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PUE, CUE and DCeP. Can Metrics Rescue Green IT?

Businesses’ technology estates consume ever-greater amounts of energy and, at the same time, the cost of that energy continues to escalate. Green IT initiatives seem to have little effect despite the fact that, on paper, the...more

Wrap-up of Federal Chemical Regulatory Developments for April 2014

EPA Makes TSCA Notifications Of Substantial Risk Amendable To Electronic Reporting: On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that notifications of substantial risk under Section 8(e) of the...more

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

In the April edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you the latest energy technology highlights, an update on energy-related initiatives and issues from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry...more

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 1 of 3

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports a wide range of grants, loan and financing programs and also funds transformational and up-and-coming technologies that create innovative ways to source, distribute, and use energy...more

Good Chemistry

Thanks to a merger, a poultry and produce wash is helping the oil industry extract resources more effectively - In 2008, Vic Keasler was performing molecular biology tests at a pharma, biotech, and academic research...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Indonesia

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Indonesia? Energy is a critical factor needed for the development of economic activity and national defense. - Ensuring domestic...more

Houston-based SURGE Accelerator and the Success of Startup Accelerators

The Houston-based SURGE Accelerator connects energy-oriented startups with industry leaders and mentors in order to solve the world’s energy problems using technology. The mentor-driven, venture accelerator puts energy tech...more

China Update - February 19, 2014

In This Issue: Quote Of The Week; U.S.-China Relations; China News; Trade; and Energy & Environment. Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations - Secretary Kerry in Beijing: February 13 to February 18,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 14, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Department of Energy announces $30 million for novel and hybrid solar technologies: Solar Server News - Feb 6 -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $30 million in Advanced...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- February 2014

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. For links to industry grant...more

Raising the Bar For Interconnection In the Southwest Power Pool

Like other Independent System Operators have done before it, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is back at the drawing board in an effort to further refine its generator interconnection procedures and improve on queue reforms...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2014

Energy technology companies have gained significant traction with end users, investors, and regulators over the last several years. Given the strong showing in the capital markets so far in 2014 and the fact that last year...more

Technology Will Silence The Critics Of Drilling

Technology and innovation will resolve the issues, real and imagined, that confront hydraulic fracturing. I arrive at that opinion because of history...more

Carbon Capture and Recycling Is Viable, Says EPA, to An Industry In Decline

On Wednesday, EPA published its proposed New Source Performance Standards (“NSPS”) for greenhouse gas emissions in the Federal Register. In its proposed regulations, EPA expresses its determination, despite industry and...more

60 Minutes’ “The Cleantech Crash”: CBS News Program’s Criticism of the Clean Energy Industry and the Reaction of Clean Energy...

On June 5, 2014, CBS news program 60 Minutes aired a segment featuring correspondent Lesley Stahl, titled “The Cleantech Crash.” The news program asserted that “despite billions invested by the U.S. government in so-called...more

Where to Look: Governmental Sources of Funding for Emerging Companies

Young companies are always looking for sources of capital, but many are unaware of funding sources provided by governmental programs. These programs are typically targeted at specific sectors and are intended to create jobs...more

State Legislatures Finally Recognizing New Drilling Technology

In the old days, operators had to find flat ground in order to drill vertically in the hopes of finding a pocket of trapped oil or natural gas, as well as constructing infrastructure in the form of a well on that location,...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- December 2013

Farewell to 2013: A year marked by progress and potential - The past year saw many steps forward for the energy and renewables industries, in part due to refreshed, bipartisan-leaning leadership taking active steps to...more

Just a Hiccup or a Major Obstacle? EPA Science Advisory Board Work Group Recommends that the SAB Review the Science Behind EPA’s...

I have posted numerous times in recent years on the importance of the views of EPA’s own science advisors in judicial determinations whether EPA regulatory actions are arbitrary and capricious. With few exceptions, courts...more

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Changes Renewable Energy Regulations

On November 20, 2013, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, by a 3-2 vote, made significant changes to the way in which renewable energy standards are regulated. Consistent with the Renewable Energy Act, NMSA 1978,...more

COP 19 – Day 8 of the Conference

The second week of the conference began with the COP President calling an informal stocktaking session, aiming to unite and focus the parties ahead of a week of hopefully more productive negotiations as the ministers begin to...more

Google invests in solar energy projects

Google has announced an investment in six solar photovoltaic projects to its portfolio. The projects, located in California and Arizona, have a combined electric generating capacity of 106 megawatts. This deal illustrates...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

EU Environment Report - September/October 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals: - Biocides Regulation enters into force - Germany authorised to maintain national limit value on certain chemicals - Commission proposes to amend the definition of nanomaterials...more

Proposed Production Safety Rules Attempt to Bring Outer Continental Shelf Regulations into the Twenty-First Century

Over the last two decades, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) production technology has advanced considerably while federal regulations governing OCS production have remained relatively unchanged. In an attempt to modernize OCS...more

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