Tag: Renewable Energy

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The Energizer – Volume 40
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The State of Blockchain In Energy? Buck Endemann Shares His Insights
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Join Us for LSI’s Energy Storage Conference on June 13 & 14 In Seattle, WA
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K&L Gates Welcomes Sydney Energy and Infrastructure Partner
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Executive Summary Available: RMI’s “A Corporate Purchaser’s Guide to Risk Mitigation”
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K&L Gates Blockchain Energizer – Volume 39
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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Leveraging the Opportunity Zones Tax Incentive to Improve Returns on Renewables, Storage Plus, and Standalone Storage
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K&L Gates Blockchain Energizer – Volume 38
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US Offshore Wind Market Handbook Helps Investors Navigate Technical and Regulatory Issues
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The Blockchain Energizer – Volume 36

The Energizer – Volume 40

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

By: Buck B. Endemann, Benjamin L. Tejblum, Daniel S. Cohen, Toks A. Arowojolu, Olivia B. Mora, Abraham F. Johns

K&L Gates is pleased to announce that the Blockchain Energizer has returned from a period of rest and reflection! Recognizing the variety of important emerging technological innovations and structural changes affecting energy markets, we have decided to expand our focus beyond Blockchain to include distributed energy resources, microgrids, and other emerging energy trends — all the technological innovations driving toward a more efficient, more reliable energy system.

To reflect our broader scope, the Blockchain Energizer will be now known as The Energizer. We have expanded the team to include additional K&L Gates attorneys tracking these important developments. The Energizer will still be published about twice a month and the subscription is the same. We appreciate your support and have enjoyed hearing from the many readers who rely on the Energizer for a periodic dose of energy tech! We look forward to continuing to provide timely coverage of increasingly important developments.

To subscribe to The Energizer, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Growing Blockchain Interest in the Oil and Gas Industry.
  • California Mudslides Prompt Push for Montecito Community Microgrid Initiative.
  • New Rules in EV Charging in Pennsylvania.

To view more information on these topics in Volume 40 of The Energizer, click here.

The State of Blockchain In Energy? Buck Endemann Shares His Insights

By Sam Mire of the Disruptor Daily

It’s been more than 150 years since the first modern solar power plant was established in Algiers, but we still haven’t effectively harnessed the sun’s energy. Fundamental changes in the energy sector take time.

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Join Us for LSI’s Energy Storage Conference on June 13 & 14 In Seattle, WA

K&L Gates is pleased to participate in Law Seminars International’s upcoming Energy Storage Conference.  K&L Gates’ Portland partner, Bill Holmes, will act as event Co-Chair. Washington DC partner William Keyser will present on “Federal level: FERC Order 841 implementation and other developments in Congress, at the FERC, and at the DOE” and Seattle partner David Hattery will present on “Equipment procurement and construction contracts: Structuring warranties for battery life and performance over time; performance factors for other storage mediums.”

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Executive Summary Available: RMI’s “A Corporate Purchaser’s Guide to Risk Mitigation”

As more corporations with different risk tolerances seek to procure renewable energy, the standard power purchase agreement does not suit them all. RMI’s new report details risk mitigation strategies for corporate buyers of clean energy that give them a new menu of options for managing risk in long-term deals.

K&L Gates Portland partners Bill Holmes and Teresa Hill provided insights on the development of this report. 

“Copyright 2019, Rocky Mountain Institute. Originally published on RMI Outlet. Republished with permission.”

K&L Gates Blockchain Energizer – Volume 39

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Many institutions and companies are forming partnerships to explore how blockchain ledgers and smart contracts can be deployed to manage and share data, create transactional efficiencies, and reduce costs.

Across the energy industry, market participants have formed consortiums, and launched pilot programs testing blockchain-based use cases that could transform energy markets. State regulators, too, are engaging the industry on blockchain’s potential. Every other week, the K&L Gates’ Blockchain Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology in the energy space. To subscribe to the Blockchain Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE

  • KEPCO Plans to Develop an “Open Energy Community” via a Blockchain-based “Future Micro Grid.”
  • Shell and Other Oil Companies Test Blockchain-based Crude Oil Trading on Vakt.
  • Energy Web Foundation Collaborates With Wirepas and Siemens.

