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The PURPA Modernization Act of 2017: Proposed Reforms and Potential Implications

On November 29, 2017, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced H.R. 4476, the PURPA Modernization Act of 2017 (the “Act”), which, if enacted, would significantly change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA)....more

NREL Researchers Optimize Microbial Pathway To Biobased Fuels And Chemicals

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On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) resulted in the successful modification...more

Senate’s Tax Bill’s Impact on the Tax Equity Market: Five Differences from the House Bill

The US tax reform bill that the Senate passed on December 2, 2017—along partisan lines in a 51 to 49 vote—is a mixed bag for the tax equity market. The bill is now headed to the conference committee, consisting of House of...more

The Senate’s New Base Erosion Tax: Highlights for Renewable Energy

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On December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Bill includes the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, a new tax intended to apply to companies that significantly reduce their US tax...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

Federal Brownfield Legislation: U.S. House of Representatives Passes Amendments

The U.S. House of Representatives (“House”) on November 30th passed amendments that would address the federal Brownfield program. H.R. 3017 is titled the “Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and...more

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

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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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #3

EPA Hosts Public Hearing in Charleston on Clean Power Plan - "Those who favored repeal cited coal jobs and economic concerns, saying they fear if the plan were implemented, it would negatively affect coal jobs and along...more

DOE Announces $16 Million In Funding For SBIR And STTR Programs

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an announcement for its second funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer...more

DOE Advanced Development And Optimization Workshop

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DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies 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 discuss how the new ADO program...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017 #2

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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

Texas Now Has More Wind Than Coal Capacity. So Far, Trump Has Not Saved Coal.

On November 28, 2017, The Houston Chronicle reported that electric generation capacity from wind now exceeds that of coal in Texas. That’s not even counting Vistra’s recent announcement that it intends to close three...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

Potential Actions to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Domestic Energy Production: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announces Availability...

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) issued a November 28th Federal Register notice announcing the issuance of a report that examines: . . . actions it could take to modify existing regulations that...more

May the oil & gas odds be ever in Nigeria's favor

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Nigeria remains the largest producer of crude oil in Africa, with production reported to be around 1.8 million barrels per day excluding condensate, which makes the commodity by far the country's most important export and...more

The Climate Report - Fall 2017

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US. REGULATORY AND LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS - EPA PROPOSES TO RESCIND CLEAN POWER PLAN - What EPA Did - In a decision expected and promised since the election of President Donald Trump, the United States...more

Green Bonds

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The green bond market has been the subject of many capital markets headlines this year, from the first issue of green bonds by France, with a record €7 billion sale, at the start of the year to the first Central and Eastern...more

Senate Tax Proposal Provides Encouraging News for Wind

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently released his Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Senate Proposal) in advance of the Senate Finance Committee markup scheduled to begin today. The Senate...more

Sustainable Development Update - November 2017 #2

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Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy celebrates new solar project in Carmel Valley - Del Mar Times - Nov 9 Kilroy Realty celebrated its new solar project with a ribbon-cutting event on November 2 at Kilroy Centre Del...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2017

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Focus - Wells Fargo global operations now powered by 100 percent renewable energy - PennEnergy - Nov 8 Wells Fargo & Company has announced that 100 percent of its global electricity consumption for 2017 will be met with...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

A Comparison of the Energy Tax Changes in the Proposed House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...more

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

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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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

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