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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.7 Million in Grants for Clean Energy Technology

On November 1, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $3.7 million in grants to increase the adoption of cost-saving clean energy technologies by Massachusetts low-income residents as part of the Commonwealth’s Affordable...more

Blockchain Energizer – Volume 17

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

Neste Announces Collaboration With American Airlines

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 34

by Clark Hill PLC on

Short-term Continuing Resolution Likely Needed to Fund Government Past December Deadline: Republicans are focused on tax reform through Thanksgiving, and when lawmakers return from the upcoming holiday recess, they will have...more

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

DOE Awards $4.8 Million In Funding For BIRD Energy Projects

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 1, 2017, DOE, along with Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority, awarded $4.8 million in funding to five Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy projects. The...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

by Mintz Levin on

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

Initial Republican Tax Reform Proposal Includes Tax Cuts and Changes to Energy Credits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Changes to the energy credits proposed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact the eligibility of renewable energy projects that had been relying on the guidance previously issued by the Internal Revenue Service....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

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?

by King & Spalding on

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

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

FERC Proposes Updates to Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for Cybersecurity of Low Impact Bulk Electric System...

by WilmerHale on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on October 26, suggesting updates to the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard governing cybersecurity...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

FERC Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules for Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed new rules to enhance cybersecurity for the electric grid in the U.S., which includes security management controls to specifically respond to risks associated with...more

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