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Portland's Fossil Fuel Terminal Ban Upheld by Court of Appeals

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On January 4, 2018, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its decision[1] in the case brought by Petitioners Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, and Center for Sustainable Economy, among others, to attempt to uphold...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump administration reverses course on PACE financing - Greentech Media - Dec 27 In December, federal housing officials erected a new hurdle for residential property-assessed clean...more

Potential benefits of microgrids for hospitals

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

For hospitals, a major power outage can pose a serious threat to the health of patients. In the wake of various hurricanes and severe storms in 2017, there has been a renewed focus on ways to increase reliability and...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018

Appalachia Underground NGL Storage Facility Clears Big Hurdle - "The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval for the first of two application phases for a $1.9 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan, the...more

House Bill Would Extend the ITC to Standalone Energy Storage Systems

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The investment tax credit (“ITC”) plays a major role in driving investment in the U.S. solar energy market. Earlier this month, two members of Congress introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide a...more

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

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

California IOUs Request Approval of 175 MW of New Energy Storage Resources

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On December 1, 2017, two of the three major California investor-owned utilities (“IOUs”), Pacific Gas & Electricity (“PG&E”) and Southern California Edison (“SCE”), submitted applications for approval of the results of their...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

Renewable Energy Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate - Energy Storage News - Dec 6 Investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has furthered its commitment towards the state’s mandated target for energy...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Greenprint report shows real estate industry continues to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and water use - Urban Land - Nov 20 A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Top energy storage projects driving the sector in 2017 - Utility Dive - Nov 28 2017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017

China Energy Investment Signs MOU for $83.7 Billion in West Virginia Projects "China Energy Investment Corp, the world's largest power company by asset value, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest $83.7...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

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

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

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

Energy Storage Handbook

by K&L Gates LLP on

As of today, approximately 800 MW of advanced energy storage technologies have been deployed in the United States, with nearly all of that capacity coming online in the last decade. New technologies, use cases, and...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California to create roadmap for commercializing microgrids - Microgrid Knowledge - Oct 6 - California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that aims to...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

Massachusetts DPU Issues New Storage, Net Metering, And FCM Inquiry; Solicits Comments

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On October 3, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (the Department) commenced an inquiry into the (1) eligibility of energy storage systems to net meter, pursuant to G.L. c. 164, §§ 138 - 140 and 220 CMR...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Tariffs could make California solar pricier, cost thousands of jobs - KPCC - Sep 25 - Last Friday, U.S. International Trade Commission officials unanimously agreed that two American solar...more

Energy Hearing This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on “Resiliency: The Electric Grid’s Only Hope.” Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#4

U.S. Crude Exports to Asia May Shake Up Global Oil Pricing: Russell "The great disruptor that is U.S. shale oil is coming to Asia, as refiners in the energy-hungry region look to expand and diversify their sources of...more

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