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AK renewable energy
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • May 27 2012

The Center for American Progress held an event May 24 titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Renewable Energy in Alaska.”


Inhofe amendment targets Navy’s biofuels push
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • 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


Rare earth minerals concern
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

Speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum January 5, Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs David Sandalow said that the agency has seen some successful substitution of different raw materials in the making of wind turbine magnets, but not enough to ease concerns about supplies of rare earth minerals for alternative energy technologies


OH wells closed to study earthquake linkage
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources announced January 3 that it is investigating whether wells used to dispose of hydraulic fracturing fluids have contributed to a series of earthquakes in the northeastern part of the state


Nuke siting comments sought
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • January 8 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission published a notice December 30 seeking input on an updated draft guide regarding the selection of suitable sites for potential nuclear plants


Cape Wind PPA
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 19 2012

On February 15, as part of the proposed merger agreement between utility companies Northeast Utilities and NSTAR, the Massachusetts government is requiring the merged entity to enter into a 15-year contract to purchase 27.5 of the proposed Cape Wind’s electricity


Legislation introduced
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 19 2012

Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced legislation (S. 2100) February 13 to suspend sales of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until certain conditions are met


Senators send energy tax letter
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 19 2012

Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Tom Carper (D-DE) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients February 10 encouraging them to advance tax policies that improve energy efficiency and support clean energy incentives


Comments to backup generating engines proposal
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • February 19 2012

An Environmental Protection Agency proposal aimed at resolving a 2010 legal challenge brought by EnerNOC Inc. and EnergyConnect Inc. received numerous comments last week concluding that the plan to allow stationary engines generating electricity to quadruple their annual operations would increase air pollution and skew competition in electricity markets


Grid improvements, RE support
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • USA
  • March 25 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu sent a memorandum March 16 to the Bonneville Power Administration, the Western Area Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, and the Southeastern Power Administration explaining his plan to identify goals to help modernize the nation’s electric power grid through capital improvement investments and rate policies