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Worried About Wind?
Posted on 6 Jul 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer So much misinformation has been spread about wind turbines that many reasonable people don't know what to think. As one reader wrote: "Hi Dianne, ... I wondered if you could direct me to reliable... Read More

Marten Law: Renewable Energy Standards--California and Congress Moving in Different Directions
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “California and Congress seem to be headed in opposite directions on climate policy this year. California has expanded its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), meaning public and private utilities... Read More

The Sun No Longer Shines on Solar Panel Maker Solyndra Llc - Bankruptcy and the FBI
Posted on 9 Sep 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald , Partner, McCarter & English Well, it was only a matter of time before renewable energy hit the mainstream. By which we mean that the bloom comes off the road as the rubber hits the rose. Yesterday the FBI raided the headquarters... Read More

Wind Controversy Research Report
Posted on 10 Apr 2012 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Here is a link to Renew Canada's 2011 research report, Wind Controversy in Ontario . The report was intended to be a neutral evaluation of the evidence cited by pro and anti-wind groups. According... Read More

Solar Power: Law and Economics
Posted on 7 Aug 2010 by Linda M. Bullen

By Linda M. Bullen, Shareholder, Lionel Sawyer & Collins; General Editor Bradley M. Marten Solar energy is one of the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy sources in the world. Although current technology exists which allows the effective... Read More

Photoelectric Cells to Dye For - Solar Power From Indoor Lights
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Is it possible to efficiently harness the often dim and indirect light found inside a room (e.g., from incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light emitting diodes). The answer would now appear to be "yes." A... Read More

Recent California Decisions Favor Solar Developers Over Environment
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place... Read More

Marten Law: Ninth Circuit Finds Fish & Wildlife Failed to Adequately Account for Climate Impacts, and Keeps Yellowstone Grizzlies on ESA List
Posted on 26 Jan 2012 by Ted Zwayer

By Jessica K. Ferrell, Partner, Martin Law PLLC "The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a Montana district court ruling that blocked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (the "Service") from removing Yellowstone grizzly... Read More

Wind Turbine Control Software Code Lawsuits Winding Their Way Up Through Chinese Appellate Courts
Posted on 8 May 2012 by Eric L. Lane

In previous posts ( here and here ), I discussed the IP litigation in China between American Superconductor (AMSC) and Chinese wind energy system maker Sinovel . The of heart of the dispute is AMSC's allegations that Sinovel misappropriated its... Read More

Marten Law: Under Attack, EPA Defers Greenhouse Gas Permitting for Biomass Projects
Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC "With its greenhouse gas regulatory program under attack from Congress, and facing significantly reduced funding for climate change programs, EPA has proposed new rules that will temporarily defer... Read More