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The Trump Energy Agenda - The Early Days of President Trump and Secretary of Energy - Designee Rick Perry

What has happened since President Trump was inaugurated? - In one of his first executive actions, President Trump has placed a freeze on new government hires (excepting the military). Based on information from Trump...more

First flesh on the bones of the new UK government’s energy policy?

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The UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) chose 9 November 2016 to release a series of long-awaited energy policy documents. The substance of some of the announcements, which primarily cover...more

What a Surprise! Increased Renewal Energy Decreases GHG Emissions.

On October 12, 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported that “Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991.” The EIA gave three reasons for the drop in CO2 emissions. ...more

Maine DEP Developing New Rule For Wind Power Projects

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The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it is developing a new Site Law rule that will address certain development standards for wind projects. The standards that will be addressed by the new rule...more

Energy Brexit: initial thoughts

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In the energy sector, as elsewhere, it is far too early to give any definitive view on the effects of the UK electorate’s vote to leave the EU, or to offer a comprehensive analysis of the merits of the options now facing the...more

Renewable Energy Projects Are Making Impacts in Several Ways – – Nationally and Worldwide

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Renewable energy investments (primarily solar and wind generation) set a record in 2015 with a collective investment of $286 billion. This according to a report from the United Nations Environment Progamme. (Climate Central...more

Congress Passes End of Year Spending Bill Including Repeal of the Oil Export Ban and Other Significant Energy Provisions

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After weeks of intense negotiations and backroom tradeoffs, on Friday, December 18, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a 2,000 page omnibus bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016. The...more

Energy & Environment Update - December 2015 #2

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate - Congress approved today a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations and $680 billion tax extenders package (H.R. 2029) and adjourned for the first session of the 114th Congress. Please find below a...more

Maine court interprets wind energy law

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Maine's highest court has issued an opinion interpreting Maine's laws governing wind energy project development. The opinion is noteworthy for its analysis of two areas of Maine wind energy law -- those designed to expedite...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #4

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Energy and Climate Debate - Following a busy week for the Obama Administration during which it held several energy and climate events in anticipation of the international climate negotiations at the end of the year in...more

DOE Releases 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report

On September 29, 2015 the Department of Energy released the 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, assessing the nation’s offshore wind potential and planned projects through June 30, 2015. The report summarizes...more

California's New Climate Era: SB 350 and Beyond

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Two out of three ain’t bad. Climate change policy advocates may find themselves quoting Meat Loaf with the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 350, which California’s Legislature passed last month and which Governor Jerry...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - With Congress avoiding a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution last week, both the House and Senate are in session this week with full schedules, including several energy and...more

Energy Dept 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review

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The U.S. Department of Energy has released its second Quadrennial Technology Review, a 505-page report describing the nation’s energy landscape and the dramatic changes that have taken place over the last four years. The...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency -...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

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Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

Production Tax Credit Extended for Renewable Projects Beginning Construction in 2014

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771). H.R. 5771 includes a retroactive one-year extension of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax credit...more

Renewable Energy Update -- December 2014

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Renewable Energy Focus; Panasonic to build 26 megawatts in Kern County, California: Bloomberg - Dec 2: The 280-megawatt Mojave solar farm, owned by Abengoa SA’s energy holding company, has begun generating power for...more

Mexican Renewables - Set for a Boom; Waiting for Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The sunset date for the 30% ITC is coming into view for developers of U.S. solar projects. The U.S. domestic solar market is also becoming increasingly competitive. The PTC for wind has already expired except for projects...more

Maine Supreme Court Affirms Broad Review Powers for BEP in Clearing Way for Wind Project

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The Maine Supreme Judicial Court (the Law Court) recently issued an important decision that confirms the broad authority of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to review decisions of the Commissioner of the...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2014

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In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection...more

Joint Committee’s Report on Energy Tax Incentives Misses the Mark on Green Jobs

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) on September 16 published a report analyzing federal energy tax incentives. The report is available below. The report is generally insightful; however, it has a misguided job-creation...more

CT Law of the Land

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

SC19090, SC19091 - FairwindCT, Inc. v. Connecticut Siting Council - This decision upheld the Siting Council’s authorization to a Pullman & Comley client to install wind turbine electrical generation facilities in...more

A Provisional Winner of an Offshore Wind Lease is Announced and that Means the Goal Line is Still Far Off

Offshore wind took another small step forward last week when US Wind was announced as the provisional winner of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's August 19 auction of development rights to nearly 80,000 acres off of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

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Renewable Energy Focus - Solar plant's downside? Birds igniting in midair: CBS News - Aug 19: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's...more

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