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Net metering rules: reasonable limitations or detrimental restrictions? PUCO hears both sides

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

An uncommon opportunity for “utilities, environmental groups and other stakeholders” to testify before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) elicited diverse opinions on the PUCO’s recent changes to net metering...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - FERC rejects Perry's plan to boost coal - Politico - Jan 8 Federal energy regulators on Monday rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to prop up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, a major defeat...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - How corporations ‘bypassed politics’ to lead on clean energy in 2017 - Greentech Media - Dec 29 As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327...more

State Grants Two Year CEQA Streamlining Extension for “Environmental Leadership Projects”

On October 6, 2017, Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 246, extending certain CEQA litigation streamlining provisions under the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011 (the Act) for...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017 #3

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Focus - UC researchers identify nontraditional sites for future solar farms - UC Riverside - Dec 19 There’s a tradeoff when sprawling solar farms pop up on agricultural land: farmland disappears, perhaps forever, in...more

BOEM Renewable Energy Task Force Discusses Potential New Wind Energy Areas Offshore New York

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) convened the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force for the New York Bight to discuss BOEM’s draft Call for Information and Nominations (Call) on December 4, 2017. The...more

Battery Development in the Auto Industry Leads to Electrification of Ships and Planes

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the release of the new Tesla semi-truck in November, the public’s attention was captured with the idea of emission-free movement of freight. In the United States, over 70% of freight is carried at some point by truck,...more

HUD rolls back PACE financing in single family FHA deals

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In July 2016 HUD issued guidance on the use of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments for single family properties with FHA-insured mortgages. In January 2017, HUD followed with guidance on the use of PACE...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017

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Editor's Note - We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges. In 2013, former financial advisor, Raymond Lucia, was fined and barred from the industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for material misrepresentations to...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - November 2017

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A Note from the Editors - This month’s edition of Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox....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

Empire Wind: New York’s Latest Off-Shore Wind Energy Project

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In December 2016, Norwegian developer Statoil won a bid to lease 79,000 acres of underwater land from the federal government for wind energy development. Statoil’s wind energy project will be located approximately fourteen...more

Stanford Report Argues Clean Energy Investment Must Triple to Halt Catastrophic Global Warming

The global economy must triple its annual investment in low-emissions technology, from $750 billion per year between 2010 and 2015 to $2.3 trillion per year going forward until 2040, to keep the planet under 2 degrees Celsius...more

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

Massachusetts EDCs Issue New RFP For 100 MW Of New Solar PV Generation; Bids Due December 5

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies (EDCs), in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have issued a new request for proposals (RFP) seeking offers from eligible solar photovoltaic (Solar PV)...more

Clean Energy/Cities: 2017 Sierra Club Case Study/Report

The Sierra Club has issued a case study report (“Report”) titled: Cities Are Ready for 100% Clean Energy - The Report identified 10 United States cities that have made commitments to be powered with 100% renewable...more

Voluntary Disclosure/Multi-Media Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Energy Production Company Enter into...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a Consent Agreement (“CA”) with ENEL Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGP”) resolving alleged violations of...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Extend MLP Benefits To Renewables

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 25, 2017, bipartisan legislation aimed at leveling the playing field between renewable and fossil fuels was re-introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), along with eight...more

ITC Rules on SolarWorld/Suniva Investigation

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In spring of 2017, Suniva Inc. ("Suniva") and SolarWorld Americas, Inc. ("SolarWorld") (together, the "Petitioners"), filed Investigation No. TA-201-075 with the International Trade Commission (the "ITC") under Section 201 of...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

Kentucky’s Limited Renewable Energy Incentives

by Dickinson Wright on

In August 2007, Kentucky enacted the Incentives for Energy Independence Act (IEIA) program (KRS 154.27-010 through 154.27-090). As with any Kentucky administered tax incentive programs, the inducements under the IEIA are...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

Renewable Energy Update - October 2017 #3

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Focus - City of Industry publicly approves massive solar farm - San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Oct 12 After working behind closed doors for a year, the City of Industry publicly approved agreements last Thursday to build...more

Solar Power International 2017 Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panel discussions at Solar Power International in Las Vegas on September 11 and 12. The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and were prepared without the benefit of...more

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