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:
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On Thursday, June 23, the New England Women in Energy and Environment is hosting its first annual “Women in Energy and the Environment Shaping the Agenda” Panel Series from 5:30-8:30pm at the MIT Sloan School of Management. National Grid, Robinson and Cole, NextEra Energy, and Mintz Levin are sponsoring the event. The evening will feature drinks, appetizers, a networking reception, and a public sector focused panel discussion. The panel, moderated by Martha Broad, Executive Director at the MIT Energy Initiative, will feature Meredith Hatfield, Director of the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, Melissa Hoffer, Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Energy and Environment Bureau, Judith Judson, a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Jessie Stratton, Director of Policy at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection. Register now for an evening of dynamic energy discussion!
While much of the focus in Congress is on the National Security Agency, fiscal year 2016 appropriations, and the trade promotion authority, energy and environmental policy also made headlines both before and after the Memorial Day Recess. Among other happenings, the EPA’s much anticipated Renewable Fuel Standards were released, Congress considered coal ash regulations, and President Obama focused on climate in the context of national security. Read this week’s update from ML Strategies here.
On Tuesday, June 2, CleanEdge, in association with Wells Fargo and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center among others, released its annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index uses a diverse set of industry indicators to rank all 50 states and the country’s 50 largest metro areas on their clean tech advances. It is meant to help drive comparative research and analyze the American clean energy market as a whole. The report gives state and metro overviews, but also ranks locations in specific subcategories such as capital, green buildings, advanced transportation, and carbon management. Read on for a few of the most exciting developments!
In an ambitious and unprecedented move, Hawaii is aiming to increase its current renewable energy output of 21% to a 100% quota by 2045. The state, which carries some of the U.S.’s highest electricity costs, is riding the momentum of decreasing renewable energy prices. Legislators believe Hawaii’s abundant sunshine, wind, ocean and tidal waves, and geothermal activity make it an ideal candidate for quitting fossil fuels. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Mike Gabbard (D – West Oahu), said rather than continuing to spend up to $5 billion annually on fossil fuels, “our islands are blessed with abundant, renewable energy…we should be using these resources for the benefit of our people.”