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Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

by Dentons on

The great European energy transition continued in 2017 and, across the continent as a whole, shows little sign of slowing up in 2018. Ever lower levels of subsidy and guaranteed power prices awarded after fiercely competitive...more

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - State agency drops objection to city rules on waterfront development - SFGate - Feb 21 Under a settlement announced Wednesday, the California State Lands Commission (SLC), which governs much of the state’s...more

New FERC Rules Open the Door Wider for Electric Storage Participation in Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Establish Primary...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On February 15, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted unanimously to issue a highly anticipated final rule that directs regional grid operators to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - February 2018 #4

Dominion to Start Cove Point LNG Exports Early March - "Dominion Energy said it expects to start exporting liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland, the second U.S. facility to produce LNG from shale...more

Soil Testing/Environmental Assessment Question: January 9th Commonground Forum Question

The blog Commonground addressed a question regarding sampling at a leaking petroleum underground storage tank site....more

DOE Releases Study On Optimization Of Engine Performance With Fuel Blendstocks

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 15, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the release of the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels (Co-Optima) report titled Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine...more

Neste Announces WestCAT To Operate On MY Renewable Diesel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 13, 2018, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced that the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT) will operate exclusively on Neste MY Renewable DieselTM. WestCAT is a California public transportation...more

Advisory Committee on Petroleum Storage Tanks – February Meeting

As noted in previous blog posts, Arkansas operates a petroleum storage tank trust fund that provides reimbursement for eligible storage tanks for certain corrective actions and third party damage claims due to a release of...more

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act/Hardrock Mining: February 21st Announcement of Declination to...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a February 21st Federal Register Notice announcing its decision to not issue final regulations for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and...more

California Proposes Next Group of Priority Products (PFASs in Carpets and Rugs) Under Its Green Chemistry Initiative

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step towards regulating a widely available consumer product. On February 15, 2018, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a discussion...more

Water Enforcement: Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and Biloxi, Mississippi Facility Enter into Agreed Order

The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and Waring Oil Company, LLC (“Waring”) entered into a January 18th Agreed Order (“AO”) addressing an alleged violation of the Mississippi Code related to the release of...more

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing/New Source Review Permitting – Challenges for Manufacturing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on February 14th entitled: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing of...more

Changes to RES Act in Poland

by Dentons on

The long-awaited latest version of the draft amendment of the Act of 20 February 2015 on Renewable Energy Sources (“RES Act”), the Act of 20 May 2016 on Investments in Wind Power Plants (“Distance Law”) and the Act of 7 July...more

Feeling Underwater? A Brief Look at Recent Clean Water Act Developments

by Holland & Hart LLP on

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the regulated community to stay abreast of state and federal environmental regulatory developments, particularly as they are decided in court. The following alert summarizes some...more

School District Finalizes Deal for Renewable Energy Partnership

by Miller Canfield on

Flushing Community Schools recently finalized a public-private partnership (P3) project with solar power company Standard Solar Inc. This transaction, the first-of-its-kind for a public school in Michigan, is anticipated to...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

National Waterways Conference Requests More Time on Draft 408 Policy

by Downey Brand LLP on

The National Waterways Conference has submitted a letter in response to the notice published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2018, seeking comment on the draft Engineering Circular (EC) on 408 permissions. According...more

FY 2019 President's Budget Request: Relevant Programmatic Figures

Various state environmental agency organizations have commented on the fiscal year 2019 President’s Budget Request (“Budget”). The organizations addressing the Budget include: The National Association of Clean Air...more

Presidential Proclamation Imposes Safeguard Tariff on Solar Panel Components

by King & Spalding on

On January 23, 2018, President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation imposing a safeguard tariff on solar panel components. The U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) released the following terms of the tariff...more

California Issues Revised Proposed Underground Gas Storage Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the California Department of Conservation (“DOC”) issued a public notice announcing revisions to the text of the proposed regulations in the rulemaking for California Underground Gas Storage Projects. ...more

Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Water Conference: July 23rd/24th Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Arkansas Water Resources Center (“AWRC”) announced that its annual water conference will be held on July 23rd and 24th in Fayetteville, Arkansas. AWRC states that the theme for the conference is “The Value of Water.”...more

Discharge of Pollutants/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Request for Comments Addressing Groundwater/Surface...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a February 20 Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the agency’s previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act and: . . . whether pollutant...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipeline permitting, cut environmental reviews - Reuters - Feb 12 The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the...more

Trends in Drinking Water: Part Two – Poop Water

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

At the other end of the spectrum from raw water is "poop water"—sewage effluent that has been transformed back into safe drinking water. Whereas raw water is completely untreated, poop water—or "direct potable re-use" if you...more

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