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U.S. Endowment for Forestry Seeks Proposals for Woody Biomass Energy Demonstration Projects

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 $750,000 in total) for proposals that can convert...

Administration Announces New Program to Promote Biofuels and Renewable Energy (RFS2; Carbon Sequestration; Biomass Crop Assistance Program)

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 and millions of jobs. ( Reuters ; Reaction from...

Senate Jobs Bill Resuscitates Alternative Fuel Credit

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 hiring, including a social security tax holiday...

Senate Expected to Vote on Biodiesel and Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extensions this Week

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 December 31, 2010. The Senate is expected to vote...

EPA Issues Proposed MACT Standards for Industrial Boilers

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 limits and monitoring requirements on over 10,000...

House Passes Tax Extenders Bill: Biodiesel and Fuel Mixture Credit Extensions Included

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 bill summary ). Although both liquid fuel credits...

Renewable Energy Developments: Grants

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. Despite broad and growing interest in clean...

Renewable Fuel Standard Program for 2011 Proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Under Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed yesterday the 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual renewable...

Trees damaged by bark beetles slow their uptake of CO2 for up to a century

As noted in prior posts, bark beetles damage large forest areas, often killing or causing the death of 50% to 80% of mature trees. As these trees decompose, they release CO2, adding to the atmospheric burden of GHG's. New research has identified additional climate repercussions from beetle outbreaks...

Newly discovered deep-sea currents carry biota from one vent to another

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 for nuclear wastes. They are no longer viewed that...

Marten Law: Under Attack, EPA Defers Greenhouse Gas Permitting for Biomass Projects

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-and possibly exempt-greenhouse gas permitting...

Marten Law: Washington State Decision Excludes Bioenergy-Based GHG Emissions From Clean Air Act Permit Requirements

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 and steam," writes Svend Brandt-Erichsen...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Massachusetts Leads the Way in Ensuring Biomass Facilities Reduce GHG Emissions

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 in Massachusetts. If adopted, the regulation would...

As Much as 1/3 of Earth's Biomass Lives Beneath the Ocean Floor

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 down. By some estimates, as much as one-third of...

DLA Piper: Japan's Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Regime

By Stephen Webb and Michelle Thomsen Prior to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, Japan relied on nuclear power for roughly 30% of its energy needs, with 60% coming from conventional sources such as coal, oil and natural gas. Hydroelectric power accounted for 9% of Japan's energy resources...

'Deferral Rule' is Derailed - Biogenic Greenhouse Gas Emitters Stand By to Be Regulated

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 available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The opinion...

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DLA Piper Asia-Pacific Energy Sector Update: Financing Renewable Energy Projects

Despite scepticism around climate change in certain countries in the region, we continue to see growing investment in renewable energy and carbon reduction technologies across the Asia Pacific. Our current mandates include renewable energy projects across the renewable spectrum - solar, wind, biofuels...