Foley Hoag - Energy and Cleantech

SREC II Carves Out More Room for Community Solar

The Massachusetts DOER has released its revised regulations amending the State’s RPS to implement the next phase of support for solar in the Commonwealth…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Wind Turbines Still Don’t Hurt Property Values

A report published last week by researchers at the University of Connecticut and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at more than 122,000 home sales that occurred between 1998 and 2012 in proximity to current or…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Massachusetts Working Towards Wind Siting Standards

Last summer, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced an initiative to support municipalities, developers, and other stakeholders in improving the siting process for wind energy projects…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

IRS Opens the Door to Expanded Use of Residential Section 25D Credit in...

The IRS has released new guidance (Notice 2013-70) (the “Guidance”) in the form of a Q-and-A interpreting tax credits available to individual taxpayers under IRC Section 25D (Residential Energy Efficient Property) (the “25D…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential,...

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but…more

| Communications & Media Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law,...

Do Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

As I last discussed in June, during the past few years, proximate property owners have increasingly raised complaints about the siting and operation of wind turbines in Massachusetts. This phenomenon is hardly unique to…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate -...

If We Lease It, Will They Build? Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sale Number 2

On Monday, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the nation’s second offshore wind energy lease sale – this time for an area off the Virginia coast. The first competitive…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law,...

Massachusetts Considers Approach to Grid Modernization

In October, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities opened an investigation to explore policies that would enable Massachusetts to “take advantage of grid modernization opportunities.”…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is There a Future for Community Wind In Massachusetts?

Last week, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan announced an “inter-agency initiative . . . to provide support and guidance to municipalities, developers and stakeholders for land-based wind…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

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