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1202, 2017

Legislature Overrides Veto of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Increase

February 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

On February 2, 2017, the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates voted to override the veto of an increase the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, as enacted in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session. Last [...]

502, 2017

Defamation Case over Global Warming Claim set for Trial

February 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Given that a jury will have to find that Steyn and Simberg acted with "actual malice" or a "reckless disregard" of the truth or falsity of the claims at issue, most believe Dr. Mann, who is among that coterie who refer to people as “climate change deniers” (analogizing those who disagree with him to Nazi Holocaust deniers), .. such that this lawsuit strikes many as the pot calling the kettle Black, is very unlikely to prevail on the merits.

2901, 2017

California is a Model for PACE Loan Reform

January 29th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

California’s statutory changes to its existing residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, that became effective January 1, 2017, may be a model for residential PACE programs across the nation. The first residential PACE [...]

2201, 2017

Is the New USDA Organic Rule Dead on Arrival?

January 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a new list of rules governing the treatment of animals that are ultimately sold to consumers as organic food. It is suggested that these amendments [...]

1501, 2017

Green Building Transactional Due Diligence

January 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

As ever larger numbers of green buildings are bought and sold, due diligence related to the green features of commercial buildings takes on an increasing importance. But apparently most real estate due diligence checklists are [...]

801, 2017

Passive House is “In” in 2017

January 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

As you consider what’s “in” and what’s “out” in 2017, within the realm of green building, Passive House is in. It is not controversial to accept that a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from [...]