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This Week's Hearings Will Shed Light on Trump Administration's Energy, Environmental Priorities

As Inauguration Day approaches, energy and environmental issues will take center stage with this week’s confirmation hearings for the heads of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior and the...more

DOE Announces Recipients Of $12.9 Million In Funding For Biofuels, Bioproducts, And Biopower Project

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that six projects had been selected for a funding opportunity of up to $12.9 million titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Dept. of Energy kicks off net-zero energy program for educational sector - Construction Dive - Dec 14 - The U.S. Department of Energy launched on December 6 the Better...more

The Department of Energy’s Big Energy Efficiency Plans for Consumer and Commercial Products in 2017

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (“DOE”) has big plans for its Appliance and Equipment Standards program in 2017. Its entries in the recently issued Unified Agenda of Regulatory and...more

Trump Cabinet Selections Signal Potential Changes to Environmental Regulations

As previously reported, President-elect Donald Trump’s victory could have profound implications for federal environmental regulation. Although the scope of the intended regulatory changes remains uncertain, President-elect...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2016 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump picks Perry for top U.S. energy job - Reuters - Dec 15 - President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Proposes To Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates To Section 313: On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to add nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) as a category for...more

Obama Administration Announces New Financing and Innovation Actions for Renewable Energy

The Obama Administration recently announced new financing for renewable energy projects through several initiatives domestically and around the globe. From committing $125 million in Overseas Private Investment Corporation...more

Some Regulations to Reduce GHG Emissions Probably Won’t Be Rolled Back By the New Administration.

This week, the Department of Energy finalized regulations to increase energy efficiency for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The regulations apply to products manufactured or imported into the United States beginning...more

Energy Policy In The Trump Era: Part 2

Presidential elections matter. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to drastically change the federal government’s role and policies in relation to energy, the environment and climate change. Reducing regulation...more

Does MassDEP Have Authority to Regulate Electric Generating Emissions Under Section 3(d) of the GWSA? I’m Not So Sure.

As I have previously noted, I sympathize with the difficulties faced by MassDEP in trying to implement the SJC decision in Kain. However, that does not mean that MassDEP can simply take the easy way out. After rereading...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United States

1 Policy and law: What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? No single government body sets government policy for the electricity sector. The federal government, which...more

Trump and Transgender Student Rights — An Early Decision For The President-Elect In Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.?

Well here we are. We will soon have a new president. As we move away from the “hows” and “whys” of the election and on to the “whats” of President-Elect Trump’s impending presidency there are a wide-number of education law...more

The Department of Energy’s Simplified IIP Process Goes Into Effect in November

On November 28, 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) simplified Integrated Interagency Pre-Application (IIP) Process will go into effect. The IIP is a voluntary, pre-application process intended to streamline and...more

Impacts of the 2016 U.S. Election on Environmental Law, Policy, and Enforcement

The 2016 election results will have wide-ranging impacts on the future direction of environmental law, policy, and enforcement in the U.S. With 100 lawyers in offices around the U.S. focused on environmental and natural...more

Adding micro-hydro to licensed hydropower project

What happens when a FERC hydropower licensee applies for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of developing a micro-hydro project, where the new project will be sited at an existing project's dam? In a recent case...more

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Oil and Gas?

President-elect Donald Trump has made some big promises regarding the energy industry. He has included the Keystone pipeline in his plan for his first 100 days in office and is planning to grant the necessary State Department...more

Post-Election Update 2016

The 2016 election results have significant implications for companies across a wide range of industry sectors. From environmental policy to financial services to tax reform, President-elect Trump has committed to sweeping...more

Department of Education Adopts Rules Increasing Student Loan Risk for Schools

As we previously reported, in June the Department of Education (DOE) proposed new rules relating to when students could assert a borrower defense to repayment, effectively a discharge of student loans. On November 1, DOE...more

DOE Announces Open Meeting Of Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee

On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee via notice in the Federal Register. This meeting will work to develop...more

Title IX and due process: ED tells Wesley that accused student not treated fairly

In a rare move, the Department of Education announced on October 12, 2016, its determination that Wesley College in Delaware had violated Title IX by failing to provide appropriate procedural protections to a student accused...more

Transportation CO2 Surpasses Power Sector CO2: Good News or Bad?

Last week, DOE announced that transportation sector CO2 emissions in the US exceeded power sector CO2 emissions for the first time since 1978. Why? The combination of increasing vehicle miles traveled in the transportation...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar provides 2% of electricity in the Western United States - PV Magazine - Oct 27 - West of the Rocky Mountains, the electricity mix in the U.S. and Canada looks something like...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Round-up

Oil & Gas - New Oil and Gas Emission Control Guidelines Posted - On Thursday, October 20, 2016, EPA published emission control techniques guidelines for the oil and gas industry regarding reducing smog-forming...more

ED’s new rules for teacher preparation programs

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education issued its long-awaited final rule regarding teacher preparation programs. After nearly five years and a fair amount of compromise, the final regulation has garnered some...more

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