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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Proposed Amendments to New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act Do Little More Than Provide Lip Service to Sustainability

Posted in Green Building, Renewable Energy

Over the last two years, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed and adopted changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act’s (SEQRA) environmental assessment forms and implementing regulations. After more than a year of public review and comment, DEC adopted revised environmental assessment forms on January 25, 2012. Before last… Continue Reading

Another Piece of the Patent Puzzle Going Into Place

Posted in Intellectual Property

Since the passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) in September 2011, many of its provisions (such as prior user rights, false marking provisions, inter-partes review proceedings, etc.) have already been implemented. On March 16, 2013, another key provision will take effect—the change from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system. Cleantech companies, both large… Continue Reading

Solyndra Redux? Electric Car Company Charges Political Favoritism in DOE Loan Program

Posted in Investing

An electric car manufacturer and battery maker have sued the Department of Energy (DOE) and several of its top officials for $225 million, asserting they were victims of political favoritism in a federal loan program. In two suits filed last week, XP Vehicles Inc. and sister company Limnia Inc. assert the $25 billion Alternative Technology… Continue Reading

New York Governor Pushes for Increased Cleantech Investment

Posted in Investing, Renewable Energy

During his State of the State address on January 9, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo discussed a number of important topics regarding the development of cleantech projects in the state. First, Governor Cuomo announced his intention to develop a $1 billion green bank in order to leverage public dollars with private-sector matching funds for… Continue Reading