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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

Green Bond Assessments

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...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

The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has existed for more than 15 years. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton is widely credited with coining the term in 1999 to describe the connection of physical objects to the internet...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

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

The district energy industry has received a global boost through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP has called for governments, state owned enterprises and procuring...more

2016 Legislative Update: Summary of Changes in School Law

BOARDS OF EDUCATION - ENFORCEMENT OF BINDING PUBLIC ACCESS COUNSELOR OPINIONS - Public Act 99-586 - Effective Date: January 1, 2017 - Individuals who file lawsuits to enforce binding opinions from the PAC...more

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

Scotland: The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings Regulations 2016 - Buildings on the market before 1...

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come into effect on 1 September 2016. From that date, owners of pre 2002 non-domestic buildings or "building units" in Scotland with a...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

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

NH adopts Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has approved a settlement agreement that establishes a statewide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. The Commission described the EERS as "a framework within which the...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

FHA and VA to Expand Coverage to Properties with Certain PACE Assessments

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced guidance intended to clarify circumstances under which residential properties encumbered by a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) special assessment would be eligible...more

Can New Federal Guidance Unlock the Residential PACE Market? We’re Almost There!

Under newly issued guidance, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin insuring mortgages on qualifying properties with PACE assessments....more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Money flows into batteries for buildings, power grid - Fortune - Jul 11 - Over the past half decade, the solar market has boomed thanks to falling solar panel prices. Now the...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - What does the future hold for green bonds and solar investment? - PV-Tech - Jul 5 - Green bonds first appeared in the market in 2007, with initial issuance from development...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of...more

Carbon Matters - Spring / Summer 2016

Robust international and national action on climate change looks increasingly likely following the high-profile Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York in April. In New York 175 governments...more

State Air Agency Group Issues Model Clean Power Plan Rule

The National Association for Clean Air Agencies (“NACAA”) has released a model Clean Power Plan (“CPP”) rule as a resource for state air agencies. The model rule highlights possible strategies for incorporating energy...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 30, 2016 | Newsletters

Sustainable Development Focus - Planned investment in energy efficiency hits all-time high - Facility Executive - Jun 23 - Interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high, according to the...more

President Obama Announces Los Angeles-Based Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition as Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New...

Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition,...more

Canada Proposes 2016 Regulations on Energy Efficiency

Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) have a major impact on both the economy and the environment. Homes and buildings are one of the major contributors to GHG emissions and accounted for 22% of Canada’s national GHG emissions in 2013....more

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