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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

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

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

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

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

Cadwalader Clients & Friends Memo: Investment in Alternative Energy After the End of Cash Grants
Posted on 30 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

Keller and Heckman – Fuels Advisory: EPA Proposes Replacing RIN Confusion with Audit Nightmare
Posted on 20 Mar 2013 by Keller and Heckman LLP

By Jean-Cyril (JC) Walker and Adrienne M. Timmel In response to concerns and Congressional pressure over widespread fraud in the renewable fuels market, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") is proposing to establish an innocent... Read More

Can Oil/Gas Wells and Wind Turbines Live Peacefully? Win-Wins For Wind Project Managers, Mineral Estate Lessess, and Property Owners
Posted on 5 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

It is the dream of many landowners in the United States to one day have both oil wells and wind turbines on their land. Although there is a well developed common law concerning whose rights are superior to whom in any given situation, a landowner is much... 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

Energy Independence: Still a Long, Tough Slog
Posted on 14 Apr 2010 by johnlwatkins

By John L. Watkins, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP Last week, I attended an event on bioenergy sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce. The featured speaker was Mr. Jörg Mayer, the Managing Director of the Renewable Energies Agency... Read More

FREE DOWNLOAD: Texas Wind Law – § 1.04 Wind Farm Fundamentals
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

This free download is an excerpt from Texas Wind Law, the first comprehensive treatise on the laws of wind energy now available for presales. Wind law is a burgeoning area of energy law as the U.S., and especially Texas, tries to diversify sources of... Read More

Environmental Groups Should Support Wind Energy - A Victory For Wind Power Over NIMBY Groups
Posted on 24 May 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Wind power can help address the nation's compelling demand for electric power without increasing greenhouse gas emissions or enlarging our carbon footprint. Environmental activists, who are critical of the use of fossil fuels... Read More

The Wind and the Sun
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

By Gregory C. Dorris, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP Æsop Fables (Sixth century B.C.). The Harvard Classics 1909-14. Moral of the Story "Kindness Effects More Than Severity" THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was... Read More

Alternative Fuels Industry Still Waiting for Tax Extenders Reconciliation
Posted on 24 Mar 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

After the House and Senate passed bills including an extension of the alternative fuel mixture and biodiesel tax credit program , alternative fuel producers assumed that Congress would act quickly to put the legislation into a form that could be signed... Read More

New MOU to Provide for Streamlined Review Of Wind Energy Projects In Great Lakes
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On March 30, 2012, the White House announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with five states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania) that is... Read More