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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Lisa Jackson to Step Down as EPA Administrator; Is a Cleantech Innovator Next in Line?

Posted in Renewable Energy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Lisa Jackson will step down following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January 2013. During her tenure, Ms. Jackson has drawn a great deal of attention from congressional Republicans, public interest groups, and news media outlets for EPA’s stance on various topics, including… Continue Reading

Licensors Beware! Second Circuit Decision Confirms Patent Law Trumps Contract Law

Posted in Intellectual Property

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, holding that private contract agreements must yield to public policy concerns in patent law, may well require a reevaluation of the risks in technology licensing. A common provision in license agreements, particularly those negotiated after a patent owner has asserted its patent… Continue Reading

With the Regulations Now in Place, New York City’s 10-year Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning Law (Local Law 87) is Set to Take Effect

Posted in Green Building

New York City has established a goal of reducing citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The city already has one of the lowest per capita GHG emissions rates among comparable cities because of its extensive public transit system. (According to the Inventory of New York City Greenhouse Gas… Continue Reading

Insurance Concerns for the Cleantech Sector

Posted in Green Building, Investing, Renewable Energy

The growth of clean technology is explosive. The U.S. government injects billions of dollars into the market to support demand. For example, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes more than $100 billion for the cleantech industry and several states require cleantech policies. In the private sector, global venture capital in the cleantech… Continue Reading

Will The Production Tax Credit Get Thrown Off the Fiscal Cliff?

Posted in Renewable Energy, Tax Incentives

As a result of a bipartisan agreement last year to raise the debt ceiling and avoid national default, the country now faces billions in federal spending cuts and tax increases. The automatic cuts are referred to as “sequestration” and were designed to be draconian and unacceptable to either political party in order to make sequestration… Continue Reading

Construction Company Survey Reveals Latest Findings on New Green Building and LEED Certification Trends

Posted in Green Building

A new Market Barometer survey published  by Turner Construction Company, the largest green builder in the United States, provides an updated look on sustainability practices in new building projects. The study, which included a survey of more than 700 executives from a wide variety of fields, showed a continued commitment to environmentally-sustainable construction practices but… Continue Reading