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Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #4

Report shows industrial sector prioritizes sustainability in design and operations - Concrete Products - Jun 15 A new USGBC report highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation to Exceed Coal-Fired Generation in 2016: The EIA recently projected that for the first time, on an annual basis, natural gas will exceed coal as a fuel for electric power generation in...more

MIT Study Finds Energy Storage For Renewables Makes Economic Sense in Some Locations

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that it currently makes economic sense to combine large-scale energy storage systems with...more

Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power on the Rise

Recent trends demonstrate a rapid growth in corporations directly buying renewable energy from wind, solar and other renewable energy generators. Renewable energy capacity under corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs)...more

FERC Order 827 and reactive power

Federal energy regulators have issued a final rule requiring all newly interconnecting non-synchronous generators to provide reactive power, which supports the reliability of the electric grid. The rule adopted by the...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Apple plans to sell excess rooftop solar energy from headquarters - Renewable Energy World - Jun 10 - Apple Inc. plans to sell excess electricity generated by solar panels on the roof...more

Will network charges encourage the installation of residential batteries?

It remains to be seen what impact batteries will have on the operation of Australia’s electricity networks. They may become an integral part of those networks, could be used as a substitute for those networks and may...more

Maine opens net metering inquiry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain feedback on whether its net energy billing rules should be modified, or other action taken to affect Maine's net metering policy. Under...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - A suburban experiment aims for free energy - New York Times - Jun 3 - At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains is like...more

Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program Recharges for Phase II, RFQ Stage Expected in August

Renewable power developers can expect to see a draft of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP II), before the end of June 2016. Ontario’s Independent...more

IRS modifies and extends continuity safe harbor, clarifies other guidance for production tax credit eligibility

The IRS has released Notice 2016-31, which extends and modifies the “continuity safe harbor” for purposes of the “begun construction” requirement applicable to the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) under §45...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - Ninth Circuit upholds wind farm approval - Courthouse News Service - Jun 7 - Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind turbine project near San Diego would...more

Maine to consider net metering rules

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is set to consider opening an inquiry into the state's net energy billing rules, which allow electric utility customers to offset their load with distributed generation. Under...more

Germany’s Reform of the EEG Provides New Opportunities for Investors in Renewables

The reformed Renewable Energy Sources Act will create expanded market opportunities across the renewable energy sector and new investment opportunities in generation projects and smart grid operational technologies....more

Changes to Japan's Existing Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff System

On May 25, 2016, the Japanese Diet passed a law that will authorize a range of changes to Japan's existing renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT) system. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), which sought the...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the final three days of the legislative session debating the remaining House bills on the calendar as well as bills returned from the House. Members worked late into the night...more

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - Solar microgrid to ‘green’ Port of Los Angeles - Microgrid Knowledge - May 30 - The Port of Los Angeles, North America’s largest port, plans to install a $26.6 million solar...more

China Ramps Up Renewables

China has made notable strides to transition towards a lower-carbon economy. Most recently, local authorities were ordered to halt construction of coal-fired power plants in 13 provinces where capacity already outstrips...more

U.S. Solar Jobs Exceed Oil and Gas for First Time in 2015

According to a report released last week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the number of U.S. solar jobs surpassed those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year. Overall, renewable...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #4

Regional energy market could yield $1.5B in savings annually to ratepayers - Energy Manager Today - May 25 - A multi-state, regional electric market would provide environmental and economic benefits to California...more

International Investment Arbitration in Europe: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Voter support for clean energy policies up since last presidential election - Solar Industry Magazine - May 18 - A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom - Equity crowdfunding went live this week under the SEC’s recent rulemaking, but many...more

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