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Massachusetts Issues New RFP For Clean Energy Projects; Seeks 9,450,000 MWh Annually

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Today, the Massachusetts investor-owned electric distribution companies and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) issued a joint request for proposals (the RFP) for renewable energy generation and renewable...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

Oklahoma House Votes for Early Sunset of State Wind PTC

On March 9, 2017, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 2298, which would end the Oklahoma production tax credit for wind energy production three and a half years earlier than current law. This measure was first...more

Going All the Way: California Bill Calls for 100% Renewable

by Morgan Lewis on

Legislation would require that 100% of California’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2045—with an interim goal of 50% generation by the end of 2025....more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

by DLA Piper on

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

by Morgan Lewis on

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

Wind Power Is Now the Largest Installed Renewable: 82,000 MW And Counting

According to the American Wind Energy Association blog, installed wind capacity in the United States has reached 82,000 MW. That puts it past the 80,000 MW of installed hydropower capacity and makes wind the largest...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Why build green? Lowered operational costs, increased staff productivity, and higher asset values - Environmental Leader - Feb 2 - Green building continues to play a...more

Sovereign Green Bonds: Poland sets a precedent

by White & Case LLP on

Demand in the Green Bond market has historically been driven largely by environmentally and socially responsible investors. As the market becomes more mainstream, the investor base has expanded to include pension funds,...more

EPA Issues Final Determination That No Adjustments to GHG Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 Will Be Made, but Questions Remain

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its determination not to change greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for cars and light trucks manufactured in model years (MYs) 2022-2025. This...more

Trump Cabinet Selections Signal Potential Changes to Environmental Regulations

by Snell & Wilmer on

As previously reported, President-elect Donald Trump’s victory could have profound implications for federal environmental regulation. Although the scope of the intended regulatory changes remains uncertain, President-elect...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Stanford unveils innovative solar generating station - Stanford News Service - Dec 5 - It was a cold, blustery day in Rosamond, California, but spirits were high in a...more

Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards for Automobiles: EPA Announces That No Adjustments to the Standards for Model...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) yesterday announced its proposed determination that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) manufactured in model years (MYs)...more

What Now? U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Post-Election Outlook

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a dramatic change from a progressive democratic to a conservative republican administration, we anticipate that EPA is not only likely to pivot away from an enforcement heavy to a more business...more

Post-Election Update 2016

by Bracewell LLP on

The 2016 election results have significant implications for companies across a wide range of industry sectors. From environmental policy to financial services to tax reform, President-elect Trump has committed to sweeping...more

What a Surprise! Increased Renewal Energy Decreases GHG Emissions.

On October 12, 2016, the Energy Information Administration reported that “Energy-related CO2 emissions for first six months of 2016 are lowest since 1991.” The EIA gave three reasons for the drop in CO2 emissions. ...more

The Future of Electricity Markets? Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power

by Sullivan & Worcester on

An increasing number of corporations are directly buying from (or building) clean electricity sources. For decades most Fortune 1000 companies did little more than seek to manage costs as they bought electricity and fuel....more

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Procurement Program

In our August 2016 Blakes Bulletin: September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program, we reported that Ontario was moving ahead with the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) portion...more

RGGI Is a Success Story. When Will It Be Obsolete?

When RGGI was first implemented, I heard Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, say more than once that the purpose of RGGI wasn’t really to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or jump...more

California’s New Climate Change Laws Tighten Limits on GHG, Increase Legislative Oversight of CARB

by Perkins Coie on

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law last week two controversial anti-climate change bills that will tighten greenhouse gas (GHG) limits by 40% and increase legislative supervision of the California Air Resources...more

California Doubles Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets

Ten years after adopting the nation’s first program to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, California is doubling its GHG emission reduction goals while adopting new measures to reduce short-lived climate...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California becomes a global laboratory in fight against climate change - Los Angeles Times - Sep 8 - California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming...more

California Moves Forward With Aggressive Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets – Governor Brown Signs Into Law SB 32 and AB 197

On September 8, California's Governor Brown signed companion bills from the Senate and Assembly, Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) and Assembly Bill 197 (AB 197), continuing California on a path to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions –...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - White House pledges support for Salton Sea, geothermal energy - The Desert Sun - Sep 1 - The federal government is stepping up its commitment to the Salton Sea and exploring the...more

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