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    Renewable & Alternative Energy

    1/29/2014
    DC Circuit Affirms Crucial FAA No Hazard Determination for Cape Wind Project
    Authors: Kenneth P. Quinn, Jennifer E. Trock, Osama E. Hamdy
    On January 22, 2014, the DC Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2012 determination of no hazard, clearing the final FAA hurdle to construction of the 130-wind turbine Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.
    7/24/2012
    Japan Announces High Prices Under Feed-In Tariff for Renewable Energy Sales to Utilities
    Authors: Michael S. Hindus, John B. McNeece III, Christopher D. Gunson
    On June 18, 2012, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced very attractive pricing for sales of renewable energy to Japan's regional utilities under a new feed-in tariff (FIT). Under the FIT, solar projects over 10kW in size can be paid ¥42 ($0.53) per kwH under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA); wind projects over 20kW can be paid ¥23.1 ($0.29) per kwH under a 20-year PPA; and geothermal projects over 15MW can be paid ¥27.3 ($0.34) per kwH under a 15-year PPA.
    1/30/2012
    New Ruling Highlights Split on Strict Liability for Incidental ‘Taking’ of Migratory Birds
    Authors: Anthony B. Cavender, Brad Raffle, Wayne M. Whitlock, Gerald F. George
    Recent federal court decisions regarding the application of the criminal enforcement provisions of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to the operations of oil and gas exploration and production facilities have resulted in conflicting interpretations of the Act. These decisions are significant for the oil and gas industry as well as other industries whose operations can impact migratory birds.
    10/31/2011
    DC Circuit Vacates Crucial FAA Determinations for Cape Wind Project
    Authors: Jennifer E. Trock, Kenneth P. Quinn
    The DC Circuit has vacated and remanded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) no hazard determinations for 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, finding that the FAA failed to follow its own handbook in determining whether the proposed turbines would have a “substantial adverse effect” on air navigation.
    11/2/2009
    The New “FIPP” Program for DOE Loan Guarantees: Mobilizing Private Capital for Renewable Energy Projects
    Authors: Jane Wallison Stein, Carol M. Burke
    The Department of Energy (“DOE”) has announced the Financial Institution Partnership Program (“FIPP”), its much anticipated Loan Guarantee program for renewable energy systems that use commercial technologies to generate electricity or thermal energy. It implements DOE’s mandates under Section 1705 of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (“EPAct”), which was added to the EPAct by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (“ARRA”).
    8/17/2009
    Treasury Opens "Cash Grant Window" for Funding of Renewable Energy Projects
    Authors: Hugh M. Dougan, C. Brian Wainwright
    The U.S. Treasury Department has announced that it will now accept applications for cash grants for renewable energy projects under Internal Revenue Code section 48(d) and section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (Division B of P.L. 111-5, the Stimulus Act). This news has been eagerly awaited. Certain conditions, however, may somewhat delay the receipt of grant moneys by taxpayers.
    7/23/2013
    Legal Ease: Sun and Wind Power
    Authors: Stephen Jurgenson
    This article was originally published in Funds Global MENA on July 23, 2013.
    Winter 2010
    Renewable Recovery
    A New Department of Energy New Program Aims to Attract Capital from Private Financial Institutions for Renewable Energy Projects
    Source: Exploration+Processing
    Authors: Jane Wallison Stein, Carol M. Burke
    This article by Finance partner Carol Burke and partner Jane Wallison Stein, co-leader of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Projects practice, first appeared in Exploration+Processing. Both partners are members of the Recovery Act Initiative Team.

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