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Spring 2016 Energy Technology Industry Events

March 31, 2016 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli

Interested in upcoming events in the energy technology industry? Look no further! Our blog features an events page dedicated to listing happenings around the globe, and there are many upcoming spring events. Click here to view it – and feel free to add this page to your favorites list!

Behind-the-Scenes Action Continues to Surround Energy Bill

March 31, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

The Senate and the House of Representatives are both on Spring Recess, with the Senate returning on April 4 and the House scheduled to return on April 12.
Paul Dickerson and Tom Burton wrote an article published on Monday in the Houston Chronicle regarding the current fundamental change in the global energy landscape as well as the importance of energy diversity.
Do you find yourself checking social media for news instead of sitting down each morning to read the newspaper? If so, you’re not alone! Last year, 63% of Twitter users agreed that the platform serves as a source for news, according to a study conducted by Pew Research Center.

Cautious Optimism Persists Around Energy Bill

March 17, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee remains optimistic that the bipartisan energy bill will advance potentially as soon as this week after completion of legislation related to GMOs, but more likely following the Senate’s return from next week’s recess.
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Cleantech Open Northeast and the return of its start-up accelerator program.  Open to startups at all stages of development, the accelerator program is excited to begin the search for the next crop of cleantech companies that are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the program.

AEE Releases Annual Report on Advanced Energy Growth

March 9, 2016 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli

Last week the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released its fourth annual Advanced Energy Now Market Report, which highlighted the spectacular growth in advanced energy over the last five years both globally and in the United States.

Bipartisan Energy Bill Inches Towards Finish Line

March 9, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

Following Senate action last week on the pipeline safety bill, there is new hope for the Senate bipartisan energy bill with a potential compromise on legislation to address the Flint water crisis.
Mintz Levin is thrilled to be a returning sponsor of the World Energy Innovation Forum, being held at the Tesla Motors manufacturing facility on May 4–5, 2016 in Fremont, California.
The United States is experiencing a period of rapid growth in the solar industry, and Fraunhofer TechBridge looks to enhance and continue through its SunRISE TechBridge Challenge to Realize Innovation in Solar Energy.

Despite Progress, Energy Bill Remains Out of Reach

March 1, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

The Senate’s bipartisan energy bill continues to be a focal point of legislative debate on Capitol Hill. After a long standstill due to disagreements on how best to address the water crisis in Flint, MI, progress came after a compromise agreement announced by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) regarding Flint.

NREL Releases Tax Credit Impact Study

February 29, 2016 | Blog | By Thomas Burton

Last week, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the results of a study exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits on the deployment of renewable generation technologies and related U.S. electric sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Monumental Year for U.S. Solar Market in 2015

February 25, 2016 | Blog | By Thomas Burton

Earlier this week, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association announced that the United States installed 7.3 GW of solar photovoltaics in 2015, the largest total ever and 17 percent more than in 2014.
Congress returns this week from the President's Day recess to a changed landscape with the death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia. The Supreme Court vacancy has important ramifications for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which was stayed by the Supreme Court earlier this month.

MintzEdge: A New Resource for Entrepreneurs

February 16, 2016 | Blog | By Daniel DeWolf, Thomas Burton

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new website for entrepreneurs entitled MintzEdge: This site is intended to function as a resource of useful information for building and growing new and disruptive businesses.

Energy Bill on Hold; Supreme Court Stays Clean Power Plan

February 12, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

The bipartisan energy bill, which Congress has focused on since the start of the new year, has been put on hold following a disagreement over federal aid to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. 

Department of Energy Provides Major Funding Opportunities

February 11, 2016 | Blog | By Thomas Burton

The start of the new year has brought with it numerous opportunities for energy tech funding from the Department of Energy. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been or are being given out to companies and research institutions across the country – opportunities stretch a wide variety of focus areas, from solar energy storage to grid modernization.

Solar Installation Boom Expected to Continue in 2016

February 10, 2016 | Blog | By Thomas Burton

In a press release last week, the analytics firm IHS predicted that the solar installation boom will continue in the United States in 2016 following the extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) last December.

Energy Bill the Focus of Congressional Debate

February 3, 2016 | Blog | By David Leiter

Congress has spent a significant chunk of the new year focused on a bipartisan energy bill, which, if passed, would be the first broad bipartisan energy package in nearly ten years.

Supreme Court Affirms FERC Demand Response Authority

February 2, 2016 | Blog | By Sahir Surmeli, Thomas Burton

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling affirming that federal regulators may encourage large electricity users to reduce consumption at peak times in exchange for price breaks, a practice known as "demand response."
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