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Western power grid development

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • June 17 2012

Speaking before the Western Governors’ Association June 11, Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) told governors, federal officials, and utility representatives that the pace of constructing new electricity transmission lines in the West was too slow

BLM faulted for poor management of renewables

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 17 2012

The Interior Department inspector general issued a report June 12 arguing that the Bureau of Land Management could improve its renewable energy program by more efficiently collecting rental fees on land it manages, clarifying bond guidance, and implementing a competitive bidding process on projects

Infrastructure approval plan

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 17 2012

The White House released last week a federal plan for expediting permitting and review processes for infrastructure projects

House Judiciary approves bill on environmental review process

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • June 10 2012

Defeating all Democratic amendments, the House Judiciary Committee approved, 14-8, the Responsibly and Professional Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (H.R. 4377) on June 6

$26 million for manufacturing jobs challenge

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 3 2012

The Department of Energy announced May 29 a $26 million multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to foster innovation-fueled job creation through public-private partnerships

Inhofe amendment targets Navy’s biofuels push

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • May 27 2012

On May 24, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a Department of Defense authorization amendment from Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) restricting the amount of money the Pentagon can spend on biofuels on a per-gallon-basis, echoing previously passed House measures

Energy savings contract

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • May 27 2012

On May 24, the Department of Energy announced an Energy Savings Performance Contract project awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Northern California Terminal Radar Approach Control facility to NORESCO, LLC

RAPID Act mark-up

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 6 2012

On May 8, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up Rep. Dennis Rossʼ Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act, which would set a 54-month deadline for state and federal reviews of infrastructure projects, an 18-month deadline for environmental assessments, a three-year deadline for the more lengthy environmental impact assessments, as well as a provision restricting environmental groups from filing last-minute legal challenges

EV standards and regs needed

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 29 2012

American National Standards Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel released a report April 23 finding that at least 36 standards, regulations, codes, and other measures are needed to facilitate the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure

Biobased product reporting

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 22 2012

The Obama administration issued a final rule April 18 that requires government contractors to report to the White House Office of Management and Budget on their purchases of biobased products under service and construction contracts