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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

Energy Game-Changer: Electric Storage Systems

Storage has become a premier cleantech investment opportunity. Ernst & Young reported that energy storage totaled more than a third of the US$1.1 billion US venture capital investment in cleantech for Q3 2011, which was the...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- September 2012

In the September edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

FERC Forms New Office to Focus on Cybersecurity

In the absence of new federal cybersecurity legislation, FERC uses its available authority in an effort to increase the resilience of the nation's critical electric infrastructure to cyber attacks....more

FERC Launches New Cybersecurity Office

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is creating a new office to address cyber and physical security risks to FERC-jurisdictional facilities, such as electric generation and transmission facilities, oil and gas...more

ASU Selected to Lead Algae Research Under $15 Million DOE Grant

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $15 million grant to the Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) led by ASU. ...more

Nano Prominent in New OSTP Report for Advanced Manufacturing

The OSTP has recently posted a report on advanced manufacturing, which identifies eleven “cross-cutting” technologies. Of these, no. 5 is nanomanufacturing and half of the others directly relate to nanotech (e.g., advanced...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- July 2012, VOL. II

In this edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to the...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - July 2012: Continued issues with E15 ethanol by Chris Paul

With the EPA granting a partial waiver for newer vehicles to use E15 (15%) rather than E10 ethanol in gasoline blends (see RegLINC September 2011 article titled “EPA green lights E15 despite resistance from industry groups”)...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News

In the July edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections -- May 2012

In the May edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention to...more

Mounting Compliance Challenges Under New CIP Standards

Originally published in Law360, New York (May 24, 2012, 1:03 PM ET). New criteria approved in April 2012 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will impose cybersecurity standards on additional generating,...more

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