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New California Laws for EV Charging Stations & Residential Solar Permitting

Posted in Energy Technology News, Legislative Updates, State Happenings

You may have heard that Governor Brown signed two new laws that may further support California’s sustainability efforts. The first, AB 2565, gives residential and commercial tenants of certain buildings the right to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. And the second law, AB 2188, requires cities and counties to streamline permitting for small residential rooftop solar. For in-depth information on AB 2565 and AB 2188 and when the new laws go in effect, read our latest Green Building & Energy Technology newsletter.

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ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/27/2014

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

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE

One week until election day, Congressional campaigns are in their final days, and several races remain too close to call. While Congress prepares for a brief but intense Lame Duck session, stay tuned for election updates.

In the meantime, climate negotiators spent last week in Bonn, Germany, with the last United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit prior to the annual international climate negotiation this December in Lima, Peru. The third round of the Bonn Climate Change Conference concluded October 25, though negotiators reached no concrete result, leaving a busy schedule for the 20th COP/MOP in a few weeks. Almost 1,200 negotiators from 176 countries and organizations gathered last week to negotiate a new climate agreement, which is on target to be approved in Paris next December and to become effective in 2020. Last week’s talks failed to reach a conclusion on elements of the 2015 agreement and what should be included in the nationally determined contributions, which governments are expected to submit by early next year.

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NEWIEE to Host Annual Meeting and Autumn Extravaganza on November 6

Posted in Events

The New England Women in Energy and the Environment’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Second Annual Autumn Extravaganza will be on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Blu. NEWIEE is welcoming two new members to its Advisory Board: Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Carrie Cullen Hitt, Senior Director, Project Development, NextEra Energy Resources.

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Seven Reasons R.J. Lyman is a Great Fit for Mintz Levin and Our Clients

Posted in Energy Technology News

Our energy team recently expanded to include R.J. Lyman, one of the country’s leading energy lawyers and the former President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of General Compression, Inc. R.J.’s arrival continues to grow Mintz Levin’s premiere Energy Technology Practice, which serves hundreds of energy innovators across the country. Here are seven reasons R.J. is a great fit for Mintz Levin and our clients:

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Funding Opportunities for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies from MassCEC

Posted in Client Highlights, Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Energy Technology News, Massachusetts Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar, Waste to Value, Water

Recently, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has opened up two top-rate funding opportunities for young, emerging clean energy companies in Massachusetts. Aimed primarily at university researchers and early-stage companies based in Massachusetts, the Catalyst Program and the InnovateMass Program are meant to fill the funding and opportunity gaps not addressed by private markets and set blossoming clean energy enterprises on a path to successful commercialization.

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ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/20/2014

Posted in Energy Technology News, Federal Policy, Legislative Updates

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE

With just over two weeks until election day, Congress is preparing for a brief but intense Lame Duck session, while continuing final campaign pushes. With several races still in the too-close-to-call column, the Senate’s balance of power remains uncertain, though Republicans will retain control of the House.

In the meantime, climate negotiators will spend the week in Bonn, Germany, with the last United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit prior to the annual international climate negotiation this December in Lima, Peru.

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ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/13/2014

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

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE

With a little over three weeks to go before the elections, and just a bit more than that until the next round of international climate negotiations, the United States is trying to determine how, and how much, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

Whether and how Congress addresses climate and energy legislation in the coming two, four, or more years will become slightly clearer three weeks from now, when either Democrats retain control of the Senate, or the balance of power flips in favor of Republican leadership. Though the majority will be slim, the focus issues could be different, particularly if Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign prevails, Republicans take control of the upper chamber, and he becomes Majority Leader. Whether or not he becomes Majority Leader, Senator McConnell has promised to continue his battle against Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations. Should Democrats retain control of the Senate, Congress is likely to continue in much the same vein for the next several years: unable to pass comprehensive climate or energy legislation, and facing difficult battles even on much smaller measures.

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Top 10 IPO Tips from “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO!”

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Energy Technology News, Events, Initial Public Offering, Massachusetts Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar, Wind

On October 1st, Mintz Levin, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), and Grant Thornton hosted “On Your Mark, Get Set, IPO,” a panel discussion concerning recent trends in the public offering market for cleantech growth companies. Industry veterans John Fairbanks (Aspen Aerogels), Mark Marano (Canaccord Genuity), Steven Berkenfeld (Barclays), David Lewandoski (Grant Thornton), and Sahir Surmeli (Mintz Levin) provided insight on the public offering process to help attendees determine whether their company is indeed ready to go public.

Worried that you missed out on this important event? Don’t be! You can see video highlights here. In addition, here are 10 key takeaways from the IPO panel discussion:

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ML Strategies Energy & Environment Update: Week of 10/6/2014

Posted in Energy Financing, Energy Technology News, Wind

The fifth annual United States-India Energy Partnership summit took place in Washington last week. The United States and India created the Clean Energy Finance Forum September 30 after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Obama in Washington for the first time since his election in the spring. The forum will bring together public and private sector officials to consider ways to mobilize financing for India’s expanding renewable energy market. The two countries also announced a $1 billion financing deal between the U.S. Export-Import Bank and India’s Renewable Energy Development Agency to help increase U.S. renewable energy exports to India and help India transition to a low-carbon economy. In the last four years, India’s solar market has grown more than a hundredfold to reach more than 2.5 GW of grid-connected installed solar energy. India is the world’s fifth largest wind energy producer, with 20 GW of installed wind capacity.

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ML Strategies Energy & Environment Update: Week of 9/29/2014

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Energy Technology News

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, more than 162 government representatives, including 126 heads of state and government, and leaders in the business and finance sectors convened a Climate Summit in New York City September 23. Though not an official international negotiation conference, the summit was the largest international climate change meeting since the 2009 Copenhagen Summit, and it aimed to advance the development of an international agreement to address climate change before the United Nations Climate Change Conference of 2015 in Paris, France.

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