Monthly Archives: July 2010

Government Accountability Office Recommends Changes in Federal Loan Guarantee Program

On July 12, 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report critical of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan guarantee program for renewable energy sources. The GAO report notes that DOE has issued only one loan guarantee (for … Continue reading

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The Oil Sand Pipeline Controversies — A Hot Debate Grows Hotter (Part II)

The import into the United States of petroleum products derived from oil sands requires a pipeline to transport the product from Alberta to the end user in the U.S. An oil sands pipeline must, by definition, cross the U.S. – … Continue reading

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California Sues Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHFA for Interfering with California’s PACE Programs

“PACE” (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs are touted as a way to fund the upfront costs of energy retrofit and onsite renewable energy projects (particularly for residential).  In essence, local governments finance upfront costs, and property owners repay over time … Continue reading

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Oil Sands – Tough Policy Choices and Strong Views

Increasingly attention has been focused on the production, import into the United States (U.S.), and use of petroleum products derived from oil sands.  Some confusion and much hyperbole surround the role of oil sands and other unconventional oil sources (such … Continue reading

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Welcome to Sustainability-Counsel.com

Welcome to Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team blog. With weekly posts from our Team’s lawyers who have varied legal backgrounds and guest bloggers, we will explore emerging international, national, and local legal issues involving renewable energy, … Continue reading

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