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Renewable Energy Update - November 2015 #4

Silver Lake nearly quadruples initial investment in SolarCity - Los Angeles Times: - Nov 18: Investment firm Silver Lake announced plans Wednesday to nearly quadruple the size of its initial stake in rooftop solar power...more

Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - sPower wins 68.8-megawatt Southern California Public Power Authority solar PPA: SolarServer - Oct 22: sPower has been awarded a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - Congress is in recess this week for the Columbus Day holiday, but will return next week with full schedules in both chambers. The House will focus heavily on the leadership race to...more

China Demonstrates Increasing Commitment to Addressing Climate Change and Air Pollution Challenges

In the past few weeks, China has taken major steps to revamp its air pollution and climate change policies, domestically and internationally. On September 25, 2015, China entered into a Joint Statement with the United States...more

California Takes the Bronze: Implications and Impacts of California’s SB 350

On October 7, Gov. Brown signed into law the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (“SB 350”) 2015. This comes as no surprise, because when the state legislature passed SB 350 on September 11, 2015, Gov. Brown said...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2015

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban - On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Getting the Most Out of The Clean Power Plan (Part 3 of...

On August 3, the Obama Administration released the much anticipated final Clean Power Plan (CPP). The nation’s first ever standard to address power plan pollution has an ambitious overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 32%...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2015

President Xi's State Visit Brings Announcements on Cybersecurity and Climate Change - In late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States. Cybersecurity and climate change...more

Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the...more

Legislative Update: California Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Increasing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Mandates, But...

The end of the California State Legislature’s regular session for the year culminated in a frenzy of action, with Assembly members scrambling to pass dozens of bills before midnight on September 12, 2015. The California...more

Implications of, and CARB's Response to, the 2015 California Climate Change Legislative Session

For most of the year, tracking the inner workings of the California Legislature can be a grueling effort suitable only for the most die-hard policy wonks. But at the end of session, things can move and change so fast that you...more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Structure, Implications for the Grid, and Next Steps

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan (Plan) in its final form on August 3, 2015. The rule reshapes energy policy nationwide by setting state-by-state greenhouse gas emissions...more

EPA Issues Suite of Final and Proposed Regulations for Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

On August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued three separate but related actions to address carbon pollution from power plants: 1) the final Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature effort to...more

Even With Changes To Its Final Clean Power Plan, More Litigation Is On the Horizon for EPA

Responding to over 4 million comments received on its June 2014 proposed rule, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made changes to its controversial plan to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from...more

The Clean Power Plan. Is Better Good Enough? Is More Defensible Defensible Enough?

So the Clean Power Plan is out. It’s difficult to be pithy about such a big, sprawling, mess, other than to say that it’s probably about as good as it could be, though that may not be enough. Here are a few items that have...more

Housing and Sustainability Projects in California Awarded Millions

The Strategic Growth Council approved nearly $122 million in grants for 28 affordable housing and sustainability projects across California, according to an article in the California Planning & Development Report. This...more

Maine RGGI report 2015: price impact "relatively modest", programs helpful

For 8 years, states in the Northeastern U.S. have participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, the first market-based greenhouse gas regulatory program in the United States, represents a cooperative effort...more

Ontario to Adopt Cap-and-Trade System, Joining Quebec and California Carbon Market

The Ontario government has signed an agreement with Quebec to create a joint cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In its announcement, Ontario has indicated that it will impose a hard ceiling on the...more

Ontario Unveils Plan to Join Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade System

On the eve of a provincial premiers summit on climate change, the Ontario Government has announced it is joining with Quebec and California in a greenhouse gas ("GHG") cap-and-trade system. Ontario, Quebec and California are...more

Court Upholds CARB Regulations Implementing Cap and Trade Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On February 23, 2015, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court decision upholding regulations adopted by the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (“the...more

"California Climate Change Initiatives Create Framework for Others"

With climate change mandates stalled at the federal level and ongoing international political struggles complicating global climate change efforts, several U.S. states and Canadian provinces have been at the forefront of...more

Double Whammy for State Fuel Suppliers

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is poised to readopt the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation in early 2015. With its readoption, CARB hopes to put to rest challenges that required a redo of the environmental...more

I’m Still a Cockeyed Optimist When It Comes to Climate Change

Last week, NRG Energy announced plans to reduce CO2 emissions 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. And this reduction is not from a 1990 or 2005 baseline; it is from 2014 emissions. NRG’s statement indicated that it had already...more

Beveridge & Diamond Secures Favorable CARB Determination in Offset Investigation for U.S.’s Largest GHG Offsets Provider

Attorneys in Beveridge & Diamond’s San Francisco office recently helped the largest developer of greenhouse gas (GHG) offset credits in the U.S., Environmental Credit Corp. (ECC), secure a favorable determination from the...more

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