To view more information on theses topics in Volume 39 of the Blockchain Energizer, click here.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Leveraging the Opportunity Zones Tax Incentive to Improve Returns on Renewables, Storage Plus, and Standalone Storage

By Elizabeth C. Crouse and Mary Burke Baker                     

Federal and state tax credits for renewable energy facilities are winding down, but a new federal tax incentive enacted in tax reform may provide a boost to many new installations, repowering projects, and storage facilities. The Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QOZ”) incentive provides attractive tax benefits for investors with capital gains that, unlike other federal incentive programs such as the New Markets Tax Credit and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, can be combined with the Investment Tax Credit (“ITC”) and Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) for facilities located in geographic areas that are designated as QOZ. Further, QOZ benefits will remain in place for a significant period after the ITC and PTC have become less valuable or expired. Recently released regulations provide significant clarity and highlight how valuable the QOZ incentive can be for qualified investments. See our October 23 alert for a discussion of how the regulations make the QOZ incentive even more interesting.

To view the full alert on K&L Gates HUB, click here.

K&L Gates Blockchain Energizer – Volume 38

By Buck B. Endemann, Benjamin L. Tejblum, and Daniel S. Cohen

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Many institutions and companies are forming partnerships to explore how blockchain ledgers and smart contracts can be deployed to manage and share data, create transactional efficiencies, and reduce costs.

While virtual currencies and blockchain technology in the financial services industry have been the subject of significant debate and discussion, blockchain applications that could transform the energy industry have received comparatively less attention. Every other week, the K&L Gates’ Blockchain Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology in the energy space. To subscribe to the Blockchain Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE

  • KEPCO Announces Exploration of Blockchain-Based Solar Trading Platform.
  • SP Group Using Blockchain to Power REC Trading Platform in Singapore.
  • Energy Web Foundation Unveils an Electric Vehicle Charging Toolkit for EW Origin.

To view more information on theses topics in Volume 38 of the Blockchain Energizer, click here.

US Offshore Wind Market Handbook Helps Investors Navigate Technical and Regulatory Issues

K&L Gates LLP, and Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group recently released an Offshore Wind Market Handbook to help guide investors through technical- and regulatory issues in the emerging US offshore wind market.

“Many large companies and institutional investors who have been successful with offshore wind projects in Europe are now poised to invest in the US,” said Andrew Thompson, Director, Offshore Wind at Atkins. “However, technical and regulatory issues unique to this market can be a barrier to developers for offshore wind energy projects. Our handbook provides practical information that addresses key matters.”

Regulatory issues include a discussion of the interplay between US federal jurisdiction and the various coastal states that have enacted laws and regulations encouraging offshore wind projects. Technical issues include turbine and foundation options and solutions, performance assurance strategies and a discussion of innovations in design and equipment that are particularly suited to US coastal waters.

“Essentially, technical and regulatory legal issues are intertwined such that project success requires a closely coordinated cross-discipline team,” said David Hattery, co-leader of K&L Gates’ power practice. “Together, K&L Gates and Atkins demonstrate a pool of knowledge and a depth of experience to draw on that gives us uniquely valuable insight into the legal and technical challenges facing the US offshore wind industry.”

The K&L Gates renewable energy practice combines European project experience with US regulatory and project development expertise. Atkins is a leading provider of full range technical and operational expertise in the energy industry, including engineering design and owner’s engineer services in the global offshore wind market. Together, K&L Gates and Atkins demonstrate market leadership on key issues and can help investors build a leading position in the US offshore wind market.

To read the full press release, click here.

The Blockchain Energizer – Volume 36

By Buck B. Endemann, Benjamin L. Tejblum, and Daniel S. Cohen

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Many institutions and companies are forming partnerships to explore how blockchain ledgers and smart contracts can be deployed to manage and share data, create transactional efficiencies, and reduce costs.

While virtual currencies and blockchain technology in the financial services industry have been the subject of significant debate and discussion, blockchain applications that could transform the energy industry have received comparatively less attention. Every other week, the K&L Gates’ Blockchain Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology in the energy space. To subscribe to the Blockchain Energizer newsletter, please click here.

Come out and say hello to Blockchain Energizer co-author Buck Endemann as he presents on blockchain and renewable fuel standard, RINs, and biodiesel issues at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) conference in Chicago on October 1–3, 2018!

IN THIS ISSUE

  • EDF Energy, UK Power Reserve, and Electron Complete the First Blockchain-based Capacity Market Trade in the United Kingdom.
  • Grant County PUD Raises Rates on Cryptocurrency Miners; Chelan County PUD Considers Doing the Same.
  • Accenture and SAP Collaborate to Design a Cloud-based Blockchain Solution for Upstream Oil and Gas Operations.

To view more information on theses topics in Volume 36 of the Blockchain Energizer, click here.

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