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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

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

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from May 16, 2017 – June 15, 2017. Latin America is moving full speed ahead to adopt and implement Climate Change Convention commitments, signaling that greenhouse gas ...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. mayors back 100% renewable energy, vow to fill climate leadership void - InsideClimate News - Jun 26 - As the nation's mayors closed their annual meeting on Monday in Miami Beach,...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - June, 2017 #5

by Brooks Pierce on

This week the General Assembly worked through the final bills of the session as the chambers prepared for adjournment of the 2017 long session....more

Department of Defense and Federal Energy Procurement Programs Remain Attractive

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration promotes an "all of the above" energy strategy, but many of the Administration's actions to date seem to favor coal and fossil fuels at the expense of clean and innovative energy solutions. Although...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - Eskom’s chairman backs controversial chief financial officer - On the same day that a leading advocate published a scathing report adding to the mountain of evidence...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Federal Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - Federal business income tax credit for renewable electricity production - A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business...more

State Programs to Encourage Renewable Energy Are Constitutional (In Case You Were Worried)

Last week, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court decision rejecting a challenge to Connecticut statutes intended to encourage renewable energy development in Connecticut. It’s a critical win, not just...more

Planned RET Amendments in Poland

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 28 June 2017, an official bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other acts (including the Act on Wind Farm Investments), was published on the website of the Government Centre for Legislation. One of...more

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