Mintz Levin - Energy & Clean Technology Matters

“Holy Grail” of Renewable Energy Storage is Fast-Approaching

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created its Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) division to fund energy storage projects conducted by scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Lawrence Livermore and Oak…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Research finds that Reducing Carbon Emissions will Spur Technology Innovation

In December 2015, 195 nations and the European Union formally pledged to meet nationally determined emissions-reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. Since then, many experts have observed that the national targets are not…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and offshore…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Promote Electric Vehicles

In late July, the Obama administration announced a collaboration with 50 federal and state agencies, electric utility companies, vehicle manufacturers, electric charging station companies, and others in the private sector to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

California Wrestles with Challenges to Meet the State’s Renewable Energy Goals

On July 15, the Los Angeles Times Summit on renewable energy brought together government officials, academics, regulators, fossil fuel executives, and renewable energy advocates to discuss the challenges California faces in…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Natural Process of Osmosis Has Potential to Generate Electricity

Research published earlier this month in the journal Nature and highlighted in Newsweek explains how substantial amounts of power can be generated when fresh water river mouths flow into bodies of sea water. This natural…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

North American Leaders Announce Energy Plan

On June 29, 2016, the North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit in…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

President Obama Announces Los Angeles-Based Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition as Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition,…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOE Announces $16 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses commercialize promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This is the first…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOE Awards $23 Million for Small Businesses Focused on Clean Energy Innovations

Earlier this week the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $23 million in funding for 23 new projects focused on developing clean energy technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. These small…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting, Science, Computers, & Technology

MIT Study Finds Energy Storage For Renewables Makes Economic Sense in Some Locations

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that it currently makes economic sense to combine large-scale energy storage systems with…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables solar…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Solar Jobs Exceed Oil and Gas for First Time in 2015

According to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the number of U.S. solar jobs surpassed those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year. Overall, renewable…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Ranks Second and Boston Ranks Seventh in the 2016 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index

Last week, Clean Edge published a report titled the “U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index” (“Index”) that ranked Massachusetts as the second state and Boston as the seventh metro area in the U.S. according to its scoring…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

ASCE’s Report Update Highlights Major Infrastructure Investment Funding Gaps

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which grades the current state of national infrastructure categories on a scale of A through F. The newest…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking
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