Archive: 2021

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Oregon Passes Law to Explore Opportunities for Renewable Hydrogen Development
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Hydrogen Rising — Fuel Cells & Beyond: Cummins & the Hydrogen Economy
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The Energizer – Volume 89
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We Have ESG Down to the Letter
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Hydrogen Rising — France: The Growth and Evolution of the Hydrogen Economy
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K&L Gates Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the Sustainable Economy with Elizabeth Willmott
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K&L Gates Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the Sustainable Economy with Dawn Weisz
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Join Us at the World Hydrogen Asia Online Conference!
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The Energizer – Volume 88
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Carbon Quarterly – Volume 3

Oregon Passes Law to Explore Opportunities for Renewable Hydrogen Development

By: Gabrielle E. Thompson and William H. Holmes

On 19 May 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 333 into law, which directs the Oregon Department of Energy to study the potential for development of renewable hydrogen production and use in Oregon. The results of the study are due to the Legislature by 15 September 2022.

Under the new law, the study will evaluate the benefits, as well as any barriers, to the production and use of renewable hydrogen in Oregon. The study will utilize existing data, studies, or other publicly available materials to analyze how “renewable hydrogen may support existing renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction policies and goals in Oregon.”1

Specifically, the study will identify the total hydrogen volume currently used each year in Oregon by various industries and the potential applications of renewable hydrogen in Oregon by 2030 by sectors such as transportation, industry, electricity generation, and energy storage. The study will also include an assessment of the potential for using renewable hydrogen in conjunction with other renewable electricity generation to increase resiliency or to provide flexible loads.

Additionally, the study will look at the forecasted costs of renewable hydrogen and how those costs may affect its adoption in Oregon. Finally, the study will consider and identify any technological, policy, commercial, or economic barriers to the adoption of renewable hydrogen in Oregon.

The study represents an important first step in determining the opportunities for developing renewable hydrogen production and development in Oregon, which has adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard that requires 50 percent of the electricity Oregonians use come from renewable sources by 2040. Renewable hydrogen is another potential source that could be used to meet those renewable energy requirements.

The bill, which was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Lee Beyer (D – Springfield), received a unanimous vote in favor by the House Energy and Environment Committee and received bipartisan support from Representative Helm (D – Washington County) and Representative Brock-Smith (R – Port Orford), who carried the bill to the House floor where it passed unanimously.

The bill was drafted by Renewable Hydrogen Alliance (RHA), a trade association based in Portland, Oregon, with more than 70 members in the United States and worldwide dedicated to the mission of using renewable electricity to create clean fuels.


1Senate Bill (SB) 333 Enrolled (2021).

Hydrogen Rising — Fuel Cells & Beyond: Cummins & the Hydrogen Economy

Hydrogen Rising co-hosts Sandra Safro and David Wochner welcome to the podcast Traci Kraus, Director of Government Relations for Cummins Inc., to discuss Cummins’ role in the development of the hydrogen economy, the opportunities and applications Cummins sees on the horizon, and the chances for advancement of the U.S. hydrogen industry on Capitol Hill and in the new Biden Administration.

The Energizer – Volume 89

By: Buck B. EndemannDaniel S. CohenMolly K. BarkerNatalie J. ReidMatthew P. ClarkNathan C. HoweOretha Manu

There is a lot of buzz around clean technology, distributed energy resources (DERs), microgrids, and other technological innovations in renewable energy and clean transport industries, and how these developments can contribute to solving longstanding environmental justice issues. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumers and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of DERs, energy storage, emerging technologies, hydrogen, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward.

IN THIS ISSUE: 

  • Hydrostor Receives Funding for Utility-Scale A-CAES Facility
  • Southern Utilities Reshuffle Renewable Energy Priorities
  • PJM Suggets Modified MOPR Provisions to Address State Clean Energy Policies
  • FERC Holds Technical Conference on Electrification and the Grid of the Future
  • Ford Invests in EV Battery Manufacturer Start-Up

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Hydrogen Rising — France: The Growth and Evolution of the Hydrogen Economy

France was among the first nations to issue a national hydrogen plan and recently has taken significant steps to continue to support the growth of a hydrogen economy. In this episode, Hydrogen Rising co-host Sandi Safro discusses these developments with K&L Gates’ European colleagues Mélanie Bruneau and Antoine de Rohan Chabot, including France’s efforts to increase the use of hydrogen in the transportation sector and the development of regulatory frameworks around certificates of origin and traceability.

K&L Gates Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the Sustainable Economy with Elizabeth Willmott

Wednesday
19 May 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Please join us for the next conversation in our sustainability-focused Distinguished Speaker Series, where we sit down with leaders in the field of sustainable economy to discuss industry trends and opportunities.

