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Sustainable Development Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Shading and lighting retrofits slash energy use in office demonstration - Phys.org - Jul 11 - By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

Illinois District Court Rejects Federal Preemption Challenges to State Zero-Emissions Credit Program

by K&L Gates LLP on

On July 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an opinion dismissing challenges to the state of Illinois’ zero-emissions credit (“ZEC”) program. Illinois’ ZECs are tradable credits...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation Are Constitutional

Late last month, the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals rejected a challenge to Connecticut laws intended to encourage use of renewable energy. Earlier this month, Judge Manish Shah, of the Northern District of Illinois, issued a...more

Tariff Charge reduction for electric vehicles

by Dentons on

The past 29th of June of 2017, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued Decree 1116 of 2017, by which it established the following tariff charges...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Climate change impacts global energy system, says Shell boss - The CEO of Shell, Ben van Beurden, has noted the importance of taking a global perspective on tackling...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s extension of cap-and-trade provides more certainty to cleantech - Greentech Media - Jul 18 - Late Monday night, California lawmakers approved a group of bills that extend the...more

DOE Awards $40 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Research Centers

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that $40 million in Department of Energy (DOE) awards will be used to establish four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) to be led by a DOE National...more

Renewable Alert Letter 32: METI Operation Change - Changes to Business Plan before Completion of Transition to New FIT Scheme

A FIT facilities approval (setsubi nintei) under the old FIT Act may be deemed as a FIT business plan approval (jigyo nintei) subject to certain conditions under the new FIT Act. However, in order to complete the transition...more

Key Takeaways from CELF's Annual Jasper Research Seminar

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian Energy Law Foundation (CELF) held its Annual Jasper Research Seminar in mid-June, the 56th year this world class event has been held in Alberta. Energy practitioners presented on critical legal issues in the...more

G20 Advances Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 8 July 2017, the G20 summit in Hamburg issued a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth (the Plan). The Plan reaffirms the commitment of the countries (excluding the United States (US) — which announced its intended...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - DOE’s SunShot awards $46M for solar tech-to-market research - Greentech Media - Jul 13 - The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it...more

Renewable Alert Letter 31: Overloading Regulations

On July 6, 2017, METI and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy released proposals for revision of laws and ordinances related to long-speculated restrictions on overloading (kasekisai). Please see full Publication...more

Offshore Wind Development Potentially Finds Smoother Sailing in Deeper Water

In a breakthrough for offshore wind energy in the United States, construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first U.S. offshore wind farm, was completed in August 2016 about 30 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. The...more

International Trade and Investment Disputes in the Solar Energy Industry – A Hurdle to Renewable Power Generation?

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2040, renewable energy sources will account for more than 50 percent of global power generation, and solar and wind power alone will produce 50 percent of the electricity generation in Australia, Germany, Mexico, and the...more

Funding Opportunities Available for Energy Development on Tribal Lands

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the Trump Administration seeks to promote American energy independence, new funding opportunities for deploying tribal energy projects on tribal lands are now available. These opportunities are the first step by the...more

Il futuro non e piu quello di una volta sostenibilita e investimenti energetici

The paper (in Italian), produced by Antonio Sileo, Director, Osservatorio Innov-E of I-Com and Research Fellow IEFE-Bocconi, was presented during the workshop "The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Sustainability and Energy...more

Massachusetts offshore wind RFP

by PretiFlaherty on

Massachusetts' investor-owned electric distribution companies have issued a joint Request for Proposals for offshore wind energy projects. Through the RFP, the utilities seek proposals for 400 megawatts (or more) of...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar and wind farm construction costs fell in recent years - Solar Industry Magazine - Jul 5 - Based on U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) survey data for new, utility-scale...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Eskom urged to be less secretive with its operating data Eskom came under criticism at the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) subcommittee hearings for attempting to keep some...more

EIA: Even as Renewables Increase, Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate U.S. Energy Mix

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

“Fossil fuels have provided more than 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. Since 1928, when consumption of natural gas surpassed that of biomass, the three fossil fuels—petroleum, natural gas, and...more

Energy Independence in the Age of Renewables

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Facing the traditional energy sector’s uncertain future and the decreased cost of producing renewable energy, many companies have taken to generating their own power. Manufacturers may be in an ideal position to do the same...more

Court Rejects Preemption and Dormant Commerce Clause Arguments and Upholds Connecticut’s Renewable Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

North Carolina Legislature Approves Major Renewable Energy Reform Bill

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 29, the North Carolina House and Senate voted to enact a compromise version of 2017 H589, titled “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina.” This major new energy legislation evolves and, in some respects,...more

Presentation from Tax Equity Structuring & Impact of Potential Tax Reform and Q&As from the Webinar

On June 28, Mayer Brown and Alfa Energy Advisors presented the webinar Tax Structuring and Impact of Potential Tax Reform....more

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