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Court Rules for Cape Wind, Ending a Decade of Failed Opposition

March 20, 2014 by Lewis Milford

If you are an environmental lawyer, there is nothing more deflating than reading a judge's decision that clinically rejects all your best arguments. But this time, it is that kick-in-the-stomach feeling that the lawyers for the opponents of the Cape Wind must have felt when they read Judge Walton's decision last Friday.[read more]

Victory for the Arctic Ocean: No Drilling Next Summer or Maybe Ever

February 5, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Drilling in the Arctic

Yesterday Shell Oil announced it will not be drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska this summer. This follows on the heels of a federal court ruling that the Bush administration underestimated the potential for oil spills and other hazards when it decided to issue oil leases off Alaska’s remote north coast.[read more]

Natural Gas Loses to Solar Energy on Costs, A First

January 9, 2014 by Lewis Milford

For those who already think natural gas will win out over renewable power, a judge has said, not so fast. In what may be the first time a U.S. solar power project has been declared cost-competitive against natural gas in a competitive bidding process, a judge has said solar is cheaper than natural gas.[read more]

Four New Rulings Will Boost Solar Energy and Storage in California

October 17, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

It's often the hand of regulators and legislators that guides the direction of regulated utilities, rather than the hand of the free market. And when it comes to renewable-energy-friendly legislation, the summer and fall of 2013 were mostly unicorns and rainbows.[read more]

Washington Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Whistling Ridge Wind Project

September 4, 2013 by Eric Christensen

The Washington Supreme Court recently rejected a challenge to a wind farm in Skamania County. The Court's helps define what developers must do to mitigate impacts when a project is located near, but not in, a protected area and has potential spillover effects on the area.[read more]