Our featured speaker for this webinar will be Elizabeth Willmott. Elizabeth leads Microsoft’s carbon program, including fulfillment of the company’s commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. She joined Microsoft in 2016 after a decade of work on urban sustainability in the public and nonprofit sectors. She holds a double degree in biology and Chinese language from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

The program will be moderated by Elizabeth Crouse, a Partner and Practice Group Coordinator for the Power Group at K&L Gates. 

Please use the link below to RSVP by Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

K&L Gates Distinguished Speaker Series: A Conversation on the Sustainable Economy with Dawn Weisz

Tuesday
4 May 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

Please join us for the next conversation in our sustainability-focused Distinguished Speaker Series, where we sit down with leaders in the field of sustainable economy to discuss industry trends and opportunities.

The featured speaker for this webinar will be Dawn Weisz. Dawn is the CEO of MCE Clean Energy, a public agency and not-for-profit electricity provider that gives customers the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, and hydroelectric at competitive rates.  As CEO, Dawn is responsible for the vision, strategy, and leadership of the company. Under her leadership, MCE became the first community choice program to earn an investment-grade credit rating and now provides service to more than 480,000 customers and over a million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties. Dawn has more than 25 years of experience developing and managing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while working for leading public agencies in the field. Previously, she was a Principle Planner with the County of Marin, where she managed energy and sustainability initiatives. She also previously served as the Executive Director for Sustainable North Bay, and prior to that, worked as a labor and environmental justice organizer in Los Angeles. She has also received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Power Association of Northern California and the U.S. Department of Energy. She currently serves as President of the California Community Choice Association.  

The program will be moderated by Elizabeth Crouse, a Partner and Practice Group Coordinator for the Power Group at K&L Gates. 

Please use the link below to RSVP by Monday, May 3, 2021.

Join Us at the World Hydrogen Asia Online Conference!

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM (CEST)

Speakers will include K&L Gates’ partners Kelly Davies, Eric Sedlak, and Lian Yok Tan.

Japan is one of the pioneers of the hydrogen transition with the first basic strategy being published in 2017. South Korea followed closely behind uncovering its roadmap to developing a hydrogen society with a solid focus on transport. China is the largest hydrogen producer in the world and is also focusing on hydrogen to decarbonize transportation with Wuhan being styled as a hydrogen city. Singapore and India are also building interest so there is definitely an electrifying momentum across the continent as the hydrogen potential develops.

Join lawyers from our global Hydrogen practice and other industry professionals for an in-depth investigation into the Asian hydrogen market through panel discussions, case studies, and presentations.

The Energizer – Volume 88

By: Buck B. Endemann, Daniel S. Cohen, Olivia B. Mora, Molly K. Barker, Natalie J. Reid, Matthew P. Clark, Nathan C. Howe, Oretha Manu

There is a lot of buzz around clean technology, distributed energy resources (DERs), microgrids, and other technological innovations in renewable energy and clean transport industries, and how these developments can contribute to solving longstanding environmental justice issues. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumers and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of DERs, energy storage, emerging technologies, hydrogen, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward.

IN THIS ISSUE: 

  • NJ BPU Issues Proposal to Replace Solar Incentive Program
  • ExxonMobil Proposes Multi-billion Dollar Carbon Capture Project
  • Breakthrough in “Massless” Energy Storage Paves the Way for Lighter Electric Vehicles

Carbon Quarterly – Volume 3

By: Ankur K. Tohan, Elizabeth C. Crouse, Eric E. Freedman, Tad J. Macfarlan, Alyssa A. Moir, Laurie B. Purpuro, Cliff L. Rothenstein, Molly K. Barker, Matthew P. Clark, Brigid Landy Khuri, Natalie J. Reid, Dean Brower

No matter your views on climate change policy, there is no avoiding an increasing focus on carbon regulation, resiliency planning, and energy efficiency at nearly every level of government and business. Changes in carbon—and more broadly greenhouse gas—policies have the potential to broadly impact our lives and livelihoods. Carbon Quarterly offers a rundown of the latest developments.

IN THIS ISSUE:  

  • Carbon Policy
    • U.S. House Democrats Propose Comprehensive Legislation to Address Climate Change
    • Social Cost of Carbon Returns to US$51 Per Ton (For Now)
    • Scale Act Overview
    • Aligning Carbon Capture and Environmental Justice
  • Carbon Litigation and Regulation
    • Climate Change Litigation Reaches the Supreme Court
    • The Past—and Future—for Federal Regulation of Power Plant Carbon Emissions
  • Carbon Business
    • Utilities are Looking to Green Hydrogen to Provide Energy Storage
    • Compulsory Corporate Disclosures on Climate Commitments and Risk: Leveling the Playing Field or Mandating a New Field
    • Microsoft Carbon Removal Project
  • Carbon Spotlight
    • NextDecade–Taking Energy to the Next Level

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