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NEWIEE Fourth Annual Achievement Awards

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On Tuesday, Mintz Levin sponsored New England Women in Energy and the Environment’s (NEWIEE) Fourth Annual Achievement Awards, which recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of women leaders in the fields of energy and the environment.  The inspirational night began with opening remarks by Erin Ailworth of the Boston Globe, who commented on the ups and downs of the energy industry.  Karen Gordon Mills, Former Administrator, Small Business Administration, followed with a keynote speech that highlighted the need for women to step-up and embrace leadership roles because they are deserved and because this country will benefit when more women have a “seat at the table.”  Finally, NEWIEE presented Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, New England Clean Energy Council and Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut with Achievement Awards and Patricia Stanton, Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Conservation Services Group received the NEWIEE Leadership Award.

Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report: Key Trends Emerging from 2013

Posted in China, Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Energy Technology News, Solar, Uncategorized, Water, Wind

Mintz Levin is proud to be a part of the Clean Edge 2014 Clean Energy Trends Report. The annual report, now in its 13th year, provides substantive data analysis of happenings in the cleantech marketplace and insights into issues which will be impactful in the near future.  Our attorneys were involved in dozens of energy technology transactions last year, and helped our clients with myriad other issues. Through this work we are aware of emerging trends across the industry, and we commend Clean Edge for the depth of their research and the clarity with which they present the results of their extensive efforts.  Among the highlights of the report:

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Law360′s “Exxon Opens a New Disclosure Frontier for Energy Finance”

Posted in Articles, Client Highlights, Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Energy Technology News, Federal Policy, Legislative Updates, State Happenings, Uncategorized

With the establishment of a sustainable cap-and-trade program in California as well as the Obama administration’s stance on regulating greenhouse gas emissions, a changed regulatory landscape has emerged, imposing substantially more rigorous reporting requirements on financial institutions that invest in the energy sector either through debt or equity.

Mintz Levin’s Megan Gates and Jeremy Glaser and Enviance Inc.’s Lawrence Goldenhersh and Yann Risz recently published an article in Law 360 describing the GHG-related disclosure and reporting obligations now faced by financial institutions in a new regulatory world. The authors also provide recommendations for cost-effectively conducting the more rigorous risk analysis that is now required. Continue Reading

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 3 of 3

Posted in Energy Financing

In our last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2), we highlighted a number of available DOE grants. Today, we will highlight a one recently announced grant as well as an available loan program.

The DOE recently announced a $3.5 million grant focusing on monitoring the environmental impact of marine technologies. Details are below:

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ML Strategies’ Energy and Environment Weekly Update – Week of March 31, 2014

Posted in Energy Technology News, Events, Federal Policy, Legislative Updates

Congress is increasingly likely to complete the appropriations process this year, in part because committee leaders in both houses, led by Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY), are determined to finalize the bills before the 2015 fiscal year begins in the fall. Members are working to avoid a government shutdown a month before the elections. Relevant committee hearings will continue this week, after a week during which energy issues dominated much of the budget talks.

During a March 25 hearing on the Department of Energy’s requested fiscal year 2015 budget, House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Chair Mike Simpson (D-ID) said that House appropriators plan to hasten efforts to draft and consider fiscal year 2015 energy and water bills so that they can have a budget finished on time. Testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies as it considered President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Department of Interior March 25, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the agency would publish fracking regulations sometime this year. Republicans on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee said during a March 26 hearing that the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for science agencies overemphasizes some priorities, including climate change, and fails to sufficiently consider other committee priorities, such as fracking. The House Appropriations Committee is hoping to finish hearings by mid-April and begin voting bills out of committee soon thereafter. House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) said March 27 that the Environmental Protection Agency, instead of defending its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, indicates that it does not value its own work, because the request includes a 3.7 percent cut from the 2014 enacted budget. She is particularly concerned about reductions to the water loan funds. Continue Reading

Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 2 of 3

Posted in Energy Financing, Uncategorized

In last week’s post, we highlighted a number of available DOE grants for incubators. Today, we will be highlighting grants for research on geothermal systems and building technologies.

