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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

Winners and Losers in the EPA’s Long-Awaited “Clean Power Plan” ?

Yesterday, the Obama Administration released the long-awaited plan to require existing power plants to drastically reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. The “Clean Power Plan” follows years of effort by the Administration to regulate...more

Obama Energy Official: Nuclear Plants Essential To Our Carbon Reduction Goals

Peter Lyons, the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) assistant secretary for nuclear energy, outlined the Obama Administration’s reasons for supporting nuclear power in the United States at the Platts 10th Annual Nuclear Energy...more

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

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. For links to industry grant...more

Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal Streamlines Energy Tax Credits

On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology neutral. The proposal would consolidate...more

ML Strategies’ Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of February 3, 2014

President Obama used his annual State of the Union address January 28 to call for a year of action on a broad array of issues, highlighting energy efforts and his climate action plan amongst 12 executive actions he hopes to...more

The Pacific Coast Action Plan On Climate And Energy – Will It Make A Difference?

Late last month, the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington joined with the Premier of British Columbia to sign a Pacific Coast Climate Action Plan on Climate and Energy (PCAP). Like its ill-fated predecessor, the...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

Climate Change and the Future Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States: President Obama Introduces New Climate...

On June 25, 2013, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan (the Plan) detailing the current administration's comprehensive strategy to address climate change....more

President Obama Unveils Climate Action Plan

President Obama published a formal Climate Action Plan last month, announcing the plan in a speech delivered at Georgetown University. The plan organizes the President’s executive actions under three pillars...more

Was 2009 Really That Long Ago? Thoughts On Federal Carbon Policy

It seems hard to believe now, but only a few years ago it looked like we might get federal cap-and-trade legislation to address greenhouse gas emissions. Almost exactly four years ago the House of Representatives passed the...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for the United Arab Emirates

The Patton Boggs Climate Change, Energy and Resources practices, in conjunction with a number of international consultancies, can help companies take advantage of the opportunities the international component of the...more

EU Carbon Trading System Wins Parliament's Support

On Wednesday, the European Parliament approved a proposal to delay the issue of 900 million emissions allowances (each representing the right to emit one metric ton of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas equivalent, or CO2e)....more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- May 2013

In This Edition: - In the News: United States - In the News: Europe & Asia - Government Financial Assistance - Privately Sourced Financial Grants - Federal & State News - Legal News - Events -...more

Renewable Energy Update -- February 12, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - DOE, Treasury release $150M In unused Section 48C Clean Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits; Obama picks REI chief Jewell to head Interior Department; US emissions fall to lowest...more

D.C's clean-energy conundrum

Originally published in Reuters on December 9, 2012 Few issues are now as politically polarizing as the role of government in supporting clean-energy technologies. It pits those concerned about global warming against...more

RGGI Turns 4, Celebrates with its 18th Auction

This week’s auction of greenhouse gas allowances by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) marked the 18th in that organization’s history. According to the market monitor report published today, only 53% (19.7...more

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