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Maine examines interconnection standards

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry into whether it should change its rule governing how small distributed generation resources may interconnect with the electric grid. This small generator…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

AFL-CIO Calls Attention to On-the-Job Deaths in Ceremony at State House

Michael Davidson was seeing patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital when he stepped away to talk with the son of a deceased woman he had treated and the son shot him. Lawrence O’Leary was on a parking garage under…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions…more
| Education, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The Beat Goes On: D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB View That Orchestra Musicians Are Employees

Last week, a federal appeals court enforced a ruling by the NLRB that orchestra musicians are employees, not independent contractors. The import of the decision in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra v. NLRB is sure to reverberate in…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

FERC staff recommends against Bear River dam

Staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have recommended against licensing a dam, reservoir, and hydropower project proposed for the Bear River near Preston, Idaho. The case involves a 2013 application by…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Reforming Medicaid Could Become Toughest Job Ever for Baker Administration

Anyone who follows politics or government in Massachusetts has seen these numbers. They bear repeating: - ..Over the past seven years, spending on Medicaid (MassHealth) has increased 65%. ..Next year, total Medicaid…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Maine enacts biomass energy support

Maine has adopted a new law to support the state's biomass energy industry. Governor Paul LePage has signed LD 1676, An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources, as emergency legislation. As a…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

FERC grid modernization session

U.S. federal energy regulators will convene on April 21, 2016 to discuss modernization of the nation’s electric power grid. Recent years have brought significant changes in technology and the ways we use energy. From…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court rules on state energy incentives

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its ruling on a case affecting how states may provide incentives for electric power generation. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court upheld a lower court's ruling invalidating…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities

Legislative Update on Maine’s Substance Abuse Testing Law

In legislative news, a bill that would have implemented new changes to Maine’s substance abuse testing law has died after the House and Senate failed to agree on amendments to the bill from the Committee on Labor, Commerce,…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Blogster's Miscellany: Eight Items Just Begging for More Attention, Comment

Ben deRuyter, a Democrat from Brewster announced this past Friday (April 15) he was withdrawing from the race to succeed Cape Cod state senator Dan Wolf because he wants to spend more time with his family. I’m sure his family…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Elections & Politics, Health, Real Estate - Residential

US Quadrennial Energy Review second round

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a series of public meetings centered on the topic of the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

NH regulation of solar PPAs, leases

As distributed energy resources like solar panels become more widely adopted, how do typical solar business models like solar power purchase agreements or solar leases match up to state utility laws? While the answer may vary…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Massachusetts solar legislation signed

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill passed by the state legislature to expand the Massachusetts solar industry and establish a long-term framework for sustainable solar development. The bill, An Act…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Electric storage and wholesale markets

As electric energy storage technology improves in capability and cost-effectiveness, what barriers exist to electric storage resources' participation in organized electricity markets in the U.S.? Staff of the Federal Energy…more
| Energy & Utilities
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