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Whitestone hydrokinetic license surrendered

Despite efforts to offer a streamlined regulatory path for some demonstration hydropower projects, earlier this year the holder of a hydrokinetic pilot project license for a project proposed for the Tanana River in Alaska…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Edgartown's Muskeget tidal project faces questions

A municipal tidal power project proposed for the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard faces federal deadlines if its licensing process is to continue. The Muskeget Channel Tidal Energy Project, proposed by the Town of…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

BOEM Call for Hawaii offshore wind interest

U.S. ocean energy managers have asked for information to evaluate industry interest in leasing sites offshore Hawaii for commercial offshore wind development. Under U.S. law, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FERC says Nicatous microhydro doesn't need license

Federal energy regulators have ruled that a micro-hydroelectric project proposed by a remote Maine sporting camp does not require licensing under the Federal Power Act. The Nicatous case illustrates one expedited regulatory path…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Canada NEB starts Energy East pipeline review

Canada's National Energy Board has ruled that the applicationsare complete for the Energy East Pipeline Project and a related gas project. This determination starts the NEB's review process, under which the Board must issue its…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Maine biomass resource RFP issued

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued an order approving a Request for Proposals for biomass energy resources. At stake are two-year contracts through which biomass resources may sell energy and related products to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

FERC Order 827 and reactive power

Federal energy regulators have issued a final rule requiring all newly interconnecting non-synchronous generators to provide reactive power, which supports the reliability of the electric grid. The rule adopted by the Federal…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

FERC proposes FAST Act CEII rules

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed amending its regulations designed to protect critical information about utility infrastructure. If adopted, the new regulations would govern the treatment of Critical…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

Scott Brown's Trump-Dream Erupts from a Spring of Intrinsic Ambition

This past Sunday night, June 12, before all of the dead had been identified on the premises of Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump sent out a Tweet that said: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on…more
| Elections & Politics

Maine opens net metering inquiry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain feedback on whether its net energy billing rules should be modified, or other action taken to affect Maine's net metering policy. Under Chapter…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

NY offshore wind leasing advances

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is moving closer to leasing ocean sites offshore New York for commercial offshore wind development. On June 2, 2016, the Department of the Interior and BOEM announced the proposed…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division Rules on Application of Rule 1.1

In Nickerson v. Paul’s Marina, App. Div. Dec. No. 16-17, the employee was struck in the head with a beam on May 4, 2010. He reported the injury to a representative of the employer on May 7, 2010. Paul’s Marina contacted its…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation

Romney Wants to Be Above Battle in Utah but Battle Keeps Reaching for Him

I don’t think Trump is qualified to be president. I don’t think it is possible for Trump to win the general election, his impressive string of Republican primary victories notwithstanding. I’ve felt that way for a long time…more
| Elections & Politics

Maine to consider net metering rules

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is set to consider opening an inquiry into the state's net energy billing rules, which allow electric utility customers to offset their load with distributed generation. Under Maine's…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Think Tank's Alarming Report on MA Fiscal Health Not Shaking State House Walls

From what I can tell about the Mercatus Center, it won’t be going out of its way soon to hire anyone who worked for Ted Kennedy, or Tom Birmingham for that matter. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider, if only for a…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking
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