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NextEnergy: Developing Charging and Power Systems for Tomorrow’s Cars, Homes, and Businesses

In addition to the networking technologies that NextEnergy is developing with its partners, NextEnergy is also developing vehicle charging and power systems that look to trim energy bills for both homes and businesses....more

Combined Heat and Power Poised for Big Growth

Combined Heat and Power, also referred to as CHP or cogeneration, represents a fantastic opportunity to gain energy efficiency, reduce emissions, promote resiliency, and further a host of sustainability initiatives. In the...more

New Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Deadline Extended for Certain Buildings

The deadline for owners of nonresidential buildings that are between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet to comply with the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program has been extended from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2016....more

Feds Announce New Loan Guarantees for Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new loan guarantee program in July to facilitate the financing of energy projects in the U.S. that employ innovative and renewable or efficient energy technologies that avoid,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. government has big bucks to help jumpstart renewable energy innovation: Renewable Energy World - Jul 7: In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that...more

The Clean Power Plan: State Implementation Plans Building Block 2 – The Re-dispatch Option

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced proposed regulations (the “Clean Power Plan” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”)) to limit greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from existing...more

Department of Energy Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation Alert

On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) issued the final version of its Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation. As discussed in our previous WSGR Alert regarding...more

More Questions than Answers after Official Roll-out of “Clean Power Plan”

As discussed earlier in this blog, on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a prepublication copy of its “Clean Power Plan,” or proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from certain...more

Energy Technology Connections - June 2014

Leaders in the News - The XL3 Hybrid Drive from XL Hybrids, a developer of hybrid electric powertrains for commercial vans and trucks, was recently selected by Inc.’s Best In Class judging panel as one of the seven...more

Construction Ahead: How Our Construction Industry is Fueled by the Energy Environment

In 2007, Global Business Network (“GBN”) released the report, “Energy Strategy for the Road Ahead.” The goal of the report was to “understand the factors that are likely to influence the U.S. energy environment in the...more

How the Failure of Energy Efficiency Legislation Paves the Way for CO2 Regulation

Earlier this week, the United States Senate got itself tangled up in a debate over the structure of amendments to an energy efficiency bill. This hardly qualifies as news. But the inability of the Senate to come to agreement...more

Department of Energy Announces New Loan Guarantee Program for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

The Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (the “DOE”) announced on April 16, 2014, a new loan guarantee program for up to $4 billion under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act. The announcement coincides...more

New Energy Benchmarking Law for California Borrowers

In the increasingly competitive lending market, how does a lender separate itself from the herd? By informing borrowers about new mandatory disclosure regulations and potentially saving them money in complying with such...more

PUE, CUE and DCeP. Can Metrics Rescue Green IT?

Businesses’ technology estates consume ever-greater amounts of energy and, at the same time, the cost of that energy continues to escalate. Green IT initiatives seem to have little effect despite the fact that, on paper, the...more

California’s New Building Energy Efficiency Standards to Go Into Effect July 1, 2014

California builders should be aware of a new set of energy efficiency standards set to go into effect on July 1, 2014. The California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) were promulgated in 1977 to...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves New Resources in Southern California

On March 13, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted D.14-03-004, which authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure 500-700 MW of additional resources and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to...more

House Passes Energy Efficiency Bill

On March 5, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2126, the “Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014.” The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The bill...more

Changes To California Title 24 Energy Use Requirements Effective July 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, 2013 CALGreen, Part 11, Title 24, of the California Code of Regulations will go into effect. As a result, certain nonresidential additions and alterations will trigger compliance with more stringent...more

Innovation and the Changing Regulation of the Electric Industry

On November 4, 2013, the Arizona Corporation Commission opened a docket entitled "Inquiry into potential impacts to the current utility model resulting from innovation and technological developments in generation and delivery...more

California Energy Commission Implements New Energy Use Requirements

After several delays in implementation and enforcement by the California Energy Commission, California’s new energy use disclosure requirement commenced on January 1, 2014, for all non-residential buildings with a total gross...more

Energy and the 2014 State of the Union

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address. As in his previous four annual addresses, energy and environmental issues featured prominently in this year's remarks. Here's a closer look at some...more

Previewing energy issues in Obama's 2014 State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, at 9 PM (Eastern). His audience -- Congress, as well as millions of people in the United States and elsewhere -- will listen closely for...more

Is Renewable Energy At Parity With Fossil Fuels? Not Quite, But Certainly Closer

According to ClimateWire on Tuesday, a Minnesota state administrative law Judge’s recommendation to the state Public Utility Commission may be the first time that a solar project has been declared cost-competitive against...more

Energy Efficiency on the Battlefield

In his recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey stressed the imperatives of lives saved and operational agility as being at the fore of the U.S....more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News: November 2013

In the November edition of Mintz Levin’s Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we have gathered the month’s top stories from the energy and clean technology industries, including the Northeast Regional winners of this year’s...more

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