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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

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

Renewable Energy Law Developments – American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law – Renewable Energy Committee
Posted on 19 Jan 2010 by ABA Public Utility Communications Transportation

This report from the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law looks at recent renewable energy law developments. The report begins by noting that “The past few years... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: MIT Study Demonstrates Demand Response’s Role in Balancing Renewables
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School MIT released an interdisciplinary study on December 5, 2011, that examines "The Future of the Electric Grid." Among many interesting findings... 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

eSolar Shines in China
Posted on 13 Jan 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

A southern California start-up founded by Bill Gross (the founder of Idealab ) is the first company of its size to land a major solar deal in China. Bill Gross’ eSolar recently announced that it had inked a deal with China Shandong Penglai Electric... Read More

Renewable energy projects in the UK – new opportunities
Posted on 25 Jun 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

In a seminar at its London office on 24 June 2010 international law firm Watson Farley Williams highlighted new opportunities for commercial-scale renewable energy projects in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) following the introduction of 'feed... Read More

Energy: Proactive Strategies to Meet Renewable Portfolio Standards
Posted on 1 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may expand the already substantial compliance and operational issues facing the energy sector. Aggressive efforts by regulators at the federal and state/provincial levels in the United... 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

Deadline Looming for 1603 Cash Grants for Investments in Non-Traditional Energy Projects
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Foley & Lardner LLP

The Section 1603 cash grant program has encouraged investments in solar, wind, and other non-traditional energy projects since its enactment in 2009. The latest U.S. Treasury estimates indicate that nearly 20,000 grants have been awarded with total funding... 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

Challenge Made to Imports of Chinese Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells and Panels
Posted on 28 Oct 2011 by Troutman Sanders

A new petition was filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Department of Commerce on October 19, 2011, alleging that imports of crystalline silicon solar cells and panels from China are being sold at unfair value (i.e., "dumped"... Read More