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Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Kaiser Permanente buys 110 MW of solar - Solar Industry Magazine - Nov 10 - Taking another step toward achieving its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2025, Kaiser...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New Study Finds $6.7 Billion of Private Investment Along Foothill Gold Line - According to a new study, the extension of the light rail line east of Los Angeles, known as the Foothill Gold Line, has attracted billions...more

Aboveground Storage Tank Act: Compliance Challenges Since August 1, 2016

Spilman Environmental Law attorneys Mark Clark and David Yaussy present a webinar in which they shared enforcement and compliance challenges they have seen since August 1, 2016, the effective date of the Aboveground Storage...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Voter support for clean energy policies up since last presidential election - Solar Industry Magazine - May 18 - A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management...more

BIA Finalizes Reforms for Obtaining Rights of Way on Indian Lands

by WilmerHale on

On November 19, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a final rule that makes sweeping changes to the process for obtaining rights of way for proposed oil and gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, railroads,...more

California’s New Energy Efficiency Challenge

California Governor Jerry Brown, sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, recently revealed an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change over the next 15 years. The Governor’s bold initiatives include a...more

New Legislative Requirements For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations At California Commercial Properties

Effective January 1, 2015, commercial landlords are prohibited from entering into leases or other occupancy agreements that include any unreasonable restriction or prohibition on the installation or use of an electric vehicle...more

2013 CEQA and Land Use Legislative Roundup: Baby Steps, Few Leaps as California Remains Committed to Sustainable Policies

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Although 2013 was not a banner year for the passage of new environmental legislation, Governor Brown did sign several bills that make modest changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), revisit incentives for...more

Oil And Gas Law Insight: With Oil Reserves Estimate Doubled In Williston Basin, Opportunities For Growth Abound

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Geological Survey has doubled its previous estimate of the amount of recoverable oil within the Williston Basin to 7.4 billion barrels. While the Bakken formation is still a star in the play, the potential of the...more

2012 Eminent Domain Year in Review & 2013 Forecast

by Brad Kuhn on

As we look back on 2012, it was unquestionably a busy year. Federal funds continued to make their way to local projects and shovels continued to break ground for infrastructure projects. The potential use of eminent domain...more

The Long & Winding Road: The EPA's Amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasure Rules

by Constance Westfall on

After a lengthy delay, characterized by some as "absurd," the EPA's 2002 amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules look like they will finally go into effect for most of the regulatory...more

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