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Measuring Energy Use - The new era of building benchmarking is here. Are you ready?

The state of Washington and the City of Seattle are among the pioneers in requiring that building owners track and report energy performance — known as benchmarking — and disclose that data to potential buyers, renters or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Commercial

Washington Adopts Measure to Speed Environmental Cleanups

In the space of only 36 hours, the Washington Legislature resurrected, and the governor signed into law, a bill that changes the way the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”) provides funding for cleanups at contaminated…more
| Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

US District Court Judge Orders Washington Highway Culverts Opened for Fish Passage

Federal district court Judge Ricardo Martinez has issued a permanent injunction requiring the Washington State Department of Transportation (“WSDOT”), the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington…more
| Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Indigenous Peoples, Transportation

The GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY: a look at the future of clean energy in Oregon

Originally published in the Daily Journal of Commerce on December 10, 2012. Oregon has benefited greatly over the past decade from progressive policies that have driven investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Minimizing Commercial Lease Risks Through Proper Environmental Due Dilligence

As real estate development and leasing begin to emerge slowly from the dark days of the Great Recession, it’s important to remember that environmental considerations should not take a back seat to getting a deal done. In…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Toxic Torts

California Cap and Trade to Launch End of the World, Brave New World or Carbon Tax?

Six years after then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, also known as AB 32, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) holds its first auction of emissions allowances on November 14…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Opportunities and Risks in Green Buildings -- Be careful not to overstate certifications and other environmental achievements

Adopting green business practices in a challenging economy may seem like a luxury, but some tactics, such as reducing a commercial building’s energy usage, actually can save money and make a business more competitive. Problems,…more
| Administrative Law, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

Green Roads Are Not an Oxymoron

At first glance, the phrase “green road” might seem like a contradiction in terms. After all, what else is a road but a conveyance for greenhouse gas emitting vehicles? But with nearly four million miles of public roads in the…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

British Columbia Carbon Tax Four Years On

The fourth anniversary of British Columbia’s carbon tax — the only one of its kind in North America – was marked with an increase on July 1 that raises the tax on gasoline a penny per litre to 6.67 cents ($0.25 per gallon). The…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

D.C. Circuit Decision on EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules Emphasizes Importance of Massachusetts v. EPA

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals decision in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA (PDF) rejecting all of the industry and state challenges to EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions rules is an important milestone in U.S…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

West Coast Electric Highway Goes East

To date most of the focus on the West Coast Electric Highway has been on the series of DC fast charge stations situated along I-5 between the British Columbia and California borders, but now there’s an eastern component along…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

What Does an EV Fire in China Say About Safety?

A recent item in the China Daily headlined “Concerns on electric cars after fiery crash” is making the rounds on Twitter, but should be read with a large grain of salt given the details of the accident that triggered the…more
| Consumer Protection, Environmental Law

US Supreme Court Rules Property Owners May Sue the EPA Over a Wetlands Restoration Order

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that two Idaho property owners may bring a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) issuance of an administrative order that required the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

European Union Court Stays Course on Airline Emissions Rules

The Court of Justice for the European Union has ruled that airlines operating in and out of EU countries must comply with the union’s rules for greenhouse gas emissions starting January 1, 2012. In a decision that was presaged…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Transportation

The Western Climate Initiative is Dead, Long Live the WCI

The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) has quietly ended its nearly four-year experiment with a regional economy-wide cap and trade scheme. Arizona announced its formal withdrawal from the WCI, and five other states have done so…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking
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