TX House Subcommittee Hears Testimony from Railroad Commission Seismologist On Proposed Rules Related to Disposal Wells in High-Risk Seismic Areas

By | North America Shale Blog | August 29, 2014

Following the Texas Railroad Commission’s recent proposal for additional rules related to disposal wells in “high-risk” seismic areas, on Monday, August 25, members of the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity heard testimony from Dr. Craig Pearson, the seismologist hired by the Railroad Commission to investigate the possible correlation between seismic events and oil and gas activity.

Saint Paul Has an Alternative to LEED

By | Green Building Law Update | August 26, 2014
Saint Paul Has an Alternative to LEED

Much has changed, but much has remained the same, in the arena of green building law mandates since March 18,2002, when the city of Normal, Illinois enacted Ordinance 4825, the first ever mandatory green building law, requiring LEED certification in the Central Business District for public or private new construction of over 7,500 square feet.

Energy Storage RFPs May Spread to Oregon

By | Global Power Law & Policy | August 25, 2014

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) recently announced that it is considering issuing a solicitation for demonstration electrical energy storage projects in late 2014.  To prepare for possible funding opportunities, ODOE seeks public comments about the “scope, number and priority” of proposals that use “electrical storage technology, specifically batteries” to provide resiliency and regulation.

IRS Releases New Guidance On Beginning of Renewable Energy Project Construction

IRS Releases New Guidance On Beginning of Renewable Energy Project Construction

The IRS recently released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice) which provides welcome guidance to tax equity investors and developers on the construction of wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and certain hydropower and marine hydrokinetic energy projects for purposes of qualifying for the section 45 renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC), or the section 48 investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC.

Landmark Massachusetts Net-Metering Bill Goes Up in Smoke As Water-Downed Compromise Bill is Agreed to On Last Day of Legislative Session

Landmark Massachusetts Net-Metering Bill Goes Up in Smoke As Water-Downed Compromise Bill is Agreed to On Last Day of Legislative Session

An eleventh-hour compromise by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee effectively gutted the highly publicized net metering and solar power bill, which, as proposed, was considered by many including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to be a boon for solar development in the nation’s fourth largest solar market in terms of both installed capacity and total jobs.