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Lights Out for Maryland's Power Plant Construction Subsidy Program

Posted in Construction, Energy, Maryland
It’s not every day that a decision by the United States Supreme Court has the potential to impact the construction industry. But the Court handed down a decision last month that could hinder the pace of power plant construction around the country. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court unanimously struck down a Maryland regulatory… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Now Requires Commercial Energy and Water Use Reporting

Posted in Energy, Lori Azzara, Pennsylvania, Robert Ruggieri
By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Robert G. Ruggieri Philadelphia City Counsel recently passed Bill No. 120428-A, which amends Chapter 9-3400 of The Philadelphia Code, to establish a system of benchmarking and reporting energy and water usage data for certain commercial buildings and mixed-use buildings. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is responsible for administering the Ordinance,… Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation to Address Decreased Value of Solar Renewable Energy Credits In New Jersey

Posted in Energy, New Jersey
By: Christopher Soper and Lane Kelman Recently New Jersey State Senator, Bob Smith (D., Middlesex), chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, explained that New Jersey has “done such a good job at stimulating solar that the market is now crashing.” In order to address this problem, Smith sponsored Senate Bill S2371 (Bill S2371) that… Continue Reading

Too Much of a Good Thing Damages the Value of Solar Certificates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Posted in Energy, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Over the past couple of years the solar industry has thrived in Pennsylvania and New Jersey due to federal and state programs that have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives. These programs are necessary for solar energy to compete in electrical markets. One program, utilized by both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is a… Continue Reading

New Jersey Considering Leasing Portions of the Continental Shelf to Wind Power Developers

Posted in Energy, New Jersey
The State of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), is exploring the possibility of leasing portions of the continental shelf to wind power developers and studying the feasibility of large scale, offshore wind farms. BOEMRE is a federal agency within the Department of the Interior that is… Continue Reading

Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center Highlights Need for Evaluation of LEED Buildings After Construction

Posted in Energy, Pennsylvania
A recent study of Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) showed that the building has been “wasting energy” for years. The finding has brought much criticism from taxpayers. The study performed by the Green Building Alliance, and funded by the Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) and The Heinz Endowments, found that the electrical system… Continue Reading

Recent Advances in Green Building

Posted in Energy, Green Building, Pennsylvania
International Energy Conservation Code Upgrades The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has been upgraded to require that newly constructed and renovated residential and commercial buildings achieve energy savings 30% higher than the IECC’s 2006 predecessor. The revisions represent the largest single-step efficiency increase in the history of the national model energy code. A majority… Continue Reading

New Energy Grants Help to Expand Alternative Fuel, Clean Energy and Efficiency Sectors in Pennsylvania

Posted in Energy, Pennsylvania
On April 8, 2011, the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced its approval of $6.5 million in new alternative and clean energy grants. According to C. Alan Walker, acting Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, these grants will help fund the utilization, development, and construction of 13 new alternative and clean energy projects in… Continue Reading

Cohen Seglias Co-Hosts Solar Networking Event

Posted in Energy, Green Building, Pennsylvania
Two weeks ago, April 3-5, the 2011 PV America conference was held in Philadelphia. More than 3,000 attendees, including PV manufacturers, distributors and installers, industry financiers and project developers, converged upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center to receive the latest updates on PV technology, industry trends and business opportunities. Co-presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)… Continue Reading

New Jersey Governor Signs Power Plant Bill and Tax Reimbursement for Revel Casino

Posted in Energy, Jobs, New Jersey
Update: Christie Signs NJ Power Plant Bill New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law last Friday the controversial power plant bill (S-2381) that, among other things, is aimed to lower energy rates by increasing the energy generated in-state and create construction jobs. The new law enables LS Power Systems to build a power plant in… Continue Reading

Delaware Wind Farm Assembly Suffers Setback but Long Term Confidence in the Project Remains High

Posted in Delaware, Energy
The federal government recently denied the state of Delaware’s application for a $22 million grant for a wind turbine manufacturing facility in the Port of Wilmington (The Port). The Port, along with NRG Bluewater Wind (NRG), sought the grant from the second round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s stimulus-funded transportation investment program. The Port and… Continue Reading

Safety Standards for Natural Gas Wells Approved

Posted in Energy, Pennsylvania
On November 18, 2010, Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) unanimously approved new standards that will make natural gas wells safer. The new standards were approved just days before a 13,000 gallon fracking fluid spill in Penn Township, Lycoming County. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is currently investigating the spill, which happened at a… Continue Reading

Pittsburgh is the First City in Pennsylvania to Ban Gas Drilling

Posted in Energy, Pennsylvania
Recently, Pittsburgh city council members voted unanimously to pass an ordinance banning natural gas drilling in order to avoid the “significant threat to the health, safety and welfare of residents and neighborhoods within the city.” The ordinance to ban gas drilling was drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and sponsored by Councilman Doug Shields,… Continue Reading

New Jersey Legislature Approves Solar Power Mandate for All New Public Schools

Posted in Energy, Green Building, New Jersey
The New Jersey state legislature recently approved A1084, a bill that would require solar panels to be included in the design and construction of all new public schools across the state. The Assembly Appropriations Committee is awaiting assurance from the Legislative Council that A1084 does not violate any New Jersey statutes. New Jersey’s school construction… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell Awards $8 Million in Alternative Energy Grants

Posted in Energy, Jobs, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell recently announced that the state is awarding close to $8 million in state alternative energy grants. The grants will be used to fund 21 projects that will encourage the use of biofuels and technological developments to cultivate the further development of electric cars and vehicles that run on natural gas. These… Continue Reading

Marcellus Shale Landowners Must Plan for Their Future Now

Posted in Energy, Pennsylvania
It is becoming increasingly important for owners of land with Marcellus Shale gas wells currently in use, or that may be in use in the future, to make sure that they have a plan in place to ensure financial stability for themselves and their families. Marcellus Shale landowners can anticipate significant royalty payments for many… Continue Reading

New Jersey Renewable Energy Update: Governor Christie Signs The Offshore Wind Economic Development Act

Posted in Energy, New Jersey
Lane F. Kelman, partner with Cohen Seglias, contributed to this post. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently signed The Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (Act). The purpose of the Act is to make New Jersey a leader in offshore wind power. According to Governor Christie, “Developing New Jersey’s renewable energy resources and industry is critical… Continue Reading

Delaware: Renewable Energy Bills Update

Posted in Delaware, Energy
Christopher P. Soper, LEED AP, associate with Cohen Seglias, contributed to this post. This summer, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law four renewable energy bills designed to expand Delaware’s wind and solar power industries. The new legislation creates incentives aimed toward attracting companies in these industries to Delaware. The bills also offer incentives that… Continue Reading

Marcellus Shale Drilling Projects Increase Following Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision

Posted in Energy, Pennsylvania
The land under parts of central Pennsylvania contains rock known as “Marcellus Shale.” Trapped within the shale are pockets of natural gas. Gas companies have long been aware of the shale, but until recently, the trapped gas was difficult to capture. Nonetheless, many gas companies entered into leases with landowners and agreed to pay royalties… Continue Reading