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Legislative updates: post-election agenda

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 11 2012

With the overall makeup of the Executive and Legislative branches of government remaining the same, we can expect to see continued partisan gridlock on some issues as leaders from both parties attempt to move toward consensus on others

Shifting away from LEED

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

Turner Construction Company released a report November 8 concluding that companies are less likely to use the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system now than in recent years

Coal-fired plant closures

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report November 13 finding that as many as 353 additional coal-fired power plants in 31 states should be considered for closure as they become costlier to operate under new pollution control requirements

Military’s use of biofuels

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said November 14 that the Senate will bring the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (S. 3254) to the floor by the end of the year

Personnel

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) named Energy and Commerce Committee aide Maryam Brown as his top energy adviser last week

MATS revisions

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

In a November 13 status report to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Environmental Protection Agency said that it intends to sign a proposed rule by November 20 to revise mercury and air toxics limits issued last December for new coal- and oil-fired power plants

BioPreferred expansion

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

Speaking November 14 at the first meeting of the Society for Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology, Kate Lewis, Deputy Manager of the Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program, said that the agency is hoping to expand the program to include biobased chemicals that are not final goods but rather intermediates

Offshore wind

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced November 13 that it plans to begin auctioning off renewable energy leases for the Wind Energy Area on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Massachusetts by next fall

Growing global RE

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

The International Energy Agency released its World Energy Outlook for 2012 November 12, predicting that renewable energy will grow into the world’s second largest source of electricity generation by 2015, and will near coal as the primary source by 2035

Electric grid vulnerable to terrorism

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2012

The National Academy of Sciences released a study November 14 finding that the U.S. electric grid is vulnerable to terrorist attacks that could cause more damage to the system than horrific natural disasters, blacking out large regions of the country for weeks or months at a time and costing billions of dollars