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Senate Jobs Bill Resuscitates Alternative Fuel Credit
Posted on 15 Feb 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, last week released a draft of their Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act . The bill contains a number of provisions intended to spark new... Read More

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

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Legal Alert: FERC Clarifies QF Recertification Requirement
Posted on 19 Apr 2010 by Daniel E. Frank and Caileen N. Gamache

By Daniel E. Frank and Caileen N. Gamache In an order issued on March 30, 2010, 1 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) clarified one ambiguity in its qualifying facility (QF) regulations, while leaving another in its wake. Resolved is the... Read More

Renewable Energy Developments: Grants
Posted on 6 Jul 2010 by ABA Public Utility Communications Transportation

By American Bar Association Section of Public Utility and Renewable Energy Committee This Emerging Issues Analysis from the American Bar Association's Renewable Energy Committee looks at state and local loan programs for clean energy programs... Read More

Akin Gump Further Expands Project Finance and Renewable Energy Capabilities
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced that it has expanded its project finance and renewable energy capabilities with the addition of partners Thomas B. Trimble and Jeremy R. Schwer, who have re-joined the firm's... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: Today's Legal Regime for Biomass 'Qualifying Facilities' Under PURPA
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Daniel R. Simon Today's regulatory regime for a biomass qualifying facility (QF) is challenging. Long gone are the days when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission required a host utility to purchase a biomass QF's energy output and exempted... Read More

War of Words over E15 Standard
Posted on 17 May 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

With the EPA expected to rule on a waiver that would permit E15 (15% ethanol fuel) to be sold in the U.S. a war of words is heating up between ethanol advocastes, oil industry spokesmen and others. As Ethanol Producer reports: In the space of two... Read More

Arizona Extends Energy Tax Breaks for Solar
Posted on 4 Jun 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

Arizona recently extended its sales tax exemption and investment tax credit for solar energy devices installed within the state. The sales tax exemption was set to expire and has now been extended to 2016. The investment tax credit has been extended through... Read More

Cooley LLP Named Top Clean Tech/Renewable Energy Firm
Posted on 27 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law 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

DLA Piper: EPC Contracts for South African Wind Farms
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by DLA Piper

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts are the most common form of contract used to undertake construction works by the private sector on large scale and complex infrastructure projects. Under an EPC contract, a contractor is obliged... Read More

Renewable Energy Around the Web: January 4, 2010
Posted on 4 Jan 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

Welcome to our first “around the web” summary for the new year. Renewable Energy Around the Web is a weekly compilation of renewable energy news and information. Please write to us with idea or suggestions for topics at “editor at renewableenergymemo... Read More

Jenner & Block: More Wind Power Into PJM Region Could Save $7B Annually
Posted on 22 May 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

A new report completed by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) concludes adding more wind power to the PJM region can lower gas and coal consumption and reduce regional wholesale energy market prices saving nearly... 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

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Massachusetts Leads the Way in Ensuring Biomass Facilities Reduce GHG Emissions
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On April 27, 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published a proposed final regulation regarding the use of forest biomass for generating energy... Read More