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Orlando Pacheco, the town administrator for Lancaster, Massachusetts, has something to boast about.
Clean technologies will likely be the next big economic success story. If we want the industry’s hub to be in the U.S., not elsewhere, then there is a clear, financially prudent role for government to play during this stage of the industry’s development.
Israel is considered a global leader with respect to water innovation—it recycles 86% of its water and operates the largest desalination plant in the world at the lowest operating expense.
On December 12, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy (DLA-E), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electrical power from a biomass generation facility for up to 28 megawatts located on or contiguous to Fort Drum in Watertown, New York. 
While completing his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008, Anurag Bajpayee discovered a simple chemical trick with vast potential—he found that a certain class of oils can remove contaminants from water.
Two weeks ago, both Democratic and Republican senators voted to repeal a section of the National Defense Authorization Act, which would have forbade the Department of Defense from purchasing advanced biofuels if the cost were higher than that of conventional fuel.
The December edition of Energy and Clean Tech Connections, our monthly publication that gathers recent information on industry developments, government news, grant opportunities, and upcoming events, is now available.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking applications under a $62 million Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) to support R&D in the energy storage area for vehicles using electric drive components, including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs).
Mintz Levin hosted a roundtable discussion on November 27, 2012, led by the New England Clean Energy Council, to build consensus around the energy and clean technology sector’s policy priorities for 2013.
ML Strategies has posted its weekly Energy and Environmental Update.  This publication provides timely  information on the fiscal cliff negotiations in the lame duck session, and other state and federal administrative and legislative activities related to energy and the environment.
Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its revised Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, also known as the “Green Guides.”
The Department of Energy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to garner input from researchers in industry, academia, and other interested biofuels stakeholders to identify key technical barriers in converting biomass via thermochemical direct liquefaction pathways to transportation fuels in the gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel ranges. The deadline for submission is December 5, 2013.
Major developing countries, including China, rejected a proposal to steadily reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons last week during the 25th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The World Resources Institute issued a report titled “Global Coal Risk Assessment: Data Analysis and Market Research” noting that the U.S. has been incentivized to increase coal exports due to increased demand from China and India.
On November 14th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly published “A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” (the “Guide”), their long-awaited and highly anticipated guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
With the lame duck session underway, all in Washington are focused on the fiscal cliff.  President Obama and congressional party leadership met November 16 to begin laying out a basic framework for negotiations going forward.
With the overall makeup of the Executive and Legislative branches of government remaining the same, we can expect to see continued partisan gridlock on some issues as leaders from both parties attempt to move toward consensus on others.
The odds of substantive energy and environmental legislation in the next Congress are slim, but the Obama Administration—now freed from the restraints of re-election—is expected to utilize its executive powers and imprint its energy and environmental legacy through the regulatory process.
The filed rate doctrine precludes antitrust challenges to rates set or approved by federal agencies. The doctrine is broadly applied and covers, for example, wholesale electricity rates that are filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission), even in circumstances where the claimant alleges that the rates were initially set in a fraudulent or improper manner.
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