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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

Renewable Energy Tax Credits: Recent IRS Notice Favorable to the Renewable Energy Industry

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released new guidance regarding the renewable energy production tax credit (“PTC”) and energy investment tax credit (“ITC”) which most in the renewable energy industry will find favorable…more
| Business Organizations, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Major U.S. Companies Launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

More than 60 companies have joined forces with several environmental groups to launch a new coalition, called the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), to promote the development of 60 GW of renewable energy in the United…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

U.S. Solar Installations Reach 1 Million

Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and George Washington University (GWU) issued a report estimating that the United States has reached 1 million solar installations and will surpass 2 million installations…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

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
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