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USDA Invests $68 Million In 540 Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects

On September 18, 2014, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. This is the most recent in a series of USDA actions designed to help...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

New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

In a first-of-its-kind report announced this morning, Ceres and Clean Edge ranked the nation's largest electric utilities and local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report...more

Department of Energy Loan Guaranties for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

On July 3, 2014 the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued its latest solicitation under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for applications to obtain loan guarantees to finance innovative...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

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

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

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...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

Farm Bill Conference Report Contains Significant Funding for Rural Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

On January 27 the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the long-awaited conference report of the 2014 Farm Bill. This five-year reauthorization is estimated to cost $950 billion over ten years...more

Progress Report On DOD’s Adoption Of Renewable Energy Sources Shows Positive Signs

The Pew Charitable Trusts issued a report this month on the progress of the Department of Defense (DoD) in meeting its renewable energy goals – goals set over a period of years through various means, including legislation....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

President Obama’s New Memorandum on Federal Agency Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Management

On December 5, 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum establishing (1) a new goal for federal agencies’ use of renewable energy and (2) new energy management directives (Memorandum). By fiscal year 2020, the Memorandum...more

Energy And Environment Update -- November 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; and...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 8, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus: Feds move to choose vendors based on environmental performance -- SustainableBusiness.com - Oct 29: The U.S. General Services Administration, the government's purchasing arm, is proposing a new...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 28, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Greenhouse Gas Dispute Dismissed Over Lack of Standing to Sue - CourtHouse News - Oct 17: Environmental groups lack standing to challenge the Washington state Ecology Department's...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 28, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- California must add 1.3 gigawatts of power storage by 2020 - Bloomberg Renewable Energy News - Oct 18: California regulators today voted unanimously to require the state’s utilities to...more

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 23, 2013

Climate change was the Obama Administration’s message of the week. Leading the news was the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards announcement. In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called...more

AWEA’s Wall Street Conference – Sound Bites from Panelists

AWEA recently held its annual Wall Street conference. Below are selected sound bites from panelists speaking on September 10th about finance, the state of market for wind in the United States, and the health of the tax...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 22, 2013

Department of Energy commits to unleashing delayed efficiency standards GreenTech Efficiency News - Aug 12 A coalition of ten states and the City of New York just announced that the Department of Energy has...more

Obama Signs Hydropower Bills Designed To Help Reduce Red Tape

President Obama recently signed two bills into law that are designed to encourage the development of hydroelectric projects, especially certain types with a lower environmental impact....more

August 1 Deadline Announced for Prop. 39 Funding for Small Schools - Under 1,000 ADA Schools Can Apply for Two Years of Funding...

Schools in California with less than 1,000 average daily attendance (ADA) have until August 1 to apply for two years worth of state funding to help with energy efficiency or renewable energy projects....more

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