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New York State’s Microgrid Development Incentives: NYSERDA Rolls Out Stage 2 of NY Prize Competition

On April 20th, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for Stage 2 of the NY Prize Community Grid Competition. The NY Prize Competition supports the development of community microgrids in order to enhance local power supply reliability and resiliency, including minimizing power outages associated with emergencies, natural disasters, etc. Ultimately, up to $40 million will be made available to develop such microgrids. Read More ›

Ben Wilson Named 2016 WBA Houston Medallion Honoree

Beveridge & Diamond's Managing Principal, Benjamin F. Wilson, has been named by the Washington Bar Association as the 2016 Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit Honoree.  The Houston Medallion of Merit is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of the legal profession. Read More ›

Valuation of Distributed Energy Resources under New York State’s REV Initiative

Solar Developers and Utilities Propose Valuing CO2 Emissions

Valuing Renewable Energy:  New York State’s Renewing the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative sets an aggressive goal where 50% of the State’s electricity will be provided by renewable resources by 2030. Several agencies are proactively advancing REV’s objectives, with the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) taking a lead role in advancing necessary structural changes to the regulatory regime governing electric generation and distribution.  Not surprisingly, the PSC has identified achieving a “more precise articulation of the full value” of the benefits of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) as a “cornerstone REV issue.”  Read More ›

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan Sets Caps for Water Consumption, Energy Consumption, and Carbon Emissions

Summary: On March 5, Premier Li Keqiang delivered China’s 13th Five Year Plan (FYP13) to the 12th National People’s Congress.[1] Adopted on March 16, the FYP13 gives top priority to economic development and projects a moderately prosperous GDP growth rate of 6.5%-7% for the next five-year period. At the same time, the FYP13 caps carbon emissions and energy and water consumption, and sets forth clear goals for overhauling or eliminating inefficient, outdated, or overcapacity industries and production facilities, increasing renewable energy production, and developing green infrastructure. Read More ›

Dan Krainin Featured in BloombergBNA on Law Firm Sustainability

Dan Krainin, a principal in Beveridge & Diamond's New York office and president of the Law Firm Sustainability Network, was featured and quoted in a BloombergBNA article titled "3 Easy Ways for a Law Firm to Reduce its Environmental Footprint." Mr. Krainin highlights three ways in which law firms can limit their environmental impact: reducing paper, electricity, and travel. Read More ›

The District of Columbia and Washington State Pass Back-to-Back Bans on Flame Retardants

Summary: The District of Columbia and the state of Washington recently enacted laws banning the use of listed flame retardants in certain products, ranging from children’s products and residential upholstered furniture in Washington to eventually all products in the District of Columbia.  Read More ›

Steve Richmond Appointed to Sudbury Foundation Board of Trustees

Steve Richmond, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond's Wellesley, MA office, was appointed to The Sudbury Foundation's board of trustees.  Board of Trustees’ Chair Jill Stansky said, “The board greatly values the range of perspective and experience that our new trustee will bring to our organization. We are delighted to have him working with us to preserve and strengthen the Foundation and its grant making programs.”  The foundation operates four grant-funding programs, including the Environmental Program. Read More ›

Net Metering 2.0: Big Changes Across New England

Summary: April is turning into a busy month for solar energy policy in New England: Massachusetts and New Hampshire recently enacted new net metering legislation, while lawmakers in Maine debate a novel proposal that would revamp the way solar owners are compensated for the power they produce and Vermont regulators recently proposed an overhaul of that state’s net metering program.  Read More ›

EPA Requests Comment on Tentative Denial of Petition to Expand Dramatically the RCRA Corrosivity Characteristic

Summary:  This news alert discusses EPA’s tentative decision to deny a petition from one of its own scientists and an environmental group, both seeking a dramatic expansion of the definition of “corrosive” wastes under the U.S. federal hazardous waste regulations.  The Agency will accept public comments on its tentative decision until June 10, 2016, after which time it will either issue a final decision denying the petition or initiate a rulemaking to change the corrosivity characteristic.    Read More ›

PHMSA Signals Intent to Adopt ICAO Ban on Bulk Shipments of Lithium Ion Batteries as Cargo on U.S. Passenger Aircraft

Summary: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety advisory notice indicating that the agency may soon adopt a ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries shipped alone as cargo on passenger aircraft.  Congress is also considering legislation that would have the same effect.  Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and end users of electronic equipment should closely monitor these developments to ensure they remain in compliance with evolving lithium ion battery regulations. Read More ›