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The Latest Legal, Financing, and Policy Developments in Energy and Clean Tech

“Holy Grail” of Renewable Energy Storage is Fast-Approaching

Posted in Advanced Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Technology News, Renewable Energy

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created its Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) division to fund energy storage projects conducted by scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge labs. The DOE now believes that some of the 75 battery system projects it is currently funding have the ability to transform the renewable energy storage industry in as little as 5-10 years. To learn more about these breakthrough technologies, read on!

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Research finds that Reducing Carbon Emissions will Spur Technology Innovation

Posted in Climate Change, Energy Financing, Renewable Energy, Solar

In December 2015, 195 nations and the European Union formally pledged to meet nationally determined emissions-reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. Since then, many experts have observed that the national targets are not sufficient in meeting the goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius.

However, Jessika Trancik of the MIT Institute of Data, Systems, and Society recently presented research results that demonstrated that there is a mutually reinforcing cycle between emissions-reduction policies and technology development. Her analysis illustrates that for countries to meet their emissions-reduction pledges in the Paris Agreement, they need to deploy low-carbon technologies, which will spur technology innovation, lower costs, and ultimately enable further deployment of these technologies. To learn more about this cycle, read on!

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Our Favorite Summer Reads for Every Start-Up

Posted in Articles

Since our members at Mintz Levin constantly work with start-ups, entrepreneurs, and investors, we thought it would be especially beneficial to list the top six summer reads for every start-up as recommended by Tom Burton, Jeremy Glaser, Dan DeWolf, and Sam Effron.  From negotiation to the internet of things, these six classic reads are sure to have valuable insights for anyone in the start-up field!

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Compromise Energy Bill

Posted in Energy Financing, Legislative Updates, Massachusetts Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, State Happenings, Wind

Last Sunday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a compromise energy bill to significantly increase electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The state’s utilities will be required to purchase power from on and offshore wind farms, as well as power from hydroelectric dams located largely in Canada. Governor Baker is expected sign the bill in short order, as he has strongly supported purchasing imports of clean energy. To learn more about this bill, read on!

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Obama Administration Announces Plan to Promote Electric Vehicles

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Financing, Federal Policy, Funding Opportunities

In late July, the Obama administration announced a collaboration with 50 federal and state agencies, electric utility companies, vehicle manufacturers, electric charging station companies, and others in the private sector to promote faster development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and increased numbers of electric cars on the roads.

This announcement, made in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Air Force and Army, comes just after the DOE’s first-ever Sustainable Transportation Summit. To learn more about the collaboration, continue reading!

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California Wrestles with Challenges to Meet the State’s Renewable Energy Goals

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Happenings, Wind

On July 15, the Los Angeles Times Summit on renewable energy brought together government officials, academics, regulators, fossil fuel executives, and renewable energy advocates to discuss the challenges California faces in meeting the state’s goal of supplying 50% of its electricity through clean energy by 2030.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom affirmed California’s commitment to its renewable energy goal despite issues concerning electricity costs, economic stagnation, and consistent sourcing in his remarks at the summit. However, he also acknowledged, “We have to be sensitive to issues related to energy costs.” To learn more about the summit, continue reading!

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Natural Process of Osmosis Has Potential to Generate Electricity

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Technology News, Renewable Energy, Water

Research published earlier this month in the journal Nature and highlighted in Newsweek explains how substantial amounts of power can be generated when fresh water river mouths flow into bodies of sea water. This natural phenomenon of osmosis involves fresh water coming into contact with sea water through a membrane. The potential of harnessing the process of osmosis is significant: researchers estimate that a 1m2 membrane could produce enough electricity to power 50,000 standard energy-saving light bulbs! To learn more about this breakthrough research, read on.

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North American Leaders Announce Energy Plan

Posted in Climate Change, Energy Technology News, Renewable Energy

On June 29, 2016, the North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada. The three leaders publicly committed to see half of the continent’s electricity generated by clean sources by 2025—placing climate change at the center of the enduring Partnership. To learn more about the Partnership, read on!

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President Obama Announces Los Angeles-Based Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition as Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Technology News, Funding Opportunities, Renewable Energy

Last week, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy. The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners across more than 30 states from industry, academia, and non-profits to propel advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can greatly improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing. To learn more about SMLC and the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, continue reading!

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DOE Announces $16 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Technology News, Funding Opportunities, Renewable Energy

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses commercialize promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This is the first Department-wide funding allocation through the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) that will support 54 projects at 12 national labs involving 52 private-sector partners. To read more about the TCF, read on!

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