Author Archives: Noah Perch-Ahern

Creating energy from scrap and waste is not a new concept. Scrap wood, landfill gas, farm waste, and other “biomass” have all been used in the past to create electricity in California. For a number of reasons, such “bioenergy” projects … Continue reading

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Technology has outpaced regulation when it comes to the latest advances in oil and gas drilling and extraction. However, with both state and federal regulations under development, the law may soon catch up. At the federal level, the Bureau of … Continue reading

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January was quite a month for California’s cap-and-trade program. For one thing, the program went live. For the first wave of approximately 350 regulated entities, January 1, 2013 marked the beginning of mandatory compliance with the program. Those “covered entities” … Continue reading

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For those interested in California’s cap-and-trade program, all eyes are on the first-ever auction of greenhouse gas emission credits (or “allowances”) scheduled for Wed., Nov. 14. Although the first wave of regulated entities were allocated free allowances to meet up … Continue reading

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Who should have primary authority to approve solar photovoltaic (“PV”) and other renewable energy projects not within the California Energy’s Commission’s (“CEC”) exclusive jurisdiction?  Certain interests, such as the utility-scale solar industry and independent energy producers, are in favor of … Continue reading

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The issue of whether courts should be able to entertain claims relating to companies’ contributions to global warming fundamentally boils down to a separation of powers question: should the other branches of government – political branches with rulemaking and enforcement … Continue reading

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When can an insurer pursue subrogation under CERCLA?  This important issue is about to be addressed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and may significantly impact how insurance carriers manage their environmental claims.  Last year, the U.S. District Court … Continue reading

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