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Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification: American Council for an Energy-Efficient...

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has issued an October 2017 report titled: Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (“Report”) ...more

Energy Storage Handbook

by K&L Gates LLP on

As of today, approximately 800 MW of advanced energy storage technologies have been deployed in the United States, with nearly all of that capacity coming online in the last decade. New technologies, use cases, and...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

California Makes Changes to the Finance Lenders Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, several changes were made to the California Finance Lenders Law with various effective dates. Effective immediately, the California Finance Lenders Law has been renamed the "California Financing Law."...more

The Clean Growth Strategy - Government releases its strategy for a low carbon future

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 October the Government released its latest strategy to promote “clean growth” in the UK. It sees clean growth as growing the UK’s national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate...more

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: 2017 State Scorecard (Including Arkansas)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has released the 2017 version of its “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” (“Scorecard”). With a total of 14.5 out of a maximum available of 50 points, Arkansas...more

First Electric Generation. Then Transportation. What About Buildings?

October 2, 2017, EnergyWire (subscription required) reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to cap fossil fuel use in buildings in New York City. (I haven’t seen the specific plan, but it is...more

Baker-Polito Administration Distributes 56 META Grants to Fund Energy Efficiency Studies and New Clean Energy Projects Across...

The most effective local clean energy projects result from thorough, targeted, and well-supported research that puts the needs of the surrounding community at the forefront. To support such research efforts in Massachusetts,...more

We’re Number 1! (And California Isn’t)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released its 2017 Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  After sharing the top spot with California in the 2016 Scorecard, Massachusetts is back where it belongs – alone at the...more

Halftime in California — Which Climate and Environmental Bills Are on the Board?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The California legislature conducts its business in two-year sessions starting on the first Monday in December following an election. Last Friday, September 15, 2017, marked the last day for the California legislature to pass...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Cal State Long Beach adds solar panels on campus - Long Beach Post - Sep 15 - To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently...more

Connecticut Makes Favorable Changes to its Commercial PACE Financing Program

On July 11, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted H.B. 7208 (“Revised C-PACE Statute”) to make several minor changes to the existing statute governing the State’s commercial property assessed clean energy (or...more

DOC Announced Open REEEAC Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) published in the Federal Register a notice of an open meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC). REEEAC will hold a meeting...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from July 16, 2017 – August 15, 2017. Our thoughts are with our clients, friends, and neighbors who continue to struggle with the ongoing effects of Hurricane...more

MA Department of Energy Resources Files Final Revised Regulations for Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program

On August 11th, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its final set of proposed regulations for the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which aims to deploy another 1,600 MW...more

Quebec Amends its Energy Efficiency Regulations and Moves Towards Implementation of 2030 Energy Policy

On August 15, 2017, the Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances (Quebec Regulations) was amended in order to eliminate and reduce disparities with the energy efficiency...more

Global Funding in Sustainable Energy Tops $1 Billion in First Half of 2017

This year is proving to be the year of investing in innovative energy technology. Mercom Capital Group reports that in the first half of 2017, over $1 billion in venture capital and private equity funding has been invested in...more

Commercial building efficiency opportunities

by PretiFlaherty on

A report prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the nation's commercial building sector has significant potential to save energy by improving control measures and...more

G20 Advances Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 8 July 2017, the G20 summit in Hamburg issued a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth (the Plan). The Plan reaffirms the commitment of the countries (excluding the United States (US) — which announced its intended...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainable design of communities dramatically reduces waste - Scientific American - Jun 26 - In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from May 16, 2017 – June 15, 2017. Latin America is moving full speed ahead to adopt and implement Climate Change Convention commitments, signaling that greenhouse gas ...more

ESOS – Lessons Learned and Looking to the Future

by Hogan Lovells on

Large businesses will remember the challenges of trying to comply with Phase I of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in the run up to Christmas 2015. “Trying” was the operative word because “lead assessors” (who are...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - Federal business income tax credit for renewable electricity production - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business...more

DOE Announces $32 Million In Funding For Small Businesses Developing Clean Energy Technology

On June 21, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that 32 small businesses across 18 states will receive a total of $32 million in grants to develop clean energy technologies that have a strong potential for...more

June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

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