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Energy and climate debate - March 11, 2012

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

The energy debate continued this week, with a number of high profile issues making headlines in the Senate, reviews and critiques of the president’s budget request occupying significant committee hearing time, and the administration repeating its call for an all of the above energy strategy

Energy and climate debate - October 9, 2011

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 9 2011

As the Administration continues to take heat for the Solyndra bankruptcy, and the President continues to defend loan guarantees as a tool that allows the United State to compete in an increasingly global and fast-paced market, clean energy issues as a whole are struggling to come out from under the politicized negative media attention

DOE and CenterPoint Energy announce results of energy efficiency study

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 31 2011

CenterPoint Energy and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman released the results of a survey covering a 500 smart meter pilot program begun last fall

FAA ordered to review earlier Cape Wind environmental findings

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 30 2011

On October 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration must review potential hazards of the proposed Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts after failing to follow its own internal procedures in the initial review

Wind PPA tax rule

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 15 2012

The Internal Revenue Service issued Private Letter Ruling 201214007 April 6, concluding that where a taxpayer purchased wind energy facilities accompanied by facility-specific Power Purchase Agreements, no portion of the purchase price need be allocated to the PPAs as a separate asset

Nuclear emergency preparedness

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
  • -
  • November 27 2011

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission published a final rule November 23 updating emergency preparedness regulations for nuclear power plants and production facilities that aim to prevent

Degraded border land for renewable energy

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • Mexico, USA
  • -
  • December 18 2011

The Good Neighbor Environmental Board released a report December 14 concluding that all renewable energy planning and land-use projects along the U.S.-Mexico border should optimize the use of rooftops, brownfields, greyfields, and under-used federal properties

Long-term nuclear waste management

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

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future released a final report January 26 calling on the government to fix its “broken” nuclear-waste management policy and begin simultaneous development of at least one permanent geological repository and at least one centralized interim storage facility

Upcoming hearings

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

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing January 25 to consider President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline

Electric industry seeks to overturn FERC rule

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

A lawsuit filed on June 6 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by the Electric Power Supply Association, the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, seeks to overturn a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule compensating business customers for reducing power usage, arguing that the rule will unfairly subsidize large business customers