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State Impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan Rule
Posted on 31 Jul 2014 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Teresa Kim Schmittberger The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has proposed the new Clean Power Plan Rule, which has been touted as President Obama's most significant environmental proposal to date. The main goal of the Clean... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Court Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Concerning PACE Program in California
Posted on 15 Sep 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP A federal court in California recently issued a decision, California ex rel. Harris v. Fed. Hous. Fin. Agency, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96235 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 26, 2011) , partially... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: PACE Update-Court Issues Decision Concerning Litigation Over FHFA’s Stance and Agency Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Posted on 5 Sep 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP This blog has been following the controversy surrounding Property Assessed Clean Energy, more commonly referred to as PACE. Here's an update: Background In the last... Read More

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing: Recent Controversy and Litigation
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP There is a continuing controversy over Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which provides loans for improving energy efficiency in buildings. Property Assessed Clean... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio and California Legislatures Approve Measures for Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by State Net

ENERGY: The OHIO House and Senate approve SB 315, which requires greater disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The measure also requires water sampling within... 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

Photoelectric Cells to Dye For - Solar Power From Indoor Lights
Posted on 26 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Is it possible to efficiently harness the often dim and indirect light found inside a room (e.g., from incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light emitting diodes). The answer would now appear to be "yes." A... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: States Cooling On Renewable Energy
Posted on 6 May 2013 by State Net

STATES COOLING ON RENEWABLE ENERGY: States' recent passion for renewable energy appears to be running out of steam. Sixteen of the 29 states with renewable portfolio standards are considering legislation that would scale back those mandates, according... 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

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

Marten Law: Renewable Energy Standards--California and Congress Moving in Different Directions
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “California and Congress seem to be headed in opposite directions on climate policy this year. California has expanded its renewable portfolio standard (RPS), meaning public and private utilities... 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 Sun No Longer Shines on Solar Panel Maker Solyndra Llc - Bankruptcy and the FBI
Posted on 9 Sep 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald , Partner, McCarter & English Well, it was only a matter of time before renewable energy hit the mainstream. By which we mean that the bloom comes off the road as the rubber hits the rose. Yesterday the FBI raided the headquarters... Read More