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Energy & environment update - November 24 2014
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Australia, Canada, China, European Union, France, Global, India, USA
  • November 24 2014

Prior to recessing for the Thanksgiving holiday, the House and Senate both took several votes and introduced numerous pieces of legislation on energy


EU transport fuel ratings deferred
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Canada, European Union
  • April 29 2012

The European Commission announced April 20 that the European Union will defer until 2013 a decision on a proposal (EU Fuel Quality Directive 200930EC) to assign pollution ratings to different transportation fuels, including those derived from Canadian oil sands


Chinese solar panel complaint
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • September 30 2012

European solar panel makers, led by EU ProSun, filed their second complaint September 25 against Chinese competitors, calling on the European Commission to impose antisubsidy duties on solar panel products from China


European biofuels supported
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • November 27 2011

The European Commission defended November 21 that biofuels can positively contribute toward European Union climate and energy objectives despite growing scientific evidence that mandatory biofuels targets pose significant environmental risks


EU efficient natural resource use
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • August 5 2012

The European Commission announced last week that it is seeking ideas for identifying the best indicators for comparing how efficiently European Union member states use natural resources


EU energy measures efficiency and electrical generation
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • June 17 2012

On June 15, European Union energy ministers, in the face of Poland’s vigorous defense of coal-fired electrical generation, failed to approve an EU-wide plan for the long-term power source mix up to 2050


EU RE subsidy cuts
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • April 8 2012

Many European countries are making significant reductions to their renewable energy subsidy programs


EU allowance pressure
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • April 1 2012

The European Parliament said last week that the European Commission could come under pressure from Poland and other central and Eastern European countries when deciding on transitional free CO2 allowances for the power sector


European RE potential
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • October 28 2012

Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council released a study October 24 finding that the European Union could create half a million jobs by 2020 and reduce electricity costs 16 percent by 2050 if it prioritized an energy system based on clean energy and energy efficiency rather than fossil fuels and nuclear power


EU crop-based biofuels cap
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • March 25 2013

On March 21, the European Union's (EU) Council of Environment Ministers (CEM) met to discuss and EU proposal calling for a 5 percent limit on how