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Some Hard Truths About Addressing Climate Change

On November 23, 2015 Boston Globe had an op-ed by Joshua Goldstein and Steven Pinker concerning some “Inconvenient Truths for the environmental movement.” I’m sorry to say that I agree with pretty much every word of it. Why...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With the November 20 deadline looming, Congress will focus much of this week on the surface transportation bill as House and Senate conferees try to quickly negotiate differences on H.R. 22...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2015

Not Quite Left Out to Dry: Remedies Under International Investment Treaties Available to Renewable Energy Investors Harmed by Retroactive Legislative Changes - Introduction: In recent years, project developers,...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - In his final major effort prior to retiring last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) reached a bipartisan agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, with other House and Senate...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate: Congress returns from the Columbus Day holiday this week to full schedules in both chambers, including several energy and environment hearings of interest. In the meantime, the Obama...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 8 - August 2015

Court Of Appeals Affirms Revocation Of Tax Exemption For Public Parking Facilities - Reversing a decision by the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals has held in a 5-2 decision that a charitable organization is not...more

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Structure, Implications for the Grid, and Next Steps

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan (Plan) in its final form on August 3, 2015. The rule reshapes energy policy nationwide by setting state-by-state greenhouse gas emissions...more

President Obama, EPA Unveil Final Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Rule

Although legal hurdles remain, EPA’s Clean Power Plan envisions sweeping changes to the electricity generation sector designed to mitigate climate change concerns through reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, and it...more

Even With Changes To Its Final Clean Power Plan, More Litigation Is On the Horizon for EPA

Responding to over 4 million comments received on its June 2014 proposed rule, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made changes to its controversial plan to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from...more

What Does the UK's New Conservative Government and New Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Mean for the UK's Energy...

Introduction - On 8 May 2015 David Cameron's Conservatives won an unexpected majority in the House of Commons, bringing an end to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition that had been in power since 2010. The Liberal...more

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act Of 2015 Includes Cuts To Clean Energy Research Funding

On May 20, 2015, the House voted to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) (COMPETES), a research funding bill that was originally enacted in 2007 to further U.S. scientific and technological...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects - Bloomberg - Feb 18: Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest, and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that...more

Energy & Environment Update - December 2014 #2

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

Japan's FIT: Flying Too Close To The Sun?

Spurred to action by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, Japan's Parliament seized on popular antinuclear sentiment and passed sweeping legislation to encourage the development of the nation's renewable energy resources. The...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 4, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - With $6.5 billion loan, nuclear energy gets new life in U.S. -- - Feb 24: Although Republicans lambasted Department of Energy (DOE) programs that support renewable energy...more

On The Horizon — Renewable Energy In Asia: India

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in India? India’s power generation sector has been dominated by conventional energy. As per data released by the Central Electricity Authority...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - May 2013

In This Issue: - New DTE Electric PPAs for Wind Energy - Five Ethanol Plants in Michigan - Offshore Team Sails to Cleveland - Energy Forum Update - Nuclear Plant Off-Line Again - 43 Degrees North @ Muskegon -...more

U.S. Energy Regulation, Development & Finance

The U.S. energy and infrastructure sectors have undergone dramatic change since 2006, the year of Pillsbury’s first contribution to the Getting the Deal Through publications. Natural gas production and reserves have increased...more

Energy and Environment Update -- January 6, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Trade Commission; Nuclear Regulatory Commission;...more

2013 Legislature - Energy Issues

The 2012 elections for the Minnesota Legislature foretold major shifts in energy policy for the State of Minnesota. For the first time in over 20 years, our DFL Governor, Mark Dayton, will be working with DFL majorities in...more

Can Wind Energy Serve As Baseload Power? The First Circuit Agrees with the NRC That, For Now, The Answer Is “Not Yet.”

In an interesting decision issued last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Beyond Nuclear v. NextEra Energy Seabrook, affirmed the decision by the NRC rejecting a challenge to Seabrook’s relicensing posed...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2012

In This Issue: - Governor’s Message on Energy and the Environment - Solar Shingles Come (Back) to Michigan - City of Holland Selects Natural Gas Option for Generation - DOE Grant for Superconducting Wires - New...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 31, 2011

In This Issue: Spurred by report, California Assembly approves clean energy bill; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS Report: Renewables, updated grid necessary to reduce GHGs in California; Analysis: California could generate 7% of its...more

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