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Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar trade case weighs whether protection will save or sink industry - Washington Post - Aug 15 - Two solar manufacturers are begging the federal government for help, arguing that...more

Biofuel Industry Testifies At EPA Hearing On RFS Program

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On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing to hear from all segments of the fuel industry on the proposed rule to set the 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the...more

Sandia National Laboratories Studying Algae To Clean Polluted Water And Produce Biofuel

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Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is investigating whether algae can be used to transform the Salton Sea, one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes, into a productive and profitable resource. The Salton Sea...more

EIA Publishes February Biodiesel Production Report

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On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its monthly biodiesel production report for May 2017. According to the report, U.S. biodiesel production increased by nine million gallons between...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. cities increasingly focused on resilience, but funding challenges persist - Urban Land - Aug 14 - The increased emphasis being placed by cities on embedding resilience into...more

Cross Border Transactions - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Moratorium on Provisional Concessions for Certain Renewables

Despite the high interest in the country’s energy sector by local and international developers of renewable projects and the government’s commitments and ongoing efforts to diversify the country’s energy matrix, particularly...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - New California law gives air quality officials power to quickly shut down industrial operations - Los Angeles Times - Aug 7 - Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation,...more

Green Tech IP after Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Paris Climate Agreement sets forth goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases with the magnitude and timeline for such reduction being self-imposed by each signatory country.1 The withdrawal of the United States from the...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - With a quorum, FERC now grapples with distributed energy trends outpacing market rules - Greentech Media - Aug 4 - Last Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Powelson,...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Salesforce taps SF’s clean energy program to power its offices - San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 7 - CleanPowerSF, the green energy program run by San Francisco’s Public Utilities...more

DOE Announces Open Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

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On August 2, 2017, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of approximately 30 volunteers...more

Minnesota Doubles Summer Biofuel Mandate For Diesel

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On August 3, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced that the state will implement a new biodiesel standard in May 2018 that will increase the biodiesel blend mandate from 10 percent (B10) to 20 percent (B20) between...more

DOE Awards Additional MEGA-BIO Project

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On August 2, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a fourth project under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity would be awarded up to $1.8 million. Michigan State University was...more

The Montreal Protocol Is Not a Climate Change Statute

Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of an EPA rule promulgated pursuant to the Montreal Protocol. The section that was struck down would have required manufacturers of HFC-134a, which is not...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - CAISO approves changes to enhance demand response in wholesale markets - Utility Dive - Jul 28 - The California ISO (CAISO) has approved a measure aiming to enhance the ability of demand...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

NBB Announces New CARB Certified Biodiesel Additive

On July 25, 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that the California Air Resource Board (CARB) certified a biodiesel additive that will make California B20 blends the cleanest diesel fuel with the lowest...more

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control

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The Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) is one of the most important documents to be considered in relation to a direct or indirect change in the ownership of interests in any oil and gas project, whether by way of (a) a...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2017

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Sustainable Development Focus - As renewable energy gains traction, seeing a bright future for on-site energy storage - Urban Land - Jul 31 - Commercial property owners are rethinking their skepticism toward...more

Survive the Summer Sizzle! Speaking of HVAC’s…

by Zelle LLP on

Theories on global warming aside, the scientific community predicts there is a greater than 57% chance that 2017 will turn out to be the second-hottest year on record. During June there were 4,343 warm daily high (1,848) and...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Just how far can California possibly go on climate? - New York Times - Jul 26 - Over the past decade, California has passed a sweeping set of climate laws to test a contentious theory:...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - Commercial office space green building on rise - Proud Green Building - Jul 21 - Green building in commercial office space continues to grow, according to a new CBRE study. The...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - Shading and lighting retrofits slash energy use in office demonstration - Phys.org - Jul 11 - By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #3

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Environmental and Policy Focus - California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program in rare bipartisan effort to address climate change - Los Angeles Times - Jul 17 - California lawmakers voted Monday...more

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