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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

Supreme Court Affirms FERC Demand Response Authority

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling affirming that federal regulators may encourage large electricity users to reduce consumption at peak times in exchange for price breaks, a practice known as “demand response.”…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

Film Highlights National Security Need for Renewable Energy

When one thinks of renewable energy and the growing movement to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the US military is not, perhaps, the first thing that comes to mind. In reality, however, the military is tied inextricably to…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Military Law

DOE Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement “BENEFIT 2016”

Last month the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT)…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Government Contracting

COP21 Accord Set to Make Waves in Energy Industry

The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded last month with the approval of a landmark climate accord that seeks to combat climate change on a global level. The…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

Spending and Tax Deal Brings ITC and PTC Extensions

On December 16, 2015, Congressional leaders reached agreement on a year-end spending and massive tax deal that would prevent a government shutdown and extend a series of tax breaks that benefit businesses and individuals. The…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Taxation

American Businesses Installing More Solar Than Ever

Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report highlighting the rapid growth in the use of solar energy by American businesses. According to the study, the top corporate solar users now operate 1,686…more
| Energy & Utilities

New Energy Investment Initiatives Part of Major Trend

With climate change front and center on the world stage as a result of the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and a group of other business leaders used the opportunity to make several…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

DOE Awards $125 Million for Energy Projects

Last week U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz awarded $125 million in funding for 41 cutting-edge energy technology projects under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. The…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Political and Economic Conditions Shaping America’s Energy Future

America’s 10 year energy resurgence exhibits the difficulty of prediction. Unexpected global events, from the persistence of the U.S. fracking revolution to the impact (or lack thereof) of low natural gas prices on the business…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Renewables Intermittent Power Generation (Part 6 of 6)

Tom Burton, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Energy Technology Practice, has published a weekly installment providing insight into the challenges and possible solutions that, if implemented, promise a bright future as clean energy moves…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights serious…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

2015 Cleantech Energy Storage Finance Forum: The Immediate and Long Term Prospects for Storage Technology

On Wednesday, September 23, the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster and North Shore InnoVentures co-hosted the 2015 Clean Energy Storage Finance Forum at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The event…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology
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