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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

Wind Projects: Bald Eagles Don't Surf
Posted on 13 Feb 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English One would think that preliminary estimates of bird fatalities at a proposed 78 MW wind farm in southeastern Minnesota were hardly news. After all, there are over 60,000 MW of wind energy installed... Read More

Cadwalader Clients & Friends Memo: FERC Confirms It Lacks Jurisdiction over Unbundled Renewable Energy Certificate Sales
Posted on 8 May 2012 by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

On April 20, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued an order accepting proposed revisions to the WSPP Agreement addressing sales of renewable energy certificates ("RECs") made pursuant to that agreement. In... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Maryland Lawmakers Move Forward With Governor’s Offshore Wind Farm Regulatory Authority
Posted on 18 Mar 2013 by State Net

MD LAWMAKERS ENDORSE O'MALLEY JOBS, WIND BILLS: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) scored a pair of victories last week as lawmakers in Annapolis endorsed two bills he sponsored: SB 278, the Employment Advancement Right Now act, or EARN, a plan... Read More

U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Reports
Posted on 24 Apr 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its most recent "Monthly Energy Review" on March 28, 2012. The Monthly Energy Review is the U.S. Energy Information Administration's primary report of recent and historical energy statistics... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
Posted on 22 Apr 2012 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Tanya C. O'Neill and Sarah A. Slack , Attorneys, Foley & Lardner LLP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines on March 23, 2012 (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which became effective immediately... 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

U.S. Endowment for Forestry Seeks Proposals for Woody Biomass Energy Demonstration Projects
Posted on 2 Feb 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is seeking pre-proposals for grants of up to $250,000 to develop demonstration projects for the conversion of woody biomass to energy. The Endowment will award grants of up to $250,000 (but not more than... Read More

Marten Law: Tax Legislation Sets Up Race to "Begin Construction" of Renewables Facilities by Year-End
Posted on 5 Feb 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Richard Allan , Partner, Marten Law PLLC As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress extended eligibility for tax credits for renewable energy projects through the end of 2013, provided developers "begin construction"... 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

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: U.S. Army Seeks Comments on $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts
Posted on 19 Mar 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Roger D. Stark and Darin M. Lowder The U.S. Army has issued a Request for Information seeking public comment on a draft solicitation to procure up to $7 billion in large-scale locally generated renewable and alternative energy on or near Army... Read More

Fuel Cell Economics Improving, Offering Energy Storage Solutions
Posted on 5 Jan 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

The economics of fuel cells are improving each year, according to Pike Research , which forecasts that global revenues will more than double over the next few years, from $336m in 2009 to $716m in 2013, according to reports. Pike Research’s analysis... Read More