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'Deferral Rule' is Derailed - Biogenic Greenhouse Gas Emitters Stand By to Be Regulated
Posted on 26 Aug 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

The greenhouse gas rule you’ve never heard of, the Deferral Rule, has been shot down (barely) by the D.C. Circuit. See Center for Biological Diversity v. Environmental Protection Agency , No. 11-1101 (D.C. Cir., July 12, 2013), [ enhanced version... Read More

Newly discovered deep-sea currents carry biota from one vent to another
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The "accepted wisdom" for many years has been that the deep-sea ocean floor was boring; nothing much happened, including currents. Some areas were assumed to be so devoid to life and motion that they were considered as potential burial sites... Read More

As Much as 1/3 of Earth's Biomass Lives Beneath the Ocean Floor
Posted on 28 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

They are referred to as intraterrestrials, organisms that live inside the Earth. Most live beneath the bottom of the oceans. Some live in the tens of meters of mud just beneath the seafloors; others, following fractures in rock, live hundreds of meters... Read More

Administration Announces New Program to Promote Biofuels and Renewable Energy (RFS2; Carbon Sequestration; Biomass Crop Assistance Program)
Posted on 3 Feb 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

President Obama today announced a series of steps as part of a comprehensive strategy to enhance American energy independence and build a foundation for a new clean energy economy. The administration believes that the strategy will create new industries... Read More

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

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

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

Senate Expected to Vote on Biodiesel and Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extensions this Week
Posted on 8 Mar 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

On Friday, March 5, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV) filed a motion for cloture on H.R. 4213 , the House tax extenders bill, which includes an extension of the biodiesel tax credit and alternative fuel mixture tax credit programs through... Read More

House Passes Tax Extenders Bill: Biodiesel and Fuel Mixture Credit Extensions Included
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Jonathan Wilson

The House on Friday by a narrow margin passed H.R. 4213, extending various unemployment benefits and stimulus programs along with a basket of tax credits that included the biodiesel tax credit and the alternative fuel mixture credit . (House Committee... 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: Under Attack, EPA Defers Greenhouse Gas Permitting for Biomass Projects
Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC "With its greenhouse gas regulatory program under attack from Congress, and facing significantly reduced funding for climate change programs, EPA has proposed new rules that will temporarily defer... Read More

Marten Law: Washington State Decision Excludes Bioenergy-Based GHG Emissions From Clean Air Act Permit Requirements
Posted on 5 Jul 2011 by Svend Brandt-Erichsen

By Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "An administrative hearings board in Washington State has rejected calls for further assessment of climate impacts from a cogeneration project that will burn woody biomass to generate electricity... Read More

Marten Law: Under Attack, EPA Defers Greenhouse Gas Permitting for Biomass Projects
Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC "With its greenhouse gas regulatory program under attack from Congress, and facing significantly reduced funding for climate change programs, EPA has proposed new rules that will temporarily... Read More

As Much as 1/3 of Earth's Biomass Lives Beneath the Ocean Floor
Posted on 28 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

They are referred to as intraterrestrials, organisms that live inside the Earth. Most live beneath the bottom of the oceans. Some live in the tens of meters of mud just beneath the seafloors; others, following fractures in rock, live hundreds of meters... Read More

EPA Issues Proposed MACT Standards for Industrial Boilers
Posted on 5 May 2010 by Mack McGuffey

By Mack McGuffey, Troutman Sanders LLP On April 29, 2010, EPA issued its long-awaited proposal for a new Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard for industrial boilers. The rule, if finalized as proposed, will impose stringent emission... Read More