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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

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

New Alternative for Widening 55 Freeway Reduces Right-of-Way Impacts

by Nossaman LLP on

For years, we’ve been working with our public agency clients during the environmental and design-phase to minimize right-of-way impacts with new infrastructure projects. Yet for many agencies, property acquisitions are an...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

LACMTA Approves Tax Ballot Measure to Fund $120 Billion Transit Plan - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) on June 24, 2016, approved a sales tax ballot measure to help fund $120 billion...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

Oakley to Condemn Century-Old Building for Street Widening Project

by Nossaman LLP on

As cities become more dense and urbanized, it is common for infrastructure to get outdated or insufficient to handle increased demand. We see this with roads, highways, schools, and even utilities. When new infrastructure...more

Real Estate and Land Use - February 2016

New Draft CEQA Guidelines Evaluating Transportation Impacts—Level of Service No Longer Considered to Be an Environmental Impact - The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) was mandated by SB 743 in 2013 to...more

Updates to CEQA Guidelines for Transportation Impacts Analysis Under SB 743

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) released a revised draft of thresholds for measuring transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). These draft...more

California Governor’s Office Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines Proposal on SB 743 Implementation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a new draft proposal for implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg 2013) (SB 743), which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle...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

California Supreme Court Weighs in on the CEQA Projected Baseline Issue

by Allen Matkins on

On August 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (S202828), which attempted to answer once and for all whether a lead agency can...more

Perfect Storm for CEQA Reform In 2013? Former Govs Weigh In

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Hot on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013 State of the State address, which raised the need for CEQA reform (as noted in my immediately-preceding blog post), a trio of former California governors has echoed and...more

The Evolution of Smart Growth: The new mantra of land-use planning.

by Buchalter on

Originally published in Western Real Estate Business - October 2012. In land-use planning, as in other fields that respond to developing trends, yesterday’s truth becomes tomorrow’s heresy. Housing and development...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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