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RGGI Is a Success Story. When Will It Be Obsolete?

When RGGI was first implemented, I heard Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, say more than once that the purpose of RGGI wasn’t really to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or jump...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles takes ‘enormous step’ toward 100% renewables - North American Windpower - Sep 19 - The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a measure that instructs the Los...more

NY Creates New Emissions Credit for Nuclear Plants

The New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Clean Energy Standard (CES), adopted in August, includes a new emissions credit—the ZEC. The ZEC, or zero-emissions credit, is the first emissions credit created exclusively for...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - CleanFund finances $3.5M for California projects - Bisnow - Sep 19 - San Francisco-based CleanFund closed six transactions in California totaling about $3.5 million. Property...more

CaliforniaFirst PACE Program Finances Clean Energy Projects for Commercial Property

Property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs are an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. They also present a number of challenges to investors—for one,...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal Plan divvies up California desert for conservation and energy projects - ABC News - Sep 14 - Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar, wind developers: U.S. desert plan hurts renewable energy - Reuters - Sep 14 - On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Interior unveiled the first phase of the Desert Renewable...more

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...more

Rooftop Solar Companies and Utility Regulation

Rooftop solar companies and their trade associations are intervening in a variety of state utility regulatory proceedings around the country. In Arizona, for example, in the past two years they have intervened in three rate...more

Preparing for FHA PACE: What Mortgagees Need To Know Before September 17

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued Mortgagee Letter 2016-11, which specifically permits properties encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy...more

Due Diligence For Bankable Solar PV Projects

Sharp reductions in the price of solar PV technology, dramatic technological advancement and (until recently) generous subsidies for solar PV generation have enabled developers to project reliable and attractive revenues over...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Hollywood office building takes the gold - Commercial Property Executive - Aug 23 - Kilroy Realty Corp. has earned two LEED Gold certifications for 469,000 square feet of the...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - White House pledges support for Salton Sea, geothermal energy - The Desert Sun - Sep 1 - The federal government is stepping up its commitment to the Salton Sea and exploring the...more

D.C. Circuit Overturns FWS Approval of Wind Farm Due to Bat Concerns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving an Ohio wind energy project without looking at all...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - August 2016

A Note from the Editors - Our August edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News, we...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert - Los Angeles Times - Aug 24 - The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has...more

Comprehensive Massachusetts Bill Enacted to Drive Energy Storage and Offshore Wind Generation Resources

Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an omnibus energy bill H.4568 that will provide Massachusetts electricity customers with the benefit of electricity produced by offshore wind and hydropower...more

New York Unveils Details of its Clean Energy Program

The New York Department of Public Service (DPS or Commission) on August 1, 2016 issued its long-awaited Clean Energy Standard order (“Order”). The Order sets forth the means by which the Empire State intends to achieve its...more

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...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

Federal - Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Two Updated Chapters in the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual - EPA is making two finalized chapters of the EPA Air Pollution Control...more

European Commission Sets “Low-Emission Mobility” Strategy, Aiming for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last month the European Commission continued its drive towards reducing carbon emissions by releasing a low-emission mobility strategy. The strategy identifies key transportation initiatives of the European Commission and...more

EPA's Clean Energy Incentive Program

Expansion of Eligible Low Income Community Projects to Include Solar Projects - The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) allows participants to earn tradeable emissions credits for...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - REIT reporting standards for sustainability lack consensus REIT.com - Jul 29 - There are roughly a dozen or so real estate sustainability standards competing for the attention...more

NY Clean Energy Standard adopted

The New York Public Service Commission has issued an order adopting a clean energy standard. The standard will require 50% of New York’s electricity to be generated by renewable sources by 2030. This so-called "50 by 30"...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Clean Energy Legislation

Overview - Late Sunday night, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill that will significantly increase electricity produced by offshore wind, hydropower and other renewable energy sources. The...more

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