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Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

The Trump Administration is expected to issue a high-profile executive order that seeks to eliminate a major Obama-era environmental measure, the Clean Power Plan....more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

“PACE” for Residential and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects – What is it?

“PACE” – Is it the new buzzword? Lately, it seems I keep hearing about securitizations backed by PACE financings. What is a PACE financing program, and what is happening in the securitization market?...more

Help At Last! Government Publishes Guidance On Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The Government has published its long-awaited guidance on the minimum energy efficiency standards regulations that will start to apply to non-domestic properties in April 2018.  We previously blogged on the topic of MEES here...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2017

A Note from the Editors - Our February edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

Real News - Winter 2016/2017

Welcome to the winter 2016/2017 edition of Real News, DLA Piper’s quarterly real estate publication. This edition is a quick review of 2016 and a look forward to what 2017 may bring into the real estate world. I look...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Building apartments near transit brings in more money for cities and counties - Greater Greater Washington - Feb 2 - In the Washington, DC region, apartments near train...more

Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate

As the 115th Congress gets underway, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as Portman-Shaheen. The bill is cosponsored by...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

White House Issues Interim Guidance Memo on Implementation of "Two-for-One" Executive Order On Regulations, Invites Public Comment

On February 2, 2017, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) issued a guidance document (the “Interim Guidance”) intended to help clarify President Trump’s January 30, 2017...more

NH energy efficiency resource standard workshops

Following the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's adoption last summer of an energy efficiency resource standard, a regulatory board has scheduled a series of workshops to allow public input on how utilities serving...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from December 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Greetings! While there was some slowdown in regulatory activity towards the end of the year, as usual, there were also some fairly...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2017

A Note from the Editors - Our January edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, including an in-depth look at how the new administration will impact energy in 2017. As always, we...more

New York Proposes First Major Amendments to SEQRA in Over Two Decades, Driven In Part by Statewide Energy Initiatives:...

On January 17, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released proposed amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regulations. The proposed amendments represent the first...more

USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

President Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had been rumored for some time. However, Perdue's nomination on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump was inaugurated,...more

$1 Billion in Credit Assistance Now Available from EPA’s New Water Infrastructure Program

On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act...more

Environment: The Year Ahead

The year ahead presents a series of challenges and opportunities for the development of environmental law across Europe. Notably, the Paris Agreement came into effect on 4 November 2016 and is now binding upon the signatory...more

Key Goals For The Next Secretary Of Transportation

A safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable transportation system is the lifeblood of this nation. It is critical to the economic prosperity of this country and to the well-being of everyone who lives here. It connects us to...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017

Sustainable Development Focus - Why is improving the efficiency of small businesses so challenging? - Greentech Media - Dec 28 - Many voices have highlighted the expected leadership role of private-sector...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

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 electricity produced from qualifying renewable resources during a ten-year...more

MIT Energy Initiative Releases Report for Evolving Electric Power Sector

On December 15, 2016, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) released an in-depth research report providing guidance for the evolving electric power sector. The MITEI report, The Utility of the Future, proposes major regulatory,...more

Maritime Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Legal Update

In our April update on this subject, we reported on the outcome of the sixty-ninth meeting of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) (MEPC 69) and on what to...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

Amendments to California PACE Financing Statutes Become Effective January, 1 2017

On January 1, 2017, certain amendments to California's current statutory schemes for authorizing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs will become effective. The amendments primarily prescribe additional...more

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