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CA low-carbon fuel standard
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled April 23 that enforcement of California’s low-carbon fuel standard could continue pending the state’s appeal of a district court ruling that the measure is unconstitutional


$5 million for plug-and-play PV
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

The Department of Energy announced April 24 up to $5 million available this year to develop plug-and-play photovoltaic systems


$4 million for clean diesel
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency announced April 23 that it is making up to $20 million in grant funding available for clean diesel projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines


Coal export policy review requested
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber sent a letter April 25 to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and top U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Land Management officials calling for a complete environmental impact statement on proposed coal exports to Asia and the formulation of a clear federal policy on the exports before additional permitting and leasing decisions are made


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

On April 23, Senator Carl Levin introduced legislation (S. 2330 and S. 2334) to temporarily reduce the duty on hybrid electrical vehicle inverters and lithium ion electrical storage batteries


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

The White House released the National Bioeconomy Blueprint April 26 with a two-fold goal of laying out strategic objectives that will help realize the full potential of the domestic bioeconomy and highlighting early achievements toward those objectives


Energy and climate debate - April 20, 2012
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

Energy concerns played a prominent role in national debates last week, with the appropriations committees in both congressional chambers approving wildly different versions of funding bills for fiscal year 2013 energy and water development and leadership in both houses appointing conferees to a surface transportation conference committee that is certain to spend a significant amount of time debating the Keystone XL pipeline, among other energy issues


Groups call for hydrofluorocarbon 134a elimination
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

On April 27, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Institute for Governance & Sustainability, and the Environmental Investigation Agency petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to phase out hydrofluorocarbon 134a in new home and retail refrigerators and freezers given the chemical’s contribution to global warming


IFC green bonds launched
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global, USA
  • April 29 2012

On April 27, the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank's private sector affiliate, announced it has raised $500 million for climate-friendly investment in its first round of “green bonds”


CA renewable energy study
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • April 29 2012

On April 26, California’s nonpartisan Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes released Finding the Sweet Spot: Green Energy Incentives and Job Creation, requested by Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, arguing the state should create a state-sponsored “green bank” offering loans to cleantech companies willing to base their operations and create jobs in California