The DOE continues to support research being done by companies and think tanks nationwide. Enhanced insight into geothermal systems and solutions is of particular interest this year. The following research and development grants are now open:

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Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 1 of 3

Posted in Biofuels, Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Energy Technology News, Federal Policy, Legislative Updates

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports a wide range of grants, loan and financing programs and also funds transformational and up-and-coming technologies that create innovative ways to source, distribute, and use energy and other natural resources. The DOE provides a useful guide to public assistance through federal grants and loan guarantees and other programs here. Over the next few days, we will be highlighting a partial list of grant options available at the start of 2014.

Today’s highlights include grants for incubators. The Department of Energy is allocating a portion of money toward incubators fostering advancements in the fields of clean energy and renewables in 2014. The following grants for incubators are now open:

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ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update – Week of March 17, 2014

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Federal Policy, Legislative Updates, State Happenings, Uncategorized

Energy issues garnered attention on the international front as well as here at home last week.

Delegates at last week’s climate talks in Bonn continued to take steps to prepare for a 2015 climate treaty. The next round of meetings will take place in June, setting up for the annual Conference of Parties negotiations at the end of the year in Peru.

In Congress, the Senate Climate Action Task Force held an all-night session on the Senate floor March 10 to highlight the importance of acting to address climate change. Over in the House, Energy and Commerce subcommittees held a joint panel to debate the question of whether carbon capture and sequestration technology has been adequately demonstrated, even though it is not produced at a commercial scale. Continue Reading

NECA 11th Annual Renewable Energy Conference

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Events, Massachusetts Renewable Energy, State Happenings

On Wednesday, March 12th, the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association will host the 11th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy. This content-rich, one-day conference will explore the emerging dynamics of renewable energy in New England. Conference Co-Chairs David O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Energy for ML Strategies, LLC, and Matt Shortsleeve, Regional Director of RGS Energy, will kick off the conference with a welcoming speech and overview of the day’s events. Throughout the day, participants will hear from industry experts, both within and outside the region, through provocative panel presentations, informative exhibitor booths and relaxed networking breaks. The experts will share keen insights and seasoned perspectives on topics such as solar incentive structures, off-shore wind prospects, transmission expansion and innovative financing models.

The Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (NECA) promotes environmentally sound, reliable and cost-effective wholesale and retail markets for the production and delivery of electric power supply, competing energy services and resource alternatives, including conservation, innovative demand-side and power delivery technologies, renewable energy and distributed generation. NECA’s 950 members, representing 130 entities, include developers and owner/operators of competitive power projects, both regulated and merchant transmission and distribution companies, power marketers and traders, fuel and equipment suppliers, power consumers and various service providers to the power industry, including law firms, investment bankers, environmental engineering and economic consulting firms. Through its regular series of meeting and conferences throughout the year, NECA serves as a clearinghouse of cutting-edge industry information. Continue Reading

NEWIEE Announces 4th Annual Gala Awardees

Posted in Events, Massachusetts Renewable Energy, State Happenings

Mintz Levin is a proud sponsor of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Fourth Annual Achievement Awards.  These awards recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women leaders in the fields of energy and the environment.  Each year, the NEWIEE Achievement Awards honor women who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively encouraged and mentored other women in related professional areas.  The Gala this year is from 6-9 pm at the Lenox Hotel, fittingly designated by Condé Nast as one of the Greenest Luxury Hotels in America.

The keynote speaker will be Karen Gordon Mills, Former Administrator, Small Business Administration.  NEWIEE Achievement Awardees are: Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, New England Clean Energy Council and Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut.  Patricia Stanton, Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Conservation Services Group will receive the NEWIEE Leadership Award.  Click here to purchase tickets or become a sponsor!