Archive for the ‘Wind Power’ category

On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a major speech on the topic of climate change. In it he outlined a broad policy agenda aimed at addressing the challenges posed by the changing climate. The agenda, detailed in The President’s Climate Action Plan, relies almost entirely upon executive powers; Congress is not even mentioned in […]

New CCCL Paper Analyzes Clean Air Act Flexibility CCCL has published a new white paper that summarizes our research into the permissibility of states pursuing an integrated, multi-pollutant, flexible approach to air quality planning.  More specifically, the non-profit Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has recently proposed a new methodology, Integrated, Multi-Pollutant Planning for Energy and Air […]

The Center for Climate Change Law has completed the Clean Energy Investment US-India Project. The project aimed to ease the path for U.S. investors and solar and other renewable energy equipment manufacturers to access the Indian market. So far, investment in this expanding market has been limited by high transaction costs. Funded by a generous […]

On May 6, 2013, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s dispute settlement system held that Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program to support renewable energy development was inconsistent with Canada’s international trade obligations.  The decision confirmed the conclusion reached by the dispute settlement panel which first ruled on the case in December 2012, […]

The ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China have escalated in recent weeks, with both nations filing new requests for consultations through the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  While these disputes span a broad range of issues and products, renewable energy technologies have been one of the focal points. The […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow This is the third and final blog that discusses some of the most notable recent legal developments in the field of intellectual property law and green technology.  In two prior posts, we discussed (1) the expiration of the USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program and the enactment of the America Invents Act and […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow This is the second in a series of blogs that will discuss some of the most notable recent legal developments in the field of intellectual property law and green technology.  In a prior post, we discussed the expiration of the USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program and the enactment of the America […]

by Daniel M. Firger Associate Director Note: a longer version of this article first appeared in BNA’s Daily Environment Report (No. 133, 12 July 2011). Climate change is poised to become the next big thing in international trade law, but not for the reason most experts have long predicted. The much-ballyhooed ‘‘border carbon adjustment,’’ a […]

On June 22, 2011, the New York State Legislature passed The Power NY Act of 2011 (A. 8510/S. 5844) (PNY Act).[1] Governor Cuomo is expected to sign it.  The new law, once enacted, would do two very important things:  (1) provide a mechanism to allow owners of residential and non-residential buildings to borrow money for […]

by Cullen Howe & Danielle Sugarman Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) has prepared a first draft of a model municipal wind siting ordinance (PDF).  The model ordinance presents a framework for the adoption, implementation and enforcement of standards to promote effective and efficient use of wind energy resources.  We began by […]

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