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Ballard Spahr LLP: U.S. Army Plans To Issue Up to $5 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

By Roger D. Stark and Darin Lowder The U.S. Army has announced plans to solicit and award multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts which will be used in awarding Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) task orders for up to an aggregate amount of $5 billion, with individual task orders...

Environmental Initiatives and the Role of the Green Technology Pilot Program

By Sarah M. Wong, Marquette University Law School The United States has entered a heightened state of environmental awareness. America's history of industrialization and consumerism in the early 1900s resulted in the realization that an increasing rate of industrial growth wrought a devastating...

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: U.S. Army Seeks Comments on $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

By Roger D. Stark and Darin M. Lowder The U.S. Army has issued a Request for Information seeking public comment on a draft solicitation to procure up to $7 billion in large-scale locally generated renewable and alternative energy on or near Army land using power purchase agreements or other contractual...

Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Shortlists 2012 Projects

Five projects bringing safe water and sanitation in final race for 1st and 2nd prize The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlist was announced on June 12, highlighting five innovative ideas to provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The winning project will be announced at...

Wind Projects: Bald Eagles Don't Surf

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English One would think that preliminary estimates of bird fatalities at a proposed 78 MW wind farm in southeastern Minnesota were hardly news. After all, there are over 60,000 MW of wind energy installed in the United States. But the Wall Street Journal...

CEPGI Q1 Report Shows Solar Patents Challenging Fuel Cell Lead

The Heslin Rothenberg firm recently published its Clean Energy Patent Growth Index First Quarter 2013 Results . Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is a quarterly publication that tracks grants of U.S. patents directed to clean energy technologies. The biggest headline item of the Q1 2013 report...

In LED Greenwashing Case Court Unplugs Lights of America

A previous post discussed an action brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Lights of America (LOA), charging the California LED lamp maker of violating the FTC Act by making false or unsubstantiated advertising claims about its products. In a recent decision , a Los Angeles federal...

Court Enjoins LED Greenwashing; Orders Lighting Co. to Pay $21 Million for Consumer Redress

A previous post discussed a recent court decision giving the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a big win and holding that Lights of America (LOA) violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by making false claims about LED lamps replacing certain wattage incandescent lamps and about the lifetime of the company’s...

Court Enjoins LED Greenwashing; Orders Lighting Co. to Pay $21 Million for Consumer Redress

A previous post discussed a recent court decision giving the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a big win and holding that Lights of America (LOA) violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by making false claims about LED lamps replacing certain wattage incandescent lamps and about the lifetime of the company’s...

Optimizing Green Patent Protection: A Study in Energy Storage Service

Stem is a Millbrae, California, startup that sells and leases its battery energy storage system, which is marketed as a way to reduce consumers’ energy bills. Specifically, the company makes a lithium-ion battery connected to analytics software that determines the best times to draw energy from...

On the Present and Future of Green Patent Litigation

Law360 recently published an article assessing the state of renewable energy patent litigation. Entitled “Clean Energy Patent Boom Sets Stage For IP Wars,” [subscription required] the gist of the piece is that there has been little patent litigation in the renewable energy industry so far...

Iowa Could Outshine Florida in Solar Power

Iowa could generate 7 million gigawatt hours of solar photovoltaic energy, an amount that far exceeds the 57,000 gigawatt hours generated in the state by coal, gas, wind and nuclear energy combined in 2010, according to a report released last month. "The potential for solar in Iowa is quite significant...

Three Charged With $54 Million "Green Energy" Ponzi Scheme

Nearly six years after the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil fraud charges, federal authorities filed criminal charges against three people for operating a $54 million Ponzi scheme touting "green energy" and "carbon-negative" technologies. Troy Wragg, 34, of Georgia...