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U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Reports

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. Included are statistics on total energy production...

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

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, replaced interim guidelines issued by FWS in 2003...

U.S. Energy Information Administration Monthly Reports Available

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. Included are statistics on total energy production...

Green Patent Blog: Clean Energy Patent Growth Index Shows Record High for 2011

The Heslin Rothenberg firm's Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) 2011 Year in Review was published earlier this month [April]. The 2011 roundup found that granted green patents were at an all time high of 2331 for last year, a rise of 450 patents, or 24%, over 2010. Always an interesting...

Photoelectric Cells to Dye For - Solar Power From Indoor Lights

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 Walsh firm claims to have taken the efficiency of...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Ohio and California Legislatures Approve Measures for Regulation of Shale Gas Fracking

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 1,500 feet of proposed water wells, mandates...

DLA Piper: Climate Change Update – Australian Carbon Pricing Mechanism Takes Shape

By Mark Beaufoy and Laura Schuijers July 1 marked the first day of the first compliance year under Australia's carbon pricing mechanism (CPM). Entities liable under the CPM will need to record and report their covered greenhouse gas emissions. The threshold emissions level for an entity to be...

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

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 several years, several states and municipalities...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Governor Cuomo Calls for Lowering RGGI Cap, Other Climate Initiatives

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On Wednesday, January 10, 2013, Governor Cuomo gave his state-of-the-state message . Much of the message was devoted to examining how the state can recover and learn from Superstorm Sandy. Encouragingly...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: States Cooling On Renewable Energy

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 to the North Carolina Solar Center, a partnership...

Jenner & Block: More Wind Power Into PJM Region Could Save $7B Annually

A new report completed by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) concludes adding more wind power to the PJM region can lower gas and coal consumption and reduce regional wholesale energy market prices saving nearly $7B per year by the mid-2020s. The new report...

Environmental Groups Should Support Wind Energy - A Victory For Wind Power Over NIMBY Groups

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 due to their perceived negative impact on the environment...

Can Oil/Gas Wells and Wind Turbines Live Peacefully? Win-Wins For Wind Project Managers, Mineral Estate Lessess, and Property Owners

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 better off altering these common law approaches...

Jenner & Block: Bills Encouraging Small Hydropower Projects Await President Obama’s Signature

By Seth J. Schriftman, Staff Attorney, Jenner & Block On August 1, a pair of bills designed to encourage the development of small hydropower projects was approved by the Senate. The bills, known as the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (H.R. 267) and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit...

Clean Energy Projects to Receive $150 Million in Tax Credits

By Seth J. Schriftman , Staff Attorney, Jenner & Block On December 12, 2013, the United States Energy Department announced that clean energy tax credits of $150 million had been awarded to support domestic clean energy manufacturing. The awards were provided to 12 businesses through the Treasury...

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $1 Billion Commitment to Long-Term Funding of Solar Energy in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a nearly $1 billion commitment to further expand the state’s solar energy industry by providing long-term funding certainty with the goal of boosting existing businesses and attracting new investments to New York. The $1 billion will be committed to...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy On Track Despite Setbacks

State mandates to use more renewable energy have run into some roadblocks, but many are still on target in spite of these setbacks. The relentless march of the states to greater use of renewable energy has hit some bumps on the road. The biggest bump occurred in Ohio, where the legislature last...

Solicitation for Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects Published

On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy Loans Program Office published a solicitation for Federal Loan Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects. Under the solicitation, eligible projects include Renewable Energy Projects and Efficient Energy Projects that implement...

New York Public Service Commission Authorizes Longer Term NYSERDA REC Agreements

In a July order , the New York Public Service Commission authorizes the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to offer longer-term, fixed-price renewable energy credit agreements, extending the maximum term from ten to twenty years. Following the 2004 creation of the New...

Cohasset Wind Turbine Project Can Move Forward, Appeals Court Rules

Controversial Wind Turbine Project Approved, Over Neighbors’ Opposition, Appeals Court Rules Plans for a controversial wind turbine on top of Turkey Hill in swanky coastal Cohasset could soon move forward after the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a land court ruling that the town’s...

State Impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan Rule

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 Power Plan Rule is to cut carbon dioxide emissions...

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible energy system is exempt from certain real property taxes for a period of fifteen...

State Net Capitol Journal: Politics Kills Clean Energy In Texas

A Texas rebate program for electric vehicles is ending on June 26 – only about a year after it began. Not because state leaders think green rebates are a waste of money or threaten the free market. In fact, a House committee unanimously passed a plan to extend the EV incentives until 2023 and double...

DLA Piper LLP Energy Bulletin

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. • President Obama reveals Clean Power Plan. Calling it the “single most important step that America has ever made in the fight...

Book Review: The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology by Kelly Sims Gallagher

The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China is a thoroughly researched and well-written book and an important contribution to the subject of clean tech innovation. Five years in the making, Kelly Sims Gallagher’s book uses case studies of four clean energy industries (gas...