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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Regulatory Changes Coming to Oil and Gas Industry in Ohio
Posted on 7 Mar 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By R. Neal Pierce Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans to propose significant statutory and/or regulatory changes to the state's energy policies. The Governor announced in a speech in Cleveland that he is working with lawmakers to prepare... Read More

Troutman Sanders: China Finance: Venture Capital and Private Equity Cleantech Fund Structures for China Investments
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

This article is written by Edward Epstein , Office Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders' Shanghai Office. It appeared first in ACORE's Summer 2011 US-China Quarterly Market Review and is reprinted with ACORE's permission. To access the full... Read More

Renewable Energy: Portfolio Standards Free Download
Posted on 1 Apr 2010 by Ridgway M. Hall, Thomas Utzinger, and Jessica Hall

Renewable portfolio standards (RPS) obligate retail sellers of electricity to include in their energy resource portfolios certain minimum amounts of electricity from qualifying renewable energy sources. To help you understand the basics of RPS programs... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: Energy Industry Updates for March 2011
Posted on 18 Apr 2011 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Foley & Lardner LLP An Uncertain Future for the DOE Loan Guarantee Program As discussions heat up over how to reduce the deficit in the current fiscal year, many eyes are on the loan guarantee program administered by the U.S. Department... Read More

Investment in Alternative Energy After the End of Cash Grants
Posted on 7 Sep 2011 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The cash grant program for renewable energy expires at the end of this year. When cash grants end, renewable energy projects will once again rely on 'tax equity investors' to offer lower-cost financing in exchange for the tax credits and accelerated... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Chesapeake Energy Announces New, $1 Billion Gas Plan
Posted on 21 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On Monday, July 11, 2011, Chesapeake Energy Corporation ("Chesapeake") announced its plan to spend over $1 billion over the next 10 years in order to help spur the development and demand for domestic supplies of natural gas and oil. Chesapeake... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law Prepares Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance, Seeks Comments
Posted on 30 Aug 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Law School's Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) has prepared a first draft of a model small-scale solar-siting ordinance . The model ordinance offers a framework that can enable municipalities to implement and enforce the effective and... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Cooling on Renewable Energy
Posted on 14 May 2013 by State Net

States' recent passion for renewable energy appears to be running out of steam. Sixteen of the 29 states with renewable portfolio standards are considering legislation that would scale back those mandates, according to the North Carolina Solar Center... Read More

Videocast - Shari Shapiro of Green Building Law Blog looks at Renewable Energy & Green Building Law
Posted on 14 Jun 2010 by HB Litigation Conferences

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and... Read More

Is Virginia Poised to Become a Mid-Atlantic Hub for Offshore Wind Energy?
Posted on 23 Aug 2010 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By Michael P. Giordano, Vandeventer Black LLP While the United States grips with the devastating effects of a tragic offshore oil spill, states on the Atlantic coast are turning their focus toward the development of a different kind of energy off... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Tax Basis for Solar PV Projects: Treasury Guidance
Posted on 18 Jul 2011 by Troutman Sanders

Owners, and in some cases, lessees, of qualified renewable energy projects are eligible for either an investment tax credit (ITC) equal to 30% of the tax basis for the project, or until the end of this year, a cash grant paid directly by Treasury in the... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Renewable Auction Mechanism
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On August 18, 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission (the "CPUC") approved a new procurement process called the Renewable Auction Mechanism, or RAM ("RAM"). According to the CPUC, "the RAM is a simplified and market... Read More

Cooley LLP Named Top Clean Tech/Renewable Energy Firm
Posted on 27 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

Vault has released the “Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area” rankings for 2011 and has named Cooley LLP a s the top Clean Tech/Renewable Energy firm. For a complete list of Vault's Best Law Firms by Practice Area or to obtain the Cooley... Read More

Ballard Spahr Alert: Treasury Offers New Guidance on Renewable Energy Grant Eligibility
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Charles S. Henck, Mark J. Maichel and Darin Lowder Eligibility for a renewable energy grant hinges on the start date of a project, and the U.S. Treasury Department has provided new guidance on the issue of how that eligibility may be affected by... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: U.S. Army Plans To Issue Up to $5 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Roger D. Stark and Darin Lowder The U.S. Army has announced plans to solicit and award multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts which will be used in awarding Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) task orders for up to an aggregate... Read More