Texas’ Monticello power plant closes, signaling the undeniable shift to natural gas and renewable energy

2017-10-10T11:50:32+00:00

"If there were any remaining doubts, the age of coal is over and the era of natural gas and renewables is officially here. Luminant's decision last week to shut its Monticello Power Plant near Mount Pleasant, one of Texas' largest and dirtiest coal-fired electricity plants, is a prime example of this shift."   https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2017/10/09/texas-monticello-power-plant-closes-signaling-undeniable-shift-natural-gas-renewable-energy [...]

Texas’ Monticello power plant closes, signaling the undeniable shift to natural gas and renewable energy2017-10-10T11:50:32+00:00

Solar Tariff Case Advances as ITC Finds ‘Injury’

2017-09-22T19:02:09+00:00

" The threat of solar tariffs moved one step closer to reality on Friday when U.S. trade commissioners unanimously agreed that imported solar equipment has caused "serious injury" to domestic manufacturers. The vote handed a victory to Suniva and SolarWorld, which filed a rare petition under Section 201 of the 1974 Trade Act, arguing [...]

Solar Tariff Case Advances as ITC Finds ‘Injury’2017-09-22T19:02:09+00:00

Buyers and Sellers Beware – Assignment of Hurricane Claims may be Invalid in Texas

2017-09-12T22:25:53+00:00

After a significant weather event like a hurricane, many property owners cannot make repairs without insurance proceeds, and they cannot afford to wait several months or years to resolve their insurance claims. Owners of damaged properties frequently elect to sell their properties in a damaged condition, and to transfer their insurance claims to the purchaser [...]

Buyers and Sellers Beware – Assignment of Hurricane Claims may be Invalid in Texas2017-09-12T22:25:53+00:00

Texas Wind Farms Survive Hurricane Harvey

2017-08-31T13:16:36+00:00

"Wind farms are generally engineered to withstand up to Category 3 hurricane-strength winds. Even though Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast as a Category 4, no wind turbines were destroyed by the storm’s winds. Why not? In coastal Texas, there are just over 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity already installed. However, three projects [...]

Texas Wind Farms Survive Hurricane Harvey2017-08-31T13:16:36+00:00

Battery storage: The next disruptive technology in the power sector

2017-08-03T23:40:06+00:00

"Storage prices are dropping much faster than anyone expected, due to the growing market for consumer electronics and demand for electric vehicles (EVs). Major players in Asia, Europe, and the United States are all scaling up lithium-ion manufacturing to serve EV and other power applications. No surprise, then, that battery-pack costs are down to less [...]

Battery storage: The next disruptive technology in the power sector2017-08-03T23:40:06+00:00

Chicago Named Greenest U.S. Office Market in 2017

2017-08-03T23:40:29+00:00

"According to the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE and Maastricht University, after placing second last year, the Chicago market claimed the top spot with 66 percent of its space qualified as green certified. San Francisco slipped to second, while Atlanta, Houston and Minneapolis again claimed spots in the top five in [...]

Chicago Named Greenest U.S. Office Market in 20172017-08-03T23:40:29+00:00

Texas House limits tax breaks for wind turbines near military bases

2017-08-03T23:41:21+00:00

"A proposal to restrict property tax exemptions for wind farms near military bases got preliminary approval from Texas House lawmakers on Monday. In a win for budget hawks and a small blow to the wind turbine industry, House members approved Senate Bill 277 76-65." https://www.statesman.com/news/texas-house-limits-tax-breaks-for-wind-turbines-near-military-bases/5IOjpRF5bD5tcUvq4lnWLJ/

Texas House limits tax breaks for wind turbines near military bases2017-08-03T23:41:21+00:00

Associate Attorney Needed – Austin – Energy, Real Estate & Permitting

2017-05-10T19:56:48+00:00

Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria LLP seeks an associate attorney for its Energy, Permitting and Real Estate practice areas. At least one year experience working on Energy or Commercial Real Estate transactions required. Send resumes to kkaiser@sbaustinlaw.com. Firm information - www.sbaustinlaw.com.

Associate Attorney Needed – Austin – Energy, Real Estate & Permitting2017-05-10T19:56:48+00:00

The Rise of Wind Power in Texas

2017-04-17T12:42:39+00:00

"During a visit yesterday to the Harvey mine in Sycamore, Pa., U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared that “the war on coal is done.” But if the regulatory battle is over, the fight in coal’s largest domestic market has just begun. Wind generation accounted for nearly 23 percent of power generation for the Electric [...]

The Rise of Wind Power in Texas2017-04-17T12:42:39+00:00

Wind surge in ERCOT prompts PUC ‘concern’ about nonmarket uplift

2017-04-06T12:19:04+00:00

"Hearing about the continuing surge of wind generation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, a state regulator on Tuesday expressed "concern" about too many out-of-market actions to ensure local reliability threatened by a sudden drop in wind output. Early in the ERCOT Board of Directors meeting, Bill Magness, ERCOT president and CEO, pointed [...]

Wind surge in ERCOT prompts PUC ‘concern’ about nonmarket uplift2017-04-06T12:19:04+00:00