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Marten Law: Renewable Energy Standards--California and Congress Moving in Different Directions

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 must now acquire up to a third of their energy...

Arctic ozone deficiency gets severe and moves beyond the Arctic region

If you thought that limitations on CFC production and usage would solve the ozone "hole" problem, unfortunately you were mistaken. A number of factors play a role. First, as noted in prior posts, some of the replacement chemicals turn out to not be ozone neutral, one might say, but attack ozone...

Deadline Looming for 1603 Cash Grants for Investments in Non-Traditional Energy Projects

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 in excess of $9 billion. These grant payments...

Ongoing exposure of numerous individuals to wind blown toxic materials comes within "mass action" exception to removal pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act

In Abraham v. St. Croix Renaissance Group , 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 9899 (3rd Cir. 2013), Defendant sought to remove the case pursuant to Class Action Fairness Act ("CAFE"). Plaintiffs (459 in number) alleged that defendant purchased the site at issue (a former alumina refinery operation) knowing...

Changes To Reporting GHG Emissions From Renewable Energy, Low-Carbon Power Purchases

The World Resources Institute recently published new guidelines for entities to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from purchased electricity, Scope 2 emissions. This is the first major update to the GHG Protocol in many years, and responds to changes in the electricity market. The new GHG Protocol...