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Neste Announces Collaboration With American Airlines

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On November 13, 2017, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced it has entered into an agreement with American Airlines to explore opportunities to reduce the airline’s environmental footprint. To achieve this goal, the companies...more

Add Batteries to Your Wind Farm and Get More (ITC) Juice

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A battery storage system added to a pre-existing wind facility is eligible for the investment tax credit, even if the facility has claimed the production tax credit. This is good news for taxpayers considering adding...more

Coming Soon to a Northeast or Mid-Atlantic State Near You: Regulations on Carbon Emissions From Transportation

On November 13, 2017, eight states in the Transportation Climate Initiative issued a joint statement pledging to pursue regional solutions to GHG emissions from transportation. The statement does not identify any specific...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Court invalidates South Coast Air District ozone rule - Los Angeles Times - Nov 8 - A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled that the South Coast Air Quality Management District board violated...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...more

Hundreds of Parties Submit Comment in Response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Reliability and Resiliency Pricing

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On September 28, 2017, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “NOPR”) directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) “to take action to ensure that the reliability and...more

DOE Workshop On Optimizing Bioenergy Production

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) is hosting an Advanced Development and Optimization (ADO) Workshop on December 12-13, 2017, in Golden, Colorado. At the workshop, BETO intends to...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

New study finds buildings with poor energy efficiency default at higher rate - Urban Land - Oct 23 A recent study has added a new value proposition for energy efficiency in commercial buildings: efficient buildings are...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - October 2017

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Washington Update - Tax Reform - With the number of remaining 2017 legislative days dwindling, Capitol Hill remains fixed on tax reform as the next big push for the Republican majority, which is anxious for a...more

PA Legislation Transfers “One Call” Enforcement Responsibilities to PUC

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Senate Bill 242 into law, a legislative initiative designed to make significant changes to Pennsylvania’s “One Call System,” a warning system for excavators that helps them avoid...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017

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Focus - White House receives recommendations that could open national marine sanctuaries to oil drilling - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 27 Six months after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at...more

International Trade Commission Issues Recommendations for Tariffs on Imported Solar PV Equipment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 31, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) released its recommendations to impose a tariff on imported solar equipment. The proposals it issued, however, would result in duties substantially lower than...more

Blockchain Technology Could be Key to Smarter Energy Grid

The same technology underlying the efficiency of bitcoin transactions and largely responsible for the online currency’s success could be the key to developing a smarter energy grid. Blockchain, a shared, encrypted ledger...more

An Asian LNG Spot Price – Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

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For several years, many government agencies, LNG industry players and commodity trading organisations have been pushing for the development of an Asian LNG market price that is independent of oil prices and reflective of the...more

DOE Announces Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Meeting

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On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Investigates Issues Relating to Net Metering, Energy Storage, and Forward Capacity...

On October 3, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (“DPU”) opened a new docket (D.P.U. 17-146) to investigate two issues: whether energy storage systems paired with net metering facilities are eligible for...more

National Clean Energy Summit Sets the Stage for the Future of Sustainability

On October 13, former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and current Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval hosted the ninth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV. Each year, the 3-day summit brings together leaders of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #4

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Focus - Interior Department clarifies, says it will continue to work on Delta tunnels project - Los Angeles Times - Oct 25 The Department of the Interior (DOI) confirmed Wednesday it would continue to work with the...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #4

EPA to Restrict Scientific Advisers Who Get Agency Grants - "Pruitt did not say how restrictive the policy would be. But it has the potential to greatly reduce the body of expert scientists who could serve on the boards...more

Challenge to Electric-Drive/Hybrid-Drive Vehicle Fee: Supreme Court of Oklahoma Opinion

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (“Court”) issued an October 24th opinion addressing a challenge filed by the Sierra Club to Oklahoma legislation which created the Motor Fuels Tax Fee (“H.B. 1449 [ Legislation]”)...more

Illinois Renewable Resources Procurement Plan Aims to Boost Renewable Energy Development

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 29, 2017, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) released its Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan (Plan) to implement renewable energy goals set forth in Illinois’s Future Energy Jobs Act, which went into...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017 #3

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Focus - City of Industry publicly approves massive solar farm - San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Oct 12 After working behind closed doors for a year, the City of Industry publicly approved agreements last Thursday to build...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - September 2017

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Leaders in the News - Wayne Fueling Systems Launches Disaster Relief Initiatives - This month, we are excited to feature our client Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - California allocates $55M for energy storage in low-income neighborhoods - Utility Dive - Oct 17 - The California Public Utilities Commission has instituted a program that directs...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #3

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Focus - Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects twin Delta tunnels plan, endorsing smaller version instead - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 17 - In a landmark vote closely watched across California, the Santa Clara Valley...more

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