and environmental attorneys forecast what to expect in 2017 in Balch’s 2017...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our December edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, Our client, Benji Cohen, was running an Energy Markets Division at Macquarie when he had a lightbulb moment. Everywhere he looked valuation models were being put together in...more

India Launches Biofuel-Run Bus Service

On December 5, 2016, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched the Aapli bus service, India’s first green bus service, in Nagpur, which includes five buses that will run on ethanol biofuel. Nitin Gadkari, the Union...more

China To Double Ethanol Production by 2020

On December 5, 2016, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published a five-year plan that aims to increase ethanol production to four million tons by 2020 despite the government maintaining strict control over the use...more

Business Litigation Report - December 2016

Artificial Intelligence Litigation: Can the Law Keep Pace with The Rise of the Machines? - Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the broad conceptual term for the technologies or systems making it possible for computers to...more

What Does the Future Hold for the Renewable Fuel Standard?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of many policies facing an uncertain future as power changes hands in the federal government. While it’s impossible to know exactly what to expect from President-Elect Trump and the...more

EPA Convenes Hearing On Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule

On December 6, 2016, EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. The proposed rule would update the regulatory structure to allow biofuel producers to process and convert biomass at...more

EPA Publishes Final 2017 RFS Requirements

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule, Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018, in the Federal Register. This final...more

UK Consultation On Proposed Changes To Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations

On November 29, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) Department of Transportation published proposed legislative changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), which is open for consultation until January 22, 2017. ...more

White House Releases Checklist to Improve Grid Resiliency

The new plan builds on efforts to improve the response to attacks and disasters but recognizes that the needed investments may require regulatory changes to ensure cost recovery by utilities....more

Neste Responds To EC Proposal On Revised Renewable Energy Directive

On November 30, 2016, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), released a statement in response to the publication of the European Commission’s (EC) proposal on the revised Renewable...more

DOE Issues Proposed Grid Security Emergency Order Procedures in Accordance with FAST Act

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed procedures that would govern emergency orders issued by the Secretary of DOE, following the president’s declaration of a Grid Security Emergency. These...more

GAO Testifies On The Feasibility Of The RFS Program

On December 1, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Energy and Security

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, HIPAA compliance, and emerging threats. Our last post will focus on...more

MIT: Energy Ventures 10 Year Anniversary Top 10 Moments – Moment #9

As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their...more

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