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Senate Passes First Comprehensive, Bipartisan Energy Bill Since 2007

By a vote of 85-12, the Senate passed a sweeping bipartisan energy bill, S.2012 – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, last Wednesday. The bill’s passage marks the first time in almost a decade since the Senate has…more
| Elections & Politics, Electronic Discovery, Energy & Utilities

Catalytic Finance Initiative Raises $8 Billion for High-Impact Sustainable Projects

On April 6, a consortium of leading financial institutions and investors pledged $8 billion to join Bank of America Corporation’s Catalytic Finance Initiative (CFI), which plans to raise at least $10 billion for investments in…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking

Governor Baker Signs Controversial Solar Legislation

On April 11, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a solar energy bill into law that increases the statewide limits on the amount of solar capacity that will qualify for net metering, but also lowers the value of net…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

U.S. and China Pledge to Sign Paris Climate Accord on April 22

Last week, President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping announced that their two countries would sign the global climate accord on April 22. Senior U.S. officials noted that the commitment to cut carbon emissions by…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

E2 Report Finds Clean Energy Employs 2.5 Million Americans

Last week Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) released a report entitled “Clean Jobs America,” a comprehensive analysis of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the United States. The study found that over 2.5 million…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law

Eight Ways to Work with the Press in an Evolving Media Landscape

Do you find yourself checking social media for news instead of sitting down each morning to read the newspaper? If so, you’re not alone! Last year, 63% of Twitter users agreed that the platform serves as a source for news,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

AEE Releases Annual Report on Advanced Energy Growth

Last week the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released its fourth annual Advanced Energy Now Market Report, which highlighted the spectacular growth in advanced energy over the last five years both globally and in the United…more
| Energy & Utilities

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge Provides Opportunities for Solar Energy Innovators

The United States is experiencing a period of rapid growth in the solar industry, and Fraunhofer TechBridge looks to enhance and continue through its SunRISE TechBridge Challenge to Realize Innovation in Solar Energy. The…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Despite Progress, Energy Bill Remains Out of Reach

The Senate’s bipartisan energy bill continues to be a focal point of legislative debate on Capitol Hill. After a long standstill due to disagreements on how best to address the water crisis in Flint, MI, progress came after a…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

NREL Releases Tax Credit Impact Study

Last week, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the results of a study exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Monumental Year for U.S. Solar Market in 2015

Earlier this week, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association announced that the United States installed 7.3 GW of solar photovoltaics in 2015, the largest total ever and 17 percent more than in 2014. Just as…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking

Congress to Continue Work on Energy Issues Amid Supreme Court Uncertainty

Congress returns this week from the President’s Day recess to a changed landscape with the death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia. The Supreme Court vacancy has important ramifications for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which was…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Department of Energy Provides Major Funding Opportunities

The start of the new year has brought with it numerous opportunities for energy tech funding from the Department of Energy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been or are being given out to companies and research institutions…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Solar Installation Boom Expected to Continue in 2016

In a press release last week, the analytics firm IHS predicted that the solar installation boom will continue in the United States in 2016 following the extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) last December. Photovoltaic…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Energy Bill the Focus of Congressional Debate

Congress has spent a significant chunk of the new year focused on a bipartisan energy bill, which, if passed, would be the first broad bipartisan energy package in nearly ten years. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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