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Sustainable Development Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Affordable energy storage with power-to-gas technology? - IEEE GlobalSpec - Mar 31 - New research, conducted at the University of California, Irvine and funded by Southern...more

CARB Issues Midterm Review of Its Advanced Clean Cars Program and Invites Comments on the Program’s Future

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 12, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a Midterm Review of California’s Advanced Clean Cars program, which established Low-Emission Vehicle III (LEV III) standards for certain model year 2015-2025...more

Environmental Organizations File Litigation Briefs Supporting New York’s ZEC Program

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two environmental organizations, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), have weighed in to defend the legality of New York State’s Zero Emissions Credit (ZEC) program in ongoing...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

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

European Commission Sets “Low-Emission Mobility” Strategy, Aiming for Zero-Emission Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last month the European Commission continued its drive towards reducing carbon emissions by releasing a low-emission mobility strategy. The strategy identifies key transportation initiatives of the European Commission and...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power Sacramento Bee - Jul 15 - California’s booming solar industry had a record day last week when the state’s largest utilities...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan Sacramento Bee - Jun 24 - In a decision that could delay or complicate Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Maine - EPA has approved the State of Maine’s request to amend its EPA-authorized stormwater and pretreatment programs to allow electronic...more

VW Group – A Storm in a Teacup?

by Dentons on

We've all seen a lot of media coverage about the 1.2 million Volkswagen/Audi/Seat/Skoda vehicles sold in the United Kingdom that are fitted with "defeat" software and the storm clouds are brewing. But the reality is that...more

The Maturing of China's Auto Market

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Center for Automotive Research held its 50th anniversary Management Briefing Seminars event last week in Traverse City, Michigan. The theme of the conference was “Competition Rules!” and featured an in-depth look at the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2015 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California State Water Board seeks fines from local water district for alleged drought-related violations: Sacramento Bee - Jul 20 - State drought regulators went on the offensive against...more

Multistate ZEV Plan Looks to Increase the Use of Zero-Emission Vehicles Through Infrastructure Development, Standardization, and...

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On May 29, 2014, the ZEV Program Implementation Task Force issued a 32-page action plan detailing the efforts that eight states will undertake to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in use. ZEVs are battery...more

Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Likely to Plummet, but Cost of Electric Cars May Be Slow to Follow

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

If the leading industry experts are correct, prices for hybrid and electric vehicles should start to drop, but not nearly as much as you might expect. According to the Wall Street Journal, the head of a major lithium-ion...more

Industry Groups Petition EPA to Reconsider Approval of California's Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Program

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

By December 2012, with the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), California was on the fast track to begin mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”). Promulgated regulations require over 1.4...more

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