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Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California and New York just sued to protect Obama’s final energy rules - Washington Post - Jun 14 - Eleven states, led by California and New York, have sued the Trump...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Notable regional developments abound: Argentina has adopted new hazardous wastes storage rules; Brazil's dangerous good transportation regulations will go into effect shortly; the Chilean Senate unanimously passed a consumer...more

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

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our May edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Event Highlights, we feature...more

White Certificates - New regulation on incentive scheme in Italy

by Hogan Lovells on

White certificates (dubbed “certificati bianchi” or “titoli di efficienza energetica”) have proven to be quite a successful incentive scheme in Italy in the past few years, generating significant returns on investments...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Latin America continues it vigorous and progressive introduction of wide ranging environmental and sustainability issues. Some highlighted activity to reflect the range: Sustainability. Signaling what may be a future...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Union of Concerned Scientists tracks renewables by state - Power Markets Today - Apr 21 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report yesterday called "Clean Energy Momentum" that...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

by Mintz Levin on

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Allen & Overy LLP on

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

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

by Mintz Levin on

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

USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

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

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

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

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

European Commission Publishes the New Winter Package

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Last month, the European Commission presented a package of measures, known as “the Winter Package”, to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness in adopting and leading the clean energy transition. In addition to promoting energy...more

Something for everyone? The European Commission’s Winter “Clean Energy” Package on Energy Union (November 2016)

by Dentons on

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission officially unveiled the latest instalment of its ongoing Energy Union initiative, which will reform some of the central pieces of EU energy legislation. Referred to in advance as...more

FERC Proposes Rules on Electric Storage and Distributed Energy Resource Participation in Organized Wholesale Power Markets,...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

FERC issued a proposed rule last week that has the potential to blaze a path forward for electric storage and distributed energy resources in organized wholesale electricity markets. It also released its annual enforcement...more

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