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EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Potentially New and Improved?

On Tuesday, EPA issued a Notice of Data Availability, requesting further comment on some specific issues that have been raised since it published its draft Clean Power Plan in June. My immediate reaction? My head hurts....more

Greater Energy Efficiency Could Be An Unlikely Outcome of the Ukrainian Crisis

“Fuel switching”—changing power plants over to natural gas from coal—is one of the compliance paths for achieving the carbon emission reductions in the EPA’s proposed existing power plant carbon emissions reduction rule. ...more

Energy Newsletter - July 2014

In This Issue: - Russia's Second Renewable Energy Auction Gives Both Glimmer of Hope and Cause for Concern - Tanzania Publishes First Draft of a Long-Awaited Local Content Policy - New York's Highest...more

Climate Change Mitigation: The New Energy Policy

The Administration's Clean Power Plan (the "Plan"), released on June 2 and published on June 18, confirms that climate change mitigation goals are now a key driver of both environmental and energy policy. By imposing total...more

D.C. Circuit to FERC: Environmental Review of “Related” Pipeline Expansion Projects Must Consider Cumulative Effects, Even After...

On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, that could significantly impact efforts to expand...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: June 2014 #2

With most of the energy sector’s attention focused this month on what the Environmental Protection Agency is doing with its proposed 111(d) rule regulating carbon emissions, less was said about what the agency did not do:...more

EPA Plans To Issue Several Actions That Will Impact The Biofuels Industry

On Friday, May 23, 2014, EPA published its semi-annul regulatory agenda (Agenda) indicating the Agency's upcoming priorities and timelines. A copy of the Agenda is available online. According to the Agenda, EPA plans to issue...more

Let the Market Decide: The Third Wave of Energy Investment in Latin America and Caribbean

I recently moderated an ABA/ACORE webinar focused on cross-border renewable energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean. To introduce the topic, I recounted a recent experience at an on-the-record dinner hosted by...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

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

Energy and the 2014 State of the Union

Last night, President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address. As in his previous four annual addresses, energy and environmental issues featured prominently in this year's remarks. Here's a closer look at some...more

Previewing energy issues in Obama's 2014 State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, at 9 PM (Eastern). His audience -- Congress, as well as millions of people in the United States and elsewhere -- will listen closely for...more

Is Renewable Energy At Parity With Fossil Fuels? Not Quite, But Certainly Closer

According to ClimateWire on Tuesday, a Minnesota state administrative law Judge’s recommendation to the state Public Utility Commission may be the first time that a solar project has been declared cost-competitive against...more

Transportation Safety Issues Fueling Pipeline Proposals In North Dakota And Minnesota

Following the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil near Casselton, North Dakota, and a federal Department of Transportation safety alert that Bakken crude may be more prone to ignite at lower temperatures...more

Minnesota Judge Rings in the New Year with Sunshine

On December 31, 2013, Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman determined in a competitive bidding process that solar provided greater value to ratepayers than natural gas. In a first-ever competitive bidding process...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - December 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Gas Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Hydro Items: H-1: FFP Qualified Hydro 14, LLC, Docket No....more

The World Energy Outlook Report 2013: A Review of the Recalibration of Global Energy Demand Over the Next 20 Years

The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook Report 2013 (the “Report”), which was published last week, projects that global energy demand is likely to increase by one third by 2035 with low carbon energy...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News: October - 2013

In the October edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your...more

Is New England Moving Towards Importing Canadian Hydro as a Counterweight to Its Reliance on Natural Gas? Updates from the...

Back in June, I noted that the New England states had tasked the New England States Committee on Electricity (“NESCOE”) with exploring the possibility of importing more large-scale Canadian hydro into New England. Earlier...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 30, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: solar 'is going to overtake everything' -- Green Tech Solar News - Aug 22: If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of the rapidly changing...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - August 2013

In This Issue: - Natural Gas Power Plant Approval Case Gets Started - Deep Water Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Showcased - Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Loses Partner - Anaerobic Digester Opens at MSU -...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Gas Generating Plant Certificate of Necessity Sought - Natural Gas Generation to Cut Need for Coal - S.S. Badger Saves Diesel Fuel by Carrying Wind Towers - Albion Solar Company Growing -...more

Top 6 At 6: Highlights Of The Top Climate Change Stories In The First Half Of 2013

Another six months have passed and it is time for our semi-annual look at climate change and its intersection with the law. ...more

President’s Climate Plan - Real policy change or another political dogfight in Washington

On June 25, President Obama announced an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change making good on a promise he made six months ago in his State of the Union Address when he said: “If...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - June 2013

In This Issue: - Administrative Items - Electric Items - Hydro Items - Certificate Items - Excerpt from Administrative Items: A-1: Docket No. AD02-1-000 - This administrative docket is for...more

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