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Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Massachusetts Legislation Spurs Offshore Wind Power Development

On August 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a major energy bill aimed at putting Massachusetts at the forefront of states developing offshore wind power. The law, An Act Relative to Energy...more

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

A federal judge in Texas has dealt a serious blow to the Obama administration’s transgender school bathroom directive, barring the federal order which required schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker...more

“Holy Grail” of Renewable Energy Storage is Fast-Approaching

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created its Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) division to fund energy storage projects conducted by scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Lawrence Livermore and...more

DOE Joins Indian Ministry Of Science And Technology To Fund New PACE-R Consortium

On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $30 million expansion of the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACE-R). DOE is partnered with the Indian Ministry of Science and...more

DOE Clarifies Whistleblower Protections in Proposed Rule Revision

Department of Energy contractors and subcontractors may be subject to additional civil penalties. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently published proposed revisions to its procedural rules for nuclear activities in...more

DOE Releases $7 Million FOA For Co-Optimization Of Fuels And Engines Initiative

On August 1, 2016, DOE released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for $7 million to research fuel and engine co-optimization technologies. Funding will be provided through the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines...more

DOE Announces $11.3 Million In Funding Under MEGA-BIO:Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels

On August 2, 2016, DOE announced up to $11.3 million in funding to support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways. Three projects will receive the funding under MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable...more

Notice Of Open Meeting For Biomass Research And Development Committee

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee in the Federal Register. The purpose of the meeting is to develop advice...more

The Social Cost of Carbon Passes Its First Judicial Test

Earlier this week, the 7th Circuit affirmed the Department of Energy’s new energy efficiency requirements for commercial refrigeration equipment. This is a big deal in its own right, simply because the numbers are really...more

7th Circuit: DOE’s Use of Social Cost of Carbon Measure Okay

On August 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a decision affirming the final energy efficiency regulations issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) for commercial refrigeration equipment, held that DOE’s...more

Maine Receives $7.7 Million To Spur Economic Development, Including Bioeconomy Growth

On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Develop Administration (EDA) announced $4.4 million in grants to diversify and grow Maine's economy. This funding is intended to provide immediate assistance to...more

DOE Hydropower Vision report

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report on the future of domestic hydropower. Its Hydropower Vision finds that U.S. hydropower could grow from 101 gigawatts of capacity in 2015 to nearly 150 gigawatts by...more

DOE Issues Further Update to Its Loan Guarantee Programs

The Loan Program Office (LPO) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published an important update to the Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects (the...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - Tesla acquires sister firm SolarCity for $2.6 billion - VentureBeat - Aug 1 - SolarCity Corp agreed to be acquired by sister company Tesla Motors Inc. in a deal worth $200 million...more

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Promote Electric Vehicles

In late July, the Obama administration announced a collaboration with 50 federal and state agencies, electric utility companies, vehicle manufacturers, electric charging station companies, and others in the private sector to...more

New Presidential Policy Directive Hopes to Coordinate Federal Response in the Event of a Cyber Attack

In an implicit acknowledgment that the Federal government's response to cyberattacks is diffused among quite a number of agencies, the White House issued Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41 last week (July 26). The...more

White Paper Describes Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced on July 29, 2016, that federal agencies released a white paper describing the collective federal vision for the emerging and innovative solutions needed...more

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, And Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program Accepting App

On July 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting applications for Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program)...more

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

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the News, we profile our friends at Greentown...more

DOE Releases 2016 Billion Ton-Report Assessing Bioenergy Feedstock Resources In The U.S.

Last week, DOE released the 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy, Volume 1: Economic Availability of Feedstocks (BT16). Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office...more

DOE Announces $15 Million In Funding For Algae-Based Biofuels And Bioproducts Research Projects

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $15 million in funding for three projects that will work to improve algal biomass yields to reduce production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. ...more

Agenda Of Biotechnology For Clean Vehicles Session Released; Includes Synthetic Biotechnology, Advanced Biofuels, And Bioproducts

On June 22, 2016, DOE released the detailed agenda for the Biotechnology for Clean Vehicles: Harnessing Synthetic Biology To Enable Next-Generation Biomaterials And Biofuels session at the Sustainable Transportation Summit....more

DOE Announces $23 Million In Funding For SBIR Phase II Winners

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced the 23 projects that were selected for Phase II funding through the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program. ...more

Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Requests Public Comments On U.S. Energy System

On June 21, 2016, DOE announced an upcoming deadline for comments to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) - An Integrated Study of the Electricity System. QER was created via a Presidential Memorandum in January of 2014 to...more

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