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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

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

In the April edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you the latest energy technology highlights, an update on energy-related initiatives and issues from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry...more

ML Strategies’ Energy and Environment Weekly Update

Congress is increasingly likely to complete the appropriations process this year, in part because committee leaders in both houses, led by Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Chair Hal...more

Project Perspectives - Winter 2014 Edition

In this edition: - Oil and Gas Industry Discussion - The False Claims Act: The Government’s Sword in Cash Grant Audits - Is a 50 Percent Renewables Portfolio Standard in California’s Future? -...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

United States Solar – The Shift from Utility Scale to Distributed Generation

In the first half of this decade, solar developers in the United States were largely focused on utility scale projects. “Mega-projects,” such as SunPower’s approximately 580 MW Solar Star projects, First Solar’s 550 MW Topaz...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Japan

1. What are the driving factors for increasing re newable energy production in Japan? Japan is heavily dependent on imported energy. One of the driving factors in Japan for increasing renewable energy production is the...more

Oregon wave project permit surrendered

The developer of a proposed large wave energy project off the Oregon coast has surrendered a key federal permit for the project. Ocean Power Technologies subsidiary Reedsport OPT Wave Park, LLC had proposed a 50...more

President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget Emphasizes Clean Energy

Today President Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins October 1. The annual budget proposal signals administration priorities for the coming year. In that regard, this budget...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Hong Kong

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Hong Kong? Growing Energy Consumption and Lack of Indigenous Energy Resources - Hong Kong has a population of about 7 million and is...more

FERC Continues Its Enforcement of Hydropower Safety Regulations with Approval of Stipulation and Consent Agreement

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a stipulation and consent agreement between the FERC's Office of Enforcement (Enforcement), Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. (Erie) and Brookfield...more

"New York State Issues RFP to Deploy $200 Million for Clean Energy Projects"

On February 5, the newly created New York State Green Bank issued its first request for proposals for clean energy projects in the state looking to access the Green Bank’s range of credit facilities. ...more

New Renewable Power Financing and Investment Opportunities in New York as State Opens Billion Dollar Funding Initiative Through...

New York just recently opened the New York Green Bank (“NY Green Bank”), the largest of its kind in the nation. The NY Green Bank is a division of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and will have an...more

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

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. For links to industry grant...more

News for Onshore Wind and Offshore Wind: ISO-NE's FCA Offer Review Trigger Price (ORTP) for FCA 9

On February 11, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order on ISO-New England Inc.’s (ISO-NE) proposed revisions to its Forward Capacity Market (FCM) Offer Review Trigger Price (ORTP) provisions for...more

New York Green Bank Opens for Business

The New York Green Bank has issued an RFP for developers, energy service companies, owner/operators and equipment manufacturers—as well as private-sector capital providers, including financial institutions or other...more

Wave energy project in Australia advances

What may become the world's largest electricity generation project to rely on the power of ocean waves is moving forward in Australia, as Lockheed Martin has announced that it has signed a contract with Victorian Wave...more

AB 327 Threatens Existing Solar and Renewable Projects in California

In October 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 327 that may significantly change the economics of roof-top solar and similar renewable energy projects for public agencies, businesses and homeowners. In part,...more

Current State of the US Solar Market

Some common themes regarding the current state of the US solar market emerged this week at the Solar Power Generation Congress 2014 in San Diego, where I chaired and moderated the keynote session and the debt finance....more

Schools and Community Colleges Banned from Using Sole Source Procurement for Prop. 39 Funded Projects: Contracts Must Be Awarded...

Many California school districts and community college districts are gearing up to perform, or are in the process of performing, energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects with funds derived from Proposition...more

On The Horizon — Renewable Energy In Asia: Taiwan

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Taiwan? Taiwan relies on imports for more than 99 percent of its energy, which leaves the island’s energy supply vulnerable to external...more

Massachusetts DOER Proposes to Expand to 1600 MW Generation Eligible to Create SRECs

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) earlier this year released its proposal for the Commonwealth’s next solar energy incentive program, the Solar Carve-Out II program (SREC II). The program will increase...more

Massachusetts Issues Draft SREC II Regulations: Headed Toward 1.6GW of Solar By 2020?

Last year, Governor Patrick announced a goal of 1.6GW of solar electricity in Massachusetts by 2020; a goal that requires more than 1.2GW of new solar in the next six years. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources...more

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

Energy technology companies have gained significant traction with end users, investors, and regulators over the last several years. Given the strong showing in the capital markets so far in 2014 and the fact that last year...more

A Snapshot Of Baucus's Vision For Energy Tax Incentives

On Dec. 18, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to reform U.S. energy tax incentives. The proposed energy tax incentives are a simpler set of incentives...more

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