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White House Plan to Further Expand Renewable Energy Use

President Barack Obama announced on August 24, 2015, additional steps taken to increase the adoption of renewable energy. Among other things, the set of executive actions announced on Monday include making $1 billion in...more

Obama Administration Adopts Landmark Clean Power Plan

Citing “immediate risks” to national security, public health, and the economy, the Obama Administration adopted ambitious regulations and policies to implement its Clean Power Plan, establishing the first ever national...more

Obama Administration and Private Partners Make a Clean Energy Push

Yesterday, the White House hosted a Clean Energy Investment Summit where Vice President Biden highlighted more than $4 billion in pledges from major foundations and long -term investors to fund climate change solutions....more

Massachusetts Announces Energy Storage Initiatives

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken steps to implement the use of environmentally-friendly, cost-effective energy storage resources to move the Commonwealth toward establishing a mature local market for existing and...more

Transmission line for Canadian imports advances

A proposed high-voltage direct current transmission line designed to import Canadian power into the New England grid has received a favorable environmental recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy. The New...more

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act Of 2015 Includes Cuts To Clean Energy Research Funding

On May 20, 2015, the House voted to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) (COMPETES), a research funding bill that was originally enacted in 2007 to further U.S. scientific and technological...more

Department of Energy Report Examines Wind Energy's Potential

Earlier this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office released a report examining the potential for wind energy to generate electricity in all 50 states. Wind energy currently provides...more

DOE Increases Funding For Clean And Renewable Energy In 2016 Budget Request

On February 2, 2015, the White House released the 2016 fiscal year budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Under this proposed plan, DOE would receive $29.9 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion from the 2015...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Extenders Déjà Vu: Fate of Expired Clean Energy Tax Provisions Closely Tied to Election - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy -...more

Feds Announce New Loan Guarantees for Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new loan guarantee program in July to facilitate the financing of energy projects in the U.S. that employ innovative and renewable or efficient energy technologies that avoid,...more

DOE Announces Funding For Renewable Carbon Fiber Production Project

On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will provide a total of $11.3 million in funding to support DOE's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative. The money will go to two projects designed to...more

Energy Department offers $4 billion loan guarantee program for renewable energy and efficiency projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $4 billion loan guarantee program for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee program is intended to...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators side with solar - Green Building Advisor - Apr 23: Hundreds of battery-backed PV installations that have been delayed by red tape and extra fees should be connected to the...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- May 2014

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Washington Update - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Energy Navigator - Events - Excerpt from Washington Update: In Washington, energy issues...more

DOE Announces Two Programs Supporting Renewable and Clean Energy

Last week the United States Department of Energy (the DOE) announced two programs supporting the Obama administration’s commitment to renewable energy development. On April 16, the DOE released a draft solicitation for up to...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - New DOE loan guarantee program: Green Tech Solar News - Feb 27: The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan...more

Obama Energy Official: Nuclear Plants Essential To Our Carbon Reduction Goals

Peter Lyons, the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) assistant secretary for nuclear energy, outlined the Obama Administration’s reasons for supporting nuclear power in the United States at the Platts 10th Annual Nuclear Energy...more

Energy And Environment Update -- December 11, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission;...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 8, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus: Feds move to choose vendors based on environmental performance -- SustainableBusiness.com - Oct 29: The U.S. General Services Administration, the government's purchasing arm, is proposing a new...more

CHP Emphasized: DOE Rebrands Clean Energy Application Centers

In a move that had been in the works for a while, the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that its Clean Energy Application Centers have been rebranded as CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, or CHP TAPs. The...more

Solyndra Lives: Controversial Department of Energy Loan Program Will Continue

Unless you have avoided the news over the past two years, you have likely heard of Solyndra—the now bankrupt California-based solar panel maker—that received $535 million in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy’s...more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 12, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- DOE's Loan Programs Office has financed $16 billion in renewables, and more is coming: Renewable Energy World - Aug 24 - The Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office (LPO) has loaned $16...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 19, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Justice; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

Hydropower Law Alert: President Obama Signs Groundbreaking Bipartisan Hydropower Legislation Into Law

On Friday August 9, 2013, President Obama signed two bills into law that will streamline the regulatory process for small hydropower projects across the country. In addition to the practical impacts on the regulatory process,...more

President Obama Signs Into Law Legislation To Advance Permitting Of Small Hydropower Projects

On August 9, 2013, President Obama signed into law both H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, and H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. ...more

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