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Action Required: Deadline Approaches for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures in Commercial and Multifamily...

by Allen Matkins on

Owners and operators of commercial and multifamily properties in California built and available for use or occupancy on or prior to January 1, 1994, should be aware that the deadline for compliance with California Civil Code...more

Maryland leading the charge with energy storage tax credits

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On January 1, 2018, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) kicked off a program designed to encourage installation of energy storage systems in the state of Maryland. This program comes on the heels of supporting...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More companies prefer green bonds, carbon taxes - GreenBiz - Feb 7 Companies that are serious about reaching aggressive emission-reduction targets are increasingly turning to green bonds,...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - New state ballot measure would reward people who build rainwater collection systems - The Mercury News - Feb 1 Worried about California’s dry winter? Interested in installing a rainwater...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief: 2/2/2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Legislative Action by the Numbers: 912 bills introduced in the House 463 bills introduced in the Senate 29 bills have passed the House 43 bills have passed the Senate 1 bill has completed legislative action and been signed...more

Podcast Episode 15 – Development Credits, Permitting, and Ripeness with Mark Miller of Pacific Legal Foundation

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 15, Mark Miller of the Pacific Legal Foundation joins us to talk about three cases that PLF is involved in presently, including the case of...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - San Diego Padres’ solar project expected to be a home run - Solar Industry Magazine - Jan 18 California-based Sullivan Solar Power has begun construction on what is expected to be the...more

Industrial Landowners May Be Liable for Tenants’ Stormwater Discharges

by Perkins Coie on

In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Shiloh Group, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-06499-DMR, 2017 WL 3136443 (N.D. Cal. Jul. 24, 2017), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Grants Writs from Second Circuit Decision Finding Holder of Mortgage Encumbering a Mineral Lease...

by Liskow & Lewis on

On Friday, December 15, the Louisiana Supreme Court granted three separate writ applications filed by each of the defendants in Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc. These applications sought review of the...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - Greenprint report shows real estate industry continues to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and water use - Urban Land - Nov 20 A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for...more

UK Autumn Budget 2017 – the key measures impacting business

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The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the Autumn Budget 2017. Alongside the headline-grabbing abolition of SDLT for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000,...more

LB&I Expands New Approach with Second Release of Campaigns

On November 3, 2017, the Large Business & International Division (LB&I of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a list of 11 new campaigns, adding to the 13 campaigns that it initially launched in January. Eversheds...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

4 Reasons Why PACE Bonds Are a Good Opportunity to Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades or Renewable Energy Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Bonds are a financing tool used to finance energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy projects in residential, commercial and industrial properties. Such projects might include...more

Oregon Targets Renewable Heating Companies for Increased Assessments

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Biomass heating companies, which use renewable energy sources like wood, crop waste, or garbage to generate heat, will now come under central assessment in Oregon. Under central assessment, all of a company's property,...more

Water Banks: Why You May Need One

Water banks are not new — they have been around a long time. Water banking is a practice used to effectively manage water supplies throughout Western states. Water banking has long been used to solve water issues ranging from...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: 2017 State Scorecard (Including Arkansas)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has released the 2017 version of its “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” (“Scorecard”). With a total of 14.5 out of a maximum available of 50 points, Arkansas...more

First Electric Generation. Then Transportation. What About Buildings?

October 2, 2017, EnergyWire (subscription required) reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to cap fossil fuel use in buildings in New York City. (I haven’t seen the specific plan, but it is...more

Can a Lease Survive Foreclosure?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Two recent federal foreclosure cases applied Texas law and one highlighted a fact situation that may involve a new (2015) statute. In Arbuckle v. Chesapeake, Case No. 3:14-CV-04584-M (N.D. Texas, Dallas Division September...more

Connecticut Makes Favorable Changes to its Commercial PACE Financing Program

On July 11, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted H.B. 7208 (“Revised C-PACE Statute”) to make several minor changes to the existing statute governing the State’s commercial property assessed clean energy (or...more

Not So Fast—Your Oil and Gas Lease Primary Term May Be Longer Than You Thought

by Blank Rome LLP on

Energy Industry Update - Action Item: Oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania may have a primary term longer than that stated in the lease. The Superior Court has recognized that an argument can be made that time for notice and...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - D.C. named world's first LEED Platinum city - WAMU - Aug 31 - The U.S. Green Building Council named Washington, D.C. the world's first LEED Platinum city last week, a...more

Informal Description Dooms Oil and Gas Leases

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Conoco Phillips Company v. Ramirez et al is a helpful reminder when preparing a document transferring title: “Family vernacular” is a great way to communicate in wedding toasts and funeral eulogies, not so much in land...more

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