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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

Solar/Wind Energy Capacity Increases: Natural Resources Defense Council Fifth Annual Energy Report

The Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) issued its Fifth Annual Energy Report (“Report”) which is subtitled...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

Devastation of Puerto Rico's Power Grid May Offer an Opportunity

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Hurricane Maria left the entire island of Puerto Rico without power. About fifty-five percent of the nation’s transmission towers were destroyed, but about 90 percent of the entire distribution network is out of operation. ...more

Baker-Polito Administration Distributes 56 META Grants to Fund Energy Efficiency Studies and New Clean Energy Projects Across...

The most effective local clean energy projects result from thorough, targeted, and well-supported research that puts the needs of the surrounding community at the forefront. To support such research efforts in Massachusetts,...more

Suniva SolarWorld Section 201 Solar Panel Proceeding - UPDATE

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") initiated a proceeding under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine if imports of crystalline solar photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules are...more

We’re Number 1! (And California Isn’t)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy just released its 2017 Energy Efficiency Scorecard.  After sharing the top spot with California in the 2016 Scorecard, Massachusetts is back where it belongs – alone at the...more

Third Mexican Power Purchase Auction Delivers New Options for Buyers

On May 8, 2017, the National Center of Energy Control (Centro Nacional de Control de Energía, or "CENACE") and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (Secretaría de Energía, or "SENER") published the tender documents and requirements...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #3

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Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry roiled by trade ruling that some fear could lead to tariffs - Washington Post - Sep 22 - The U.S. solar industry was roiled on Friday by a unanimous ruling in a much...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...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

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

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Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Cornell Tech Dedicates New Roosevelt Island Campus

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Cornell Tech celebrated a historic milestone today with the dedication of its new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. A collaboration of Cornell University (yes, my law school) and The Technion – Israel Institute of...more

If China Can Cap-and-Trade Auto Fuel, Why Can’t We?

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that: China will soon unveil a mandatory cap-and-trade credit program for electric cars, starting the countdown for carmakers to be in compliance with stricter rules on emissions and...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017

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Renewable Energy Focus - How states will hit 100 percent clean energy - Scientific American - Sep 5 - California Democratic leaders want their state to commit to a future of 100 percent renewable electricity, a...more

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $455,000 in Grants to Clean Energy Innovators

On August 23, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $455,000 in grants to seven early-stage researchers and companies developing clean energy technologies as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC)...more

New Illinois Alternative Energy Incentives

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Illinois recently enacted the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, Public Act 100-0077, which gives local units of governments (e.g. counties, cities and villages) the authority to establish and administer Property Assessed...more

NY Federal Court Dismisses Case Against Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York dismissed a case brought by fossil fuel generators against New York’s recently established zero emission credit program....more

Massachusetts Moves to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On August 11, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) adopted a landmark bundle of regulations for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). The regulations primarily target carbon dioxide (CO2)...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California clean economy thriving, but emissions have spiked - Energy Manager Today - Aug 22 - The ninth annual California Green Innovation Index, released by the nonpartisan nonprofit...more

Massachusetts Receives Nearly Four Dozen Bids in Response to Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy Generation

In early April 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) partnered with investor-owned electric distribution companies across the state to jointly issue a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy...more

Missouri PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express line exemplifies the regulatory uncertainty in getting a proposed project to market

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since the presidential election last year, there has been lots of discussion about the need to make regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects more modern and efficient. President Trump has called for federal regulatory...more

In 2017 Legislative Sessions, New England States Continue to Lead in Clean Energy and Climate Change Measures

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In their 2017 legislative sessions, New England states continued to show support for clean energy projects and policies, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, and continue to look to each other in determining what...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

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Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

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