Mintz Levin - Energy & Clean Technology Matters

Companies Tap Into Battery Power to Cut Energy Bills

All kinds of companies are using batteries to cut expenses and reduce demand for new power plants. Over the past few years, there has been a major upward tick in the number of U.S. companies that have started installing…more
| Energy & Utilities

Carbon Reduction Reshapes a Regional Electricity Market

Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to 30%…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting

U.S. Department of Energy Announces 16 New Innovative Projects in Energy Storage and Conversion

On September 13 the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 new projects as part of its new program called Integration and Optimization of Novel…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Readies for Take-off Led by Northeast U.S.

The U.S.’s offshore wind industry is poised for a burst of activity after faltering for several years on the heels of the stalled Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The country’s first offshore wind farm will open this fall off…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Energy and Environmental Legislative Updates for Fall 2016

The House of Representatives and Senate returned September 6 from the long August recess that started in mid-July. The House is scheduled to be in session for four weeks and the Senate for five weeks before breaking again for…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

“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
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