As Congress closes in on the August recess, bipartisan energy bills have emerged from both the House and Senate. While these and tax extenders are on Capitol Hill’s energy related agenda, the Obama Administration prepares to publish the much anticipated final Clean Power Plan. For more, click here for the latest update from ML Strategies.
On July 8, the U.S. Energy Department, during the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s Southeast Regional Summit, announced the national laboratories who will take the lead in implementing a new Small Businesses Vouchers Pilot. This initiative, part of the larger Lab Impact Initiative, is a public-private partnership that will connect nationwide clean energy entrepreneurs with top scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at national laboratories. The program aims to leverage selected labs’ tremendous research and engineering capabilities to quicken the development of cutting edge clean energy technology.
Congress is hard at work leading up to the August recess, with major focuses that include No Child Left Behind reform, tax extenders, and broad energy packages. At the White House, the Obama Administration celebrated more than $520 million in private and state funding to advance community solar power and increase low- and moderate-income household solar use. For the full rundown, read this week’s update from ML Strategies
As Congress resumes after the Independence Day recess, the House debates several energy related funding measures, while the Senate awaits the broad Murkowski – Cantwell energy package. Meanwhile, President Obama meets with the Brazilian President Rousseff on a bilateral renewable energy agreement. Read more in this week’s update from ML Strategies.
U.K. Trade & Investment and the British Consulates General’s 3rd annual GREAT Tech Awards kicked off in June with the opening of this year’s application and – for the first time ever – New England start-ups will have an opportunity to participate. Companies can apply in one of six sector categories, including CleanTech, until the application closes July 31. The winners from each category will receive a customized business development package.
Winners will be selected by a panel of technology industry leaders including Mintz Levin’s own Tom Burton, along with Pete Cashmore of Mashable, Michael Hayman of Seven Hills, Ignacio Isa Martin of British Airways, and Maria Gotsch of Partnership for New York City, among others. Congrats Tom and good luck to all the competitors – click here to apply.
— Thomas Burton (@TomBurtonIII) June 26, 2015
On June 26, Mintz Levin and E2: Environmental Entrepreneurs celebrated E2’s 15th Anniversary with a program titled “Revitalizing America’s Middle Class in a Clean Energy Economy.” The event, held at Mintz’s Boston office, featured a keynote address from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), E2’s National Executive Director Bob Keefe, Conservation Services Group CEO Steve Cowell, E2’s New England Chapter Director Berl Hartman, and Bill Ravanesi, Senior Director of the Health Care Green Building and Energy Program for Healthcare Without Harm. Several public officials were also in attendance, including MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton and State Senator Mike Barrett. To hear more about how these leaders believe clean energy can create quality jobs and positively impact the middle class, read on:
In the final full week before the July 4 recess, energy policy is taking center stage in both the legislative and executive branches. The Senate continues to piece together a broad bipartisan energy package, while the House takes on the EPA’s funding, the Clean Power Plan, and listens to officials on advanced battery storage. At the White House, the Obama administration continues efforts to spur global climate action. Read more in this week’s update from ML Strategies
On June 11, EPA held a public meeting on its Proposed Rule imposing one-time electronic reporting and recordkeeping requirements on manufacturers and processors of certain nanoscale materials under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Five key stakeholders commented at the hearing on issues including the definition of reportable chemical substances, whether and how to require reporting for discrete forms of nanomaterials, the length of the 135-day review period, the need to align with the Canadian approach, and whether the information required by EPA is readily available. Public comments are due July 6, 2015, with a final rule tentatively coming in late 2016. Click here for the full report!
Yesterday, the White House hosted a Clean Energy Investment Summit where Vice President Biden highlighted more than $4 billion in pledges from major foundations and long -term investors to fund climate change solutions. Coupled with these commitments, the Obama administration also announced several executive actions to stimulate further private sector investments in clean energy technologies. Together, these initiatives surpass the Administration’s earlier announced Clean Energy Investment Initiative goal of catalyzing $2 billion. Read on for more details about this exciting day for cleantech from Washington!
On Tuesday, June 2, New England Economic Partnership, The Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Brandeis International Business School held a conference at the Boston Federal Reserve titled “Building the Backbone of Energy Efficiency.” The event featured public and private energy leaders speaking on a variety of topics, from infrastructure to regional and national regulations. A panel titled “Technology, Innovation and Sustainability: Developing and Funding Our Energy Future” took a look at the individual roles and collaborative opportunities for public and private actors in the energy space. The session, led by Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School, featured Dr. David Rapaport, Head of Technology Innovation Management U.S. for Siemens, Kevin Ramsdell, Advanced Facilities Specialist for General Dynamics Mission Systems, and Lucas Missong, Senior Vice President at Boston Energy Investors Fund. Read on for some interesting takeaways from these key stakeholders, as well as Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton: