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  • Split Decision on Ormat?s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees? Claims of Cash Gran...
    The March 24 opinion from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat?s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging fraud by Ormat in its preparation of three Section 1603 cash grant (Cash Grant) applications for geothermal projects. In theory, either party could appeal, but that seems unlikely.
  • Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions
    U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country?s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.
  • Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution
    Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China?s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.
  • Ex-Employees Accuse Ormat of Lying to Receive 1603 Cash Grant Awards
    Ormat is a successful developer of geothermal energy projects. Two former employees have brought a lawsuit alleging that Ormat made inaccurate 1603 Cash Grant submissions to obtain grants for projects that should not have qualified for such grants.
  • Financing Climate-concious Investments in Latin America
    Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political leaders in early 2015.
  • Obama Orders US Agencies to Cut Carbon Emissions 40 Percent by 2025
    President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 years by shifting to renewable energy sources such as solar power.
  • Texas Senator Seeks to Dismantle What He Helped Create: The Renewable Portfol...
    Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has filed a bill that would eliminate Texas? Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) ? a policy that has catapulted Texas to world leadership in wind energy and strengthened Texas? energy diversity. In addition to terminating the RPS at the end of the year, SB 931would make it more difficult to build renewable energy infrastructure. The argument behind the bill is that because Texas has achieved its RPS goals it?s time to move on. Sounds reasonable, right? Well?
  • Amended Russian Power Law Aims to Boost Renewable Energy Generation
    The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amended Russia?s federal law on the electric power industry. Ordinance No47 lays out a number of measures aiming to stimulate renewable energy sales in the national retail market.
  • Sweden, Norway Increase Renewable Target Amid Power Glut Concern
    Sweden and Norway agreed to boost their target for renewable energy production amid concerns the additional capacity will exacerbate a power glut and strain the region?s electricity grid.
  • Carbon Emissions Stop Rising for First Time in 40 Years
    Global emissions were unchanged last year, the first time that?s happened amid economic growth in four decades, according to the International Energy Agency.
  • Market Forces Signal Clean Energy?s Watershed Moment
    Business leaders have an important decision to make this year: to continue operating under the status quo or to join the list of successful companies creating a more sustainable future by contracting or investing in renewable energy and making a positive impact on their brand, customers, employees and bottom line.
  • Net Zero Energy Efficient Buildings and Geothermal Heat Pumps
    As the U.S. market for green building design and construction evolves, we are hearing much more lately about net-zero buildings. Homes and commercial buildings that earn the net-zero badge of honor do so by demonstrating extremely high-performance in energy efficiency. To qualify as net-zero, a building must be able to prove that its total annualiz
  • Chile Gets Cleaner at a Profit with Renewable Energy Push
    Policies favoring clean energy and increased competition would normally dim prospects for existing producers. Not in Chile, where foreign investors are driving a renewable boom at a time of surging returns by local utilities.

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