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Wind Power Companies Further Commit to Protection of Bats
Posted on 20 Oct 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced that seventeen of its members have agreed to voluntary operating restrictions to reduce wind turbine speeds in the fall to minimize the number of bats killed during their migration season. According... Read More

Deal Is A Deal: Ecogen Wind Prevails In Windfarming Dispute
Posted on 10 Feb 2014 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin The New York Law Journal reported on January 2, 2014 that the Town of Prattsburgh, which, during the relevant time, had virtually no laws, codes or requirements on the books governing the installation of wind turbine facilities... 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

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

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

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

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