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Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2014

Energy technology companies have gained significant traction with end users, investors, and regulators over the last several years. Given the strong showing in the capital markets so far in 2014 and the fact that last year...more

California Takes the Lead With Energy Storage Procurement Targets

In a first-of-its-kind move in the United States, a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) order made effective today sets specific energy storage procurement targets for 2020 covering enough power to serve...more

Department of Energy Advanced Fossil Energy Loan Guarantee Program Alert

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for innovative and advanced fossil energy projects and facilities. The DOE LPO draft solicitation is...more

Energy Law Alert: FERC Creates New Opportunities for Energy Storage and Sales of Ancillary Services

At last week's open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 784, which creates new opportunities for energy storage technologies to cost effectively help customers self-supply their own...more

New Energy NGO To Promote Understanding Of Advanced Energy For Michigan

The Institute for Energy Innovation's mission is to promote greater public understanding of advanced energy and its economic potential for Michigan, and to inform the public and policy discussion on Michigan's energy...more

California Bill Aims To Promote Green Energy Investment Scams

“Today I’d like to tell you a little bit about the color green . . .” Green energy is popular. That popularity makes not just likely, but inevitable that promoters will use the cachet of green energy to attract and...more

New York Greenlights Energy Transmission Line

The Champlain Hudson transmission line has received initial approval from the New York State Public Service Commission. ...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2013

In This Issue: - Report On China's Industrial Policies Shows Numerous Industries Receive Illegal Subsidies - Material Injury Standard For Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Investigations Still Subject To...more

The Mongolian energy industry: filling in the gaps - (Mongolia)

Mongolia is attracting great interest thanks to its astonishing, barely exploited mineral wealth and its rapid economic development: the International Monetary Fund forecasts Mongolia’s gross domestic product will grow on...more

Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects Have Multiple Benefits for California Cities - BB&K's Sophie Akins Writes About the Benefits, Ways...

Landfill gas, or LFG, to energy projects provide tangible public benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and generating local jobs. Municipalities are finding that landfill gas to energy projects...more

Energy Insight: New England - The Poster Child For Electricity And Natural Gas Issues

On May 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a meeting in Washington, DC focused on coordination between the natural gas and electric generation industries. ...more

Keeping PACE with Energy Efficiency Demand in California - BB&K's Warren Diven Writes About The Statewide Expansion of the HERO...

Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) programs, for residential and commercial properties, were in development throughout the United States when the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) sought to impose limits on...more

43 Degrees North @ Muskegon

The Michigan Energy and Technology Center has been formed by a consortium of companies to generate economic activity in the state. ...more

Huron County Seeks Clarification On Taxes

The Board of Commissioners for Huron County have resolved to not take any more action regarding wind energy projects until Michigan clarifies the legislation and taxation of wind turbine....more

Tax-Efficient Capital Vehicles for Unregulated Utilities: REITs, MLPs and Up-Cs Considered

Over the last several years, a confluence of political and market developments have made capital for renewable energy projects harder to come by, which has affected the ability of unregulated affiliates of public utilities...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 13, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Interior; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Department of Commerce; Department...more

Power Plant Project Suspended After California Public Utilities Commission Ruling - Move Highlights Importance of Commission’s...

In a ruling that highlights how California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decisions can have broad impacts on proposed power projects, the CPUC recently denied San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) the authority to...more

Energy Law Alert May 2013 - Clean Energy Takes Center Stage in Obama’s 2013-2014 Proposed Budget

A glimpse at President Obama’s recently released 2013-2014 federal budget proposal reveals major steps in funding for energy projects. A sizeable $28.4 billion allocation has been set aside for The Department of Energy...more

Renewable News - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - Federal Policy Update - TradeWind and Alabama Power Announce PPA for Kansas Project - NextEra Energy Resources Finalized Purchase of Kansas Project - Incentives Announced for $66 Million...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: UK BUDGET 2013: The UK Government announces tax and other initiatives to support shale gas...

In March the UK Government delivered its Budget for 2013, announcing a number of tax and other initiatives designed to encourage investment in the exploitation of UK shale gas resources. The Department of Energy and Climate...more

California City Enacts Law Requiring Solar Energy Systems on Most New Homes

The city of Lancaster, California recently adopted an ordinance requiring builders of most new homes to install functional solar power generation systems on these homes prior to their sale to the public. The law is believed...more

IRS Construction Deadline Guidance Highlights Disparate Treatment of Renewable Energy Technologies

The IRS recently released guidance in the form of an IRS Notice implementing a rule change under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 concerning the construction deadline that renewable energy facilities must meet to...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development/Finance: Key Considerations in Energy Take-or-Pay Contracts

Perhaps the most common type of off-take contract in a large scale energy project is the take-or-pay contract. A properly constructed take-or-pay contract provides the seller with an assured revenue stream that ensures an...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development / Finance: First Energy Concession under innovative model to reach financial close in the...

Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) recently embarked on its first PPP initiative in the Holy City of Makkah, a district energy project (Project) to service the company’s USD5.5bn mixed-use development at Makkah...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Construction: ‘Back-to-back’ – the pass-through of construction risk from project agreement through to subcontracts...

When passing risk through to various sub-contractors to a PPP or energy infrastructure project, it is important to ensure that the core sub-contracts are drafted on a ‘back-to-back’ basis with the project agreement. This...more

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