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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

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

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: New Hampshire Legislators Propose Study Committee for Siting Wind Farms
Posted on 19 Jun 2013 by State Net

ENERGY: The NEW HAMPSHIRE House and Senate endorse SB 99, which would create two study committees to review the state's criteria for siting wind farms and new electric generation and transmission facilities. It moves to Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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