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As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.
As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.

FERC Wants to Open Up Energy Markets to Distributed Energy

December 6, 2016 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli, Thomas Burton

On November 17, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a new rule proposal that could help push U.S. energy markets to adopt energy storage systems at a faster pace by allowing distributed energy resources (DERs), including batteries, solar panels, and energy demand management software, to compete in wholesale energy markets.
As Sponsors of MIT's Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin's attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.
As Sponsors of MIT's Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin's attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.
As Sponsors of MIT’s Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin’s attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.
As Sponsors of MIT's Energy Venture Alumni Event, celebrating the past 10 years, Mintz Levin's attorneys are taking this opportunity to countdown the top 10 moments in energy which they feel impacted the industry and their practice.
We are thrilled to announce that our very own Sahir Surmeli will be speaking at the second annual U.S. Energy Storage Summit.

Cleantech Open Northeast 2016 Recap

November 22, 2016 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli, Thomas Burton

On October 27, 2016, Cleantech Open Northeast, the Northeast division of Cleantech Open, a global cleantech accelerator for early-stage clean technology companies, announced the 2016 regional winners of the competition.

Cost Estimates for Expiring Energy Tax Provisions

November 17, 2016 | Blog | By Sarah Litke

Passage of a tax package is another possible item on Congress' list for the lame duck session, which is discussed in a recent ML Strategies alert. Three dozen tax provisions are scheduled to expire December 31, about half of which pertain to energy provisions.

The Northeast Clean Energy Council's (NECEC) 9th Annual Green Tie Gala Recap

November 3, 2016 | Blog | By Sarah Litke, Hannah Coman

The Northeast Clean Energy Council’s (NECEC) 9th Annual Green Tie Gala was recently held on October 25, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

ML Strategies’ Election Forecast on Congressional Leadership Changes

November 2, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter, Sarah Litke

With the election just a week away, ML Strategies, Mintz Levin’s consulting affiliate, has conducted in-depth analysis of possible House and Senate committee leadership changes, including committees that effect energy technology policies.

Trends and Tips – Tax Equity for Mid-Market Energy Projects

November 1, 2016 | Blog | By Eric Macaux

Last week’s “Financing Renewable Energy” tax credit conference, by Novogradac and Company, affirmed some market trends that we have seen in recent project finance deals.

Companies Tap Into Battery Power to Cut Energy Bills

October 26, 2016 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli

All kinds of companies are using batteries to cut expenses and reduce demand for new power plants. Over the past few years, there has been a major upward tick in the number of U.S. companies that have started installing batteries to store electricity for later use.
Earlier this year, Massachusetts passed legislation that will require the state’s distribution utilities to purchase carbon-free electricity from hydropower and on and offshore wind farms under long-term contracts for up to 30% of the state’s electricity supply.
On September 13 the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 new projects as part of its new program called Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids (IONICS).
After ending formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers will convene in informal sessions for the remainder of the year, and no controversial legislative matters are expected to pass during this time.
The U.S.’s offshore wind industry is poised for a burst of activity after faltering for several years on the heels of the stalled Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The country’s first offshore wind farm will open this fall off the coast of Rhode Island. To read more about this project, continue reading!

Energy and Environmental Legislative Updates for Fall 2016

September 6, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

The House of Representatives and Senate returned September 6 from the long August recess that started in mid-July. The House is scheduled to be in session for four weeks and the Senate for five weeks before breaking again for the month of October to campaign.
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.
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