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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

Be alert but not alarmed on NEG

by DLA Piper on

To borrow from a national security phrase, Australian renewable energy market participants should be "alert but not alarmed" concerning the 17 October announcement of the new National Energy Guarantee (NEG)....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

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

Battery Storage: A change in the commerciality of battery storage in the UK

by DLA Piper on

Since our last paper on the emergence of battery storage: Battery Storage: A New Frontier, published in June 2017, we have seen some interesting developments recently in the UK. ...more

Italy Energy Newsletter - Issue 22, 2017

by DLA Piper on

Novità Normative e Giurisprudenziali - in vigore Regione Basilicata - Recepimento dei criteri per il corretto inserimento nel paesaggio e sul territorio degli impianti da fonti di energia rinnovabili ai sensi del D.M. 10...more

When Does the Race Start? New York Department of Environmental Conservation Requests Rehearing of Federal Energy Regulatory...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s Declaratory Order that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) failed to timely act on an application for a Water Quality Certification...more

President Xi Jinping Pledges Sustainable Development to Build a “Beautiful China”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping asserted his country’s emerging leadership in environmental stewardship and pledged to build a “beautiful China”. In his speech to the 2,300...more

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources’ Plant For Cellulosic Ethanol Production

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 12, 2017, Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, announced that Flint Hills Resources, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), received approval from...more

American Process and Byogy Renewables Launch Phase 1 Of DOE-Funded Biofuels And Bioproducts Project

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 9, 2017, American Process Inc. and Byogy Renewables, Inc. announced the launch of Phase 1 of its “Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts with AVAP (ABBA)” project following the completion of negotiations with the U.S....more

DOE Researchers Optimize Lignin Processing By Combining Steps

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Researchers at DOE’s Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that will provide an economical method of deconstructing lignin into stable, readily useful components. Lignin is the second largest renewable...more

Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification: American Council for an Energy-Efficient...

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has issued an October 2017 report titled: Recent Developments in Energy Efficiency Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (“Report”) ...more

Hydraulic Fracture Related Damage Claim: Federal Court Addresses Application of Consent and Release Agreement

A United States District Court (Western District Oklahoma) addressed in an October 10th Order issues associated with a producing vertical well’s claim for damages related to another company’s subsequent installation of a...more

Stormwater Permits: Preventing Your Owners Association From Getting Stuck with Unnecessary and Potentially Large Expenses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Developers in North Carolina must obtain numerous permits from various governmental agencies prior to constructing a planned community or developing condominiums. Most construction permits end by their terms upon completion...more

Happy Birthday!: Clean Water Act Turns 45 Today

The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972. As a result, it turns 45 today. President Richard Nixon is credited with the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and signing of the National Environmental...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #3

Department of Interior Rescinds OSM Enforcement Policies - On October 12, 2017, the Department of the Interior ("DOI") withdrew two prior Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") policies affecting mining operations. DOI rescinded...more

Clean Robotics: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Accepting Funding Proposals for Innovative Robotics Solutions, Investment and...

On September 27, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a Request for Proposals seeking applications to the InnovateMass program, which provides up to $250,000 in grant funding for clean energy and water...more

Ending Collusion between EPA and Outside Groups

by Stoel Rives LLP on

EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt begins his October 16, 2017, directive on transparency and public participation in consent decrees and settlement agreements by stating, “EPA has previously sought to resolve lawsuits filed...more

Kitty Hawk NC offshore wind lease signed

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. ocean energy managers have leased a 122,405-acre site offshore North Carolina to a company for offshore wind development. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's lease to Avangrid Renewables, LLC will enable the...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

Arkansas Department of Health Engineering Section: Website Redesign

The Arkansas Department of Health (“DOH”) discussed in Volume 30 (No. 3) of the Fall 2017 edition of the publication Arkansas Drinking Water Update the redesign of its webpage. An article authored by Jeff Stone noted that...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Governor Brown signs bill directing utilities to plan storage, DERs for peak demand - Utility Dive - Oct 12 - Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill directing utilities to plan...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approves Delta tunnels project - Sacramento Bee - Oct 10 - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on Tuesday committed...more

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”). ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment....more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

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